Germany is the seventh largest country in Europe and its position as a top tourist destination has been steadily increasing over the past years. In 2017, the number of overnight stays reached a record 459.6 million, a 3 percent increase from 2016. Meanwhile, the total number of foreign tourists visiting Germany was pegged at 83.9 million, a 4 percent jump from the previous year. So, what is so special about Germany that has millions of tourists flocking to the country year after year?
Rich cultural legacy
“Germany is home to great writers and famous composers. Names like Goethe and Günther Grass or Bach and Beethoven are part of a long, distinguished cultural tradition. Its legacy is the exceptional choice of culture on offer in Germany today, from ancient to ultra-modern. There are around 300 theatres, 130 professional orchestras, and 630 art museums with internationally acclaimed collections,” according to Germany Travel.
The country has 42 UNESCO-recognized world heritage sites. Whether you wish to visit the ruins of medieval architecture or explore the splendors of fairytale-like castles, Germany offers all such wonders and more. A visit to the Tiergarten Park, the arch of Unter den Linden, and the remnants of the Berlin Wall are highly recommended. The capital city of Berlin is famed for its exquisite museums, underground art culture, and music festivals.
Oktoberfest is the most popular festival in Germany and is deeply connected to the German identity and the people’s fondness of beer.
“If you like being held in the sweaty embrace of a stranger surrounded by boys in lederhosen and girls in dirndls, then Oktoberfest is for you. Perhaps it’s the alcohol, perhaps it’s the amount of tourists, or just the fact that you have no choice but to sit and stand close to strangers; but Oktoberfest is a great place to meet new people from every corner of the world,” according to The Local.
According to estimates, about 6 million people attend Oktoberfest every year, which is usually observed either in the month of September or October. The entire festival lasts for about 16 to 18 days, during which the participants gulp down more than 7 million liters of beer. People looking to have a crazy fun time while in Europe should definitely check out Oktoberfest.
For foodies, especially meat-lovers who can’t get enough of sausages, Germany will seem like a paradise.
“With all its ‘wurst’ this and ‘wurst’ that (1,500 different types of sausages) served with sauerkraut and potato salad, exquisite soups and stews, ‘sauerbraten,’ ‘schweinebraten,’ ‘schwenkbraten,’ (and other ‘bratens’), hundreds of different types of bread (Brötchen my favorite), all washed down with the best beer in the world, Germany is a true gastronomic wonderland,” according to Mawista.
To top it off, Germans truly believe in the idea of a hearty meal. So, you won’t be left looking at a tiny piece of decorated morsel on your plate when you order something from a German restaurant. Instead, you will be treated with the country’s yummiest foods in large portions that will make you full.
Travelers planning for a long European tour will often choose Germany as their starting point since the country has borders with nine nations. Once you have traveled all through the German nation, you can choose to go to surrounding Poland, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, or the Netherlands.