The German National Tourist Office (GNTO) is celebrating strong numbers from the Canadian market, reporting higher lift and overnight levels this year compared to 2022.
GNTO partners came together at Radisson Blu in Toronto on Monday (Oct. 2) to extend a warm invitation to all Canadian travellers seeking new and exciting experiences in Germany.
The Western European country known for its landscapes of forests, rivers, mountain ranges and North Sea beaches is where history, culture and nature come together.
From the famous Brandenburg Gate to castles like Neuschwanstein, Germany's past is alive with landmarks waiting to be explored.
"Germany is a place for history lovers and those who care about the environment. Our commitment to preserving culture aligns perfectly with Canadian travellers seeking exceptional and eco-friendly experiences,” said Anja Brokjans, director of the German National Tourist Office Canada, in a statement.
At the heart of Europe, Germany offers something for everyone. One can wander medieval streets in Rothenburg or embrace Berlin's modern energy.
Enjoy traditional sausages and local beers surrounded by stunning architecture. Nature lovers can soak in the beauty of the Bavarian Alps or take serene cruises on the Rhine River.
For history buffs, there’s castles, museums, and historical sites, all of which tell stories of the past.
Throughout the year, Germany hosts lively festivals celebrating its culture, like Oktoberfest and the Christmas markets.
This mix of tradition and innovation guarantees Canadian travellers a journey they'll cherish.
“Pack your bags and set off on a journey that will capture your heart and soul, as Germany welcomes you with open arms,” said Brokjans.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites
With an impressive 51 UNESCO World Heritage sites, Germany offers many itineraries to explore its rich cultural and natural heritage.
One such route is the "Coastal Route: Hanseatic Cities and Sea Breezes," which takes travellers through the charming northern cities of Hamburg, Luebeck, and Stralsund.
This immersive journey transports visitors to the captivating Viking age while showcasing the unspoiled natural beauty of the region.
This route offers the chance to visit 8 out of the 51 UNESCO World Heritage sites that Germany proudly boasts, promising an unforgettable experience. For more information, visit here.
Travellers can also experience Germany's diverse regional cuisine, attend festivals and events, and participate in outdoor activities like hiking and cycling.
Celebrating Arts, Culture, and Sports in 2024
2024 marks the 250th birthday of renowned Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, whose masterpieces continue to inspire and captivate art enthusiasts worldwide.
Germany celebrates this milestone with special exhibitions and events throughout the country, providing a unique opportunity to delve into the world of this visionary artist.
Sports enthusiasts can also rejoice as Germany plays host to the UEFA Euro 2024 soccer tournament.
Scheduled from June 14 to July 14, 2024, the event promises thrilling matches and a festive atmosphere across the nation.
The tournament showcases top-level soccer and provides visitors with a chance to immerse themselves in the dynamic energy of Germany's sports culture.
Whether indulging in artistic inspiration or cheering for your favourite soccer team, Germany's diverse offerings cater to all interests, making your journey an unforgettable fusion of culture, art, and sports.
Planning Your Trip
The German National Tourist Office Canada provides valuable advice to Canadian travellers and travel advisors for seamless trip planning.
Passport and Visa – Ensure your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your return date.
Choose the Right Season: Germany's four distinct seasons offer unique experiences. Summer is popular, but spring and autumn provide milder weather and fewer crowds. The Advent season (late November to December) is perfect for enjoying Christmas markets.
Embrace Sustainability: Germany offers over 1,300 certified sustainable establishments for eco-conscious travellers.
Explore public transportation options such as the efficient train system and the "Deutschlandticket" for 49 EURO (approx. CAD $71) per month.
It is valid nationwide, and travellers can therefore use all buses and trains of public regional and local transport throughout Germany.
Long-distance transport and journeys in first class are excluded. The ticket can be purchased on the website and mobile phone app of Deutsche Bahn as well as from transport companies all over the country.
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