Facts about Germany 2015 2015 - Page 165

MAP Travelling within Germany Hamburg Berlin Hanover Leipzig Düsseldorf Dresden Cologne Cathedral Cologne Frankfurt am Main Nuremberg Stuttgart Europa-Park Munich Neuschwanstein Castle The top destinations The 11 “magic cities” have a market share of around 43 percent of all overnight stays by foreign guests in Germany. Berlin lies clearly ahead of Munich, Frankfurt am Main, and Hamburg. 55 percent of overnights by foreigners are in cities with 100,000 inhabitants. The most important airports The three biggest airports in Germany are in Frankfurt am Main with 59.6 million passengers, Munich with 39.7 million, and Düsseldorf with 21.8 million in 2014. The most popular attractions According to a survey conducted by the German National Tourist Board, in 2014 the three most popular attractions among foreign tourists were Neuschwanstein Castle, the Europa-Park amusement park in Rust, and Cologne Cathedral. Attractive tourist destinations island of Rügen attract tourists from Ger- in the former East Germany many and abroad. The five federal states that formerly made Since 1993, the number of overnight stays up East Germany play a major role in tour- in eastern Germany has more than doubled. ism. After Reunification, tourism proved With over four million, Mecklenburg-West- to be an opportunity for many regions in ern Pomerania in the north east is almost eastern Germany to put themselves on a on a par with the state of Bavaria in the sound economic footing. Areas of country- south when it comes to holiday trips of side such as the Spreewald biosphere re- more than five days’ dur ation. No matter serve, cultural centres with long-standing how much one has already seen – as a travel trad itions such as Dresden and Weimar, and destination Germany still has more to dis- Baltic seaside resorts such as Binz on the cover, experience, celebrate and marvel.