Germany is the seventh most visited country in the world, with a total of 407.26 million overnights during 2012. The majority of foreign tourists in coming from the Netherlands, the United States and Switzerland. More than 30% of Germans spend their holiday in their own country. According to Travel and Tourism Competitiveness Reports, Germany is rated as one of the safest travel destinations worldwide.
According to the official body for tourism in Germany, the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) the main reasons for holidaying in Germany, are as follows: culture (75%), outdoors/countryside (59%), cities (59%), cleanliness (47%), security (41%), modernity (36%), good hotels (35%), good gastronomy/cuisine (34%), good accessibility (30%), cosmopolitanism/hospitality (27%), good shopping opportunities (21%), exciting nightlife (17%) and good price/performance ratio (10%).
The ten most visited cities in Germany are: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Frankfurt am Main, Cologne, Dusseldorf, Dressden, Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Leipzig.
The Free State of Bavarias is the largest state, making up almost a fifth of the total land area of Germany, and with 12.6 million inhabitants is Germany’s second most populous state. Munich, Bavaria’s capital and largest city, is the third largest city in Germany.
Bavaria’s landscapes are unique and full of impressive natural highlights. Many of these can be experienced with ease and without any great expense or trouble. Discover the deep ravines, spectacular viewpoints, magical lakes and impressive treetop walkways.
Nationalparks and Nature Parks in Bavaria
Bavarian Forest National Park
In Bavaria, in south-eastern Germany, the country´s first national park was founded in 1970. In 1997, its total surface area was extended to now 243 square kilometers. Leaving nature to its own devices − this is the philosophy of the Bavarian Forest NationalPark. In fact, here nature can develop freely according to its very own eternal laws on a surface area which, in its size, is unique in Europe. Most people who like Black Forest like the Bavarian Forest too.
Berchtesgaden National Park
The Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the oldest protected areas in the Alps. Its amazing natural environment shows little human intervention. You will get an impression of this ecological paradise either by taking part in guided tours or by going on your own tours. The landscape is mainly characterized by large areas of rocks and detritus, alpine meadows and forested areas covered with dwarf pines and alders.
Nature Park Oberer Bayerischer Wald (Upper Bavarian Forest)
The Nature Park Bayerischer Wald is part of the “Böhmische Masse”, which belongs to prehistoric mountains. The main stones are granite and gneiss. The flora is species-rich, especially in the protected biotopes, where you can find flowers like orchids, cotton grass, trollius, arnica and others.