When it comes to holidays, one-third of German holidaymakers like to stay in their own country. But as beautiful as Germany is, many Germans also like to pack their bags and head to other countries. When it comes to destinations, Germans want somewhere they can relax, unwind and enjoy good food in the sunshine. So, it will come as no surprise that beach vacations are top of the list when it comes to getaways. Want to go where they do? Here are the destinations where the Germans go on holiday abroad.
Where do Germans go on holiday abroad?
Spain is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for a sun holiday. Germans love the Mediterranean and especially the Balearic island of Mallorca (Majorca) with its winning combination of sun, sea and sand. The largest of the Balearic islands, Mallorca (Majorca) is famous for its beaches, scenic coastline and the Serra de Tramuntana mountains to the north.
Italy is a very popular destination for Germans looking for a countryside retreat. German tourists love to visit the heart of the country to enjoy the medieval cities of Tuscany, Umbria and Latium. Matera, a small town in the south, is also quite popular, with its caves, churches and palaces. When it comes to cities, the Germans love to visit Rome and Venice.
Turkey, with its incredible ancient culture and cuisine as well as its sailing opportunities, is a mighty big draw for cruise-loving Germans. Especially well-liked is the Turkish Riviera around Antalya where Germans can book a Blue Cruise on a gulet, a traditional wooden sailing vessel. With its almost 8,000km of coastline, renowned cuisine and cultural sites, Turkey ticks a lot of boxes for German holidaymakers.
Crete and Corfu with their blend of sunshine, relaxation and culture are hotspots for German holidaymakers. Again, with its 6,000 islands and islets scattered in the Greek Seas, it is a popular cruising destination with Germans. On a cruise in Greece, you can explore the ruins of Ancient Greece and sample some traditional mezé at waterside tavernas and try some wonderful Greek wines. All things that the Germans love to do when on holiday.
Croatia offers a different take on the Mediterranean holiday of which the Germans are so fond. Yes, there are still great beaches and lots of sunshine, but there is a different feel to areas like Pula and Dubrovnik. Croatia is also a popular place for, you guessed it, cruising! You just can’t keep the Germans off the water.
Northern Europe has become increasingly popular with German holidaymakers who love the great outdoors. With endless forests and bodies of water, Scandinavia is a haven for nature lovers, campers, and cruise-takers. Scandinavia cruises are a watery adventure of towering fjords, fascinating Viking history, and lavish architectural wonders.
Germany’s neighbour, Austria, is a very popular holiday destination for families and hiking enthusiasts. Austria has a fabulous mix of hiking and biking in the summer months, and snow sports in the winter months. It’s also home to breathtaking, tranquil mountain pastures and lakes, magnificent scenery, imperial history and Baroque architecture and delicious Alpine cuisine.