Exciting News about German Tourism in 2017

Peter Morrell reports on the many upcoming events in Germany next year which make the country such a compelling travel destination

Eisenach: Dramatisation, Martin Luther Festival Image (c)Thüringer Tourismus GmbH, Photographer Andre Weise

Luther 2017 – 500 Years since the Reformation

Worldwide, more than 800 Million protestants are linked to the heritage of the reformation. Since the start of the Luther Decade campaign in 2008, the GNTB worldwide has placed the emphasis on cultural tourism. Events in 2017 will include new art exhibitions, installations, cultural tours and cultural shows.

There are also 8 Luther sightseeing and walking routes in Germany, available in more than 30 languages. Further activities for 2017, include a Luther ‘European Roadmap’. From November 2016 to May 2017, around 70 European towns and cities will, for 36 hours each, celebrate local connections to the history of the Reformation.

documenta 14

In 2017, continuing the cultural tourism theme, the GNTO will be promoting documenta 14, in Kassel, one of the most prestigious events of the arts world, which takes place only every 5 years (10th June until 7th September).

The International Garden Exhibition

Another of 2017’s biggest highlights will be IGA – the International Garden Exhibition – a huge undertaking in the Berlin-Marzahn district (13th April until 15th October). IGA will provide new tourism opportunities from city break packages, trips for gardening lovers or as a base to discover Germany’s other garden highlights.

Royal Heritage Route

Hohenzollern Castle, one of oldest castles in Germany and the ancestral seat of the Prussian Royal House and the Hohenzollern Princes, is the latest addition to the German National Tourist Office’s ‘Royal Heritage Route’. This brings the total number of ‘royal tourism’ destinations on the route in Germany to 18, including castles, gardens, palaces and a fortress.

Feeling Fearless

‘Feeling Fearless’, is part of an ongoing accessible travel campaign, also known as ‘BarrierFree’. This new accessible travel holiday guide promotes adventure activities for people of limited mobility, sight or other physical disabilities.

‘Feeling Fearless’ highlights adventure travel activities in Germany. Skiing, abseiling, whitewater rafting, riding on a jetski. These are just some of the activities you can undertake on an accessible holiday to Germany if you are ‘Feeling Fearless’.

For more information on these and the many other attactions in Germany go to www.germany.travel