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Foreign visitors prefer fairytales and ruins

The Local · 21 Apr 2012, 15:28

Published: 21 Apr 2012 15:28 GMT+02:00

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In second place on the list published on Friday came Ludwig II's faux-medieval Neuschwanstein castle in Bavaria, which draws more than a million visitors a year with its fairy-tale turrets and spires.

The Baroque Hohenzollen Sanssouci castle in Potsdam and the Schwetzingen castle in Baden-Wüttemberg - famed for its beautiful gardens and lake - came eighth and ninth on the list.

Cologne’s impressive gothic cathedral, which receives a staggering average of 20,000 visitors a day, came in at third place.

Brandenburger Tor and Musuem Island both made the top ten, suggesting Berlin's tourism boom is far from over. Hamburg's fish market and harbour also made it to the top of the tourists' hit list.

Foreign visitors make a bee-line for UNESCO world heritage sites, according to the study, with 22 of 36 German sites in the top 100 German destinations.

The number of overnight stays in Germany by tourists from abroad rose by six percent in 2011 to 63.8 million, rising twice as fast as the number of stays by domestic visitors.

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5500 foreign tourists took part in the National Tourism Board's online questionnaire.

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20:18 April 21, 2012 by JAMessersmith
I'm surprised Neuschwanstein wasn't #1, since the Disneyland Castle was modeled after it. I'm sure it's #1 with Americans, at least. Faux-medieval schmo-medieval.
20:42 April 21, 2012 by ovalle3.14
Excuse me, I think there's a mistake... I don't see Bielefeld anywhere in the list.
21:58 April 21, 2012 by HHayrider
Ive never been to the south. Yet. Nothing against it, but I prefer the north, especially along the coastline. This last time, we did make the Hamburg Harbor, but thought that the fish market was a tad too much for our 4 year old... The Berlin and Hamburg Zoo's are always nice to visit as well.
22:48 April 21, 2012 by mapezzul
Is it so difficult to site the original source in a LINK? This poorly written and incomplete article leaves a lot to behold and why should the reader have to do all the leg work? I feel like I put in more work to read these stories than the author does to research and give credit for the original.
08:18 April 22, 2012 by Enough
Heidleburg Castle is a dump, much better Castles elsewhere. I think Heidleburg's attraction is due to 1). A nice shopping district attached, and 2) All the former GI that lived there recommending people see the dump (excuse me ruines) of a castle.
09:05 April 22, 2012 by The-ex-pat
@ by ovalle3.14

Yes, a holiday is not complete unless you have taken a stroll on the Ostwestfalendamm. A couple of wonderful views, the scrap yard and the railway line.............................lol
10:46 April 22, 2012 by milguy
I would think Rothenburg o.d.Tauber would be way up there on this list. It is full of foreign tourists. I would never even try to visit there on a weekend in the summer.
11:44 April 22, 2012 by lordkorner
Ah well ,I live near Potsdam so I'm surrounded by beauty,and when I want to get away from it all I go paddling in Spreewald.
14:33 April 22, 2012 by XFYRCHIEF
As Americans, my wife and I have traveled through most of Germany. We finally made it to Neuschwanstein last visit. It is interesting, but visiting the castle is a waste of time, better to just view it from a distance. Going to the top of Zugspitze was a much better experience, the views can be awesome! Driving through the Schwartzwald or the Hartz Mountains, visiting Lubeck and the Baltic, all were wonderful experiences. A few nights in Passau, visiting Ulm, great cities with much to see, but not "eye candy". Yes, we love Germany, and appreciate the cultural diversity between the north and south; my father was from the North (Eutin) and my wife's ancestors from the South (Treffelhausen.)

By the way, what is probably the #1 attraction for German visitors to the U. S.? Disneyland/world - where they can see Neuschwanstein reincarnated!
17:22 April 22, 2012 by The-ex-pat
@by XFYRCHIEF ...........By the way, what is probably the #1 attraction for German visitors to the U. S.? Disneyland/world - where they can see Neuschwanstein reincarnated!

Most probably because a week fly drive to Disney in the USA is around the same price as a weekend at Disney Paris................
18:40 April 22, 2012 by XFYRCHIEF
Ex-pat - didn't know that. I'm not a fan of Disneyland, myself. Would rather get out and see the real world - have done all 50 U. S. states, plus a lot of Canada and Mexico; Europe 10X; Australia; Caribbean...

Love the Americans who go to Epcot and tell me its "just like being in (France, Germany, Spain...)" Sorry, no, its NOT! We always try to get people to experience the real thing.
03:14 April 24, 2012 by genedoc60
Well for the most part yes the tourists visit the Wonderful castles and ruins and the big citys. I for one go the opposite, Visit the country side, wine country and smaller communitys. Its a guess where we stop, we just stop for the day or a week. Germany is wonderful and I have always been welcomed as a Canadian friend. Oh yes before I forget German food tops always.
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