Holiday homes at North and Baltic Sea 90 percent full as Germans choose staycations

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, many more Germans are holidaying at home. Now tourist bosses say popular destinations are almost fully booked already.

Holiday homes at North and Baltic Sea 90 percent full as Germans choose staycations
People enjoying the sunshine at the Baltic Sea coast at Warnemünde on June 15th. Photo: DPA

Holiday homes and apartments are in demand among Germans, according to industry figures.

In the holiday resorts on the North and Baltic Seas, the accommodation for the summer holidays is booked to 90 percent capacity, the German Holiday Home Association (Deutsche Ferienhaus-Verband) said.

Regions in southern Germany, such as the Allgäu and the Lake Constance region, are also very popular at the moment.

The association recommended that anyone who wants to book a spot this summer should be flexible since demand is so high.

On June 15th, the government partially lifted  a travel warning put in place to stem the spread of coronavirus, allowing people to visit EU countries. However, the travel warning for non-EU countries remains in place until August 31st.

“This year, Germans are focusing very strongly on holidays close to nature that allow for the necessary distance,” explained Michelle Schwefel, the association's branch manager, referencing the requirement for people in Germany to keep 1.5 metre distance to others.


The North Sea and Baltic coasts are in particularly high demand, especially the islands such as Rügen. Holidaymakers are also attracted to the Mecklenburg Lake District.

But there are still places that can be booked.

“There is still free accommodation in the low mountain ranges such as the Black Forest or the Hochsauerland and in the big cities such as Berlin and Munich,” said Schwefel.

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This year, bookings are being made at shorter notice than usual due to the uncertainty in the pandemic, added Schwefel. Holidaymakers are paying more attention to Germany or destinations that can be easily reached by car.

Since the coronavirus restrictions began being eased, bookings for holiday homes in Germany increased.


North and Baltic Sea – (der) Nord- und Ostsee

Popular regions – (die) beliebte Regionen

Mecklenburg Lake District – (die) Mecklenburgische Seenplatte

Free accommodation – (die) Freie Unterkünfte

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Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?

Several political parties in Germany have said they want to bring back sleeper trains in order to meet carbon emissions targets.

Could sleeper trains offer Germans cheap, low-carbon travel across Europe?
A sleeper train in Austria. Photo: dpa/APA | Georg Hochmuth

The Green party have said that they want to put state subsidies into night trains that will connect Germany with cities as far flung as St Petersburg in the north and Lisbon in the south.

According to the environmentalist party’s plans, 40 night rail lines could connect 200 destinations across the continent including islands like Mallorca, which would be linked in by train and ferry.

The Greens want the EU to buy a fleet of sleeper trains that could travel at speeds of between 200 km/h and 250 km/h.

The CDU have also announced plans to rebuild the country’s sleeper train services.

Deutsche Bahn stopped its last sleeper service in 2016 citing the high costs involved in maintaining its fleet that was not recuperated through ticket sales.

Earlier this year the state owned company said it had “no plans” to purchase new sleeper wagons.