This is where (and how) Germans plan to holiday in 2021

Despite the coronavirus pandemic, travel is still on the minds of many Germans. A comprehensive survey looks at where they're eager to go in the coming year.

This is where (and how) Germans plan to holiday in 2021
People walk along a promanade on the island of Sylt. Photo: DPA

Hometogo, the search engine for holiday homes and flats, matched 16 million search queries with an externally commissioned survey to find out where Germans will be headed in 2021. 

The result: on the whole, many German are planning to stay home, but as usual many are brimming with Wanderlust as they plan out their next holidays.

A total of 44.4 percent of search queries from the search period January 1st to October 27th 2020 were for destinations in Germany. The most popular holiday searches were for the Baltic Sea, North Sea and Sylt.

READ ALSO: North Sea or Baltic Sea? How to choose between Germany's two coasts

Destinations abroad will lose out in 2021: Croatia came in second place with only 11.05 per cent of search queries – last year it stood at 14.69 percent. 

Italy is in third place with 7.79 per cent compared to 11.58 per cent in the previous year.

As the survey commissioned by Hometogo shows, the Germans' desire to travel still remains: 70 percent of those surveyed intend to travel in the next 12 months. Moreover, 61 percent would rather book a holiday home in 2021, while 31 percent would prefer a hotel. 

According to the survey results, only three percent of those questioned would consider spending the night in a camper van – somewhat surprising after the camping boom in 2020. A full 71 percent, however, plan to travel by car next year.

As far as the type of destinations are concerned, most Germans are drawn to a beach holiday next year (63 percent), but national parks and destinations in the countryside trail only slightly behind (60 percent). 

City breaks were only slightly behind, with 52 percent of those surveyed saying that they would like to venture into a bigger city on their holidays. 

For the month of November, Germany has imposed a hospitality ban for hotels, pensions and guests homes for holiday travellers as part of a partial lockdown. It is not yet clear if the restriction will be extended after November ends.

READ ALSO: Is Germany set to tighten shutdown measures?


travel destination – (das) Reisezeil

Baltic Sea – (die) Ostsee

search queries – (die) Suchanfragen

restrictions – (die) Einschränkungen

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German health agency expects number of Covid ICU patients to rise

The Covid pandemic is continuing to cause problems around Germany, with concerns that the number of patients needing treatment will rise in the coming weeks.

German health agency expects number of Covid ICU patients to rise

In its weekly Covid report, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said that confirmed infections appeared to be rising in some German states, and falling in others.

But experts warned that the situation remained tense, with many infections not reported. 

Therefore, in the coming weeks, “hospitalisations, an increase in intensive care treatment and deaths are to be expected, especially among the elderly”, said the RKI.

People over the age of 80 “continue to be most affected by severe courses of the disease”, the experts said in their report. 

The incidence of infections is continuing to rise for this age group, and the number of outbreaks of Covid-19 in medical treatment facilities as well as in old people’s and nursing homes is going up.

READ ALSO: Which Covid rules are likely to return to Germany in autumn?

The number of patients with Covid-19 being treated in intensive care units (ICUs) is also rising slightly. In the previous week, the number was reported to be around 1,330. And on Thursday July 28th, 1,550 people were in ICUs in Germany with 484 receiving ventilation treatment, according to the DIVI intensive care register. 

The number of deaths in connection with the virus is currently around just over 400 per week. The RKI says this trend is a plateau.

When it comes to the overall picture of Covid in Germany, the RKI said there was a “sideways movement rather than a decreasing trend”.

Last week, the nationwide 7-day incidence decreased slightly compared to the previous week. The overall picture shows falling incidences in most western German states and Berlin, with incidences still rising slightly in the other eastern German states and Bavaria.

The RKI estimates there’s been a total of 800,000 to 1.5 million people with Covid (who also have symptoms) in the past week alone in Germany.

Last week experts warned that they expected the Covid situation to get worse in the coming weeks as many schools in Germany return after the summer break.

READ ALSO: Germany’s summer Covid wave set to get worse

The Omicron sub-variant BA.5, which has dominated in Germany since mid-June, has almost completely displaced other variants. It accounts for 89 percent of samples in the past week, the RKI said.

Health Minister Karl Lauterbach warned people against underestimating getting Covid again.

The SPD politician pointed out that it was very easy to become infected with BA.5 – even for those who were infected with a previous type.

He warned that many could become seriously ill or die, plus there’s the risk of picking up Long Covid.

“Therefore, we have to solve the problem not by constant infection, but by better vaccines,” Lauterbach said.

‘Call things as they are’

Lauterbach, meanwhile, defended himself against his choice of words when describing the possibility of a new dangerous Covid variant emerging in autumn. 

In an interview with Bild newspaper in April he said: “It is quite possible that we will get a highly contagious Omicron variant that is as deadly as Delta – that would be an absolute killer variant.”

He was slammed for his dramatic choice of words. 

This week Lauterbach said: “I use few vocabulary that is apocalyptic. But sometimes you have to call things as they are.”

If there were a virus that linked the contagion of the BA.5 variant with the severe course of a Delta variant, “that would be a killer variant”, he maintained.

But he stressed that he had “not said that such a variant is definitely coming, but that we have to be prepared for such a variant”.

READ ALSO: German Health Minister calls on under 60s to get next Covid jab