Neuschwanstein Castle, Europa Park in Rust and Cologne Cathedral took front row yet again in this year’s list of the 100 most popular sights for foreign tourists in Germany. This was the result of the third survey about the ‘Top 100’ (via the website www.germany.travel/top100 and the Top 100 app), conducted by the German National Tourist Board between August 2013 and April 2014.
Petra Hedorfer, GNTB Chief Executive, said: “More than 11,000 Germany travellers took the opportunity to vote for their favourites. At the same time we asked users to rate our website: 75% gave us a good or very good – proof of our well-received online presence.”
Overview Top 100
For the first time, events were incorporated into the Top 100 in addition to the sights. The Oktoberfest in Munich received most votes (ranked 10), but also the Christkindelsmarkt in Nuremberg, the Dresden Striezelmarkt and the Frankfurt Christmas Market found a spot in the ranking.
Significant buildings and architectural ensembles were present among the Top 100, just as well as landscapes, testimonies of intellectual and cultural history, or theme parks. The most important attractions for visitors are spread all over Germany; 21 of the 39 UNESCO World Heritage sites are listed among the Top 100.
Germany Top 100 Mobile
The online survey’s ranking is incorporated as an update into the GNTB app ‘Germany Top 100’. The free mobile application has been available in German and English for iOS and Android devices since 2012. It offers fast access to information about all Top 100 sights via a list or interactive map: short descriptions, information on accessibility, entrance fees, opening hours, arrival options via car or public transport, links and suggestions for further touristic highlights in the area.
Additional useful features are coupons for various discounts at the listed destinations, as well as an up-to-date event calendar. This way, tourists can already prepare for their trip to Germany at home and update their journey on the go.