Germany is calling and Canadians are planning to explore

by W. Andrew Powell
Anja Brokjans, Director of Canada at the German National Tourist Office

Canadians love Germany, and they’re planning to show up in 2024 to explore history, culture, sustainable tourism, and great cuisine.

Germany is a top destination for Canadians, ranking just after France, Italy, and the United Kingdom. In 2023, Canadian travel to Germany increased by 32.6%, with over 643,662 overnight stays, and it’s easy to see why it’s so popular.

Germany is committed to sustainability, including electric vehicles and e-charging, green public transit options for travellers, numerous green spaces, while also showcasing UNESCO sites, castles, amazing food, and more to discover.

“As we strive for environmentally friendly tourism, Germany boasts more than 3,000 certified hotels and catering providers, placing a strong emphasis on sustainable management,” Anja Brokjans, Director of Canada at the German National Tourist Office said at a press event in Toronto.

Travellers can book a €49 Germany-Train-Ticket that lasts for a full month of public transportation, making it easy to explore the country without renting a car.

Germany also boasts a vibrant arts and culture scene with over 500 theatres, 80 opera houses, 6,750 museums, and for the foodies, over 300 Michelin-starred restaurants.

The country’s “Feel Good” travel campaign is about spreading the word on their natural landscapes, regional and fresh cuisine, as well as the responsible hosts that make vacation experiences stand out.

Looking ahead, Germany has a number of major events that will also inspire visitors to explore the country this year and next:

  • Germany hosts the EURO 2024 championship from June 14 to July 14 across ten cities, with public viewing zones in every town, and a festive street atmosphere to enjoy.
  • Art lovers will be inspired by the 250th anniversary of Romantic painter Caspar David Friedrich, with exhibitions in Berlin, Dresden, Greifswald, and Hamburg to celebrate his legacy.
  • In November, history buffs can take part in 35th anniversary celebrations honouring the fall of the Berlin Wall.
  • And looking ahead, Chemnitz was named the European Capital of Culture 2025, with plans for cultural events across the vibrant German city in the heart of Saxony.

As one idea, visit the Germany travel website to learn about Old Towns with UNESCO World Heritage status.

Photo by Dan Galbraith / Details Group.

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