The seaside may not spring to mind when you think of Germany. Beatrix Haun, director of the German National Tourism Office UK, tells Andrew Doherty all about its coastline.
From the effortlessly cool urban vibes of Berlin to the world-renowned Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, Germany certainly has no trouble attracting tourists. January to December 2017 saw 83.9 million overnight stays recorded, a 3.6% increase on the previous year with a 0.5% growth in visitors from the UK.
However, Germany’s coastal regions remain unexplored, says Beatrix Haun, director of the German National Tourism Office UK. She explains why agents should be selling the coastal states of Schleswig-Holstein and Mecklenburg-Vorpommern.
“They are unique regions with something for nature enthusiasts and families. There are great places to enjoy food and drink and exceptional facilities that offer active experiences.
“Germany’s coastline and islands offer a wonderful bracing climate, endless beaches and stunning scenery. It’s a region to detox and get close to nature, or to try exhilarating sports.”
With Hamburg, Bremen and Berlin airports served by UK hubs, accessing Germany’s coastal regions is straightforward too. Lubeck in Schleswig-Holstein can be reached via the Lubeck–Hamburg railway, while Mecklenburg-Vorpommern is an easy drive from Berlin.
“The regions feature fascinating ports and coastal towns, such as the hip city of Hamburg – Germany’s gateway to the world, or Lubeck, known for its neo-classical buildings, narrow lanes, churches and abbeys.
“There is also Kiel, the city bythe water and gateway to the Baltic with the Kiel Canal; the seaside resort of Warnemunde with its blue flag beach; and Schwerin, the city of seven lakes. Each has their own picturesque ports, harbours and history to discover, as well as delicious local foods, restaurants and markets,” Haun asserts.