There has been an increase of tourism in Germany, and the majority of it is from religious markets.
In 2015 the number of overnight stays in Germany was 79.7 million which was a new record for tourism to Germany. The number of American tourists increased 8% to 5.6 million overnight stays in 2015.
Head of Public Relations Lisa Hubner said that the religious tourism is very popular. Germany has various historic Lutheran sites and the Lutheran trail which draw travelers from all over the world. Luther’s 500th Anniversary is also coming up which will be popular to tourists. Jewish travelers are also coming to Germany to witness the new Jewish community, as well as the reopening of synagogues and the Jewish Museum in Berlin.
There are also various scenic routes for visitors to take during their stay that they can reach by car, bike or train. They were created for people to get a new view of Germany, different from the major cities. Some of the routes are the romance route, fairy tale route and cheese route. These are only a few of the beautiful routes visitors can travel to.
There are many castles tourists can visit for an affordable price and 193 new hotels are opening for around $99 a night. The German Tourist Board offers many events and programs for travel professionals, as well.