Frankfurt am Main, 20 April 2012 – Heidelberg Castle is the favourite among international visitors to Destination Germany. This was the finding of a survey undertaken to find out Germany’s top 100 attractions. Number two on the list is Neuschwanstein Castle, followed at number three by Cologne Cathedral, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Germany’s top 100 tourist attractions were identified in a recent survey carried out by the German National Tourist Board (GNTB) in which it sought the opinions of people who have visited the country. Places of interest in eight different federal states can be found in the top ten. Overall, survey respondents selected a wide range of cultural and natural attractions throughout Germany. The UNESCO World Heritage sites are particularly popular, with 22 of the country’s 36 sites featuring on the list. “Our international visitors love Germany and its places of interest. Heidelberg Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle and Cologne Cathedral are right at the top of the list. Destination Germany boasts many other attractions besides them, however. This successful GNTB initiative is sure to awaken many people’s interest in taking a holiday in Germany”, says Ernst Burgbacher, Member of the German Parliament, Parliamentary State Secretary at the Federal Ministry for Economics and Technology and Federal Government Commissioner for SMEs and Tourism.
GNTB theme for 2014: UNESCO World Heritage sites
Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer of the GNTB: “Destination Germany offers a wide selection of tourist attractions that are famous worldwide. The 36 UNESCO World Heritage sites are particularly popular. As part of our annual themes for 2014, we will be showcasing the sites in all their diversity and promoting them internationally.” GNTB survey gets more than 18,000 clicks From 3 February to 15 March 2012, people were able to take part in the online survey in 26 languages at www.germany.travel and on the GNTB’s international Facebook pages. The survey got more than 18,000 clicks, while 5,500 respondents submitted their three