German National Tourist Board presents the Top 100 destinations of foreign guests

Internationally, Germany continues to be a popular travel destination. Between January and the end of July 2021, more than 14,000 foreign visitors to the online portal voted for their tourist favourites in Germany.

Last year’s winner Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg received the most entries for the fourth time in a row. Europa-Park Rust in second place and Neuschwanstein Castle in third place also confirmed their rankings from the previous year. Other attractions that have positioned themselves in the top ten in 2021 are Phantasialand Brühl, Rothenburg ob der Tauber, the Romantic Road, historic Dresden, Berlin Dresden, Berlin, the Black Forest National Park and the Crime Museum in Rothenburg.

Germany’s biggest and most popular cities attract plenty of visitors from India. Everyone from business travellers and cultural aficionados to shopaholics and party animals will find exactly what they’re looking for. Indian Travellers are sure to be enchanted, whether in a UNESCO world heritage site or a lesser-known gem.

Petra Hedorfer, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said “The great interest shown by the survey participants is proof of the appeal and resilience of the Destination Germany brand and its tourism players even in times of crisis. The customers’ vote give us an authentic picture of the most popular and sought-after tourist destinations. For the partners in the German tourism industry, the ranking is a seal of quality that they use in their international marketing.

The overall ranking of the online survey is available on the GNTB website at

Since 2012, visitors to the website have been able to enter the tourist destinations they consider particularly worthy of recommendation in a free text field. From this, the GNTB develops the Top 100 ranking.

Mr. Romit Theophilus, Director, Sales & Marketing, India said ‘‘winter is upon us, which means the much-anticipated ski season in Germany is beginning to get underway. Destination Germany makes a great choice for a winter holiday. Discover the fairytale snow-covered landscape of the Spree Forest and the true meaning of German gemütlichkeit with a winter punting trip. Enjoy a memorable wintery season in the Magical Destination Germany”.

This year, the GNTB has structured the results into clusters. These are Cities; Adventure Worlds; Amusement and Animal Parks; Museums; Christmas Markets; Nature Highlights; National Parks; Castles and Palaces.

The top group in the overall ranking of the Top 100 of 2021

1st place: Miniatur Wunderland Hamburg: Exactly 20 years ago, what has since become the world’s largest model railroad went into operation. Around 20 million guests from all over the world have so far visited the ever-growing wonder worlds in Hamburg’s Speicherstadt warehouse district, which has already been honored with six entries in the Guinness Book of Records.

2nd place: Europa-Park Rust: This includes Germany’s largest theme park with more than rides and shows, the Rulantica water park, and six themed hotels with numerous restaurants and wellness facilities. Guests can explore virtual worlds at the VR experience center YULLBE, while dinner shows combine great entertainment with culinary delights.

3rd place: Neuschwanstein Castle: Ludwig II built the castle from 1869 on the model of of a historic knight’s castle on a craggy rock massif against the backdrop of the Alps. The Alps, is one of the world’s most famous landmarks of Germany as a tourist destination. Around 1.5 million people visit the fairytale castle every year to be fascinated and inspired.

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