More Brits taking holidays to Germany

Figures from the German National Tourist Office show that 6.6 per cent of the country’s visitors now come from the UK, marking a significant increase on previous totals. The statistics were revealed at the organisation’s annual London press conference at the Goethe Institute, as spokesman Klaus Lohmann stated that Britain is now second only to the Netherlands in terms of the number of people from European nations who take trips to Germany. During his speech, Lohmann also went into detail about the country’s plans for next year’s tourism drive, with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Richard Wagner and the 150th anniversary of the death of folklore authors the Brothers Grimm expected to be featured as themes. With a host of European river cruises in 2012 offering luxury packages to a variety of great destinations across the continent, it is easy to see why getaways to places like Germany are increasing in popularity.