A summer guide to Destination Germany

Hidden beaches, bluest of skies and more
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A summer guide to Destination Germany

GNTO highlights some of the country’s stunning natural surroundings and eco-friendly travel opportunities

The German National Tourist Office invites Indian travellers to go off the usual path and explore the nation's numerous summer destinations, from the Wadden Sea National Park to Rugen Island.
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Building on its legacy of unspoilt natural beauty and long stretches of golden, Germany’s nearly 1,200 km of coastline and islands with their sandy beaches beckons Indian travellers, looking for a summer beach holiday. The German National Tourist Office says tourists can explore the various sides of Germany, from the Wadden Sea National Park on the North Sea to Rugen Island with its stunning white chalk cliffs on the Baltic Sea. 

The GNTO says in their statement that visitors can find unexpected locations often have hidden beaches, usually closer than one may imagine. The nation is home to other stunning lakes, including the renowned Lake Constance, the vast Mecklenburg Lake District, and the magnificent Lake Koenigssee tucked away in the Bavarian Alps. The GNTO’s international campaign, Enjoy German Nature, highlights the country’s stunning natural surroundings and eco-friendly travel opportunities. It invites visitors to go off the usual path to find the nation’s numerous stunning outdoor treasures.

In a press statement, GNTO lists some examples of hidden gems for those seeking a little peace and quiet during their stay in the beautiful natural landscapes of Germany.

The statement says that little village of Zinnowitz on the island of Usedom is one of the sunniest regions in Germany, located on the Baltic Sea coast. More sunshine is recorded here than in any other region, with an average of 1,917 hours each year. A gentle breeze blows over the sand dunes, cries of seagulls fill the air while quaint bathing resorts invite guests to enjoy a leisurely stroll.

Deep in the south of the country, visitors can find places such as Traunstein in Bavaria, nestled in an idyllic setting between the Chiemsee and Königssee lakes, says GNTO. A sunny stroll through the historic old town is a must. The warm, dry autumn wind that keeps the clouds in check is responsible for the impressive sunshine record at the foot of the Alps in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, adds the statement. 

GNTO says that in Hamburg’s Altona district, an extra-large balcony awaits sun lovers as a real treat. The Altona Balcony offers breathtaking panoramic views of the bustling activities in the harbour and the beautiful curves of the Köhlbrand Bridge from its elevated position on the high bank of the River Elbe. The lush green environment in its summer beauty is a perfect picnic spot too.

The statement adds that it is exceptionally sunny where Germany’s tallest peak, the Zugspitze, is located. The clouds are kept at bay by the warm, dry autumn winds. Long stretches of sunshine, however, are not always accompanied by high temperatures, and up there at 2,962 metres, it can turn very icy. Even though the sky is still a stunning shade of blue, sunbathing is impossible if bitter winds start to blow.

Romit Theophilus, Director, German National Tourist Office in India, says that hiking, biking or simply taking in wonderful views, with so many different natural highlights, Germany has a surprise for Indian travellers around every corner. From powder-soft sandy beaches to idyllic natural beaches for long walks, Destination Germany beckons for all kinds of bathing fun at the sea, lakes and rivers.

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