Central Europe

Steady growth for nearby destinations

Germans continued to take more domestic holidays and travel more to nearby destinations in Central Europe last year, the fvw Destination Ranking 2020 showed.
Small Slovenia came out top of the five-year destination comparison table
Small Slovenia came out top of the five-year destination comparison table

Most destinations easily reachable by car or train again showed solid growth in terms of German visitor numbers or overnight stays, continuing a general trend of the last few years. Germany itself remained by far the biggest holiday destination for Germans with a 3.9% rise in overnight stays.

The Netherlands was again very popular for German tourists last year with overnight stays rising nearly 12%. The country has seen a cumulative 57% rise on the German market over the last five years.

Another winner in 2019 was Slovenia with a similar growth rate that put it top of the five-year table. German overnight stays in the small Adriatic destination have nearly doubled since 2014.

Most other Central European destinations had to be content with single-digit increases in overnight stays by German visitors last year. Belgium, for example, had a moderate 4% rise after two years of double-digit growth and Poland was up by 3% after several years of strong increases.

In contrast, Austria and Switzerland each only achieved fractional growth last year while France showed a slight decline in German overnight stays, according to the Destination Ranking.