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Leading vacation destinations for German tourists 2018-2020

The most popular vacation destinations for German holidaymakers were the Baltic Sea, followed by Spain and Italy. These trends echo longstanding vacation traditions, though other destinations are also in the top ten and closer to home, such as Austria, the state of Bavaria or the North Sea.

Vacation time

Taking time for a vacation is considered important in Germany and surveys confirm that over a third of the population was very interested in doing so, as well as traveling in general. In terms of travel accommodation, those vacationing in Germany mainly stayed in a holiday apartment or home, though hotels were also popular. By comparison, when going on vacation abroad, the majority preferred a hotel or guesthouse.

Staycation situation

More than half of the German population wanted to go on a beach vacation or definitely spend their holidays in the sun somewhere. However, while they enjoy traveling, German holidaymakers are clearly fans of the staycation, which is also true for other European countries.

Leading holiday travel destinations for German tourists from 2018 to 2020

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Release date

July 2020



Survey time period

2018 to 2020

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Face-to-face interview

Supplementary notes

The base is made up of the German-speaking population from 14 years of age living in private households in the location of the principle domicile in the Federal Republic of Germany.

Information about the complete sample:
2018: 23,389 respondents, projected to 70.45 million.
2019: 23,813 respondents, projected to 70.60 million.
2020: 23,191 respondents, projected to 70.63 million.

Further information about the survey methodology is available here.

Multiple answers were possible for the survey question. For this reason the sum of the percentages may exceed 100%.

The survey question was worded as follows: “Where have you gone on vacation during the last 12 months? Could you answer based on this list?”

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