Most Germans preferred to go on a summer holiday in 2019. Family holidays were also popular, though some didn’t travel for a vacation at all. All the same, vacation travel, whether abroad or in Germany, is generally something Germans look forward to. The planning phase is just as much a part of the process as the trip itself.
Going on vacation
Based on recent surveys on vacation and travel interest in Germany, most respondents were moderately or particularly interested in combining holiday time with going somewhere. German holidaymakers used various means of transport for their planned vacation trips in 2019, among them primarily passenger cars and flying. While Germans enjoy planning longer vacations, short vacation trips were also popular.
Accommodation and spending
When traveling domestically, German tourists mostly stayed in hotels/ guesthouses, or holiday homes. The same was true for accommodation choices when going abroad. In terms of vacation travel spending per person, German tourists spent the most in Asia and the Far East in 2018, followed by USA and Canada.
Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2016 to 2019
* First asked in 2017.
**Not asked starting in 2018.
***Not asked starting in 2019.
Base: German-speaking population aged 14 and over.
Total sample information:
2016: 23,102 respondents, projection to 69.56 million people
2017: 23,106 respondents, projection to 70.09 million people
2018: 23,086 respondents, projection to 70.45 million people
2019: 23,120 respondents, projection to 70.60 million people
The values shown refer to the following studies: 2016: VuMA 2017; 2017: VuMA 2018; 2018: VuMA 2019; 2019: VuMA 2020.
More information on the methodology can be found here.
For this question, multiple answers were possible. For this reason, the sum of percentages may exceed 100%.
This question was asked in the survey in the following wording: "Have you made one or more holiday trips in the past 12 months, which lasted five days or longer and were not just family visits? What kind of holiday trip was it/ what kind of holidays? Also keep in mind that for a holiday trip multiple answers can apply."
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VuMA. (November 13, 2019). Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2016 to 2019 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved October 19, 2021, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/561026/most-popular-travel-types-germany/
VuMA. "Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2016 to 2019." Chart. November 13, 2019. Statista. Accessed October 19, 2021. https://www.statista.com/statistics/561026/most-popular-travel-types-germany/
VuMA. (2019). Most popular types of travel in Germany from 2016 to 2019. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: October 19, 2021. https://www.statista.com/statistics/561026/most-popular-travel-types-germany/
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