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Tourism boming in Hamburg and metropolitan region

Office of Metropolregion's publication showcases 99 places for leisure activities in Hamburg and region

Around 6 million national and international guests spent 12 million overnight stays in hotels and guest houses in 2014 outlining Hamburg’s popularity as a city destination in Europe, Hamburg Tourismus GmbH said citing the latest tourist figures. Overnight stays by people from abroad jumped by 10.3 per cent while their share of all overnight stays came to 24.4 per cent.

“99 Favourite Places for Leisure Activities” in the metropolitan region

The metropolitan region also had steadily increasing tourist numbers. In 2014, accommodation with nine and more beds (not including camping sites) notched up some 32,500,000 overnight stays. This meant a good 350,000 additional overnight stays in 2014 over 2013 or a growth rate of 1.1 per cent, according to figures by Hamburg Tourismus GmbH.

A brochure entitled “99 Lieblingsplätze für Aktive“ (or “99 Favourite Places for Leisure Activities”) showcases excursions in the metropolitan region. The publication is being issued jointly by the office of the Metropolregion Hamburg, Hamburg Marketing GmbH and 20 local tourism organisations at the start of the season and is likely to interest tourists and people living in northern Germany. The pamphlet features swimmers, paddlers, trampolonists, Olympic Games competitors and amateur cyclists who reveal their favourite places for leisure activities in the metropolitan region.

Nordic Walking & Stand Up Paddling

André Hahn from Otterndorf, a footballer who plays as a midfielder for Borussia Monchengladbach in the Bundesliga, recommends Nordic Walking on the watt along the Wurster part of the North Sea Coast. Moritz Fürst plays hockey with Uhlenhorster HC and is currently preparing for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. He likes indulging in stand-up paddleboarding to relax on the Isebekanal in Eppendorf.

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About the Hamburg Metropolitan Region

The Hamburg Metropolitan Region consists of 17 districts and rural areas, two urban municipalities and the city of Hamburg. This renders it Germany’s second largest metropolitan region after the Ruhr. The Hamburg Metropolitan Region is one of the most competitive in Europe. The office of the Metropolregion Hamburg says an estimated 5 million people live and work in the region located on a key European transport axis between Scandinavia, western, eastern and southern Europe. For more information, see:

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