Germany is preparing for an influx of tourists from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain, which make up the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).
Arrivals from these countries are expected to increase as the Eid holiday approaches. Germany is a popular destination for these travelers due to its city breaks, nature-related explorations, adventure vacations and sporting experiences, reports SchengenVisaInfo.com.
“While Germany has countless attractions, some of the top Eid travel inspirations include the city of Marburg, which celebrates its 800th anniversary this spring, so culture vultures have the chance to revel in a visit that spans eight centuries of history and includes important personalities such as Saint Elizabeth, Landgrave Philipp and Emil von Behring”, a press release issued by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Climate Action reads.
Other interesting sites to visit include the Blue Mosque in Hamburg, one of the oldest Islamic sites in Germany with a capacity of 1,500 people. The mosque also has one of the largest carpets in the world which took three solid years to complete, and around 22 people had to hand tie 80 million knots.
As for food, Berlin’s Sonnenallee, known as the “Arabian Street”, is a popular destination for halal cuisine, with bakeries, various cafes and Arab shops.
In other areas of Berlin, such as Tiergarten, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, and Neukölln, travelers can try a variety of dishes across the country, from Turkish delights in Hamburg and Syrian specialties in Frankfurt to halal supermarkets in nearly every city. German.
“Germany’s long-standing ties to various international communities have seen the emergence of a number of cultural and historical landmarks, many of which are key sites of keen interest to GCC travelers,” Yamina Sofo, director of sales and marketing at the German National Tourist Board, said.
In addition, the Thuringia Bach Festival, where the renowned music of Johann Sebastian Bach will be performed, will be available until May 5, with 47 concerts across the state.
According to the entry rules, all travelers are allowed to enter the country, provided they can present one of the following certificates:
- Vaccination certificate, indicating that the holder is fully vaccinated against COVID-19
- Recovery certificate, showing that the holder has recovered from the virus within the last 180 days
- Test certificate, which shows the holder has tested negative for coronavirus within the last 72 hours
Earlier this month, the German government relaxed entry rules and national restrictions related to COVID-19, such as presenting a certificate to enter public places such as cafes, bars, restaurants, museums, theaters and shopping malls. In addition, the requirement to wear a face covering has been lifted for the majority of public spaces, with the exception of access to public transport and health facilities.