Thursday, June 20, 2024

Football fans asked to ‘stay a little longer’ and explore Germany

This summer, the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) is inviting GCC visitors to the heart of Europe for Euro 2024, to experience the passion for football with Germany hosting the European Football Championship from June 14 to July 14, across 10 cities.

GNTO offering a deeper exploration of its rich cultural heritage through the ‘Stay a Little Bit Longer’ campaign.

As fans worldwide gather to support their favourite teams, the GNTO is encouraging them to extend their stays, immerse themselves in local cultures, and discover Germany’s cultural and natural treasures.

This initiative seeks to enrich the visitor experience by encouraging exploration beyond the usual tourist destinations, promoting a more meaningful engagement with all that Germany has to offer.

Yamina Sofo, Director of Marketing & Sales Office Gulf Countries at GNTO, said: “Our ‘Stay a Little Bit Longer’ campaign encourages visitors to immerse themselves in Germany’s diverse cultural and natural landscapes. From our bustling cities to serene natural settings, there’s a treasure trove of experiences waiting. We invite everyone to extend their stays and discover these wonders at their own pace.”

Sofo also highlights the significance of the tournament: “Euro 2024 is more than just a showcase of Europe’s football talent; it’s a celebration of Germany’s deep roots in hosting major sporting events.

“This championship offers a unique opportunity for fans to connect with the game and each other, fostering a spirit of camaraderie and shared excitement across our historic cities.”

The 10 host cities will buzz with energy during the championship, each offering unique local flavours and experiences, a statement said.

Munich is ready to charm visitors with its architectural marvels and vibrant cultural scene, including the vast English Garden and the world-famous Hofbräuhaus, where traditional Bavarian fare and music create a festive atmosphere. Meanwhile, museums like the Deutsches Museum offer a dive into science and technology that is among the largest of its kind in the world.

Berlin, a tapestry of history, culture, and modernity, welcomes visitors to explore iconic landmarks such as the Brandenburg Gate and the remnants of the Berlin Wall. The city’s Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a treasure trove of art and antiquities. At the same time, the culinary scene and nightlife offer a taste of Berlin’s vibrant cultural diversity.

Stuttgart blends its automotive heritage with green landscapes, attracting car enthusiasts to the Mercedes-Benz and Porsche Museums and inviting nature lovers to explore the nearby countryside. The city’s Schlossplatz is perfect for leisurely walks amidst historic buildings.

Hamburg offers a unique mix of maritime history and urban culture with its giant port, historic Speicherstadt warehouse district, and stunning Elbphilharmonie concert hall. The city’s Reeperbahn is famed for its vibrant nightlife and musical history, notably as a starting point for The Beatles.

Cologne is known for its impressive Gothic cathedral and offers a mix of historical and modern attractions. Visitors can enjoy local craftsmanship at the chocolate museum or take a Rhine River cruise for panoramic city views, complemented by traditional local food.

Frankfurt, known for its skyline, is equally rich in cultural experiences with its Museum Embankment along the Main River. The historic Römerberg offers a glimpse into Frankfurt’s old city charm, and the lively festivals in Sachsenhausen provide a taste of traditional hospitality.

Additionally, from Leipzig’s musical heritage at the Thomaskirche to Dortmund’s industrial-turned-cultural landmarks like the Dortmunder U, Gelsenkirchen’s historical sites like Berg Palace, and Düsseldorf’s chic Königsallee and avant-garde MediaHafen, these cities provide diverse experiences that capture the essence of Germany’s vibrant culture and history.

Germany offers GCC travelers a diverse and unforgettable experience, blending history, culture, and adventure. Visitors can explore the stunning castles of Bavaria, savor the rich flavors of German cuisine, and dive into the country’s vibrant nightlife. For those looking to extend their stay, a wealth of activities awaits, from camping and hiking to mountain biking.

Nature enthusiasts will appreciate Germany’s commitment to sustainability, which is evident in its breathtaking landscapes and picturesque villages that also serve as eco-friendly tourism hubs.

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