SouthWest Germany has emerged as a popular, pocket-friendly European destination for Indian visitors and is ambitious on keeping the pace going with celebratory events in 2017.Christine Schenhuber, Marketing Director, Tourism Marketing, Baden Wurttemberg, Germany, told eGTMedia: “170,446 Indians visited our region between January and November 2016. Indian visitors are more to Stuttgart, Esslingen and Reutlingen. We are celebrating 131 years of invention of car. We also invented the bicycle and are celebrating 2017 as 200th year of its invention with many events. The Heidelberg University is the oldest at 168 years and weddings take place at the picturesque Heidelberg Bridge.”
Southwest German Tourism delegation visited New Delhi, Mumbai and Bengaluru to interact with select industry partners recently.
SouthWest German Tourism team at the roadshow in Mumbai
Mag. Thorsten Rudolf, CEO, Black Forest Highlands(Hoch Schwarzwald), said: “Cuckoo clocks were first made in Black Forest using local wood and its history is more than 200 years, even before tourism started with railway coming-up in 19th century. Black Forest Highlands, which is certified as a sustainable region, gets more than a million visitors every year. Mount Feldberg at 1493 meters has just the right climate. There are no air-conditioners in the hotel as you don’t need them. Walking, hiking and mountain bike tours can be enjoyed here.”
Best product in Black Forest highlands is its Red Inclusive Card that any visitor can get complimentary by just staying for two nights at a hotel, resort or apartment in the region. The Red card gives free access to more than 100 top attractions including free Wi-Fi with an app for easy movements in the region. Cost of stay at an apartment begins from € 89 per night for two adults and two kids.
Jurgan Drubba, Managing Director, Hofgut Sternen said: “We welcomed 30,000 Indian guests, a third of our total last year. Lake Titisee has 100 percent electric boats. 257 year old Hofgut Sternen just finished adding the new power plant. Guided tours through the power plant that uses hydel, solar and wood for producing power are available, in addition to cuckoo clock and glass blowing demos for guests. We can now produce black forest pastry to suit Indian tastes like without eggs or without alcohol.” The resort employs Indian chefs from April to October.
Dollenberg, Black Forest Resort is a Relais & Chateaux hotel bordering a national park. It has stylish, traditional rooms, 6 different pools and 5 saunas. It’s only 31 miles from Baden Baden or Strasbourg and guests can have a 3 course meal looking at France.
Wiebke Freund, Head of International Sales and Marketing, Baden Baden, said: Full day at 4000 square meter Caracalla Spa in this historic spa town costs only € 23 and a 3 hour package costs € 19. We have Germany’s largest and Europe’s second largest Opera and also the longest Christmas market from November to January end.”
Europa Park and Black forest trips can be taken as day trips from Baden Baden, which has Roomers, a new five star, superior modern hotel with a rooftop bar.
Schenhuber said: “Lake Constance is popular with Bollywood movies. Best thing here is that you can hop on a boat and go for lunch at Switzerland or Austria and return back to Germany for dinner. We have 9 five star superior properties in the state that are mostly family owned and extending traditional service.”
South West Germany had 30 percent growth in Indian arrivals during last two consecutive years.
Written by Anand & Madhura Katti