Germany's nationwide competition of sustainable tourist destinations has come to an end for another year. Though there can only be one winner, you'll find many more contenders in other regions, letting you enjoy travelling today with tomorrow in mind.
If you want to find out what sustainable travel really means, pack your bags and head for the UNESCO Swabian Alb Biosphere, which boasts magnificent forests that cover mountains and ravines as well as meadow orchards dotted across the landscape. The area exemplifies how sustainable tourism can drive the development of an entire region. Tourism and conservation associations, local authorities, businesses and citizens all pull together here. Their enthusiasm is infectious and results in high-quality regional products and unique experiences. For example, you can enjoy traditional local dishes at the Biosphärengastgeber hotels and restaurants or go on discovery tours of the reserve in the company of the Biosphären-Botschafter guides.
Travelling with a clear conscience
Of course, it's not only the winning destination that's worth visiting. Finalists such as the town of Celle, the island of Juist, the North Eifel region and the Bliesgau Biosphere Reserve are among the tourist destinations offering a glimpse of the future. So if you're taking a sustainable approach to travelling in Germany, you'll be spoilt for choice. We are top of the class globally when it comes to sustainability thanks to our countless cycling routes and walking trails, UNESCO World Heritage sites, certified tourism providers, green cities and areas of natural beauty. Make use of the convenient transport links to explore the different regions, or try out a more unusual method of travel – be it canoeing, donkey trekking, or sailing down the river on a houseboat. Discover regional cuisine, traditions and customs and arts and crafts, and stay in hotels that believe that conserving resources and protecting the environment are just as important as offering a warm welcome. For an unforgettable experience, look no further than a sustainable holiday in Germany. Click here for more information.