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Germany braces for influx of GCC travelers this Eid


Germany, which has long been a popular destination for Eid travelers due to the variety of holidays the country has to offer, is once again preparing for an influx of visitors, including a considerable number from the region of Gulf.

While Germany has countless attractions, some of the top Eid travel inspirations include the city of Marburg, which celebrates its 800th anniversary this spring. like Saint Elisabeth, Landgrave Philipp and Emil von Behring. Other events the city has encountered over the years are also highlighted.

With global warming, outdoor activities in Germany are also expected to gain popularity, such as the Romantic Road in Möttingen. With a minimum of three-day itineraries encouraged to revel in all the beauty of the 350km route through forests, mountains and villages steeped in half a century of history, the trip is perfect for those looking to soak up both nature and culture.

With many mosques across Germany open for tourist visits throughout the year, the Blue Mosque in Hamburg is one of the oldest Islamic sites in the country. Renowned for its exceptional structural design, its beautiful shades of turquoise blue accompanied by Arabic calligraphy envelop several prayer halls, which can accommodate up to 1,500 people. The mosque also features one of the largest carpets in the world – it took three years to complete and 22 people had to hand-tie 80 million knots.

“Germany’s longstanding ties to various international communities have seen a number of cultural and historical sites emerge, many of which are key sites of keen interest to GCC travelers,” said Yamina Sofo, Director Sales and Marketing at the German National Tourist Board. “The country’s inclusive spirit has fostered an increase in cultural dining venues across Germany, with our world-class halal restaurants and cafes becoming increasingly popular with locals and visitors alike.”

Berlin’s Sonnenallee, also known as “Arabian Street”, has become a popular destination for Halal and Levantine cuisine. The street includes a plethora of cafes, bakeries and various Arabic shops with specialty stores selling international items such as snacks and clothing from Muslim countries.

With Germany ranked as the world’s third-largest food and beverage exporter, “Arab Street” embodies Germany’s diverse F&B product options. While the popular catwalk dominates the halal culinary scene in Berlin, there are plenty of options for everyone, scattered across both the city and the country.

In areas of the capital such as Tiergarten, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg and Neukölln, travelers can discover a variety of restaurants across the country. From Turkish delights in Hamburg to Syrian delights in Frankfurt, to halal supermarkets in nearly every state, there are a host of options available wherever travelers decide to go.

For music lovers, the Thuringia Bach Festival is the biggest music festival in the state. Through May 5, the renowned music of Johann Sebastian Bach is celebrated with 47 concerts across the state given by acclaimed musicians.

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