Take on the winter holidays with Germany’s enticing activities and festive spirit

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: GCC travellers looking to gain authentic winter experiences should look no further than Germany’s expansive seasonal activations and incredible roster of family-friendly offerings.

The south German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are popular for its charming snow-capped mountaintops and alpine ski trails, and while the temperatures often average 0°C, the exciting sporting activities available will warm skiers up in no time. 

Ski lovers can enjoy an array of Bavarian Alpine resorts with options for beginners, families, and sporting pros. The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, only an hour outside Munich, features an array of outdoor activities perfect for winter strolls amid mountainous views, crystal clear lakes, and fresh pine forests. 

Beautiful twilight view of Sankt Sebastian pilgrimage church with decorated Christmas tree illuminated during blue hour at dusk in winter, Ramsau, Nationalpark Berchtesgadener Land, Bavaria, Germany

For those looking for a more calming scene, cable car trips in Baden-Württemberg offer incredible views of the magnificent Black Forest dotting the mountain range.

“Germany’s luscious winter landscapes are the perfect backdrop for long walks, bike rides, and exciting sports such as skiing and snowboarding. We welcome GCC travellers to wrap up warm and explore the bountiful countryside vistas afforded by the cooler temperatures,” said Yamina Sofo, Director of Sales and Marketing of the German National Tourist Office. 

Tourists who would rather view winter landscapes from the warm indoors, the German.Spa.Tradition. campaign which highlights Germany’s traditional health resorts and spas from across the nation, offers a plethora of opportunities to enjoy health and wellness retreats amid stunning natural wonders. Visitors can engage the mind, body, and soul across the country’s traditional wellness spas. 

The campaign focuses in five essential themes: Breathe, Renew, Enjoy, Feel, and Taste. 

For an authentic German experience and the chance to grab some holiday gifts or shop for loved ones, traditional festive shops are perfect for presents for the whole family. Showcasing the region’s customary traditions and urbanised artisan trinkets, stores during December take on a festive feel with the air filled with the smell of cinnamon, alongside some of the most stunning decorations. 

The German Federal Government announced the easing of COVID-19 travel restrictions for all travellers aged 12 years and above, regardless of individual vaccination status. The announcement ensures travellers from Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates can enter the country with a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before travel. As of November, vaccinated travellers coming in from Germany into the UAE do not need a PCR test. 

The EU issues and updates its travel recommendations to member states regularly. The safe list is reviewed and revised every two weeks by the EU authorities and members states. 

For full entry requirements to Germany, visitors are advised to refer to www.bmi.bund.de.


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