GNTB (German National Tourist Board) is the National Tourism Organization og Germany which promotes Germany as a Tourist destination. Especially for the Reminder magazine , on behalf of the regional office of GNTB in Belgrade Mr. Cristian Sallai reveals the lesser known details of this beautiful country
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Can you tell us something more about GNTB?
On behalf of the German federal government, the GNTB is working internationally to promote Germany as a travel destination for more than 60 years. The German National Tourist Board (GNTB) has its headquarters in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. The GNTB runs campaigns and activities that aim to enhance the positive image of German towns, cities and regions abroad and to promote travel to Germany. Since 2012 GNTB opened its office in Belgrade. The office in Belgrade covers 6 Markets in the region: Bulgaria, Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Romania..
What are the comparative advantages of Germany comparing to the other European countries?
The main advantages are the diversity of the tourism destination Germany. From rich cultural cities to fairytale scenery, breath taking nature to big metropolis and financial centers, Germany has it all. Germany is one of the most diverse destinations in the world. So regardless if you are a “solo” traveler or a family you will find what your heart desires in the Destination Germany. From City-Break to shopping –trip, from hiking to business travel, from cultural travel to sport-events, from Fairytale routes and castles to Skyscrapers, you will be able to experience all in Germany. This diversity of opportunities for travelers positions Germany as a top destination in the preferences of travelers worldwide. Another factor is the amazing value-for money ratio that Germany provides. And well the infrastructure that allows you a huge mobility into and inside the country.All this factors have driven Germany to be the top Touristic Destination in the past years.
What are the most interesting cities in Germany related to tourism, according to your opinion?
There is something for everyone in Germany’s towns and cities – whether it’s the big city buzz or the famous architecture, the historic sites or the packed shopping streets, the enchanting medieval houses or the scintillating nightlife.Every year, Germany’s biggest and most popular cities attract millions of visitors from all over the world. Everyone from business travellers and cultural aficionados to shopaholics and party animals will find exactly what they’re looking for.Incredibly, there are more than 10,000 towns and cities in Germany between the North Sea and the Alps. And each one has a charm all of its own. In these vibrant destinations, you can look forward to concerts, cultural events, and high-caliber museums. There is also plenty to discover in the way of monuments and historical buildings. So “pointing out” 2-3 of more than 10.000 is extremely challenging. The Magic Cities lead the way for urban breaks in Germany. You can discover the maritime vibe in Hamburg “Maritime City”. Düsseldorf, ”The City of fashion” is great for shopping, Dresden “The City of culture” oozes baroque splendor. You can visit flagship international trade fairs in Hannover “The City of innovation” and the Christmas market in Nurnberg “City of history”. Discover Bach, books and art nouveau architecture in Leipzig “City of music”? Or how about the Alps in Munich “City of lifestyle”? Traditional German cider in Frankfurt “City of art”, musicals in Stuttgart “City of cars” and chocolate in Cologne “City of exuberance”? The choice is yours!
Please name typical German menu.
I am glad you ask this question since in 2018 our main theme was Culinary. I like to start with the soup. Altmark wedding soup is typical starter in Saxony-Anhalt. Whenever I go to Germany I enjoy in German sausages. Thuringian one is one of my favorite. It is a protected brand and its production is controlled by a strict “purity law”: only premium pork and beef from Thuringia can be used as ingredients. At the end the piece of Black forest cake fits perfect! But the German cuisine is fascinating because of the transformation it has been going through since the early 70’s. Basically the modern cuisine you can experience today in Germany is a fusion between the traditional German cuisine and influences from the Balkans, the middle-east and Asia. The results are mouth-watering.
Which cities are most suitable for the party people, and which are for families?
Out of the top of my head I would name Berlin as the Party Capital of Europe. But it is also a family destination because of its museums and the Zoo which is one of the biggest in Europe. Same can be said for Munich or Hannover or Frankfurt or any other city. What I would like to underline is the diversity in the cities themselves. Let’s take Berlin as an example. The capital is of course the top destination if you are thinking about nightlife. The biggest DJ’s in the world are performing on the festivals or in the clubs every night. And at the Brandenburg Gate you have one of the biggest New Year’s Eve Parties in the World. But in the same time Berlin is a top destination also for families. One of the greenest cities in Europe with a lot of attractions for children and families. But it is also one of the top destinations if you think about business. The biggest fairs in the world take place here. So you see how in just one of the 10.000 cities in Germany you can find something pleasing for everybody.
What are the unused comparative advantages of Serbia referring to tourism?
Serbia is one amazing country with a huge potential for the further development. Since I am living and working in Serbia, for the past 6 years, I could experience and observe myself the positive development and dynamic of the country. Serbia has tremendous cultural heritage and extremely attractive natural sceneries. Just to pick out an example the Danube is touristical juwel that connects Serbia with vestern europe. A direct link between Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest and Bukarest. This is a huge asset.