Tourism in the German Capital region
The federal state of Brandenburg and the city of Berlin belong to the German Capital region. The vibrant capital Berlin is located right in the center of Brandenburg. With its 11 nature parks, 3 biosphere reserves, a national park as well as a UNESCO world heritage sight Brandenburg offers a unique natural and cultural landscape – for people living in Berlin and further.
Brandenburg is one of the most attractive German regions for cycling and hiking with 11.600 km of signposted cycle tracks and 2000 km of marked foothpaths. It inspires with cultural offers such as the Prussian cultural heritage and with huge water landscapes ideal for a relaxing break (3000 lakes, 33.00 km of running waters). Since many years the overnights stays and visitor numbers are continously increasing. In 2016 the figures reached a new peak with 12.9 Mio overnight stays (according to official statistics). Hence tourism contributes considerably to the the positive economic development in Brandenburg.
With more than 31 million overnight stays in 2016 Berlin proves to be a real visitor magnet in the heart of Europe. The city captivates with countless cultural activities, historical locations, trendy neighbourhoods and numerous musical and sports events. Having said that, however, Berlin enjoys a high standing on international scale in a different sector as well - more and more guests visit the German Capital to recover or rather to stay healthy.
Medical and health tourism in the German Capital Region
Health and spa tourism present an integral part of the health region Berlin-Brandenburg and becomes increasingly important. To take full account of this dimension "health tourism" is not only a defined area of activity in the Cluster Tourism Brandenburg but also in the Berlin-Brandenburg Cluster Healthcare Industries.
With eight certified health resorts and spas that can look back to a tradition of up to 800 years, as well as six thermal baths, 30 rehabilitation clinics and over 20 specialized clinics, Brandenburg is also an attractive destination for health tourists. In order to stay competitive synergies have to be created between the national and international tourism industry, the healthcare industries and other relevant sectors. Therefore an intelligent interlinkage is particularly relevant. The Health Excellence Inititative follows this approach and is thus an important cooperation partner for the international Matchmaking Event during ITB Berlin 2018.
Berlin's reputation as a hot spot for health tourism traces back to a 300 year old tradition of health and research centres. Nobel prices winners such as Rudolf Virchow or Rober Koch were among the prestigious researchers that contributed to the long lasting success story. With 130 hospitals, more than 35,000 beds‘s, 8.7000 employed doctors, 814.000 patients and a unique concentration of university and non-university research institutions the German Capital Region is a place offering truly state-of-the-art diagnostics and treatment.
An innovation spirit is required more than ever!
We look forward to welcoming you at the international Matchmaking Event 2018!