10 Random German Travel Facts

Two weeks from today I will be attending a Sri Lankan wedding in London at the Gherkin. Then the following months, I will be spending a few days in Nottingham with our son, our summer holidays will take us to the U.S.A for a family event, and in September I’m back to London for 24 hours for our daughter. Yes, we do travel a lot.

Here are the random facts I have gathered.

Air Traffic:

* In 2012, Germany’s air traffic carried 23.5 million passengers on domestic flights.

* Air traffic among Germany’s 27 biggest airports has gone up 19% since 2003.

* Air traffic for international flights has increased by 65% in ten years.

* The busiest airports are Munich, Berlin-Tegel, and Frankfurt.

 

Frankfurt Airport:

* Frankfurt Airport was awarded the Air Cargo Excellence Award 2013 for Europe.

 

Travel Spending:

* In 2011, Germans spent 60.7 billion euro on vacationing in foreign countries.

* In 2012, women spent 1.648 euro on traveling, while men spent 1.947 euro on average.

 

Accommodation in Germany:

* In 2012,  Germany registered  407 million lodgings. This is the first time ever for lodgings to have passed the 400 million mark.

 

Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport

Travel destinations:

* In 2012, the biggest increase in German tourism went to the Azores with 28.9%.

* In 2011, Germans took 40 million trips with most of them heading to Spain, Italy, and Turkey.

…Passenger to Frankfurt. (Masterpiece Edition) by Agatha Christie, available on Amazon.de

 

Winter Coat Drop-off at Frankfurt Airport

Frankfurt Airport has a special service for its winter time passengers flying south. Bugged down with your winter coat? Not anymore. You can leave your heavy coat at the baggage room. This service is available until 7 April 2013 at a daily charge of 50 cents.

There are three baggage room counters:

1) Terminal 1, Halle B, Level 1 (arrivals)

2) Terminal 1, Halle B-C, Level 2

3) Terminal 2, Halle D

Enjoy your trip and don’t forget to claim your coat when you return!

A Good Reason to Stay Home

If God had really intended men to fly, he’d make it easier to get to the airport.

– George Winters –

Last Impressions of Seoul

On our last night in Seoul, we became really good friends with the national beverage – sochu.

The next morning, we completely overslept. From the time we woke up to the departing flight we had 2:15. We packed in a frenzy, showered in a hurry and hailed the next best cab to the airport (from northern central Seoul to Incheon the fare was 50.500 Won).

It was also snowing quite heavily at that time. Heavy for the month of April, that is.

We made it to the airport, checked in and exchanged our Korean Won into Japanese Yen and then set off running the rest of the way. We were the last ones to board.

It was a turbulent flight due to strong winds. Our pilot made a successful landing on the second approach. We were fortunate to land as we could see some departing flights being cancelled out of  Fukuoka Airport.

We were awaited by our dear friends for an uneventful car ride to Kitakyushu.

Japan looks so much greener than the Korean landscape we have just left behind. We are back in the land of the broccoli mountains.

 

 

Travelling Book in Fukuoka

Wouldn’t you like to read Melleron’s Monsters by Douglas Hill? If you do, you will find a free copy of the book at the Fukuoka Airport in Japan.

This is where I will release it into the wild.

Travelling books Japan