City trips soared by 82% between 2007 and 2014 to reach a 22% share of all holidays, according to World Travel Monitor® figures. This strong increase has been driven by cheap flights and low-cost accommodation as well as new attractions and activities. The key motivations for city trips tend to be similar around the world, research shows. These are mainly sightseeing, enjoying the city atmosphere, shopping, eating out, and visiting cultural attractions. Many of Germany’s top cities enjoyed an increase in visitors in 2015 and the picturesque Heidelberg recorded a whopping 14%. This medieval city with its romantic castle, graceful bridges, top university and student vivacity is always a hit with travelers.

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