The Danish summer house areas have long been a favoured stomping ground for German tourists, but statistics are showing that the fewest number since 2008 visited Denmark last year.
In 2013 German guests rented Danish summer houses for a total of 352,000 weeks, a fall of three percent from 2012 and the lowest number since 2008, according to Statistics Denmark.
“If we look into the figures, we can see that more German families have decided against vacationing in Danish summer houses,” Christian Hilligsøe Heinig, the head economist at Realkredit Danmark, told Jyllands-Posten newspaper. “The Germans are by far still the guests visiting in Danish summer houses the most.”
As opposed to the German tourists, the Swedes and Norwegians have been holidaying in Denmark’s summer houses more and more. There was an increase of six percent in the number of Denmark’s Scandinavian neighbours that chose to stay in Danish summer homes in 2013 compared to the year before.
There are a total of 100,000 summer houses in Jutland and Zealand, but it is particularly those in west and south Jutland that account for the majority of summer house rentals nationally, 56 percent.