Germany attracted 3% more foreign tourists in the first half of the year than the same period in 2016.

A total of 36.7 million international overnight stays were recorded by the country’s Federal Statistical Office in the six months to the end of June – a rise of 1.2 million.

International flight bookings to Germany for the third quarter, up to the beginning of August, are 5.6% higher than in the previous year, according to the latest analysis by Forward Keys.

German National Tourist Board CEO Petra Hedorfer said: “With a 3% growth in the first half of the year and over one million additional overnight stays, travel destination Germany is showing a very good half-year balance amongst the international competition.

“From this, it would appear that Germany as a destination is more popular than ever”.