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A greater range of holiday offered by tour operators helped push UK visitor numbers to Germany up 7.4% to more than 5.5 million last year over 2014.

Overnight stays from the UK rose by 10.2% in January to almost 300,000, latest figures from the German National Tourist Office (GNTO) show.

The amount and type of holidays sold by operators increased in 2015, leading to greater choice and service.

The GNTO predicts that a new ‘Holidays in the Heart of Nature’ campaign could be an extenuating factor for increased tourism in 2016, citing the UK’s enduring passion for all things rural making the news.

Germany’s 16 national parks, more than 100 nature parks and 15 biosphere reserves aim to provide wildlife enthusiasts with the chance to get close to nature.

Additionally, the country has more than 200 long-distance cycle routes, combining rural landscapes with urban discovery.

The tourist office’s UK and Ireland director, Klaus Lohmann, said: ‘It’s clear from the popularity of rural interest television shows, specialist publications and the media, that people in the UK and Ireland have a deep-seated love and respect for rural life – just as we do in Germany.

“Exploring rural and ‘green’ Germany will enable visitors to discover many fascinating regions and areas they may not previously have known, with picture-box villages, incredible landscapes and the chance to relax and get away from it all.”