Number of Overnight Stays in Beelitz on the Rise
Cycling, horse-riding, feasting on asparagus: People who visit Beelitz would love to stay longer. According to the current figures produced by the state statistical office, there were almost 52,800 paid overnight stays in the town's registered hotels and hostels over the past year. That is around 5000 more than in 2012.
"This is a fantastic development. It shows that guests are being increasingly appreciative of our town", says the Mayor, Bernhard Knuth. "This is primarily down to the tremendous development witnessed in Beelitz and its surrounding localities in recent years. The image of our town has been made ever more beautiful through the restoration of buildings and squares as well as the installation of appealing plants and green areas. What is more, guests have recognised that there is a great deal to experience in Beelitz." Apart from the numerous events, a growing range of leisure activities is also available.
And there is a welcome increase in the number of tourists coming from abroad. In the last five years the number of overnight stays made by international guests has increased more than five-fold, with the number exceeding 2000 in 2013. Apart from landscape and the asparagus attractions, the Beelitz Festival has done much to bring about these additional numbers of overnight stays: The operetta "The White Horse Inn" was staged over 5 evenings; the 500 seats were completely sold out. A continuation is planned for the coming year.
Eight larger-sized hotels and hostels with a total of 300 beds are registered with the statistical office, with another 20 guest-houses and holiday apartments being located in the town and almost all its surrounding localities. Their guest numbers are not recorded in the statistics.
However, the principal share of tourism remains attributable to day trippers, whose numbers are almost impossible to register. Nevertheless, the town's tourist information centre, opened two years ago, during the current asparagus season alone recorded an average of 17 visitors per day who came in to seek advice, reserve tickets for events or buy books and souvenirs. The trips on the historical stagecoach are particularly popular. Almost all the tours organised in mid-June and the start of July were booked out. The Sunday guided tours of the old town are also well attended; since April around 100 guests have delved into the history of Beelitz.
It is the weekend events in particular that bring vibrancy to Beelitz. This year's Asparagus Festival at the start of June saw around 30,000 people celebrating in the streets; at the Fichtenwald Summer Festival held on the first weekend of July, an audience of over 1000 experienced Carmina Burana performed in the open air. And the festivals organised on the asparagus farms also attracted tens of thousands of visitors to Beelitz one weekend after the other.
But even after the asparagus season is over there is no end in sight. Growers are currently enticing visitors with "pick-your-own" harvests of bilberries; in mid-August come the choke berries before the first pumpkins ripen in September. Beelitz's outdoor swimming pool is a good place to cool down during the holidays; riding stables such as the "Pferdehof Adamek" in Buchholz, the Ponyhof Regenbogen" in Schönefeld and the "Meadow Ranch Körzin" offer riding lessons for children. Older visitors can enjoy a new highlight with the exhibition entitled "Reisegelegenheit nach Sachsen" [Travel to Saxony] hosted in the rooms of the "Alte Posthalterei". Upcoming highlights in the event calendar include the Cabaret and Concert Evenings in the "Beelitzer Schmiedehof" as well as the performance of "Max und Moritz" at the "Posthof" on 1st August and the "Kunst- und Handwerkermarkt" on 23rd and 24th August