It was not easy to plan your vacation in 2020. Especially in Berchtesgaden, where tourism supports the majority of the population, whether as a hotelier or a restaurateur. Many individuals rely on tourism for their livelihood. Events and trips had already been scheduled at the start of this year, before the first lockdown. Excursions and events that had to be canceled due to unforeseen circumstances.
The tourists were excited to visit our various national parks, but they hadn’t planned ahead of time for Covid-19. The amount of preemptive tourism was similar to prior years. Winter tourism was also in high demand due to the good snow conditions. While the virus was already spreading in China, it was not yet ubiquitous in Europe.
Then came the first lockdown, which forced tourists to leave town and cancel their planned visits from one day to the next. You needed a good reason to stay. The constraints imposed by the pandemic slowed public activity, forcing hotels and restaurants to close. Because the borders were closed for months, international tourism was impossible. For the most part, day travels inside one’s own country were permitted, but in some areas, you needed a special certificate to leave your hometown. It was permissible for Germans — and possibly Austrians – to hike in nearby national parks, which meant that there would be some tourists.
It got easier to visit Berchtesgaden and southern Germany in the summer. Because of the low number of infections, the administration decided to postpone the measures until the summer. Restaurants, movies, and public life were all allowed to reopen as a result of this. Following the opening of borders, international tourism became possible once more.
Parking lots were congested in a matter of days, national parks were visited, and the economy grew slightly. In the summer of 2020, many local businesses were able to produce revenue.
In 2021, because to an increase in covid-19 infections, many institutions had to close again during the winter. However, tourists are now permitted to visit us again, thanks to increased vaccination rates.
Tourists are welcomed again as long as they’ve been vaccinated, tested, or have had the virus before.