Top 10 Recreational Activities in Germany

Top 10 Recreational Activities in Germany

Germany is a country that is proud of it rich historic heritage, culture as well as nature. Being one of the biggest European countries, Germany boasts a versatile landscape and outdoor attractions. Check out our list of fun things to do once in Germany!

10. Have a Scenic Drive in Sylvenstein Dam

The man-made lake embedded in the alpine landscape is one of the most exciting sites in the Isar valley. Situated at an altitude of 750 meters in the Karwendel Alps, the lake is fed by the Isar river. Water reservoir is surrounded with hiking trails, that are loved by the visitors.

Why go there?

Tourists come here to admire the views, hike, climb or bathe in the lake. A popular cycle track Bavaria Tyrolensis on the southern bank links Bavaria and Tyrol Alps. The destination is also loved by photographers, who are fascinated by this idyllic place.

Sylvenstein-Photo by Gavin Hellier

Photo by Gavin Hellier

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Photo by Gavin Hellier

Sylvenstein-Photo by Prolific Winter

Photo by Prolific Winter

9. Walk in the Sanssouci Gardens

The gardens of the palace are also very famous for their impeccable style. The complex was built by a commission of Frederick the Great of Prussia as his summer palace. The rococo palace is absolutely magnificent: the statues of Roman emperors, a Chinese teahouse, golden elements, terraced gardens, baroque flower gardens today are open for public to see.

Why go there?

You can admire the historic palace and also have a very romantic walk in the park and gardens around it.

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Sanssouci-Photo by Avi Cohen

Photo by Avi Cohen

8. See Rakotzbrücke in Kromlau

If you will search for the attractions in Kromlau, the Rakotzbrücke will certainly pop out. The largest park in Saxony was commissioned by Friedrich Herrmann Rötschke, the knight of Kromlau, in the middle of the 19th century. The Medieval looking bridge is outstanding, however, it dates back to 1860s. Its high canopy and reflection in the water of the river Rakotzsee create a full circle.

Why go there?

The park also is proud of rich nature, its gardens and other architectural attractions.

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Rakotzbrücke-Photo by Photo by Marco D

Photo by Photo by Marco D

Rakotzbrücke-Photo by Daniel Liebscher

Photo by Daniel Liebscher

7. Relax in Tropical Islands Resort

Known as the Aerium, a former Soviet airfield has recently been transformed to a much more entertaining mission. Eleven years ago the Tropical Island resort chain has opened a huge water park next to Berlin. The park is open 24 hours a day and provides the widest range of activities for the whole family.

Why go there?

From white sandy beaches, palm groves, waterfalls and tropical rainforests, to swirling waterslides, salsa lessons, acrobatic performances and even Shopping Boulevard – there is enough space for everything!

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6. Hit the Lake Constance Cycle Route

The city of Konstanz in Germany has prepared a wonderful route, perfect for the cyclists. Embedded in the Alps, the itinerary circles three countries – Germany, Switzerland and Austria – and passes medieval villages, castles, churches and idyllic Alpine towns. Even if you are not up for riding a bike, you can go on a ferry on the lake and approach the shoreline from there.

Why go there?

Konstanz is found in southwestern Germany – one of the most beautiful parts of the country. It combines amazing nature with famous German flare for perfection. Local cuisine is also influenced by the neighbouring countries and has its own specialities.

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5. Hike in Saxon Switzerland

A beautiful climbing area and a national park are situated in the valley, along the Elbe river. Approximately 1000 peaks attract hikers and offer stunning views. The Bastei is especially appealing – it features a bridge, built between the rock towers, and viewpoints on top of them.

Why go there?

Free climbing originated here and developed an extreme tradition of a Baustelle – a technique when others’ shoulders are used to climb over the difficult sections. However, nonprofessional hikers will also have plenty to do and see in this picturesque park.

Saxon-Photo by Michael Stephan

Photo by Michael Stephan

Saxon-Photo by Evzen Takac

Photo by Evzen Takac

Saxon-Photo by Daniel Řeřicha

Photo by Daniel Řeřicha

4. Hike in the Bavarian Alps

Germany also has a good chunk of the Alps – the biggest mountain range in Europe – and it is found in southern Bavaria. It provides all the great and fun outdoor activities all year round: from hiking, cycling and camping in summer, to skiing and snowboarding in winter.

Why go there?

Healthy air, various spas and resorts as well as rich cultural life, festivals and events make it one of our favourite spot in the region.

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Bavarian alps

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3. Visit Königssee

The eponymous settlement is surrounded with the Watzmann mountain, that is part of the Bavarian Alps, and gorgeous Königssee lake. The fascinating nature defines Schönau’s dramatic landscape. The municipality is one of the most famous tourist spots in the region.

Why go there?

Besides the beautiful nature, hiking in the mountains and boating, Schönau is also visited for its bobsleigh, luge, and skeleton track, wellness and spa centers.

Königssee-Photo by Michael Wünsche

Photo by Michael Wünsche

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Königssee

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2. Ride to the Zugspitze

The highest peak in Germany can be hiked to. But also there is an easier option – a cable car provides a quick and fun access to the top. Impressive views to four lands open – Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany.

Why go there?

It can be a fun challenge and the best viewpoint in Bavaria. Also, there is a resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen below, which provides all the facilities that one might need for a holiday.

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1. Visit Heligoland

A small archipelago in the North Sea is truly picturesque. The red rocky island can be reached via a relatively short ferry drive from Cuxhaven. The archipelago has been inhabited since the prehistoric times.

Why go there?

It is a great destination for the day trippers, as it offers great views, hiking trails and a chance to discover this geological oddity.

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