From beaches to mountains
Summer is the peak travel season in Germany – for a multitude of reasons. Warm temperatures, long, sunny days, colourful open-air festivals, inviting ‘biergartens’ and many outdoor activities invite visitors from near and far to discover this versatile country to the fullest.
Summer marks the height of Germany’s annual popularity with travellers for many reasons: so let’s explore why. Not many people know that Germany actually has a few awesome beaches in the north of the country. For those visitors that don’t want to go without relaxing beach days and some refreshing swims, we therefore suggest heading to the north of Germany, where several beach towns like Scharbeutz or Rostock await. Here, one can try some local fish dishes, enjoy the sea breeze and just simply relax. Germany even has some gorgeous islands on offer. One of the most famous ones is Sylt, where you can find almost 40 kilometres of sandy beaches along its west coast.
SCHÖNBERG BEACH. PHOTO © WWW.OSTSEE-SCHLESWIG-HOLSTEIN.DE
Hip city breaks
A city break is always a great idea – especially in Germany’s summertime. After all, most cities will sport some fabulous outdoor beer gardens to soak up the sun in while enjoying a tasty brew or two. And if it’s getting too hot, most cities will also have a multitude of swimming opportunities. For example, in Berlin you can head to the ‘Badeschiff’, which is a public pool in the middle of the river. And most other cities have at least one bathing lake in or around the city centre.
Hiking and more
For those who love to spend their summer holidays being active, Germany has an extensive range of opportunities on offer. From sailing to running or biking, the beautiful nature around the country offers many possibilities. Hiking fans especially love the mountain sceneries and the many great hiking paths through untouched nature and impressive landscapes.
BERLIN, KREUZBERG. PHOTO © VISITBERLIN, DAGMAR SCHWELLE
Germany is famous for sausages, great beers and schnitzel, to give just a few examples. Another culinary offering, however, that should be checked out in summertime, is German wine. A multitude of vineyards invite visitors to their gorgeous estates during the summer months where their exquisite drinks can be tried, while marvelling at the gorgeous sceneries. The Palatinate wine region in the south-west, for example, is blessed with a mild Mediterranean climate which makes it the perfect wine-growing region.
Need some inspiration on which places and events to visit this summer? Read the following special theme to learn more about our top picks for spending the summertime in Germany. www.discovergermany.com
TEXT: NANE STEINHOFF | TOP PHOTO © TOURIST INFO MURNAU, JOSEF BECK