Discover in this article all that Germany has to offer in terms of leisure along with its rich history and culture.
Exploring Germany will definitely be an important aspect of your expatriation. You will definitely not get bored since various leisure activities and places of interest are available there. You can discover these with your family and friends during your free time. In fact, Germany has a great and amazing natural, cultural and historical wealth. You can either stroll in its forests and in the countryside. If you prefer breathtaking activities, you will be delighted with its amusements parks.
History and culture
The German history has mainly been marked by the Second World War which is portrayed by its monuments and ancient architecture, in Berlin particularly. In fact, this rich history has been preserved for years by local authorities. The Dachau Camp was the first concentration camp to be established by Nazis, in the North-west of Munich. The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin consists of a wall and several doors around the city of Berlin. The Neuschwanstein castle which was built for King Ludwig II and the Cologne Cathedral whose construction lasted over 600 years are other places of interest. Note that the Cologne Cathedral is one of the country's most popular tourist attractions.
Furthermore, the Museum Island, the Sanssouci Castle and Park at Potsdam, Dresden's city center, the city of Bambergmérit for its Middle Ages look, the Cistercian Abbey in Maulbronn, etc., have been listed as World Heritage sites by the UNESCO.
The nature lovers will be delighted by the country's huge green spaces including forests and nature parks where you can stroll. Northern Germany, with the Mecklenburg Lake District in particular, offer wonderful and breathtaking landscapes along with an enormous and abundant endemic flora and fauna.
You can also explore the Black Forest and Belchen which are found in the Baden-Württemberg region, in South-West Germany, the Moselle and Rhine Valleys which are found in the Rhine region, as well as the German Alpine Road which connects the Berchtesgaden region to Austria's border. The Berchtesgaden National Park, for its part, hosts the Koenigssee which is a stunning natural lake.
In the South, particularly in the Bavaria region, you will be able to admire a beautiful natural view interspersed with mountains and forests, As regard the Müritz National Park, which is found in the North, it hosts thousands of lakes and canals in a beautiful setting.
You can enjoy your week-ends by visiting the German paradise islands. Among these, the Baltic Islands, the Northern Islands and the Inner Islands, including Chiemsee, Lindau, Mariannenaue Island, Saint Pierre Island, etc. You can thus enjoy a pleasant day between sea, sky and earth in an enchanting atmosphere, under the gentle sun along endless beaches surrounded by hotels, as well as secluded bays.
If you are wishing for a family getaway, you may visit one of the country's various amusement parks for all ages and tastes. The Heide Park Resort, for instance, located in the Lüneburg region, hosts lush and amazing green spaces. In Ibbenbüren, you will find an enchanted forest, including a leisure park and toboggan: the best place to be in summer!
By visiting the Tolk-Schau Park, you will immerse yourself in history at the time of Vikings. If you prefer huge rides and large playgrounds, and other types of attractions, visit the Skyline Park which is found in the Bad Wörishofen region. As regards the Kleinwelka Park, which is located near Dresden, it also features a prehistoric zoo and a maze.
The Zeiss Jena Planetarium, which is more than 100 years old, will allow you to commune with the stars thanks to its advanced technology. The Blanker Hans House, located in Busum, the Sea Life Adventure Park, the Butterfly Farm in Usedom, etc., are other interesting parks.
Coming back from work and getting bored? You can still find many interesting things to do in German cities. Most boutiques and shopping malls are open until 8 pm, except on Saturdays when they close at 4 pm. Hence, you can enjoy night shopping. You will also find specialized markets and flea markets in many neighborhoods, as well as craft markets which are known as Kunstmark.
To enjoy the rich culture and German culinary specialties, you can choose from thousands of restaurants, pubs and cafes. Note that pork plays an important role in the German cuisine, especially in the Kartoffel and Kohl.
Nightlife lovers will be amazed with the huge number of bars, nightclubs, concert halls, theaters, etc., they are going to find in most German cities. Classical music lovers, in turn, can spend a quiet and emotional evening at the opera.