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Everything for your sustainable journey

With long, sunny days and rising temperatures, the best time for outside adventures begins — it is summer in Germany! Here you’ll find the best sustainable experiences and activities, whether hiking and swimming, delicious tastings, or eco-friendly accommodation.

Outdoor Activities

Summer offers several opportunities for exciting outdoor activities with a focus on sustainable experiences. The power of the natural world yours to discover in 16 national parks, with rivers and lakes, mountains, and lovely valleys. The Märkische Landweg leads through no fewer than three natural landscapes located between the metropolis of Berlin and the border with Poland. With 217 kilometers of nature, it is the most untouched riverscape in Europe. It is separated into ten sections and leads hikers through wooded areas, interesting cities and by several lakes. In addition to hiking on natural trails, you can also go canoeing or visit the rafting museum in Lychen.

With the North Sea and the Baltic Sea as well as many rivers and lakes to enjoy, Germany is a perfect destination for those who seek something refreshing. Those who want to travel away from well-known destinations will find interesting spots, for example in the Weser Uplands Nature Park. Shaped by the course of the Weser River, it features extensive forests and magnificent views. Whether by canoe or by ship, a variety of tours offer ways to experience the beauty of the region from the water. Diverse and sustainable natural landscapes await, guaranteeing memorable summer experiences.

Weser Cycle Path, Emmerthal. ©DZT / Jens Wegener.

Follow the Flavor

Sustainability can also be presented in a flavorful way with regional foods that are both delicious and kind to the environment. What you must include during a vacation in Germany is a visit to a beer garden or a wine festival on a warm summer evening. With 13 wine-growing regions, Germany offers a wide range of wines to taste. Many of the grapes are already grown sustainably, such as in Franconia, where twelve winegrowers practice biodiversity in their vineyards. Without the use of chemicals, a vineyard becomes a green, organic ecosystem producing particularly delicious wines. Try them during a tasting or vineyard tour!

Wein trinken ©DZT / Jens Wegener.

Accommodations

Choosing your accommodation is also of great importance for a sustainable vacation. In addition to many certified accommodations, tiny houses and green or organic hotels, Germany also offers a large number of campsites for a special experience under starry skies. If that’s not enough, you can spend the night suspended between earth and heaven in the Cloefhänger, with a truly bird’s eye view over the Saarschleife. Whether in a rustic tent or at a five-star campsite, everyone can find what they are looking for among Germany’s more than 1,200 certified campsites.

Overnight stay in Portaledges, Mettlach. ©DZT / Jens Wegener.

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