If you consider yourself an outdoor enthusiast, Germany should be your travel destination of choice. In the spirit of the slow travel movement, Germany offers countless opportunities and green activities for sustainable travelers to get to know the country’s beautiful scenery, nature and people. Get your body going and leave green footsteps while exploring marvelous Germany through fun activities under open skies.
Welcome to the Land of Hiking
Get ready to unpack your hiking boots! Glorious routes and idyllic landscapes await. Whether you like castle trails or hiking out in the wild – Germany is a true hiking wonderland. A mixture of shoreside lifestyle and splendid hiking paths, the Baltic Sea Coast Hiking Trail from Lübeck to Ahlbeck takes you through pine forests and along yellow rapeseed fields. Look for shells on the beaches, stop in Wismar or Stralsund with their red-brick churches, and cast a glance at the infinite blue of the Baltic Sea along the way.
Exploring by paddle
Germany’s wonderful bodies of water invite you to explore by canoe or kayak and enjoy peaceful expanses of water. Relaxing nature experiences, lots of fun and plenty of inspiration await you along the waterway on a paddling trip. At Brandenburg’s Spreewald Forest you can experience a woodsy adventure by paddling through an enchanted forest. The only sounds you will hear are the noises of the paddle, the croaking of the frogs and the buzzing of cicadas in a network of waterways that date back to the Ice Age. Berlin, which is only a good hour’s drive away, offers ideal conditions on beautiful lakes, rivers and canals for paddlers to tour the capital from a completely different perspective.
Unique Swimming Spots with the wow factor
People who love to feel refreshed in the water will be attracted by many original spots in Germany. From bathing in the lagoon to swimming in the river or relaxing at the thermal spa, there are several unique places to visit. Especially the sea-like Lake Constance in the far south of Germany invites swimmers to enjoy a refreshing dip next to the sublime panoramic views of the mountains. In good weather conditions, you can clearly see the Appenzell Alps glinting beneath the deep blue sky. Offering culture and the beauty of nature, Germany’s largest body of water is a paradise for swimming fanatics.
Cycling the Seven beauties
Enjoy nature up close and get to know Germany and its people at eye level by cycling through the country. While the whole of Germany beckons with wonderful routes, make sure to include those beyond the classics for rarer holiday enjoyment. Especially the long-distance cycle route “Thuringian city chain“ is a scenic and cultural dream covering 225 kilometers through seven urban beauties, including the old trading city Erfurt, arty Altenburg and Weimar with its 14 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Enjoy a view reminiscent of Tuscany in Italy when cycling through the Weimarer Land region, with its tranquil villages and vineyards.