Top Family Outdoor Activities in Germany
When a family plays together, it tends to stay together. Nothing makes for great family memories than enjoying the great outdoors and Germany has so much to offer. Outdoor enthusiasts have no shortage of choices regardless of where you live. Whether your party prefers foot travel, riding waves, bicycles or skis, you are bound to discover something to your liking. Here are our top choices of outdoor places to play with your family.
1 – Hiking/Walking
There are no shortage of scenic walks and hiking paths developed throughout Germany. All paths are very well marked with several that will take you into thick forest. Two of the most scenic long distance routes are the Malerweg Hiking Path, a 112-kilometres system in Saxon Switzerland and the 168-kilometre Rennsteig Ridge Trail along the Thuringian Forest.
2 – Cycling
With over 200 long distance cycle routes covering 42,000-kilometres of the country, you are sure to find a match for your family riding goals. You can choose from easy, short and fun rides to challenging trips such as along the Elberadweg or Elbe Cycle Route. This 860-kilometre path heads to the North Sea crossing scenic venues along the way. Plus, you will find many places to spend the night as you extend your family getaway.
3 – Water sports
When you consider that Germany contains countless lakes and waterways, the conditions are right for any kind of water activity you can think of. Canoeing and kayaking are popular on the major rivers with Muritz National Park in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania being a common destination. Germany’s second largest lake, Lake Muritz, is the place to go for houseboat holidays. For the more adventurous, resorts along all major coasts host kite surfing, windsurfing and sailing opportunities.
4 – Winter Sports
Did someone say skiing? The ski season starts in mid-November in Bavaria and December in most other parts but can run as late as March. The ski facilities that dot the landscape are first class, featuring affordable rates and you will have little difficulty finding rentals or lessons anywhere. Just for fun, try the former Olympic village of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Bavarian Alps.
5 – Football
Considered the number one spectator sport in Germany, football is a social gathering regardless of which teams are on the field. The premier league, Bundesliga, has been in action since 1963 and offers spectacular club stadiums that are worth seeing even if the match is less than expected. Teams from this league have been successful in the European Champions League so you know you will see some quality play regardless.
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