Germany is a treasure trove of natural beauty, with a plethora of outdoor activities waiting to be discovered around every bend. From tranquil lakes and lush forests to rugged mountains and serene meadows, the country boasts diverse landscapes catering to all interests and skill levels. Whether you're an avid hiker, a seasoned cyclist or simply a nature lover searching for a scenic escape, Germany has something special for you. So, pack your bags, lace up your boots, and embark on a journey through some of the most stunning natural wonders this enchanting country has to offer.
Experience a Celestial Wonderland in Westhavelland
In the tranquil and sparsely populated region of Westhavelland, just a stone's throw away from Berlin lies one of the darkest havens in the entire country. A stargazer's paradise, the area offers guided tours, photography courses, and Astro-friendly accommodations with binoculars and telescopes.
On a clear night, the awe-inspiring sights are nothing short of breathtaking. The naked eye can spot the luminous Milky Way, and the lucky may even catch a glimpse of the ethereal "airglow" emanating from higher atmospheric layers. Recognized by the US-based International Dark Sky Association (IDA) as Germany's first Dark Sky Reserve in 2014, the core area between Gülpe and Nennhausen boasts nine marked observation points where visitors can marvel at thousands of stars, planets, shooting stars, and comets.
Cycle Through a Fairytale Kingdom on Germany's Allgau Cycle Loop
Journey through the former kingdom of Ludwig II, the fairytale king and visionary behind the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, on the diverse Allgau Cycle Loop. The castle ruins of Falkenberg and Eisenberg may not be as well-known, but their air of mystery only adds to their allure. Stop by the charming towns of Füssen and Kempten, the largest town in the Allgäu region and the hub of the Allgäu Cycle Loop, which features nine different routes to explore. The influence of Sebastian Kneipp, who discovered the healing power of mountain water and invented the famous form of hydrotherapy that bears his name, is also evident throughout the region.
Hike Through One of the Oldest Conservation Areas in the Alps
The Berchtesgaden National Park is a haven for nature lovers seeking adventure and rejuvenation, no matter the time of year. With 260 kilometres of footpaths and steep mountain trails, visitors can explore one of the oldest conservation areas in the Alps. Look out for ibex, marmots, golden eagles, and other native animals while discovering rare plants. The daring can also go paragliding or tour the towering 2,713-meter Mount Watzmann. At the same time, those seeking a more relaxed activity can take in stunning waterfalls and gorges, such as the Wimbachklamm.
Swim with Seals in Helgoland
Helgoland, Germany's only oceanic island, is known for its striking red cliffs and a delightful beach on its neighbouring island, "Düne." At any time of the day, the Caribbean white, flat-sloping sandy beaches remain uncrowded even in peak season. Summer visitors might be in for a treat as they may come across seals and grey seals living in large colonies on the island. As hunting them is prohibited, they tend to be quite trusting and make for excellent swimming companions.
Birdwatching Bliss at Amrum
Nestled in the heart of the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea National Park, the 20-square-kilometre Amrum island boasts the striking Kniepsand beach. The beach's great waves provide perfect surfing, sailing, and kiteboarding conditions. The island is also a mecca for birdwatchers during the breeding season, with thousands of sea and coastal birds flocking to the island. A mudflat tour is ideal for observing these feathered friends in their natural habitat.