Germany

Summary
Overall rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4+ adventure travel stars

Straight out of a fairytale , Neuschwanstein Castle

Straight out of a fairytale , Neuschwanstein Castle

In many ways Germany can seem like a stark contradiction depending on what interests you.

On the one hand there’s a magical fairytale allure with the castles and palaces and on the other there’s the harsh reality of World War 2. But both combine with a diverse offering of exciting physical exploits to make Germany an absolutely incredible experience.

Germany rests in the heart of Europe and has a seemingly endless number of cultural experiences including art, music, literature and the popular celebration that is Oktoberfest. But for those looking for high-adrenaline sports there are plenty of activities that are sure to thrill and excite you.

You’ll also find some of the more picturesque scenery in Europe as you tour Germany through the natural beauty of the Black Forest, the Bavarian Alps and the Mosel Valley.

If you enjoy walking through the recent history of World War 2 you’re going to be busy. There are significant landmarks from Berlin to the borders of Germany including the Berlin Memorial, Dachau, Bunker Valentin and many more.

And there are also some intriguing reminders of the cold war like part of the Berlin wall and a likeness of Checkpoint Charlie in its original spot.

The bottom line: Germany offers adventures of a lifetime from the incredible cultural experiences to top-notch adrenaline filled activities on land, in the air and along the waterways. Europe has much to offer those with the spirit of adventure, and Germany is no exception.

Exotic Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Germany holidays are full of fun and exotic places to go and things to see from the majestic mountains to the historical cities and landmarks.

You can start with the spectacular views of the Alps in picturesque Southern Bavaria where you’ll also see breathtaking rivers, lush green pastures and quaint towns.

And then there’s the magic of Neuschwanstein Castle. It’s a surreal sight that looks like it’s straight out of Hollywood as it sits high on a hill overlooking miles of green valleys and beautiful waterways.

For those who grew up with their parents that read fairytales to them at night you can put yourself in the setting of a classic fairytale or two when you hike over the mountains and through the woods of the mystifying Black Forest in Southwestern Germany.

Exotic history is also on display with numerous reminders of World War 2 to explore as you walk in the footsteps of history makers, both famous and infamous.

Cultural Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ – 5 adventure travel stars

The cultural adventures you’ll find in Germany are so vast that I’m going to just touch on the general topics. Otherwise I would be writing a book instead of a quick review.

Let’s start with the architecture.

As you walk through some of the larger cities you’ll notice the impressive modern structures. However, if you want to see buildings that seem more like artistic expressions look for the ones in the Carolingian and Ottonian styles like the Palatine Chapel in Aachen or Saint Michael’s Church in Hildesheim. You’ll also find stunning structures in the Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque styles.

For the music lovers you’ll have some extraordinary tours to explore the lives of Bach, Mozart and Beethoven. And if you need more to quench your thirst for the music of the ages then here’s a list of names for you to think about: Brahms, Wagner, Haydn, Schubert, Handel, Schumann, Liszt and Strauss.

Now for the literature buffs. If you consider yourself one who has a refined literary sense then you’ll recognize the names of Goethe, Schiller, Kleist, Schmidt, Mommsen and Hesse. But for the rest of us the Brothers Grimm come to mind with their classic fairytales of Rumpelstiltskin, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Cinderella and Hansel and Gretel.

Germany also boasts a tasty cuisine that seems to begin and end with a variety of wines and beers. In between you’ll be treated to some tasty dishes that include wild game, lamb, pork and beef. And the deserts are incredible… Black Forest cake anyone?

Adventure Factor
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ☆ – 4 adventure travel stars

Germany has a full list of the major adrenaline experiences like white water rafting, paragliding and snow skiing as well as those that are a little more tame like eco tours, canoeing and cultural tours.

If you enjoy recent history and walking tours, you’re in for some memorable adventures in Germany that are intriguing to say the least. You’ll stroll through some amazing periods of time including bygone eras of kings and monarchs, World War 2 and the cold war.

Germany holidays also offer some excellent hiking and trekking excursions including places like the mysterious Black Forest, the famed setting for many fairytales like Hansel and Gretel and Little Red Riding Hood. It’s a great place for a day outdoors, but watch out for the big bad wolf.

Following is a more complete list of adventures you’ll find in Germany.

Hard

  • Bungee jumping
  • Canoeing
  • Dog sledding
  • Hang gliding
  • Hunting
  • Ice climbing
  • Motorcycling
  • Mountain biking
  • Mountain climbing
  • Orienteering
  • Paragliding
  • Rock climbing
  • Scuba diving
  • Sea kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Snorkeling
  • Snow shoeing
  • Snow skiing
  • Surfing
  • White water rafting
  • Windsurfing

Soft

  • Birdwatching
  • Cultural tours
  • Eco tours
  • Nature trips
  • Walking tours
  • Whale watching

Could be either

  • Backpacking
  • Bicycling
  • Camping
  • Fishing
  • Flying
  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Sailing
  • Trekking
  • Wildlife watching
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