Traveling in Germany: our favourite 2020 summer destinations!
June • 22nd, 2020
by the Expat in the City Team
A choice of our favourite travel destinations in Germany
With the school year nearly ending the travel season begins. And after the troubles of the last months, it’s about time to let the mind wander and find some calmness again.
Even though there is a worldwide international travel warning until end of June, it is allowed to travel within Germany! Luckily, white sand beaches, green mountains and crystal blue water can’t only be found in exotic, far distant places.
We think this is a great chance to explore this country in new ways you wouldn’t have done usually - and you’ll be surprised you’re not really missing out on anything. Whether it’s relaxation, culture or adventures you’re looking for - there sure is the perfect place for everyone. Here’s a choice of our favourite places:
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Vacation by the sea - relax & unwind
Sun on your skin and the fresh ocean air around your nose, that's how we love our beach vacation. The Baltic and North Sea islands offer you everything you can think of, from long and fine sandy beaches, a picturesque dune landscape to crystal clear water. Wind, kite surfers and sailors will find optimal wind conditions, and you’ll surely also not get bored away from the beach and the water. This year will be even more relaxing, since larger crowds, beach parties and lots of alcohol are taboo. In short: Germany’s islands are the place to calm down from the trouble of the last months :)
Overall, there are 77 islands in Germany - these are our best-loved ones and why:
North Sea Islands
Amrum: If you are looking for rest, relaxation and outdoor sports with your family, you are guaranteed to be right here.The beaches of Amrum are one of the most beautiful beaches in Germany, while it’s also famous for it’s kite surfing and white sand dunes!
Föhr: Thanks to its location in the North Sea - protected by Sylt and Amrum - it is less windy on Föhr than on the other German North Sea islands. Also there are no cars allowed on this island so it’s a great place to unwind, relax and take your bicycle and book to the beaches!
Sylt: The most up class, luxury one of the North sea islands. Designer boutiques, fancy dinner places and a bottle of Rose at the beach is the daily programme - who said you won’t get Mykonos vibes in Germany was wrong ;)
Helgoland: The perfect island for all the nature and wildlife lovers! Here you will find all different bird species, grey seals and beautiful landscapes. The ‘Lange Anna’ is a popular destination for tourists and a landmark for Helgoland - If you want to rest in front of day tourists, you should spend the night on the neighboring island of Düne.
Baltic Sea Islands
Usedom: The beautiful Baltic Sea island of Usedom is also called the island of superlatives. With a length of 45 kilometers you will find the longest beach in Germany and the longest beach promenade in Europe with 8.5 kilometers.
Hiddensee: As on many islands in the North Sea, Hiddensee is a car-free island, and no private motor vehicles are allowed there. The island's unique landscape of high forest, dunes and heathlands has been enchanting people for many years!
Vacation in the city - culture & sightseeing
Hamburg: If you are looking for a mix of culture and vacation atmosphere, Germany’s “pearl” should not be missing on your list. Apart from famous sights such as the impressive harbor, the famous concert hall “Elbphilharmonie” or the buzzing Reeperbahn, there are many other attractions. These include the historic warehouse district, city canal tours and the inner city lake, the “Alster” - not for nothing it’s often referred to as the most beautiful city in Germany.
Berlin: The German capital surely has the all kinds of cultural gems to offer. With over three million inhabitants, it’s the largest city in the country. Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburg Gate or the German Bundestag are among the city's most famous and impressive sights. Also worth a visit are the historic Nikolaiviertel, the Gendarmenmarkt and the Museum Island. Berlin is the go to place for long walks, good food, art galleries and sightseeing!
Heidelberg in Baden-Württemberg: Located on the Neckar, it is one of the most extraordinary cities in Germany with its picturesque old town, impressive castle ruins and the oldest university in Germany. The former city of residence offers not only a beautiful old town, but also a impressive nature in the immediate vicinity, where you can for example enjoy a great panorama of Heidelberg by walking over the famous “Old Bridge".
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Vacation in the mountains & by the lake - hiking & outdoor sports
If you live in Munich there’s one big advantage - being close to the mountains and many, many beautiful lakes! Hotels, guesthouses and holiday apartments in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg are allowed to reopen from May 30th, while the German Alpine Association no longer advises against hiking in the mountains - just in time for the Pentecost holidays!
Chiemsee: The "Bavarian Sea" with its many highlights, such as Herrenchiemsee Palace or the Fraueninsel, is one of the most popular holiday destinations in Germany. We love the laid back vibe and all kinds of cultural, mountain and water-sports activities this place has to offer!
Königsee: A very special place, which is located in the southeast of Bavaria, is the Königssee - which is a real natural beauty. In the middle of steep mountain slopes and surrounded by a picturesque landscape, it will make your heart feel warm just by looking at it.
Lake Contance: This lake in Baden-Württemberg, which is surrounded by Germany, Austria and Switzerland, is a truly magical place. Whether its boat trips, surfing, swimming, drinking wine at the surrounding vineyards or just relaxing … here you’ll find all of it!
Check out our article on current Corona regulations in Bavaria for more information about the different restrictions and hotel openings in Germany’s federal states
Enjoy your holidays and stay healthy :)