For first-timers, visiting Germany is usually all about the beer, bratwurst, and lederhosen in Munich. They might also search for fun things to do in Berlin and around the capital city. However, if you’re a traveler who prefers a bit more adrenaline aside from tasting foods, drinks, and doing some sightseeing, Germany has a lot more to offer to you, especially in its mountain areas.
If you plan to visit Germany’s mountain areas soon and you haven’t thought of what activities to do, then you’re on the right place because we are giving you a list of the fun things you can do on your next vacation here.
1. Zipline Through the Black Forest
The Black Forest is located in the state of Baden-Wurttemberg in southwest Germany. Walking here can be intimidating but if you’re on for some adventure, why not try flying over it while suspended from a zip line? The Hirschgrund zipline near the town of Schiltach area offers a seven-line course which can take about 2 and a half hours to complete. Hiking to the top of the course is worth it but it’s nothing compared to seeing beautiful birds fly below you as you cruise the shade of the legendary forest.
2. Paragliding Over the Bavarian Alps
If you’re looking to pump up the adrenaline rush, you can try paragliding over the Bavarian Alps. You will be able to see another one of Germany’s natural wonders in a bird’s eye view with this fun activity. To pump up your adrenaline, you can take part in a freestyle acro tandem flight via the Unternberg or Rauschberg. This activity can take 15 to 30 minutes which is enough to get your heart pumping. You can enjoy this activity with a loved one and when you land, you will be served with sparkling wine and chocolates.
3. Tree Hanging
You might thing camping is the same in every place but you will change your mind once you’ve tried camping in the German Alps town of Kappel. It is located near the Austrian border. Its campgrounds allow couples to sleep in tents that hang from trees. Thinking about it might be quite scary but you will be able to take advantage of the picturesque mountain views because your tent will be suspended well above the ground. If you are looking for bigger thrills, they will also allow you to sleep on the side of cliffs facing up to 2,000 meters in the air.
4. Rock Climbing in Oberreintal
The Oberreintal Valley is an ideal playground for you if you want to start alpine climbing. It is considered a Mecca for rock climbers but there are still very few people who visit this remote area. It has a lot of history and in fact, climbers started to go here in 1920. The best time of the year for this activity is between June and September.
5. Ski Touring in the Mountain Ranges Around Garmisch
The Garmisch area is on the border between Germany and Austria. It is a very nice place to go ski touring. To the East, you can go skiing in the region of Mittenwald and the Natural Park of Kawendel. To the West, you can go skiing in the Lechtal Alps Region. The mountains in this area are not as high as the French and Swiss Alps but you will be able to od long ski runs up to 2000 meters down. The best time to go ski touring here is from January to April.
6. Free Touring in Zugspitze
Free touring is a mix of ski touring and freeride skiing. You can try an amazing free touring journey in Zugspitze, which is the best skiing spot in Germany. Zugspitze is 2962 meters high and it is the highest mountain in the country. Aside from that, it is also a top destination for winter sports enthusiasts, featuring 20 kilometers of natural snow slopes.
To go here, you will ride a cable car to the top of the mountain which is another highlight of the trip. Its summit offers a stunning view of almost 400 peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland.
7. Hiking and Biking in the Bavarian Forest National Park
The Bavarian Forest National Park is Germany’s the oldest national park in Germany. It has an alluring natural beauty that beckons travelers from different countries who are looking for adventure places in Germany. It is located between three separate mountain ranges and has more than 300 kilometers of marked hiking and biking trails. These trails are through stunning landscapes, babbling brooks, and forest canopies. If you want to get close with nature and see their 200-acre open-air animal enclosure featuring lynx, bison, wolves, and wild boars, then you might want to hike or ride a bike in this park.
During winter, you can enjoy sledding in Germany. One of the best adventures places for sledding enthusiasts in Germany is the Wallberg mountain near the town of Rottach-Egern. It is home to the country’s longest sled run which extends to more than 4 miles. You can easily rent some sleds on-site if you decide to try this activity
These are some of the fun things you can do in Germany’s mountain areas. The next time you visit Germany, it will not only be about tasting beers, trying out foods, and sightseeing but also about trying out other adventurous and fun things that its mountain areas offer. We hope this list will help you decide on what things to try on your upcoming trip to Germany.