How to Have a Wild Time When You Visit Germany
Contrary to the by-the-book, straight-laced reputation that Germany has, there are actually a lot of activities and entertainment that make it paradise for thrill-seekers. Whether you have a love of fast cars, good parties, savory eats or romantic castles, Deustchland has more than enough to satisfy whatever adventure it is that you seek. Here are my recommendations.
1. Hit up Oktoberfest
The infamous beer fest in Munich absolutely must be on your bucket list. Beer is served in a 1-liter Maß, and you’ll most likely witness dancing on tables that have been lifted into the air by carnival goers who’ve had a bit too much to drink. It’s crazy and crowded – especially if you go on the weekend – but it’s one of those life experiences that every thrill seeker needs to have at least once. Not to mention, the city of Munich is full of other great activities to partake in.
2. Sample the booming nightlife of Berlin
Famous for long crazy nights and clubs that don’t close, big thrill-seekers will fall in love with the social scene in Berlin. Besides top musical festivals and special events, you’ll constantly find live music in bars, night clubs pumping great house and electro, as well as concert goers in love with life. There is also an abundance of art, culture and history to give you plenty to do on those necessary recovery days.
3. Drive the Nürburgring Race Track
Germany’s Autobahn is famous around the world. You can drive as fast as you want, whenever you want. Only 35% of this famous highway has speed limits ranging from 50-80mph. If this isn’t enough to get you in your fastest wheels and go, then let’s talk about the Nürburgring Race Track.
The testing center for new cars, this 13-mile stretch of twisty, curvy road is not for the faint of heart. You can even pay a fee of fifteen euros to drive the track at racing speed. It’s your chance to live out your drag-racing dream.
4. Ski the tallest mountain in the Bavarian Alps
Head down to the winter paradise of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, tucked into the steep peaks of the Bavarian Alps. Here you’ll find Germany’s tallest mountain – the Zugspitze – standing at 9,718 feet. The skiing isn’t for the weak-kneed and neither is the hike to the summit. All that stands between you and oblivion is a thin piece of wire. Once you’ve had your fill of fresh powder and mountain air, head into the village. Its storybook appearance and friendly atmosphere will make you want to stay forever
5. Try your hand at kitesurfing
Located on the Baltic Sea, the island of Rugen is famous for its amazing resorts, beautiful national park and pristine beaches. It would be an ideal place to relax and recharge, but it also offers some of the country’s best kitesurfing. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the surfing is exceptional, and in between catching the wind, you’ll have the perfect environment in which to to chill out and just enjoy the coast.
6.Visit the fairytale castle of Neuscwhanstein
If you are a history buff or just a believer in fairy tales, the castle that inspired Cinderella’s home at Disney World is a must-see. Neuschwanstein was built by the King Ludwig II in the town of Fussen, located in Bavaria. With the surrounding hills and forests, thrill-seekers will enjoy the hiking, too.
7. Cycle along the famous Elberwadbeg
The Elberwadbeg is an exciting feat to conquer. Labeled “1260 kilometers of surprises,” this amazing cycle route will give you a real taste for the German countryside.
8. Catch a Fußball match
If there is one thing that Germans love– besides good beer–it’s fußball. Even if you aren’t a big soccer fan, going to a match in Germany is one of the most adrenaline-filled activities you can do. The excitement, especially at an FC Bayern-Muenchen game, is contagious. You’ll find yourself on your feet, cheering and singing along with the crowd.
9.Wander along the beautiful Wadden Sea
Located between the coasts of Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands, the Wadden Sea is a fantastic natural adventure, with hiking trails, mudflats and amazing wildlife. It’s also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site, and is at the forefront of sustainable, green tourism.
10. Check out Hamburg’s Reeperbahn
Known for being the Red Light district of Germany’s second largest city, the Reeperbahn actually offers a great selection of pubs, bars and restaurants. While you’ll need to be a bit wary about the types of establishment you visit, the area is definitely worth checking out. You may even want to grab a show at one of the many theaters or cabarets. Whatever you choose, your night will be anything but boring.