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Chiemgau: 47.850722, 12.343483
Spreewald: 51.867360, 13.989220
Language: German Packlist
Currency: Euro (EUR) Eco-Lodges
Size: 357,168 km² / 137,847 mi² Favorite Restaurants
Landscape: forest, lakes, rivers, mountains, lowlands, beaches, islands
Activities: hiking, wildlife watching, swimming, biking, kayaking/canoeing, skiing/snowboarding

Nowadays Germany is a very young country, formed in 1990 through the reunification of East and West Germany. Its vibrant cities and outgoing young generation has turned a nation infamous for its world wars into a popular destination to visit — or maybe even stay (after the USA, it is the second most popular migration destination in the world). Cultures and traditions in Germany are as diverse as its landscape which ranges from snow covered mountain peaks in the Bavarian alps to big forests reserves in the center and deserted beaches along its northern coastline. Outdoor lovers will find plenty of activities, though they’ll never be far from civilization.

TOP SPOTS IN GERMANY

1. Chiemgau

The Chiemgau comprises the foothills of the Alps around Lake Chiemsee, the “Bavarian Sea”. This storybook region of Bavaria is full of amazingly clean lakes and framed by a stunning alpine panorama. Home to 1,000-year-old churches, a castle built by a crazy king, fishing and farming villages, it draws locals and visitors alike who enjoy here the best days of summer. Whether you are looking for sailing, canoeing, hiking, swimming or other adventures, you’ll find something for every taste in the Chiemgau.

Lake Chiemsee — a crazy king’s dreamland

  • The Fraueninsel on Lake Chiemsee is home to a picturesque fishermen and artists village The Fraueninsel on Lake Chiemsee is home to a picturesque fishermen and artists village
  • Rowing boats on Lake Chiemsee Rowing boats on Lake Chiemsee
  • Sitting on an island in the middle of Lake Chiemsee, Schloss Herrenchiemsee is crazy King Ludwig II's dream come true of Versailles Palace in Bavaria Sitting on an island in the middle of Lake Chiemsee, Schloss Herrenchiemsee is crazy King Ludwig II's dream come true of Versailles Palace in Bavaria
  • On sunny and windy days, sailboats take over Lake Chiemsee On sunny and windy days, sailboats take over Lake Chiemsee
  • Small, local fishing boats on Lake Chiemsee Small, local fishing boats on Lake Chiemsee
  • Lake Chiemsee sailboat anchorage Lake Chiemsee sailboat anchorage
  • Convent on the Fraueninsel in Lake Chiemsee Convent on the Fraueninsel in Lake Chiemsee
  • Backalley in the artist village on the Fraueninsel in Lake Chiemsee Backalley in the artist village on the Fraueninsel in Lake Chiemsee

2. Spreewald

The Spreewald is home to the source of the river that flows through Germany’s capital Berlin, just a little bit north from here. Despite its proximity to one of Europe’s hippest and most vibrant cities, the Spreewald seems like a world of bliss on a different planet. Hundreds of natural canals criss cross the forests and meadows, and beautiful, small villages invite visitors for a rest. The best way to enjoy it is grabbing a kayak or bike and getting lost in the fairytale landscape that boasts a unique wildlife and rewards with pickles and other local delicacies.

Kayaking in the Spreewald — the secret nature highlight outside Berlin

  • While kayaking the countless, natural canals in the Spreewald you will see many old and primitive bridges While kayaking the countless, natural canals in the Spreewald you will see many old and primitive bridges
  • Renting your own kayak is the best way to explore the Spreewald Renting your own kayak is the best way to explore the Spreewald
  • A beautiful, traditional brick building in the village of Schlepzig A beautiful, traditional brick building in the village of Schlepzig
  • Traditional punts let people experience the natural canals of the Spreewald in style Traditional punts let people experience the natural canals of the Spreewald in style
  • Kids like to operate the locks for kayakers in their holidays - all the other times, you have to figure it out yourself Kids like to operate the locks for kayakers in their holidays - all the other times, you have to figure it out yourself
  • The Spreewald is rich in wildlife and you are almost certain to encounter much of it if you keep your eyes open The Spreewald is rich in wildlife and you are almost certain to encounter much of it if you keep your eyes open
  • Calm and slow-flowing waters make the Spreewald a delight for any level of kayakers Calm and slow-flowing waters make the Spreewald a delight for any level of kayakers
  • The deeper into the maze of natural canals you go, the more you'll feel like in a lost world The deeper into the maze of natural canals you go, the more you'll feel like in a lost world
  • Despite its proximity to Berlin, the Spreewald is far from being an overrun tourist destination, and during the week you'll barely encounter anybody Despite its proximity to Berlin, the Spreewald is far from being an overrun tourist destination, and during the week you'll barely encounter anybody
  • Local delicacies, first of all pickles in all varieties, await you in all the small villages throughout the Spreewald Local delicacies, first of all pickles in all varieties, await you in all the small villages throughout the Spreewald