The lack of a warm sea in Germany is compensated by many thermal springs, where you can swim in winter and summer. Also in the country there are springs with mineral water, which is drunk for medicinal purposes. The names of balneological resorts usually begin with the word “Bad”, which means “bathing”.
The resort of Baden-Baden has long been loved by the Russian public. In the local thermal waters, bones were heated by members of the royal family and the luminaries of Russian literature: Chekhov, Zhukovsky, Gogol and others. Thermal complex “Caracalla” and Roman-Irish baths “Friedrichsbad” work for vacationers. Here you can swim in the pools with hot healing water, take a steam bath in the sauna and book a massage.
Bad Kissingen is a spa town in Bavaria with 3 thermal and 4 mineral springs. Local water is used to treat diseases of the gastrointestinal tract, cardiovascular system, musculoskeletal system, respiratory system. The resort’s center of attraction is the KissSalis Therme thermal complex, where guests can enjoy the pools with thermal and sea water, saunas and a jacuzzi.
Erding is a small town near Munich. Here is the largest spa complex in Europe. Erding Therme has a thermal zone of 840 sq. m with sulphurous water, a saltwater pool, 30 saunas and a water park with 27 slides. In the cold, the spa complex closes with a huge glass dome designed by a renowned architect.
Germany’s spa facilities have access rules. In thermal pools you can not spend too much time – the recommended duration of bathing is indicated next. It is customary to go to saunas without clothes or wrapped in a towel. Steam rooms are separate, only for women or for men, and mixed. Children under 14 years old are usually not allowed in saunas; they are left in the playroom or in the common area.
Germany’s ski resorts are located in the south of the country, in Bavaria, where the German part of the Alps is located. The ski season lasts from December to early April. The largest and most popular resorts are Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberstdorf, Berchtesgaden. Both beginners and advanced skiers will find suitable slopes for themselves here.
The town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (abbreviated as “Ga-Pa”) is included in the list of the best alpine resorts. It is located in the area of the highest mountain in Germany – Zugspitze (2962 m). The total length of the resort’s routes is 62 km, they are served by 50 lifts. Mostly tracks of medium difficulty, there are several black ones, as well as a children’s area. The steepest route descends from the top of the Zugspitze. For those who are just learning to ski, ski schools work. In summer, you can go hiking and hiking, ride mountain bikes, and rock climbing.
Behind nightlife it is worth going to large cities of the country: Berlin, Munich, Hamburg, Cologne. In Berlin, party animals come off under techno: this music is played in many clubs. In Düsseldorf, drink lovers go to the Altstadt area, where the “longest bar counter in Europe” is located. In Hamburg, tourists tend to visit the famous Reeperbahn street with strip clubs, sex shops and easy-going girls.
In Germany, there are many museums with an unusual theme created by enthusiasts or even fans of their craft. In Stuttgart there is a fun pig museum – the Schwein Museum. Here is a collection of pigs of various stripes: piggy banks, figurines, soft toys, etc. – In total, more than 40,000 pieces. And in the city of Passau there is a museum of dachshunds – Dackelmuseum. The exposition includes 4500 sculptures of dachshunds from various materials: wood, ceramics, metal. By the way, the museum can be visited with dogs.
In Berlin, visit the GDR Museum – DDR Museum. The museum space is equipped as an apartment of a typical resident of East Germany. Here you can see furniture, clothes, children’s toys from Gadear’s times – many will recall Soviet childhood. In Hamburg, the Miniatur Wunderland Museum is a must-see museum, which features a huge conditional layout of Europe and the USA with tiny houses, railways and people.
With children, you should go to German Disneyland – Europe Park, an area of 95 hectares, located in the city of Rust. This is the largest amusement park in Germany – it has 16 thematic zones and more than 100 attractions. Or you can go to Legoland in Gunzburg – in this amusement park, everything is made from a popular designer. Here you can ride on the carousels, see the mock-ups of cities made from lego, and also collect something from the designer yourself.
German cuisine is similar to homemade: it is tasty, hearty and simple. Most often pork and beef are prepared from meat, and potatoes, rice or sauerkraut are served as a side dish. They are washed down, of course, with beer. In the north they love fish dishes.