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Traveling during winter is never fun, people always say. Yes, it’s cold and the weather can get so unpredictable. More often, flights and trips get delayed or cancelled. And let me say that again, it’s frigging cold. But with the right clothing and layering, the freezing cold is actually bearable. It’s actually easy to get past this minor hurdle and if you do, then you can enjoy all the wonderful things Germany has to offer during this harsh season. For that, we are giving you the top 10 things to do in Germany during winter.
We’re quite confident that these activities will surely blow the winter blues away and actually make your stay in this part of Europe truly magical.
Gulping Some Glühwein (Mulled Wine)
Imagine clasping between your hands, a mug filled with perfectly-spiced hot wine laced with either cinnamon, sugar or amaretto. Think of it as it drips down your throat, warming it’s way down to your gut. The experience of drinking Glühwein during winter here in Germany is truly amazing; one that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Breaking Gingerbread with Kids
We love taking a bite of this tasty bread treat. Aside from that, Kyle takes delight in bringing home some with the most interesting styles and shape. Lebkuchen, as it is locally called, comes in varying recipes depending on the region. It’s our family tradition to taste one every time we visit a Christmas market.
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Visiting Christmas Markets
Speaking of it, the joy of visiting Christmas market is beyond compare. It is here that your eyes will glitter with gladness as you stumble upon an endless array of interesting Christmas items, decors, and ornaments. Also, there’s food. Lots of them! Kyle often gets so excited when he knows that we’re going to a Christkindlmarkt because this is the time when he can stroll around, eat, and hop on children’s rides. Meanwhile, we relish the vibrant energy of the marketplace and enjoy the many glitzy sights.
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Experience White Christmas
I and my husband grew up in a place where there’s no winter. If you’re like us, then you might have yearned to experience the so-called white Christmas. What is it? Well, it’s just about celebrating the special season during which there’s snow on the ground. We’re quite happy for Kyle to have one here in Germany.
Walk on Frozen Lakes
People always gasped when they hear about this, but walking on lakes is actually quite thrilling and exciting. This activity belongs to the list of traditional things to do in Germany during winter. The water in the surface is frozen deep, which makes it thick enough to hold weight. There’s a lot of people with their kids and pets playing around the area. It’s crazy and at the same time feels wonderful to stand on this very unlikely place.
Visit Enchanted Winter Forest
Fancy exploring the barren and eerie portions of Bavarian winter forests? This is the best time to do it! There’s that undeniable magical feeling walking amidst the tall, snow-capped pine trees, and finding curious villages lying at the outskirts of the woods. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries for you camera as you’d surely be taking lots of pictures of the surrounding.
Skate in An Ice Rink
Every winter, a lot of German cities would set up outdoor skating ice rink at their respective city centers. Usually, they just transform these huge empty spaces into these ice rinks. Tourists and locals will then flock there to have fun.
While we thought that the glistening snow is just for building a snowman, it is also perfect for kids’ activities like sledding. The latter is what Kyle truly likes to do when the time of the year has come. The slippery slopes make up for the best ramp that his sled can slide through.
Skiing in the Alps
Germany is a destination when you’re looking for the best Alp skiing adventure. During winter, the place can get very crowded though as skiers from all parts of Europe and the other countries come to enjoy this seasonal Alpine adventure.
Indoor & Outdoor Thermal Bath
If you think that having fun with anything that relates to water is indefinitely suspended when it is winter, then you might not have heard of the popular indoor & outdoor thermal bath complex.
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It’s a waterpark complex made to cater water-adventure seekers who like to do it regardless of the season. There’s so many kinds of water slides to find there and each is suited according to certain age level.
You can also spend the time in various heated tubs, pools, saunas and steam rooms found throughout the complex. I bet a whole-day stay won’t be enough to fully enjoy the place.
Are you ready to try on the things to do in Germany during winter? Share to us your plans or experiences in the comments below.
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