Kehlstein, the Bavarian Alps near Berchtesgaden, Germany
German Activities Outdoors
Cochem, town in the Mosel valley topped by a castle built in 1051.
***The Rhine Valley is Germany’s Top of the Hops, the best outdoor experience in the country. Hills, river, castles, vineyards combine to overpowering effect. And in May there’s the epitome of river fever, The Rhine in Flames festival.
***Hiking: Germany’s favourite outdoor pastime so trails are well developed and supported. The best locations are the Alps, the Hartz Mountains, the Rhine Valley and the Black Forest.
**Hartz Mountains. Another excellent destination for all season outdoor sports freaks, and closer to most tourist destinations than the overblown Alps.
**Cruises through the spectacular Rhine Gorge are a popular tourist experience.
Hiking around Konigsee, Bavarian Alps.
German efficiency and eco-attitude combine to produce a mass of excellent city and rural cycle paths, well-posted, little used yet in awesome surroundings.
During the April- September season many rail stations rent bikes which can be returned to other stations in the ‘Fahrrad am Banhof’ scheme.
Brocken, Harz (aka Broken, Legs)
Canoeing and windsurfing:
There is no shortage of rivers and lakes for strong-arm holiday-makers. Lake Constance down south in Bavaria is especially popular.
Skiing: As with hiking and biking, there’re plenty of places for gorgeous downhill and cross-country skiing, well-organised too, as you would expect.