16 things to do outdoors and socially distant in all regions of Germany

Author Carina Klein
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16 places in Germany to enjoy hidden gems in nature with local recommendations from every Bundesland

We recently shared our first collab blog series "German bloggers share their favourite spots in Germany – all outdoors and socially distant!", where travel bloggers from all over Germany share their favourite things to do in their home region. We were able to create a comprehensive list of off-the-beaten-path sights from local experts from all over Germany.

We want to be prepared for socially distant travel as soon as the current COVID regulations allow for it - and visiting a wide variety of lesser-known spots in nature is the perfect way to start exploring again. We were able to compile a lot of inside knowledge and hidden gems from every "Bundesland" or federal state - from the mountains of the south to the islands of the north and from the towns of the east to the rolling hills of the west. Whether you're into hiking or enjoying views, whether you're alone, with your family, or with your dog - we've got you covered! This is the perfect guide for a Germany road trip but of course, you can also reach all places with public transport.

Northern Germany

We go for a hike on the Herman Löns hiking trail in Lower Saxony with Victoria from Guide your Travel, Nicole from newplace.newstory shows us the urban Gängeviertel in Hamburg, Nina from Erlebe Schleswig-Holstein takes us on a getaway to the island of Helgoland in Schleswig-Holstein, and Lara from 1000km Reisen introduces us to cute little pigs in Bremen.

Picture of Herman Löns hiking trail in Lower Saxony,     Gängeviertel in Hamburg, Helgoland in Schleswig-Holstein, Bürgerpark in Bremen
Highlights of Northern Germany

Southern Germany

Alex and Svenja from Zeitreisen.Home hike the Wutach Gorge in the Black Forest in Baden-Württemberg with us, Tereza and Felix from walkabout dream introduce to us the beautiful Weltwald forest in Bavaria, Jessika from Goldrauschenblog shows us the best view in her home Eisenach in Thuringia, and Jenny and Markus from Jekuslife take us to the Switzerland of Saxony.

Picture of Wutach Gorge in Baden-Württemberg, Weltwald in Bavaria, Eisenach in Thuringia, Saxon Switzerland
Highlights of Southern Germany

Eastern Germany

Lisa from Travellerin takes us on a bike trip on the island of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, we show you the views from the old World War II debris hill Teufelsberg in Berlin, Frank from Frank's Fotografieblog takes us to Wiesenburg castle in Brandenburg, and Peter from Wild East Blog shows us his hidden gems in the Harz mountains of Saxony-Anhalt.

Picture of Rügen in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Teufelsberg in Berlin, Wiesenburg in Brandenburg,  Harz mountains in Saxony-Anhalt
Highlights of Eastern Germany

Western Germany

Martina from HundeReisenMehr presents her favourite hikes - with and without dogs - in the Westerwald in Rhineland-Palatinate, Sabine from Reiseblog Saarland takes us to the "Urban Jungle" in Saabrücken, the capital of the Saarland, Tanja and Ramon from Travel Day introduce us to the inhabitants of Biebesheim in Hesse, the “stork capital of Germany”, and Juliana and Jonas from Julinas Travellife take us to the Sauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Picture of Westerwald in Rhineland-Palatinate, Urban Jungle in Saarland, Biebesheim in Hesse, Sauerland in North Rhine-Westphalia
Highlights of Western Germany

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25.06.2021, 12:39

Brilliant post and beautiful pictures! Really want to visit Bavaria and the Black Forest 👍

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25.06.2021, 23:27

Thank you! We fell in love with the Black Forest last year!

Jen Nilsson

25.06.2021, 03:29

That WWII debris hill gets me every time. I MUST see it! (Though I'm not much for bikes...or anything on two wheels!) Thanks for this!

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

25.06.2021, 09:56

I usually prefer walking to riding a bike because I always feel like I have more time to take in the scenery this way. Though I did explore Lower Saxony by bike yesterday and it was rather enjoyable.


24.06.2021, 11:37

What a great list of outdoorsy things to do in Germany! Really helpful for the next trip there! I think the Black Forest is definitely going to be on the itinerary :)

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25.06.2021, 09:50

Thank you! We have been to the Black Forest for the first time last year and loved it!


23.06.2021, 09:37

So many beautiful places to see in Germany! This is a great list, I'm bookmarking for my future travel planning!

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23.06.2021, 11:33

Thank you so much! We're here for even more tips!

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23.06.2021, 06:24

The Wetwang Foreat in Bavaria sounds like a great trip. Greatbpost guys with lots of new things to explore. We are slowly becoming German experts with all your posts 😀

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23.06.2021, 11:27

Haha thank you. Let's hope our travels will reach beyond Germany soon and you can become experts of other countries with us!

Stefan (BerkeleySqB)

20.06.2021, 16:13

That's a great list you got there, Carina. I just started checking out a few of the links like Jekuslife's Sächsische Schweiz. Always wanted to go there.

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21.06.2021, 08:35

Thank you so much! It was some work to find bloggers from all regions of Germany and I'm especially happy about our contribution from Saxony because the Sächsische Schweiz is beautiful!