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German bloggers share their favorite spots in Germany – all outdoors and socially distant! (Part 1)

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We asked German travel bloggers for their recommendations on Covid-friendly, outdoor, and socially distant destinations. Part 1: Northern Germany – Lower-Saxony, Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein

We are bursting with anticipation for travel to start again soon. We plan to travel in Germany as soon as possible and we want to be prepared. So we asked insiders from all over Germany to tell us their favorite spots in their home region - everything being outdoors and socially distant!

Lower-Saxony – Herman Löns Wanderweg

A 45-minute drive from the city centre of Hannover lies the little town Brokeloh. This is the starting point of one of the prettiest hiking paths in the area. The hike is called “Herman Löns Wanderweg” and was named after a German journalist and writer who lived in the area in the late 19th century. He is said to have hiked here for inspiration and based some of his most famous works on this beautiful area. The whole hike takes around 2.5 hours and is best done in spring, summer, or early autumn. You’ll get to see the beauty of northern Germany with its green fields, lush forests, and little hidden spots of interest. Walk through historic little villages and appreciate the serenity of this incredible place. Along the way, you’ll pass blueberry farms, historic farmhouses, and even some hills which is quite unusual for this part of Germany. This is by no means a touristy place and can even be considered a hidden secret among locals. There is no better way to spend an afternoon outdoors.

Picture of the Herman Löns Wanderweg
Herman Löns Wanderweg, Brokeloh

Hamburg – Gängeviertel

In the first half of the 20th century, the area of the Gängeviertel reached from the Harbour of Hamburg into the old quarter where the working-class had its home. Because of bad hygienic conditions within the Cholera pandemic, the city of Hamburg decided to demolish all the houses and make room for new buildings. The starting date for the demolition was in the summer of 2009. The Gängeviertel nowadays is an art and social project with the goal to protect the rest of these old houses from further demolition. Creative people that are active in arts, politics, and social activities give the quarter its own personal charm with a mix of life, work, and culture. In the middle of downtown, you can find a piece of old Hamburg with incredible photogenic street art, graffiti, and other crazy stuff. You also find a cinema, museum, and an exhibition there.

All along the Bäckerbreitergang, between Caffamacherreihe, Valentinskamp, and Speckstraße you can still find the rest of the old houses. The Gängeviertel is easy to reach by foot from the train stations Gänsemarkt or Messehallen.

It is a room free for everybody and it's definitely worth it to visit- don't forget your camera!

Picture of the Gängeviertel in Hamburg
Gängeviertel, Hamburg

Schleswig-Holstein – Helgoland

My beautiful Schleswig-Holstein is surrounded by the sea. East you find the baltic sea, north the northern sea. Everywhere are beaches, large ones, stony ones, and most beautiful ones. There are many islands, too. But my very favorite island, the most wonderful place is Helgoland.

The island is not big at all, it measures about 1 km and yet this beautiful piece of nature offers so much. There are the different areas of Helgoland, the Unterland, which knows how to inspire with beautiful stretches of beach. The Mittelland, which is located in the southwest and, my personal highlight, the Oberland.

A hiking trail leads along the edge of the cliff. It goes to the famous long Anna rock, past strong-climbing sheep, to the gannet and guillemot colonies. The birds breed without fear right on the side of the path and exude a fascination that is second to none. For hours I could watch them hatch the egg, how the little guillemots take off their first daring flight. Daring because they just throw themselves out of the nest without being able to fly and hope that they will learn how to do this on the 40 m fall. The Helgoland experience is rounded off by the endless expanse, the silence that comes when the day-trippers have left, the sound of the sea, the wind that blows around your nose. But in order to be able to fully empathize, you have to travel there yourself.

And that's why I invite holidaymakers and locals virtually to discover Schleswig-Holstein with open eyes, even off the beaten track and yet no less beautiful.

Picture of Helgoland
Helgoland, Schleswig-Holstein

Bremen – Bürgerpark

My favourite outdoor spot in Bremen is the Bürgerpark. It's the most popular park and one of the biggest ones in Bremen. There are more than 200 hectares full of trees, meadows, and lakes – and that in the middle of Bremen! But there are many free-time activities in the Bürgerpark, too. In the park, you can play mini-golf, rent a boat and drive on the lakes, drink a cup of coffee at the „emma am see“ or stroke the donkeys at the little zoo. The biggest attractions in the animal area are the bentheimer pigs when they give birth. It is so funny to look at pink rookies with their black spots.

The Bremer Bürgerpark is easy to reach because it's only a few minutes from the central station. The Buslines 26 and 27 and also the tram 5 stops directly at the park. And the best of it: It's always open for everyone!

Picture of the Bürgerpark in Bremen
Bürgerpark, Bremen
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Kajal Bobade

2021-04-06 13:23

I personally liked the enchanting and very different style of graffiti on the walls of Gängeviertel Township. The hiking trails are all very beautiful, especially the coastal ones. Those spotted pigs in Bürgerpark are absolutely adorable! Burger park…surely not a tongue-in-cheek name for this park? Coz of the pigs? Overall, lovely pictures, lovely places and a definite must-visit. Thank you for sharing.

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

2021-04-06 15:01

Bürger is the German word for citizen. You can't possibly imagine the amount of words plays in burger joint names. Burger amt - citizen office, burger meister - mayor, you name it - it exists!

Bernie and Jess Watt

2021-04-05 15:34

These sort of posts reveal elements of the people as much as the country. I think Germany would be a great place to just drive freely to explore and appreciate the surroundings off the autobahns.

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2021-04-06 14:54

Thank you! When I do roadtrips in Germany I always try to avoid the autobahn because you can stumble on so many hidden gems. But then again I learned driving on the autobahn so it's not a novelty for me ;)

Stefan (BerkeleySqB)

2021-03-30 11:06

Eine tolle Kollaboration. Muss zu meiner Schande gestehen, dass ich bisher kaum einen der beschriebenen Orte besucht habe. Wird langsam Zeit, mehr Urlaub in Deutschland zu machen, wenn wir die Pest ueberstanden haben. :-)

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

2021-03-30 21:58

Das geht uns ähnlich und wir sitzen noch an der Quelle. Obwohl wir gerade natürlich auch gar nichts dürfen...

Rezmin

2021-03-25 17:53

Interesting recommendation, detailed information for a future trip to Germany. Saving it for future travel ideas. Thanks for sharing!

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

2021-03-25 23:44

Thank you so much for your feedback!

Ross Moore

2021-03-25 17:39

Germany, and its countryside, is somewhere we must visit. Great ideas for quiet, if energetic, days out.

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

2021-03-25 23:47

It's true. Must outdoor activities need some kind of energy - whether it's hiking or cycling... It's mostly not like a movie or a play where you can just sit down and be entertained.

Wendy White

2021-03-25 01:55

What interesting places to visit in Germany. I must admit that I haven't heard of these. Thank you for putting them on my radar and a great collaboration.

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2021-03-25 09:46

My plan was to highlight off the beaten path places in Germany to support social distancing!

Vinn

2021-03-24 20:08

Wow, I've never heard of these places in Germany before. An off-the-beaten-path.

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2021-03-25 10:06

That was my aim :)

Jennifer Nilsson

2021-03-24 18:52

What a beautiful collection of locations! I know this one is a bit hard to visit, but I think it's an important place to go:

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2021-03-25 09:56

Thank you so much for sharing this post! It's so close to my hometown Berlin and yet I had never heard of it...

Alison

2021-03-23 22:35

What a great idea for recommendations from the people who know the area best. I’ve been to Bremen before for the Christmas markets - if I go again I’m definitely visiting that park!

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2021-03-23 22:39

Bremen is the only federal state of Germany I have never visited. I wanted to go in late 2020 but than Germany went into its recent lockdown...

SteveH

2021-03-23 22:28

What a great way to encourage travel to areas that many people visiting Germany would never know about. Fun to read each contributors recommendation. Great read

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

2021-03-23 22:34

I thought post COVID this might come in handy :)

kasia

2021-03-23 21:04

So many great places! I can't wait to go back to Germany and explore.

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2021-03-23 21:35

Great to know that you've been here before! Which areas did you explore?

Jane Frith

2021-03-23 20:43

I would love to return to Germany and your post got me hitting up Google to check exactly where Schleswig Holstein is. My very first trip abroad at the age of 19 was to Germany and I visited an island, Norderney, off the north coast. I don't think it is particularly close to the area described here, but I would love to visit. I also feel that I have unfinished business with the area around Hannover, especially when I read this. I think I may be paying Germany an early call when travel restrictions ease!

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2021-03-23 21:34

Germany is an interesting choice for your first trip abroad and especially Norderney. It's actually rather close to the areas described as I concentrated on the north-west in this post! I was in Hannover a lot when I was younger but I think I only really understood the beauty of it last year...

Steven Jepson

2021-03-23 20:07

It's fun to read about these off-the-beaten track places in Germany. When we were last in Germany, we stayed in a small town south of Munich called Bad Tolz rather than in Munich itself because I wanted to experience quieter Germany.

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2021-03-23 21:51

It's such a great idea to stay in a smaller town to experience a quieter version of the country. This could be particularly interesting in the aftermath of COVID...

John Quinn

2021-03-23 19:24

Some really different places here. Helgoland looks cool, I’ve been to the Baltic in Poland and its gorgeous. But rarely top of lists. A trip to see those little pink piggies would be so fun too.

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2021-03-23 19:35

There will be a blogpost about the German Baltic Sea too. It's my favorite getaway from Berlin! The piggies seem to be a fan favorite :)

Chalk and cheese travels

2021-03-23 19:13

Great insight into some places i know very little about. And very well put together.
Love the street art

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2021-03-23 19:15

Thank you for the feedback. The street art is one of my favorites too because it reminds me of Berlin :) I need to go to Hamburg again and check it out myself!

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2021-03-23 18:32

Hello Carina,
that's a nice idea from you. There are really great tips there. Greetings from Biebesheim Tanja

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

2021-03-23 18:42

Thank you so much for your feedback and your participation in the upcoming parts of this series!

Wanderingkellers

2021-03-23 18:15

Great post. Gotta get to Germany and know I have some places to go.

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2021-03-23 18:18

I can totally recommend it!

Smalltownplussize Tom

2021-03-23 17:39

We have road tripped through southern Germany and loved it. We often talk about going to the north so we enjoyed reading about it. Can’t wait to come back!

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2021-03-23 17:42

Once I have collected all the guest posts there will be a Southern Germany part too! But Northern Germany just is my home...

Lannie

2021-03-23 14:17

Love this list! I’ve spent a lot time in Germany but never made it to these places. (Oh and the little piggies!). Looking forward to part 2!

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2021-03-23 14:21

The plan for this blogpost series was to highlight lesser known places in Germany to make social distancing easier!

Gabby - The Real Gab

2021-03-20 21:47

I love this idea! I feel like the pandemic has really forced us all to re-visit local sights and appreciate them in a new way. It also is forcing us to get outdoors more! I am looking forward to exploring more of the Boston area and New England this summer after being gone from the area for many years. There's so much I still haven't seen even though I grew up here.

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2021-03-21 13:06

I've only been to New England once and thought it was super beautiful. I bet it's a great place to explore !