German bloggers share their favorite spots in Germany – all outdoors and socially distant! (Part 2)

Author Carina Klein
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We asked German travel bloggers for their recommendations on Covid-friendly, off-the-beaten path destinations. Part 2: Southern Germany – Bavaria, Baden-Württemberg, Thuringia, Saxony

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!

Baden-Württemberg – Wutach Gorge (Black Forest)

The Wutach Gorge has been with me since I was a child. There was no summer vacation without a hike along the gorge, the pleasure was usually crowned by an overnight stay in a tent, a bath in the river, or French Fries at the food stand at the Wutachmühle.

The air is particularly good, hot days are refreshing, and the botanical highlights tempting in the gorge. It was time to show my boyfriend Alex (born in Kazakhstan) this natural idyll. So we hiked all the way from Titisee-Neustadt to Lake Constance on the European long-distance hiking trail (E1).

The E1 leads from the North Cape to southern Italy and 2,000 km in Germany. The trail includes the whole Wutach Gorge. It's also crossing the highest mountain in "Baden-Württemberg" - the Feldberg.

Hiking along the Wutach Gorge is one of the highlights in southwest Germany. Anyone interested in geology and botany will be satisfied! In a few days, you walk along warm southern slopes with species-rich mixed deciduous forests. The gorge changes every year, due to erosion and offers a habitat for alpine species. The shady northern slopes of the gorge convince with fresh air and coniferous forests. Huge fir trees can be found here, but also rare orchids such as the yellow lady's slipper.

Picture of the Wutach Gorge
Wutach Gorge, Black Forrest

Bavaria – Weltwald (Freising)

Tereza and Felix – walkabout dream

We are Tereza and Felix, a married couple with big dreams and who loves to travel, Australia and road trips. The Weltwald is our favorite place for long walks with our dog Buddy and where we clear our head and look for inspirations.

This beautiful forest is getting more popular every year and is worth a visit, especially if you love nature and you are looking for a place with fewer tourists. The forest spreads over 100 hectares, so there is a guarantee that other visitors won’t disturb you and you can admire these high trees and the blue sky.

This nature reserve offers a magnificent collection of trees from all over the Northern Hemisphere, which is really impressive. The entire nature reserve splits into 3 original trails: North America, Europe, and Asia, so you can easily go on an expedition around the world. These trails connect with each other.

You will find Maple Trees, Oak Trees, Tulip Trees, Cedars, Japanese trees, and much more. On every trail, you can read about these different trees or the areas where they come from. All the trails offer some highlights, as the Europe Garden, Botanikum, or Asia Garden.

The nature reserve is ideal for anyone who enjoys nature. While your kids can play in an Indian Village, you can enjoy a pleasant picnic.

There is no restaurant or restroom, so make sure you will not leave any footprints in the forest and take your garbage back with you.

It is located 3km north-west of Freising. The easiest way to get there is by car.

Enjoy the time in the nature reserve and admire all the surrounding beauty.

Picture of the Weltwald in Bavaria
Weltwald, Bavaria

Thuringia – Thuringian Forest

Jessika – Goldrauschenblog

Hi, I'm Jessika and not a classic travel blogger. I love traveling but I also love blogging about various issues. One of my biggest passions is exploring my own home base: Thuringia, the green heart of Germany.

Thuringia is known for three things: Goethe, Bratwurst, and huge forests. The most popular one is the Thuringian Forest – a wonderful place for long hikes and exploring beautiful nature. There are a lot of interesting spots to visit in the Thuringian Forest, but if I had to recommend only one it would be the Metilstein opposite the UNSECO World Heritage Wartburg Castle. The Metilstein is a small mountain (more a kind of hill) above the city of Eisenach which not only convinces with its stunning view but also with its surreal landscape. Rough rocks, colourful heather, and picturesque oaks build a breath-taking composition. Especially on warm summer evenings when the sun goes down and everything is illuminated by the soft light this place looks like a fairytale location. To get the best Thuringian Forest experience you have to combine your Metilstein visit with a nice hike of course. There are a lot of options in the south of my hometown Eisenach, for example, the Drachenschlucht, the Landgrafenschlucht, and a walk around Wartburg castle.

Picture of the Metilstein in Eisenach
Metilstein, Eisenach (Photo by Christin Schreiter)

Saxony – Saxon Switzerland

Only 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Dresden lies the Sächsische Schweiz - or Saxon Switzerland - a national park with an area of roughly 94 square kilometers (36 square miles). You'll rarely get as close to nature as here. The bizarre rock formations and cool canyons are some of the most beautiful hiking areas in Europe. It's the right place for people who love hiking as much as we do!

One of the most famous destinations is the Basteibrücke (or Bastei Bridge). It's 76 meters (250 feet) long and should be combined with a visit to the Schwedenlöcher (Sweden holes) canyon. More than 700 steps lead through unique rock faces. A spectacular experience for all nature lovers! In the main season, around 2000 people cross this path every day!

But there's much more to the Sächsische Schweiz! The heavily rugged rock groups of the "Schrammsteine", the 11 meters (36 feet) high rock gate “Kuhstall” or the natural wonder “Hercules Columns” are just a few of our favorite places in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. If you're a romantic, you shouldn't miss the sunset on the Gohrisch.

By the way, Bad Schandau is the perfect starting point for all your trips. If you'd like to spend multiple days in nature you can hike the 115 kilometers (71 miles) long Malerweg in eight-day stages. The hiking trail runs through the entire Elbe Sandstone Mountains.

Picture of the Basteibrücke
Basteibrücke, Saxon Switzerland

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05.04.2021, 18:17

These are great tips. Germany already has beautiful corners.
Best regards Tanja

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06.04.2021, 14:52

Thank you so much for your feedback Tanja! Much appreciated!


04.04.2021, 21:15

Really well done collab! Fantastic ideas for a trip to Germany, I love the locals' perspectives! Looking forward to reading the other parts in this series!

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06.04.2021, 14:53

Thank you so much for your feedback!

Lannie Travels

04.04.2021, 12:28

Fantastic!! I’ve never heard of some of these places, but they seem perfect for my next German outdoor adventure!

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

06.04.2021, 14:46

Always happy to introduce some hidden gems!

John Quinn

03.04.2021, 00:41

Another great collection. Ive always been enticed by the Black Forest. Maybe it’s the cake but the hiking looks really good too. Saxon Switzerland is a new one for me. Adding to my list.

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03.04.2021, 09:30

I've had my first Black Forest cake in the Black Forest last year and it's quite different from the ones you get in the rest of Germany... The hiking was outstanding as well!

Jen Nilsson

02.04.2021, 21:14

You make me itch to get outside! Love these collab pieces. Beautifully done.

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

03.04.2021, 09:31

That's how I feel too! But part 3 will come out today and part 4 next week - maybe until then we'll be allowed to explore more!


31.03.2021, 16:32

Love this collaborative post guys. Excellent research by friends. I totally love the Bastelbrucke, saxon Switzerland picture. Stunning! Nice work :)

Carina | Bucketlist2Life

31.03.2021, 18:42

True, jekuslife did a great job with the picture!

wendy white

31.03.2021, 08:44

Another wonderful collection of places to visit in Germany. So many incredible outdoor spots but I’ve always wanted to visit the Black Forest and Wutach Gorge looks stunning.

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Carina | Bucketlist2Life

31.03.2021, 11:17

Thank you! The Black Forest was one of our highlights 2020 and we're quite sad that we didn't know about the Wutach Gorge back then...

Vanessa Shields

31.03.2021, 07:13

This brings back wonderful memories when I spent 4 months living in Germany one summer as a teenager. I stayed with family near Mannheim and we went for walks daily in the forests. I loved the tranquility and beauty of it. Went down to the Black Forest a few times but I really need to go back and do lots of these hikes!

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31.03.2021, 07:50

That's so interesting. What brings a teenager to Germany for 4 months? Was it a student exchange?


31.03.2021, 05:38

Beautiful curated list of favorite German spots by locals! I would love to visit the Black Forest especially!

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31.03.2021, 07:48

The Black Forest was one of my highlights in 2020. It's beautiful!


30.03.2021, 22:38

Love the Collab series some great insights into some lovely spots. Will keep this bookmarked with part one for when we get there

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30.03.2021, 22:43

Thank you so much. I'm flattered!

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30.03.2021, 21:25

Germany is incredibly beautiful. These outdoor spots are extra safe for physical distancing, so its double the reason to go.

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30.03.2021, 21:59

Thank you for noticing!

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30.03.2021, 21:06

I love spending time in nature, and these look like wonderful places to explore and enjoy the fresh air and greenery. Great ideas in this post!

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30.03.2021, 21:58

Thank you! I think spending time in nature will be more relevant in the future than ever...


30.03.2021, 21:01

Some beautiful places here. I would love to visit southern Germany. The Wutach Gorge looks spectacular andBavaria has long been on my wish list. Might need to brush up on my German!

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30.03.2021, 21:07

I've been to the Black Forest for the first time last year but missed the Wutach Gorge because I was unaware of its existence. I plan to go back this year as soon as Germany opens back up! I got lost on my trip and even I could not understand the Black Forest native I asked for the way! It's still a running gag...

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30.03.2021, 09:49

Coole Collaboration. Man vergisst so leicht, wieviele schoene Orte es in Deutschland gibt.

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30.03.2021, 21:57

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29.03.2021, 20:34

I love being out in nature, especially forests! I would love to visit the Black forest :D This post is so nice, love seeing ideas from different people <3

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30.03.2021, 22:04

I visited the Black Forest in 2020 and it was such an unexpected highlight!