Active holidays for families in Germany

Cosy bike and hiking trips along rivers, picturesque forests and the Baltic Sea: there is so much for families to discover in Germany. Cycling and hiking are really popular here. The limitless nature of Germany offers the perfect base for a fun family trip. Explore the most beautiful places in Germany by land and water and let yourself be inspired by the hospitality of the most populous country in the EU.

Cycle tours for families in Germany

Flawlessly developed and well signposted cycle paths are ideal for a cycle tour with the whole family. If you prefer to take it easy, choose a trip along rivers, where it is mostly flat. But there is also a lot to discover in the Alps. Accompanied by a breathtaking landscape, cycling from stage to stage is even more beautiful.

During breaks, the refreshing water of the lakes invites you to cool off. With over 15,000 of them, Germany is rich in lakes. Especially in Bavaria and Brandenburg there are many, as well as particularly large lakes. Together with the warm summer weather, Germany is ideal for cycling and enjoyment.

Cycling in Southern Germany for families

If the weather is mild and the natural landscape of the Alps can be seen in the distance, then you are in Southern Germany! With this fantastic backdrop, the well-developed cycle paths are even more beautiful. Real highlights await you in southern Germany. For example, the largest lake in Germany: Lake Constance. It actually covers three countries – Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Or the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in the country at 2,962 metres. But it’s not only the Alps that have their own special charm. The Palatinate with its gentle hills and vineyards contrast with the high peaks. Here you can experience the ‘Pfälzer Gemütlichkeit’ (roughly translates as ‘Palatinate cosiness’) up close and let yourself be pampered with culinary delights.

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Isar-Cycle Path

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Palatinate

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Main-Cycle Path

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Lake Constance

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Black Forest

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Altmühl valley

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Cycling in Central Germany for families

The Moselle flows through green vineyards and offers a great opportunity to get to know Germany from a completely different side on the Moselle Cycle Path. The river originates in France and flows along beautiful, historic cities to Koblenz, where it finally flows into the Rhine. The region around the Moselle is characterised by medieval towns and wine-growing areas. In the summer the landscape glows green, in autumn the forests and vineyards shine in yellows and reds.

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Mosel-Cycle Path

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Mosel-Cycle Path

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Cycling in North Germany for families

There’s a reason why Northern Germany is a popular holiday destination for families. It’s not only the Baltic Sea with its sand dunes and seascape that attracts. There is also a lot to discover along the Weser. The unique nature there provides a habitat for numerous animal species. With 28 fish species identified so far, you can also see some unusual river dwellers here. That is why only the best and freshest fish specialities are served up during your cycle tour in Northern Germany. And if you think the weather in the north is much cooler, you’re wrong. Here the most hours of sunshine are measured regularly. Building sand castles on the beach will be even more fun!

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Weser-Cycle Path

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Baltic-coast cycle path

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Hiking tours for families in Germany

Experience the diversity of nature: that’s hiking in Germany. The well-developed hiking trails lead through a wide variety of landscapes. And exercise in the fresh air is not only good for the mind, but also for the physical well-being. Many wide forests, lush green meadows and the Alps are your companions on the hiking tours.

Almost untouched nature can be found on the alpine pastures, where cows graze next to the paths. Hiking is a real treat, especially in Bavaria. Paths that tell stories. In between, regional delicacies are enjoyed. Who hasn’t always wanted to try a real Bavarian ‘Brotzeit’ (plate of cold cuts, bread and cheese).

Hiking in Southern Germany for families

There’s a reason why the Bayerische Wald is THE hiking paradise of Germany. Wonderful views and varied hiking trails can be found here. In the largest contiguous forest landscape in Central Europe there is also the first and oldest national park in Germany. There is a real jungle here, the only one in the whole country. In addition to the many exciting things to do in the forest, the region and its sights offer the best conditions for a hiking holiday with the whole family. If you are accompanied by friendly companions such as donkeys in the Bayerische Wald, your holiday can only be awesome!

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Bavaria

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Donkey walking Bavarian Forest

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Hiking in central Germany for families

The region of central Germany has lots to offer. There is the Siebengebirge next to the bank of the Rhine, which is perfect for hiking. The many, not too high peaks are a real insider tip for active families who love hiking and are very easy to climb. It is particularly exciting for children, because there are also legends about the mountains to hear. For example, the ‘Drachenfels’, in which a dragon is said to live. Or the dark caves and narrow pathways that lead to old castles. And with a bit of luck, falcons can be seen during the hike.

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Siebengebirge

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Multi-activity holidays for families in Germany

If you like to mix things up, then this is the place for you. Whether canoeing, cycling or hiking: you don’t have to choose one. Everything is included in a multi-activity holiday. The long rivers and glistening lakes of Germany offer the right setting for exciting multi-activity trips. Bavaria’s forests and the Alps are just waiting to be explored!

Then there are also many leisure facilities and parks to visit with the whole family. If that’s not enough, you can take a long swim in the Baltic Sea. It is a very special highlight, with its sparkling, deep blue water, long sandy beaches and delicious fish specialities.

Outdoor adventures in Southern Germany for families

Bavaria is brimming with attractions for active families. Climb up steep rock faces to gaze across the beautiful landscape, canoe on the glittering lakes or simply dive into them. In Bavaria you have all of these options practically on your doorstep. Around the Sylvensteinsee, nature is a veritable playground for outdoor adventures of all kinds. Just get out and explore the forest or visit the climbing park. The fresh mountain air of the Bavarian Alps wakes you up and boosts your energy. So you can expend lots of energy and enjoy delicious Bavarian cuisine in the evening.

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Outdoor adventures in central Germany for families

The westernmost state of Germany not only has the most inhabitants, but also a huge range of outdoor activities and places to explore. Whether zoos, climbing parks or mini-golf: the multi-activity trip in North Rhine-Westphalia is action packed! It’s ideal to really exhaust yourself and experience a phenomenal holiday with the whole family.

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North Rhine-Westphalia

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Outdoor adventures in Northern Germany for families

The Baltic Sea is considered a fair-weather oasis and is THE recreation and holiday destination in Germany. No wonder, there is so much to do here. Hiking with the family is always great. But with the sea next to it and the sand between your toes, you can’t beat it! The windy coast also offers beautiful cycling routes. The unique landscape in the north offers variety and above all a perfect habitat for a wide variety of birds. You can even watch them and with a little luck get closer. And when else do you have the chance to canoe through a city?

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Baltic Sea

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Paddling holiday for families in Germany

Have you always wanted to explore Germany in a canoe? Then a paddling holiday is just right for you! As you glide down the river, green meadows accompany you and forest lined hills rise up to the left and right. The many lakes and rivers in Germany are perfect for a paddling holiday, especially the Altmühl.

With a little training and the right equipment, it’s child’s play to canoe. Even if you have no experience of it. Exciting sections with canoe slides, brave people can put their skills to the test. So your holiday becomes something very special and will be one not to forget.

Paddling holiday in Southern Germany

In the south of Germany, the Altmühl winds through the landscape. It is one of the most popular inert rivers in Europe! This makes it perfect for a canoe tour. Paddle along this calm, clean river and enjoy the silence. There’s a lot going on underneath! Let the fish, crabs and other river creatures accompany you. You paddle through nature reserves and can observe the birds nesting next to you. You can also pass villages right by the water. But there is also a lot to discover away from the water: perhaps one of the many flocks of sheep that graze in the green meadows. The Altmühl is skirted by heaths and rocky walls. Ruins of castles are waiting for you on this paddling holiday Canoeing in Altmühl.

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Canoe Altmühltal

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Tips for a family holiday in Germany

Euroaktiv travel in Germany means lots of activities and adventures together, but above all: relaxation! The landscapes of Germany will inspire you. As different as they are, they have one thing in common: they are simply beautiful! Just like the climate zones, a wide variety of regions meet in Germany. Nature lovers and strollers are just as happy here as sport and culture fans. Germany offers a diverse range of activities, especially for families.

6 reasons why Germany is the right holiday destination for families

  • One third of Germany is forest. The Black Forest and the Bayerische Wald are particularly well known. The air is particularly good here, so city families can breathe in fresh air away from the exhaust fumes.
  • Here, nature is important: Germany calls 100 nature parks and 16 national parks its own. Perfect for nature-loving families who want to spend time outdoors on holiday.
  • History: Germany is not only the land of poets, but also of medieval buildings. There are an estimated 25,000 castles that offer families a welcome change during a cycle tour.
  • With 49 natural and cultural sights, Germany ranks fourth among the world’s most heritage-rich countries. And some of them can be found during family cycling and hiking trips.
  • As a very traditional but also cosmopolitan country, ‘traditional German customs’ meet modern life. That means variety and diversity on every stage of a family cycle tour.
  • Germany is also known for its food. German dishes are a tasty experience! The right meal for kids can be found on every menu.

What’s special for kids in Germany

A mix of everything: there is no better way to describe our active trips in Germany. And that is exactly what is so exciting about it. Because for children, nothing is more boring that monotony. When you go on holiday in Germany, you have the feeling that you are not in one, but many different countries. The landscape changes suddenly and the parts of Germany also differ in terms of climate. The colourful variety is also reflected in the food. Fresh fish is enjoyed in the north and the hearty Bavarian cuisine in southern Germany is known far beyond its national borders.

However, what all parts of Germany have in common is hospitality, especially towards families. This can be seen in the many nature and leisure parks that the country has to offer. So perfect for eventful multi-activity trips, or as a change from the normal travel programme. There are also many rivers and bodies of water. Together with the huge forest areas, Germany is a true natural paradise for adventure. The great thing about Euroaktiv trips in Germany: no matter which one you choose you will always see and experience something new!

5 top destinations for families in Germany

The many wonderful active trips not only offer excitement and fun for the whole family, they also contain real insider tips on activities that make your holiday something very special. Here we would like to introduce you to our personal highlights that you shouldn’t miss during your trip.

  • Lübeck: the Hanseatic city is not only a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to many historic buildings. With Euroaktiv and the multi-activity holiday on the Baltic Sea you can get to know the city from a completely new perspective. From the canoe!
  • Porta Nigra: The best-preserved Roman city gate north of the Alps and at the same time the ideal starting point for a city tour of trier. There is a special structure to discover on the Moselle cycle path.
  • SEA LIFE: What’s going on under the water? Just take a hike and dive into the SEA LIFE Königswinter. Thousands of sea creatures and a 360 degree tunnel are waiting to be admired. Experience this on the hiking tour Siebengebirge.
  • Holiday Park Pfalz: A world full of roller coasters, shows and attractions that make every child – and also some adults - hearts beat faster is waiting for you. Discover it on the cycle tour Palatinate.
  • Brückenkopf-Park Jülich: A very special park, because in addition to the many active stations there is a huge zoo and the Napoleonic fortifications to explore. A day is almost too short for this park! You can see it for yourself during the multi-activity holiday in North Rhine-Westphalia.
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