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Weekend in Germany

Updated: Jun 16



Finally, the weekend - das Wochenende! That's what most people think when they leave the office on a Friday and have a work-free Saturday and Sunday ahead of them. But not everyone can look forward to a free weekend. For example, all those who work in hospitals, transport or retail do not always have a full weekend off.

Of the two days, Saturday in Germany has a fundamentally different character than Sunday. While people still have a lot to do on Saturdays, for example go shopping, on Sundays the shops are usually closed. The streets are audibly quieter. Sunday belongs to the family or friends. The fact that there must be a day of rest during the week is already written in the third commandment of the Bible "You shall keep holy the Lord's day":



Sunday is the only day of the week on which, according to the law in Germany, people are not allowed to work. It is for recreation. In 1994, however, this ban on Sunday work was relaxed. Trade unions and Christian churches oppose any further softening of the ban - for example, when it comes to allowing more than the legally permitted six open Sundays per year. Then shops are allowed to open for a few hours.

But the weekend is first and foremost leisure time, which means above all time when you don't have to work, when you can relax and recharge your batteries so that you can start again in the new week.


If you think about it, Saturday is actually the best day of the week. Because you still have Sunday ahead of you. But when it arrives, you want to do everything at once: sleep late, have brunch, go out with your family, meet friends, do sports or prepare for the coming week. No wonder that almost everyone would like to have Monday off as well. But for that, you would have to treat yourself to a long weekend, i.e. take Monday off and discover Germany.


And what are the best destinations for tourists in Germany?

High mountains. Flat beaches. Romantic islands and pulsating metropolises - that's right, we're talking about Germany. Hardly any other country can boast such a variety of holiday regions as our home country. I've put together my personal Top 3 - the perfect Germany weekend for you. With tips that will take you to little-known corners or give you a new perspective on familiar regions.


1.) ON THE ROAD IN BRANDENBURG

BRANDENBURG'S WATERS

Herons strut in the shallow water. Great crested grebes greet each other and a family of swans accompanies the holidaymakers part of the way. 33,000 kilometres of running water run through Brandenburg like a blue ribbon and offer you many opportunities.

Brandenburg intoxicates with intense colours and a deep silence, interrupted only by occasional bird calls. Blooming water lilies adorn the surface of the water. Old trees line the banks. And small restaurants have set up their terraces in the midst of this idyll.


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On the Finow Canal, in addition to the omnipresent spectacle of nature, there is also the historical experience. It is considered Germany's oldest waterway and is completely protected as a historic monument. If you want to relax and enjoy the wonderfully antiquated technology, this is the right place for you.


2.) WINEGROWING HOLIDAY ON LAKE CONSTANCE

The wind sweeps across the lake. Water slaps noisily against the shore. And splashing spray lands gently on my face. The lake is sometimes called the "Swabian Sea" - it really does have a wild side. In contrast to the large and well-known places on Lake Constance, Hagnau is small and insignificant.


VINEYARDS AND ORCHARDS

Hagnau has just under 1,500 inhabitants and is located on the northern shore of Lake Constance. Apart from the lakeside promenade, vineyards and orchards are the wealth of the village. There are even vines and apple trees in the town centre, which makes Hagnau particularly charming. Hagnau also boasts the oldest winegrowers' cooperative in Baden. The cooperative was founded in 1881 and still has 60 winegrowing families.


Fresh, fruity wines are typical of Lake Constance. For example, the Müller-Thurgau or the Weißherbst. And if you wanted to delve deeper into wine-making, you can stay with winegrowing families in Hagnau and help with the harvest. This is called "Wimmeln" in the local dialect. After the hard work, the wine tastes even better.





3.) The perfect Germany weekend - Pellworm

Around 1000 people live on the island Pellworm. And probably just as many sheep. Those who come to the island experience the unspoilt everyday life of North Frisian farmers and fishermen. The latter sell their freshly caught crabs directly from the cutter to the holidaymakers. The small harbour is one of the island's "hotspots": nine fishing boats are anchored here. Nets hang out to dry in the sun and seagulls hope for a moment of inattention. Pure North Sea romance, surpassed only by the island's lighthouse. Here you can take part in guided tours - or get married, if you feel like it.

Otherwise, Pellworm is the perfect place to relax and to leave everything behind.

Pellworm is one of my Top 3 - the perfect Germany weekend




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