You can also have a wonderful holiday in Germany, it does not always have to be abroad. Beach, lake or mountain: the best tips to make your vacation an unforgettable one in Germany for every taste and cost.

Holidays by the sea in Germany

The classic holiday is naturally a sea vacation. Both on the North Sea and the Baltic Sea there are nice beaches, even though the good weather is never guaranteed. The traditional German beach chair offers sun and wind cover. But there is still a lot to do on Germany’s coasts even on days when the weather doesn’t invite you to swim. From bike to farms and luxury spa facilities. Of course on the North Sea Islands, which can be accessed by ferry via mainland, especially beautiful beaches can also be found.

Holidays by the sea in Germany

The most beautiful beaches on the North Sea:

  • Sankt Peter-Ording
  • Lister Ellenbogen (Sylt)
  • Kniepsand (Amrum)
  • Westerland Hauptstrand (Sylt)
  • Norddeich
  • Juister Strand
  • Strände auf Borkum
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Westerland on Sylt is one of the most popular beaches in Germany.

The most beautiful beaches on the Baltic Sea:

  • Timmendorfer Strand
  • Strand von Warnemünde
  • Strand von Heringsdorf (Usedom)
  • Darßer Weststrand
  • Südstrand (Fehmarn)
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The view of the beach from resort with the famous pier.

Lake holidays in Germany

You can also spend your holidays in Germany by a stunning lake if the sea is too far for you. You sometimes feel like you are at the sea , especially on the large lakes with sandy beaches. There is also a wide variety of sports: boating, windsurfing, skiing or kayaking on large lakes. There’s plenty to do. In Southern Germany, mostly in Bavaria, the most beautiful lakes are found. You also have the beautiful view of the mountains, which makes for a beautiful atmosphere.


Southern Germany’s most beautiful lakes include:

  • Bodensee
  • Chiemsee
  • Starnberger See
  • Tegernsee
  • Ammersee
There are mountains and lakes in southern Germany, like here at Tegernsee.

In northern Germany, there are also several large lakes that are suitable for holidays. In Lower Sachsen, and in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania particularly in Brandenburg.

Here are our tips for the northernmost lakes:

  • Müritz (Mecklenburg-Vorpommern)
  • Steinhuder Meer (Niedersachsen)
  • Wannsee (Berlin)
  • Scharmützelsee (Brandenburg)
  • Öjendorfer See (Hamburg)
The Steinhuder Meer is the largest lake in northwest Germany.

For example, you can rent a little house right at the lake if you want to go on holidays by the lake. Therefore, you don’t have to go for a swim and avoid the crowded sun loungers, since from the residence you can simply lie down in your own small garden.

Tip: From the sea to the lake to the mountains: a wellness hotel has a large variety of events even when the weather is bad.

Mountain holidays in Germany

Rolling through green woods, cycling, mountain lake swimming: mountain holidays are very flexible. Many think of the Alps and their wonderful panorama of the mountains at first, of course. But in the low mountains of Germany, you can also spend an excellent holiday.

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Magnificent mountain panorama on the Rießersee near Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

These are the most beautiful German holiday regions in the mountains:

  • Berchtesgadener Land (Bayern)
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Bayern)
  • Allgäu (Bayern)
  • Schwarzwald (Baden-Württemberg)
  • Harz (Sachsen-Anhalt)
  • Sächsische Schweiz (Sachsen)
  • Erzgebirge (Sachsen)
Sunrise at the Bastei bridge in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains in Saxon Switzerland.

You can see that Germany has so many lovely places and regions to sell. It doesn’t have to be a holiday abroad always. We bring you many more magical locations in our picture gallery that you really can find in Germany:

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