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The 12 most beautiful nature travel destinations in Germany
Germany is full of great holiday destinations and has a lot to offer in terms of landscape. Here we introduce you to 12 beautiful German regions for nature lovers and show you that you don't have to go that far for a travel experience in nature.
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Where better to slow down than in nature? Nowhere!
You don't even have to drive far for this, because many great nature travel destinations are in the middle of Germany.
But which holiday destinations in Germany are best if you want to spend a few nice days in the country?
Here we show you 12 great travel regions in Germany that invite you to linger in nature.
Would you rather go on a city trip? Then let yourself be inspired by our 14 city travel destinations in Germany.
If you are traveling with a motorhome, you should definitely take a look at our packing list for the motorhome.
# 1 Moselle
Granted, we're probably a little biased. But in addition to relaxed towns like our place of residence Traben-Trabach, you will also find extensive landscapes for hiking and cycling here.
The picturesque vineyards on the banks of the Moselle shape the image of the region. Kilometers of bike and hiking trails invite you to explore nature. Preferably in the direction of one of the beautiful knight's castles or straight to the next winery for a glass of Riesling.
In addition, there is the special climate, which makes the Moselle region one of the warmest in Germany. What better way to spend time outdoors in nature?
When is the best time to travel to the Moselle?
The classic travel time for the Moselle is from April to October. September is particularly beautiful when wine festivals take place in different places every weekend.
In December, the Christmas markets in the region are worth a trip. Otherwise it is very quiet on the Moselle from November to March. Some restaurants are completely closed during this time. But the time is very suitable for relaxation and wellness and the hotel prices are often a little lower in winter.
# 2 Chiemsee
When we think of beautiful landscapes, we inevitably have to think of the Chiemsee. The so-called Bavarian Sea is a true natural paradise and, of course, cannot be missed among the most beautiful natural holiday regions in Germany.
You can really explore the region all year round - be it in winter to watch the international bird migration or in summer when everything is in full bloom. The Chiemgau is hard to beat in terms of diversity and biodiversity. Here, too, you can go hiking and cycling or discover the islands of Herrenchiemsee and Frauenchiemsee, all with an incomparable Alpine panorama.
When is the best time to go to the Chiemsee?
The most popular travel time is between April and September. The months of July and August are particularly warm and have little rainfall and are therefore ideal for swimming in the Chiemsee.
In winter, especially between November and February, you can relax wonderfully in one of the many wellness hotels and enjoy the mountains and winter sports.
Our hotel tips for the Chiemsee:
The wonderful Hotel ChiemseePanorama is located directly on the Chiemsee. The Hotel Kloster Seeon is very nicely located on the Klostersee.
# 3 Baltic Sea
One of the most popular holiday destinations for Germans is the Baltic Sea. The coastal region attracts 7 million visitors annually with its beautiful nature and the fresh sea breeze.
Sand between your toes, imposing chalk cliffs, the cool sea and dunes as far as the eye can see. Are you getting wanderlust?
Be it on an island or on the coast on the mainland - you can't go wrong with a holiday on the Baltic Sea. For nature lovers, the Baltic Sea is the purest paradise.
When is the best time to go to the Baltic Sea?
The best months to travel here are June to August. During this time the climate is particularly mild and there is little rain. This is the perfect bathing time for the Baltic Sea.
If you don't mind the rough wind and cold temperatures, you can also drive in winter. Snow and frost must be expected between December and March.
Our hotel tips for the Baltic Sea:
The Steigenberger Strandhotel & Spa Zingst is located directly on the sea and leaves nothing to be desired. The Hotel Gran BelVeder in Scharbeutz is located directly on Timmendorfer Strand.
Our island tip on the Baltic Sea: Rügen
Rügen is the largest island in Germany. With almost 6 million visitors, it is one of the top travel destinations in Germany.
No wonder. The island is a true natural paradise, which is why Rügen's Jasmund National Park has been a World Heritage Site since 2011. Quiet forests and white sandy beaches invite you to relax and linger while you marvel at the countless sea bays and lagoons.
Our hotel tips for Rügen:
The Hotel Meersinn in Binz is located directly on the sea. Likewise the Ostseebad Hotel Bernstein in Sellin.
# 4 North Sea
Peace seekers and adventurers alike are drawn to the North Sea in Lower Saxony and its many islands. Here you will find the East Frisian islands such as Norderney, Langeoog or Borkum with their unique nature and long sandy beaches. Just like the beautiful port cities like Cuxhaven, Norden-Norddeich, Wilhelmshaven and so many more.
Hardly any other sea offers as much variety as the North Sea. On the one hand the white sandy beaches and miles of dunes, on the other hand the rough cliffs that offer a wonderful view of the vastness.
Regardless of whether you want to spend a relaxing holiday on the beach or actively explore the area while hiking or cycling - all options are open on the North Sea. And when we think about it like that, you don't even have to make up your mind.
When is the best time to go to the North Sea?
The best time to travel here is between May and September. During this time you can easily cool off in the North Sea. Most of the rainy days fall in the autumn and winter months.
Our hotel tips for the North Sea:
The Pura Vida Hotel in Cuxhaven is only 100 meters away from the beach. From the Atlantic Hotel Sail City in Bremerhaven you have a wonderful view of the sea.
Our island tip on the North Sea: Föhr
The largest island with land connections may be Rügen, but Föhr is the largest island in Germany, completely detached from the mainland. There is a real maritime climate here and Föhr is not called the "Frisian Caribbean" for nothing. No wonder that the island also has an incredible amount of nature to offer.
White beach and azure blue sky - you don't even have to fly for that. The most beautiful beaches are in Wyk, Nieblum and Utersum. And if that is not reason enough to visit the island, there is also the Wadden Sea National Park for real nature lovers. This has been a World Heritage Site since 2009 and always offers an exciting spectacle with the tides.
Our hotel tips for Föhr:
We recommend the Duus Hotel very close to the beach. Those who like it a little more relaxed should check into the Upstalsboom Wellness Resort Südstrand.
# 5 German Wine Route
Did we hear wine? Oh yeah! But the German Wine Route has a lot more to offer than a good drop.
With a length of almost 85 kilometers, the German Wine Route runs through Rhineland-Palatinate, making it the second largest German wine-growing region. Not only wine grows along the road, but also almond trees, figs, chestnuts and even exotic species such as kiwis and bananas. No wonder given the wonderfully warm climate.
Nature and wine lovers will get their money's worth here.
When is the best time to go to the German Wine Route?
The best travel time for the German Wine Route is between the beginning of March, when the almond blossom starts, and the end of October. Then all the wine festivals take place, the leaves change color and there are delicious tarte flambée alongside wine.
Our hotel tips for the German Wine Route:
The Loblocher Hof in Neustadt an der Weinstrasse offers beautiful apartments and studios, while you can relax in the Hotel Deidesheimer Hof in Deidesheim or in the wellness holiday farm at the Rebgarten in Bad Dürkheim.
# 6 Allgäu
Anyone who thinks of nature in Germany cannot avoid thinking of the Alpine region. As Germany's largest winter sports area, it is not only popular with athletes, but especially with nature lovers. Wide meadows, forests and of course lakes adorn the landscape and all of that with a wonderful alpine panorama.
All of this makes the Allgäu one of the most popular holiday destinations in Germany. So if you want to experience a holiday with incomparable nature or if you would like to climb one or the other summit, then the Allgäu is exactly the right place for you.
When is the best time to travel to the Allgäu?
The most popular travel time is May to the end of October. Summer temperatures prevail here, which are great for hiking and cycling.
Winter in the Allgäu is between December and February and the ski season is in full swing. The perfect travel time for winter sports enthusiasts!
Our hotel tip for the Allgäu:
The hotel at the Hopfensee in Füssen leaves nothing to be desired. Are you looking for a wellness hotel in the Allgäu? Then read our article on 12 special Allgäu wellness hotels.
# 7 Black Forest
In the Black Forest, there is one national park and one nature park after the other. The Black Forest was not designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve for nothing. It is therefore no secret that you will find a wide variety of habitats for plants and animals here.
The natural and cultural landscape of the Black Forest invites you to hike and discover. The many valleys, such as the Präg glacier basin, offer wonderful views to take photos or just enjoy. You can visit the Black Forest all year round, because with more than 100 mountains and peaks it is a popular winter sports area.
So just the right thing for nature lovers! And if you also want to visit the top attractions and sights of the Black Forest, we recommend the Black Forest Card.
When is the best time to travel to the Black Forest?
The best time to travel to the Black Forest is between the beginning of May and the end of September. At that time there is an ideal climate and nature can be enjoyed to the fullest.
From December to March is the ski season in the Black Forest. Those who love the snow will get their money's worth now.
Our hotel tips for the Black Forest:
The Hotel Hofgut Sternen is not far from Freiburg im Breisgau in the middle of the picturesque Black Forest. Even more nature awaits you at the Hotel NATURE TITSEE in Titisee-Neustadt. The name says it all!
# 8 resin
As the largest mountain range in northern Germany, the Harz attracts many travelers. It offers year-round excursion destinations, be it for hiking in summer or for winter sports when there is snow.
The Harz beech forests are not only beautiful to explore and marvel at - they also offer habitats for over 5000 animal species. The Harz National Park with its national park houses and information points offers a lot of information on the population and biodiversity. So there is a lot to discover here.
The Brocken in the Harz Mountains is particularly well-known here. What does not sound particularly charming at first glance is the highest point of the mountains at 1,141 meters above sea level and offers beautiful hiking trails as well as the romantic Brocken Railway, from which you can see the landscape from a completely different angle.
When is the best time to travel to the Harz Mountains?
The best time to travel to the Harz is from May to September. Here it rains the least and the weather is pleasantly warm.
If you want to go skiing in winter, you should go in January or February. There the chances are best to experience the Harz in white splendor.
Our hotel tips for the Harz:
The Romantikhotel Alte Münze convinces with its charm in the old town of Goslar. The beautiful Comfort-Hotel garni Schierker Waldperle is located in the middle of the Harz Mountains and only 5 kilometers from the Brocken.
# 9 Saxon Switzerland
In the far east on the border with the Czech Republic lies the Elbe Sandstone Mountains. The German part of these mountains is called Saxon Switzerland, while the Czech part forms Bohemian Switzerland.
Saxon Switzerland is famous for its rough rocks and stone formations. The area is popular with hikers for its nature and the view of the sandstone cliffs, for adventure seekers it is a pure climbing paradise. Occasionally you can see people there "booing", that is, spending the night under a ledge, which is a tradition in Saxon Switzerland.
When is the best time to travel to Saxon Switzerland?
The best travel time is April to October. The months have the best weather and, on average, the fewest rainy days. This time is particularly suitable for climbing.
If you don't mind hiking in the cold winter months, you will have more peace and quiet in the winter months from November and the hiking trail to yourself. At this time there are far fewer tourists in Saxon Switzerland, so the better choice for those looking for peace and quiet.
Our hotel tips for Saxon Switzerland:
If, like us, you don't necessarily want to sleep under rocks, you can make yourself comfortable in the Panoramahotel Wolfsberg or in the Winterbergblick holiday home. For absolute relaxation, we recommend the Hotel Elbresidenz an der Therme.
# 10 Mecklenburg Lake District
The Mecklenburg Lake District is a landscape in northeast Germany, which is characterized by its large number of lakes. There are also 8 nature parks in the region, above all the Müritz National Park. It is named after the Müritz, the largest inland lake in Germany. The Müritz National Park has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2011 and a paradise for hikers and cyclists.
But not only nature lovers have a lot to see here. In addition to a diverse fauna, with sea eagles and ospreys, the rare bittern and occasionally a pack of wolves, you will find the BEAR SANCTUARY Müritz in Stuer very close by. As the largest bear protection center in Western Europe, rescued brown bears live here in a natural forest. Exciting, isn't it?
When is the best time to travel to the Mecklenburg Lake District?
The best time to travel is between June and September. At this time there are on average the most hours of sunshine a day and there is the ideal climate to lie down at one of the lakes.
Our hotel tips for the Mecklenburg Lake District:
The TUI BLUE Fleesensee is a great hotel on the shores of the Flesensee. If you like it a little more comfortable, go to the family-run Hotel Bornmühle near the Tollensee. We recommend the Maremüritz Yachthafen Resort & Spa near the Müritz.
# 11 Lüneburg Heath
Last but not least, we recommend a place that we were also allowed to call home. The Lüneburg Heath is located in the northeast of Lower Saxony and, as the name suggests, is characterized by its beautiful heather.
In this so-called fifth season of the year, the landscape shines in strong purple during the heather blossom. A trip to the Lüneburg Heath is an absolute must for photographers and nature lovers. In the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve you can also enjoy the peace and quiet and nature. The car-free zone is appreciated by hikers and cyclists alike.
When is the best time to travel to the Lüneburg Heath?
An old rule of thumb says that the heather from 08.08. until 09.09. one year blooms. But we are sure that on 07.08. and on 10.09. you will see one or the other blossom. You can roughly expect the heather to bloom from the end of July to mid-September.
But the Lüneburg Heath is also worth a visit in the remaining months. In spring, the buds of trees and flowers as well as the diverse fauna lure you to the nature parks of the Lüneburg Heath, while in autumn the leaves shine red and yellow.
September and October are known for their deer rutting season. How about, for example, a visit to the Lüneburg Heath Wildlife Park?
Our hotel tips for the Lüneburg Heath:
The Landhaus Haverbeckhof is located in the middle of the Lüneburg Heath nature reserve and can hardly be surpassed in terms of its closeness to nature. The Hotel Hof Tütsberg with its thatched roof houses is also in a quiet location in the nature reserve and impresses with its historical charm.
# 12 Bavarian Forest
The Bavarian Forest is a low mountain range that extends over a length of more than 100 kilometers along the border between Bavaria and the Czech Republic. But did you know that the Bavarian Forest is the largest forest landscape in Central Europe and even the only primeval forest in Germany? Nature lovers have come to the right place here.
The special thing about the Bavarian Forest National Park is its originality, as humans hardly interfere with the natural cycle here. That is why the Bavarian Forest should definitely not be missing from our list of the most beautiful nature travel destinations in Germany.
When is the best time to travel to the Bavarian Forest?
The best time to travel here is between April and October, when you are out and about a lot and want to experience nature.
Those who prefer it winter can of course travel to the Bavarian Forest for winter sports of all kinds between November and February. Then it is particularly snowy and really romantic here.
Our hotel tips for the Bavarian Forest:
If you really want to unwind and are looking for relaxation, the Hotel-Gasthof Hottl is the right place for you. If you like it a little more cozy and rustic and still don't want to miss out on wellness, then we recommend the Gasthaus Hotel Fuchs.
These were our very personal tips with the 12 most beautiful nature travel destinations in Germany. Where do you go when you want to go out into nature? Please leave us a comment with your favorite nature travel destination in Germany!
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