The hotel descriptions in Germany are very different from those in South Africa. Here is a shortlist, of some of the most popular types, with a short description and
Most people take their summer holidays in either July or August.
Favourite summer holiday destinations for most Germans are Spain, in particular Mallorca, Greece, and Italy. Another popular destination is Malta, where they speak English.
Traveling within Germany is also a great option, with destinations like the Ostsee, the Nordsee, Sylt , and Lake Constance making the top of the list.
Travel within the Schengen Area “The Schengen Area is a zone made up of 27 European states which have officially abolished passports and other types of border control at their
The weather is perfect for outdoor activities and al fresco dining. The Germans calls a braai grilling, and they like to grill sausages, vegetables, and even cheese. There are some rules around braaing at your home and also for doing it in a public space.
When you do not have braai facilities at home or want to have more space while meeting your friends for a braai, you can use the grills/fireplaces at a
Summer is finally here and it is time to invite friends to kuier around the braai. But before you light your charcoal, check out the rules and regulations that
In summer, public swimming facilities (Freibad) will be open to visitors. Other options are to swim at a beach, a baggersee or a lake.
You can find a list of all the lakes (der See/Seen) in Germany on this website.
Other outdoor activities that are very popular during summer are hiking and biking. There are many websites and apps available with easy-to-follow routes.
On our Community pages, you can find or create groups with similar interests like hiking.
Most fruit trees will be heavy with fruit by now. In Germany, there are rules about when you are allowed to pick fruit from trees that do not belong to you. The general rule is that if the trees belong to a fruit farmer you are not allowed to pick the fruit, if the trees do not belong to a fruit farmer, then you can pick fruit for your own use.
For each Bundesland, there might be different rules. Here is a short article about it (in German).
Websites with more information on where you can go pick fruit, also from farmers, are Mundraub and https://www.streuobstwiesen-boerse.de/,
|Time||Central European Time (CET), Summertime – the same time as South Africa until the last Sunday of October, when Wintertime starts (30 October 2022).|
The average day temperature is 22 degrees Celsius. The days become shorter.
There might still be some Pollen in the air, have a look at the Pollenkalender here
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The warmer weather and long nights means that the summer Festivals are in full swing.
Cities come alive with street parades, music, markets, food and enough to drink.
Events listed on our website
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Some foods and drinks to try
Mirabelle plums are sweet and delicious
the best you will find at Italian Gelato shops. Do try Spaghetti Eis
Strawberries (Erdbeeren), Red currant berries (Johannisbeeren), Blueberries (Blaubeeren), Gooseberries (Stachelbeeren) and Cherries (Kirschen) are still in season
most bakeries will have some baked goods featuring Rhubarb
Fruit and Veggies in Season
|German Barbecue||das Grillfest|
|a state or feeling of warmth, friendliness, and good cheer.||die Gemütlichkeit|
|Man-made quarry filled with water|
|Streuobstwiesen||Man-made Orchards and a form of fruit growing that is designed for multiple uses.|
The tall trees that are “scattered” in the landscape carry various fruits such as apples, pears, cherries, plums or walnuts.
The meadow can be used as pastureland.
Swimming options Private swimming pools are not so popular in Germany, but there are good public swimming options available. Public swimming pools / Öffentliche Schimmbäder
The entire cycling scene in Germany took some getting used to when I arrived here. In South Africa its sort of all kitted out serious
Most South Africans love being outside the house. This can sometimes feel like a challenge in Germany, but I have learned very quickly that you
German Climate Germany’s climate is temperate and marine, with cold, cloudy winters and warm summers and in the south occasional warm föhn wind. The greater