What To Do With Your Free Time in Germany

From beer gardens to stunning castles and architecture, Germany offers some of the best free-time activities. Check out some of our favorites below!

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Cologne

Cologne Cathedral
Our stop in Cologne is just long enough for you to get a quick bite to eat and take a look at the world’s largest Gothic cathedral. It is a World Heritage Site and Cologne’s most famous landmark. For four years, 1880-84, it was the tallest structure in the world, until the completion of the Washington Monument followed by the Eiffel Tower. It has the second-tallest church spires and because of its enormous twin spires, it also presents the largest facade of any church in the world. Those looking for a different perspective can climb the towers.
FREE – $
Hours: 6:00 am – 9:00 pm; closed during church services and special events; tower climb open 9:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Cologne main square.

Heidelberg

Heidelberg Castle
A visit to the famous Heidelberg Castle is included in your itinerary. If you’re up to it, take a taxi to Heidelberg’s Old Town after dinner. The best way to enjoy is to simply wander around and see what you find. The Old Town doesn’t cover a particularly large area, so there’s no chance of you getting lost. The best starting point for your exploration of the Old Town is probably Bismarckplatz. From Bismarckplatz walk down the pedestrian Hauptstrasse (high street). Ask your tour director about Heidelberg’s nightlife.
FREE
Hours: Accessible 24/7!
Location: Heidelberg Old Town.

Munich

Alte Pinakothek
Opened in 1826 by Ludwig I, the Alte Pinakothek (Old Picture Gallery) represents the pinnacle of the Emperor’s achievements as a collector. The collection comprises more than 700 artworks from the glittering epochs of German, Flemish, Netherlandish, French, Italian and Spanish paintings.
$
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Accessible by Tram No 27 to Pinakotheken or Underground (U-Bahn)
U2: to Königsplatz or Theresienstrasse.

 

English Garden
One of the oldest English-style landscape gardens and one of the largest municipal parks in Europe, the Englischer Garten is a must visit while in Munich. Visit the Chinese pagoda with adjoining beer garden, the Monopteros Greek temple, a river and a boating lake. Visitors can also attend a traditional tea ceremony in the Japanese tea house.
FREE – $
Hours: Dawn to dusk, Beer garden open 10:30 am – 6:00 pm
Location: Accessible by U-Bahn: S 1,2,4,5,6,7, and 8 to “Marienplatz.”

 

Marienplatz
Marienplatz, Munich’s main square was founded by Henry the Lion in 1158. Once a market, it is now a major tourist attraction. People marvel at the gothic facade of the town hall. Your tour director will take you to hear the bells in the town hall tower. The ringing of the bells is accompanied by a ‘glockenspiel’ depicting a medieval dance and the wedding of Duke William V and Renata von Lothringen.
FREE
Hours: Accessible 24/7!
Location: Munich’s main square.

 

Olympia Park
Built for the 1972 Olympic Games, the Olympic complex is now used for a variety of leisure activities ranging from sports events to concerts or just touring the park.
$
Hours: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm; hours change seasonally
Location: Accessible by U3 via Olympiazentrum.

 

BMW Museum
For a BMW enthusiast it is one of the highlights of a visit to Germany. Since its opening in 1973, the BMW Museum has been a place that documents the history of BMW and places it in the context of the present and future. The stated aim of the museum is to fascinate visitors with exciting topics about mobility, communication and society.
$
Hours: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; closed on Mon.
Location: Accessible by U3 Olympiazentrum station.