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There are plenty of possibilities to spend your leisure time in Germany. How about volunteer work or a trip to Germany's beautiful countryside?


Do you enjoy cooking? Are you looking for recipes for emblematic German dishes? In Germany students enjoy cooking together with friends. They try out recipes from all around the world.

The landscapes of Germany are distinct and fascinating. On the North and Baltic Seas, there are island chains with long sand dunes, swaths of heath and moorland. Dense forests and medieval castles are situated in the rolling mountains of central Germany. And in the south, the Alps with their sparkling lakes rise above the lowlands. This is where Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze, towers at almost 3,000 metres above sea level.


Germany has a very dense transportation network. There are many ways to travel from place to place in cities and throughout the country - be it by bicycle, bus, or rail. This makes it easy to take weekend trips to other cities, the countryside, the mountains or the sea, or even enterprise across the border and visit other countries in Europe.


Cycling is a popular activity in Germany - especially among students. Not only is it good exercise and economical, but it protects the environment and is extremely practical for getting around town. You'll find that taking a bike is often the fastest way to reach your destination. And you don't have to worry about finding a parking space, getting stuck in traffic or waiting for the next bus. In most cities there are specially marked paths reserved for cyclists and numerous bicycle stands where you can park and lock up your bike. For Germans, bicycles are not only a means of transportation. Many people enjoy taking weekend cycling tours together with family and friends into the countryside.


Residents in larger German cities use public transportation to get around town, which include buses and local railway lines, such as underground trains, suburban railway (S-Bahn) and trams (Strassenbahn).

Info sheets, listing bus stops and tram stops, are accessible at public utility and transport companies, the railway station and the tourist information office. Timetables are posted at all bus stops and railway stations. There you'll find when the buses, trams and trains arrive, where they go and how long it takes to get there. buses and trains usually come on time and run more frequently during the week than on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Timetables and route maps are also available online from your public utility website. You can access their page via your city's website or simply download the corresponding app.


Railway travel in Germany is normally fast and comfortable. Tickets for fast trains (Intercity Express (ICE), Intercity (IC) and Euro city (EC) usually cost more than those for local railway lines like the Interregio-Express (IRE), Regional Express (RE), Regional Bahn (RB) trains, the underground (U-Bahn) and suburban railway (S-Bahn).

Travelling by rail is not exactly cheap, especially when you immediately decide to take a trip somewhere. You can save money by purchasing your ticket far in advance. You can buy tickets at the counter in the railway station, at ticket machines or via the website. Tickets are often less costly if you book them online.

If you travel by rail more often, it might be a good idea to purchase a "BahnCard 25" or "BahnCard 50". This card automatically reduces the price of your ticket by either 25 or 50 percent.


There are numerous bus lines which take passengers to German cities and destinations all over Europe. These coaches are an inexpensive substitute to railway travel. You can find connections and book tickets online.


Car-sharing is very popular with students. The idea is very simple: a driver offers space in his or her car to other passengers who happen to be going the same way. All the passengers share the cost of petrol. Not only is car-sharing economical, it's a great way to meet interesting people. You can find car-sharing offers online. Many universities have a special notice board called a "Mitfahrerbrett" where people can offer or look for car-shares.


If you would like to drive a car in Germany, you require a valid driving license. German authorities recognize all licenses expressed by EU member states. Additional conditions may apply to licenses from other countries. You can find out more from your local driving license registration office or the website of the German Automobile Club (ADAC).


Taxis are relatively expensive in Germany and prices vary depending on the city. Taxi companies charge between 1.50 and 3 Euros per kilometer. If you can divide the fare between your friends, then a taxi might be an option - especially if you've missed the night bus or the last tram.

Taxis wait at taxi stands in cities. You can order one by phone or online to pick you up at a certain location. The telephone numbers of taxi companies are listed in the "Yellow Pages".

Taxis wait at taxi stands in cities. You can order one by phone or online to pick you up at a certain location.


There's more to Germany than just big cities! Whether you're interested in canoeing on a lake, horseback riding along the beach, or cycling through wide-open fields, Germany's rural regions offer a wide variety of amazing experiences! We present you with a selection of stunning and affordable destinations!

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