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Published on : Monday, February 18, 2013
Working life is a distant memory (or it soon will be) post retirement, and now you have all the time in the world to go exploring. Germany offers an infinite variety of things to see and do, so it’s the perfect place to start.
Germany offers a wide range of activities for people of a certain age. Why not relax in a spa resort with beauty and fitness facilities, enjoy concerts, musicals and theatre, take in some top-class culture in the huge variety of museums or get active and go walking or cycling?
Treat yourself and give your health a boost. Germany has more than 350 spas
and health resorts offering traditional treatments as well as new concepts such as
medical wellness to improve your sense of well-being using mineral water, thermal
spring water, therapeutic peat or mud body wraps, the bracing effect of fresh air
and Kneipp hydrotherapy or Schroth health treatments. The range of wellness and
beauty treatments is also vast. What they all have in common is a holistic approach
that incorporates healthy nutrition, relaxation and exercise.
Outstanding walking and cycling trails make exercise a real pleasure. A network
of well maintained footpaths covering a total distance of about 200,000 kilometres
puts Germany’s stunning scenery within easy reach. Go for a leisurely stroll, take
up Nordic walking or embark on a tour over several days. Special packages are
available where your luggage is transferred from hotel to hotel. Similar deals can
be booked for cycling tours. If head winds and steep hills are too much for you,
you could try an electric bike. They are becoming increasingly popular because
their small motors make it easier to get around.
If you’re a music fan, the renowned Schleswig-Holstein and Rheingau music
festivals feature concert series in atmospheric settings. Outstanding performances
of works by famous German composers are guaranteed every year at the Bonn
Beethoven Festival and the Bach Festival in Leipzig. Germany boasts an
unparalleled 110,000 theatre performances and 7,000 concerts a year. Art and
culture are also on show at Germany’s museums. Internationally acclaimed
exhibitions are as much a part of the art scene as local history museums, and
famous attractions make fascinating destinations. For inspiration, take a look at the
list of UNESCO World Heritage sites, 33 of which are in Germany and range from
the Messel Pit Fossil Site to Maulbronn Monastery Complex.
Germany not only offers people ‘in the prime of their life’ a huge range of leisure
activities, the country’s infrastructure also makes travelling easy, whether you’re
alone, a couple or part of a group. Accessibility for disabled people, medical care
and excellent transport links, including bus and rail services are some of Germany’s