1. Stock up your winter wardrobe at one of Germany’s many flea markets
Berlin is famous for its flea markets – or Flohmärkte – but in fact there are many to choose from across Germany.
Have you stepped outside yet, and wished you had a thicker winter jacket, but don’t want to spend a small fortune? Then a German flea market may well be your answer.
From vintage jackets to end-of-line items, you may well find just the fashion piece for you, as long as you don’t mind a bit of a hunt. At flea markets, that’s part of the fun.
2. Visit one of Germany’s indoor pools, baths – or an ‘island resort’
Inherited from the Romans, Germany has a wealth of public baths, as well as other indoor swimming pools and aqua parks.
In fact, Bavaria is home to the biggest spa in the world: the “Therme Erding”. The vast complex includes wellness spas, saunas, kid’s areas, and more. An aquatic paradise in the summer, the huge indoor wave lagoon with over 300 palm trees will also transport you out of the chilly winter.
For those wanting something a bit more Romanesque, the beautiful Stadtbad (city baths) in the Neukölln district of Berlin are housed in a traditional bathing hall.
But if you’re really missing the summery, beachy experience, you can escape to the Tropical Islands Resort in Brandenburg. Based inside a former airship hangar, this theme park offers a rainforest, water slides and hot air balloon rides.
3. Try out some German baking
Why not use the long evenings to improve your baking skills? Germany is famous for its wintry pastries, and the next few months are the perfect time to try to become a star baker.
Some delicious German staples include Lebkuchen – a German ginger bread – and Stollen, which is a breadloaf filled with dried fruit and often marzipan, dusted with icing sugar.
4. Don’t forget the importance of vitamin D
Make sure to keep your vitamin D levels up through the winter, as the days get shorter and shorter. You should try to get as much exposure to sunlight as possible, but if it’s not enough, you can always take extra supplements.
Vitamin D helps build strong bones, regulate your neuromuscular system, and give your skin that lively glow (Glühwein may also help with this).
5. Make sure you drink Glühwein
Hot drinks are essential in the winter, and coffee will help you to keep going before lunch. But since we’re now in November, once you’re out of the office it’s time for Glühwein.
Glühwein (literally “glowing wine”) is most commonly known as mulled wine in English, and is the perfect warming accompaniment to the winter months.
Normally mulled with a mixture of festive spices, such as cinnamon and cloves, and often served with orange or honey, you’ll find this all over the nation as we get closer to Christmas.
And, if Glühwein doesn’t sound like it’s up your Strasse, then try out some of these other Christmas market drinks.