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7 tips for Christmas activities
in Southwest Germany

Sterne auf dem Stuttgarter Weihnachtsmarkt
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We have put together our 7 tips for activities and excursions during the Advent season. Boredom was yesterday ...

#1 City Tours with Taste

Advent in Breisach am Rhein

#1 City Tours with Taste

Christmas magic in Breisach am Rhein | © Breisach Touristik, Annette Senn

The popular series "City Tours with Taste" is being extended to Advent for the first time. The tour leads through the city, with its Christmas decorations, from the marketplace to the Münsterberg. The tour guide tells participants about special customs that characterise Advent and the winter period. Of course, participants also learn plenty of interesting facts about the history of the town of Breisach. The tour concludes with a warm drink.

You can enjoy a discovery tour through the city on your own, as part of the Advent treasure hunt. The game plan contains the GPS locations of the waypoints where you have to answer questions or solve tasks. At the final waypoint treasure hunters will find a treasure chest, which only opens with the correct number combination. Aside from enjoying sweet rewards, you can also take part in a raffle. 

More information: breisach-urlaub.de

#2 Discover 3,000 snow-covered fir trees

Magic of Winter at Europa-Park in Rust

#2 Discover 3,000 snow-covered fir trees

The scent of roasted almonds and hot punch is in the air, 3,000 snow-covered fir trees and twinkling fairy lights line the paths, while thick snowflakes dance through the air. From 27.11.2021 to 09.01.2022 (excluding 24 and 25 December) Germany's largest theme park transforms into a magical winter wonderland for the 20th time.

The 15 different European themed areas will enchant visitors of all ages with their glittering Christmas tree baubles, decorated facades, and 3D projections. During winter, too, guests can enjoy a top-class show programme and breathtaking attractions. In addition to Europa-Park, the Rulantica water-world, which is open all year round, also welcomes visitors with its new unique underwater experience: Snorri Snorkling VR. Winter fans can round off their visit in style with an overnight stay in one of the park's six adventure hotels or in the cosy Camp Resort.

More information: europapark.de/en

#3 Experience the picturesque landscape

3. Christmas activities in the Black Forest Highlands

#3 Experience the picturesque landscape

Snow hikes in winter time in the Black Forest Highlands|© Hochschwarzwald Tourismus GmbH

Let yourself be enchanted by the picturesque landscapes of the Black Forest Highlands and enjoy this winter wonderland, offering 550km of well-kept and rolled winter hiking trails.

Hikers can discover natural landscapes on premium winter hiking trails that are specially marked and signposted. En route, benches, wide panoramas, and local gastronomy invite you to linger for a while. Hike through deep snow, forests, and meadows and marvel at the sight of the Black Forest Highlands´s snow-covered winter landscapes. Enjoy traversing the Black Forest Highlands winter wonderland on snowshoes.

More information: hochschwarzwald.de

#4 Fell your own Christmas tree

Christmas tree paradise in the Rench Valley

#4 Fell your own Christmas tree

Looking for your own Christmas tree in the Renchtal Valley. | © Renchtal Tourismus GmbH, Hubert Grimming & Jigal Fichtner

Sky blue, snow white, Christmas-tree green. Christmas tree required! Magnificent, stable, needle-free. You're guaranteed to find the right tree in the Rench Valley Christmas tree paradise. Here, you will find Christmas trees as far as the eye can see.

Choose from Christmas trees of all sizes. If you like, you can even fell your own tree. Afterwards, you could just load your little tree into you car and speed away again - but wait! There is so much more on offer at the Christmas tree farms in the Rench Valley. Campfires crackle, sausages and campfire bread are grilled, tartes flambées are baked, children's punch and mulled wine are served. Fine aromas drift from the Christmas bakery and beautiful gifts are waiting to be discovered at the small Christmas market. Simply beautiful - roll on Christmas!

More information: renchtal-tourismus.de

#5 Romantic sea of lights

Winter magic right on Lake Constance

#5 Romantic sea of lights

Siluette of the Constance Christmas market on Lake Constance | © MTK Dagmar Schwelle

With its romantic sea of lights, Lake Constance invites you to take a leisurely stroll and becomes a second living room for locals and guests alike in the run-up to Christmas. A magical meeting spot right on Lake Constance - for Christmas parties, relaxed hikes, or a stroll for the whole family.

Enjoy romantic Advent boat trips on Lake Constance, relaxing hours in the thermal baths, discovery tours including a winter exhibition on the flower island of Mainau, exciting excursions to the Sea Life aquarium and the local museums, pre-Christmas concerts, stimulating events in the Lake Constance Forum, and theatre shows: with the "Constance Winter Special" package, the whole family is invited to stay and have fun. In the quiet and festive season, Lake Constance is the ideal (holiday) destination for true connoisseurs.

More information: konstanz-info.com

#6 The summer residence in winter

Christmas Wonderland in Schwetzingen Palace

#6 The summer residence in winter

Christmas Wonderland in Schwetzingen Palace | © Staatliche Schlösser und Gärten

An extraordinary event awaits guests on 38 event days, from 19.11.2021 to 08.01.2022: the "Christmas Wonderland" at Schwetzingen Palace, where you can immerse yourself in the spectacle of 1,000 lights. The extraordinary illuminations in the palace garden allow visitors to experience the glamorous former summer residence of the electors in a completely new way.  

The event, organised by Bucardo Kunst- und Kulturproduktionen GmbH, will continue to raise the profile of this cultural monument of European significance. The concept also complements the Schwetzingen Palace gardens beautifully. The concept has been designed not only to provide an intensive experience of the garden and the temporary light exhibition, but also with the sensitive garden complex in mind.

More information: schloesser-und-gaerten.de/en

#7 Enjoy the this fascinating world

Advent shopping at Outletcity Metzingen

#7 Enjoy the this fascinating world

Advent shopping in the Outletcity Metzingen | © Outletcity Metzingen

During the winter months, Outletcity Metzingen transforms into a magical place full of attractions, surprises, and highlights. Accept our invitation and let yourself to fall under the spell of this fascinating world of experiences!

From the snow-covered winter forest to the large Christmas tree - the magical charm of Outletcity is sure to enchant you. Immerse yourself in an atmospheric sea of lights, admire the dazzling inhabitants of the forest, and dream yourself into the world of fairytales.

More information: outletcity.com/de/metzingen

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