When it comes to having fun in, on or beside the water, Germany has it all. Few other countries can boast so many rivers and lakes where you can get out and about and active or enjoy a memorable day out.
Whether you're looking to try out windsurfing or kitesurfing, diving or paddle boarding, or just want to spend a weekend canoeing with the family, anything's possible in Germany with its 30,000 or so lakes – from the famous ones like Lake Constance to the many local swimming lakes.
The North Rhine-Westphalia region alone has 200 bodies of water and countless water sports activities to enjoy. Alternatively, head to the Black Forest to soak in the romantic surroundings of Lake Titisee or Lake Mummelsee. There's also Lake Dümmer in Lower Saxony, which is an excellent spot for sailing and rowing. In particularly cold winters, it's also a popular destination for ice yachting and ice skating. And, of course, there are the glorious Mecklenburg Lakes – more than 1,000 of them, in fact. They make up one of the most beautiful lakeland areas in Europe.
Dive in to a world of options!
There are a number of places to go diving in Germany, so why not take the plunge? Even in Saarland, one of country's smallest federal states, you can find excellent diving locations such as Lake Bostalsee, which has a surface area of 120 hectares and lots to discover beneath it – including the wreckage of a sailing boat. For windsurfing, canoeing, and a whole host of other water sports activities, head to the Lütsche reservoir at the heart of the Thuringian Forest Nature Park. Even if you have a disability, there are still plenty of ways to get out on the water. Many water tourism companies offer accessible houseboat trips and cruises specially designed for wheelchair users. And there's more good news – according to an EU report, nearly all the outdoor swimming locations that have been inspected in Germany have been rated clean or even of 'outstanding quality'. So you can enjoy the water without any worries. For more information on Germany's many lakes and rivers, click here.