The darkness transforms everyday locations into places that are almost magical. It reveals a different world that simply has to be seen and experienced – so much so that an entire film has now been dedicated to the subject.
Have you ever followed in the steps of a nightwatchman? Have you ever climbed a tree in the moonlight? When was the last time you stayed up all night and saw the break of dawn?
People who are on the move while others sleep get to see the world in a completely new light – particularly the natural world, which comes alive at night much more than you might imagine. To see what we mean, try going on one of the guided bat-watching nights held every August by Germany's Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union (NABU). You can also go on a nocturnal discovery tour of Magdeburg Zoo, which is lit up to create a truly exotic ambience. It's a chance to take in some rare glimpses of the animal world at night and enjoy some fantastic entertainment. And that's not all, for many cities boast a wide range of night-time markets and nocturnal tours of their streets and lanes.
Night owls are spoilt for choice
The most famous church steeple in Hamburg is a star attraction during the day, but at night is when it really shines. The panoramic views of the city from the tower of St Michael's Church are all the more spectacular in the dark. Alternatively, you can dance the night away in one of Germany's sensational clubs. If you're visiting Berlin, kick off your evening with a horse-drawn carriage ride through the city, which is particularly beautiful at night. You can even do this in winter, with a blanket and a mug of mulled wine to complete the experience. Other winter activities include night-time skiing in the Rosenheim ski resort, home to the longest illuminated piste in Germany. If you prefer the seaside, head to the island of Föhr and swap sunbathing for ‘moonbathing’ in a schlafstrandkorb. These beach chairs are specially designed for sleeping in, meaning you can spend a blissful night beside the sea. With so many options, you won't want the sun to come up again! For more information on ways to embrace the night in Germany, click here.