Located in Central Europe, Germany remains one of the most visited destinations in Europe. In big and busy cities like Munich, Frankfurt and Berlin, people tend to rush during the weekdays. However, you can expect the atmosphere to be much more lively and friendly after the sun sets. Especially during festive seasons such as Christmas or New Year, the street lights and decor would be on almost every street corners, allowing friends and family to hang out with each other at night, no matter how busy they are. Here are 5 highly recommended activities while traveling in Germany, especially during winter time.
1. Shop at a local Christmas Market and have a cup of Glühwein
Christmas time (starting from December) in Germany is certainly one of the best times in the year to hang out at night, because every city is more lively with lighting, Christmas trees and night markets open until late evening at around 9-10 PM. If you are in the mood for a lively nightlife, a cup of glühwein (typical European warm red wine with various mulling spices) or two at any local Christmas market stand selling drinks is a good way to warm up! A cup of glühwein often costs around 2.50 - 3.00 EUR (roughly 30 - 3.50 USD).
Christmas markets are open every year from late November until the end of the year. Some of the best Christmas markets in Germany take place in Hamburg, Berlin, Cologne, Munich, Nuremberg, and Strasbourg. These are the best places to try traditional German food and shop for decoration for your Christmas tree at home as well as small cute gifts for friends and family during this get-together holiday time of the year.
2. Join a beer tasting night at the closest local hostel
As one of the best specialities in Germany is beer, the local hostels often organize free beer tasting nights for guests. You will get to try different types of traditional German beer while socialising with other guests in the same hostel. Check out the Five Elements Hostel in Frankfurt. They usually organize beer tasting night, pub-crawl and other exciting get-together events for guests. After a few beers, you can get ready to explore the nightlife in Germany. Young people in Germany usually go out on Thursday night and over the weekend.
3. Take a guided pub-crawl
As there are so many bars and pubs downtown in big cities of Germany to choose from, you may get lost by going alone or with another tourist. Thus, one of the must-do while traveling in Germany is to join a guided pub-crawl. You need to be over 18 years old and have a valid ID card or passport. The price range in different cities per person varies between 10 EUR and 20 EUR (12 USD - 22 USD), with a free entrance to all bars and pubs included in the tour fee. At least 3 liquor shots and a few drinks are included too.
4. Go party crazy at the old town
If you have a local German friends who know where the best places to chill in the late evening, there’s no need to join a pub-crawl because most pubs have no entrance fee and drinks are as cheap as 2 EUR/ roughly 2.50 USD for a beer. Germany is full of old towns with typical medieval style buildings. The pubs and bars are usually located in the same area. There are all sorts of bars and pubs with live music, good beers and small floors to dance.
Berlin is more well-known for an intense and mind-blowing clubbing culture with big parties going on during the whole week either indoor or outdoor. Some of the biggest club names are Kitkat and Berghain. One of the most famous characteristics of Berlin is its alternative nightlife. Come check a local gay bar like *Schwuz or *a typical club for indie parties like Comet Club to get to know more about the spirit of Berlin.
5. Enjoy an after-party snack
Some of the best supper to enjoy after partying with your friends and fellow travelers are German kebap and fries. The Turkish people have originally bought Kebap to Germany and fanatically created the German version for it with a strong spicy and tasty flavour that everyone loves. One of the best cities to get kebap in the country is Berlin. If you are into healthy eating style, check Mustafa’s Veggie Kebap Store with excellent taste and fresh ingredients.
How to enjoy the German nightlife best!
Enjoying the nightlife in Germany is a great experience. Yet there are some facts to keep in mind to get the best night times. Germany is a so called ‘cash country’ and thus you should always take Euros in cash for hanging out during the night, whether at a Christmas market or a local club. As German’s regulation of driving any vehicle especially cars, motorbikes and even bicycles are extremely strict, remember to take public transportation if you wish to party all night long.
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