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Walkers are well catered for with marked trails all over the country. Some of the most popular hiking areas are in the Black Forest, the Harz Mountains and the Bavarian Alps.

The cities in the west have excellent cycle paths which are a great way of getting around town. Long distance routes also exist and make use of these tracks and quiet roads. Bikes can generally be carried on trains and cycle hire is widely available. Use your international cell phone rental to rent a bike.

City skates have become a summer evening feature in many German towns. They can draw crowds of several thousands and are often graced with a police escort and first aid backup. You do have to be competent and able to stop quickly to survive. Stuttgart's skate is on Thursdays, Frankfurt's on Tuesday, Dresden's on Friday. One of the biggest is in Munich on a Monday with up to 25,000 skaters.

Beaches and water sports
Surfing, sailing and windsurfing are popular on the Baltic coast. The big lakes such as Constance and Chiemsee also have lots of water sport opportunities.

The largest resorts are in the south of the country and include Oberhof, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Reit im Winkl. Ice hockey and skating are also popular. Bavarians are keen curlers. Use your Germany cellular rentals to find a ski slope near you.

Wine tasting
The whole of your holiday could be planned around going from one vineyard to the next. The main wine growing areas are the valleys of the Rhine, Moselle and Neckar. There are signposted routes, Weinstrasse, through these regions.

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