What To Do in Germany on Sunday?

If you don’t know yet, Sunday is a non-working day for everyone by German law. Therefore, nothing is working, so you can’t go shopping, run errands in the city, visit a hairdresser, or sometimes even drink a coffee.

Are you tired from resting? There are literary almost nothing is open on Sunday in Germany, so people just take a rest. Figure out what you can do on a typical Sunday in Germany in this post.

Why are all stores closed on Sundays?

First, you probably want to know a background of why Germany closes everything, particularly on this day.

Sunday is the rest day which is dictated by German law. Shops are not allowed to sell, and any trade is also not permitted.

The only shops that are usually open on Sundays are convenience supermarkets at train stations and airports.

According to the German law that regulates opening hours, all shops have to remain closed on Sunday.
So Germany guarantees that all workers have at least one day off in the week – Sunday.

The church has a significant influence on that law (and Germans even pay a church tax). According to the Bible, man should rest on Sunday, and Sunday should also be time for going to church.

Moreover, SOME ACTIVITIES AREN’T ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS. So you can’t make any noise because it can disturb your resting neighbors!

Sunday is also a “quiet day” by law. Though what is considered “Quiet law” varies from town to town, it is generally not permitted to do any noisy housework on Sundays in Germany.

This includes using motor-driven lawn equipment, such as a lawnmower, or home equipment like a loud vacuum. Otherwise, you could be slapped with a fine or seen in court if a neighbor thinks you’re too loud, even if it’s not Sunday.

Overall there are “Ruhezeit” (quiet time) in Germany between 8 pm and 7 am (20:00-7:00) Monday-Saturday and all day on Sunday and holidays.

So what can people do on Sundays then?

Although all the stores are closed on Sundays, there are still many things to do! Here are 13 amazing things to do on Sunday in Germany.

1. Outdoors

Germany is filled with lovely hiking trails and opportunities to connect with nature. Sunday is the best day to explore and be active! Many Germans do outdoor sports on this day, such as hiking, biking, jogging, walking, skiing, etc.

If you live in Germany, you surely will have proximity to nature to reach it by walk, bike, bus or car.

Outdoor adventures are trendy on Sundays, so think about the parking if you go to one of the castles or parks by car. It can be pretty busy.

2. Cinema

Another great activity for Sundays is going to the cinema. Fortunately, it’s open! However, in Germany, they dubbed all non-German movies. So you will need to speak some German to be able to understand it.

Also, ticket prices are higher on Sunday than on other days, for example, going to the cinema on Tuesday will cost you way less.

3. Have a long breakfast or brunch

Hands down, the best breakfast of the week happens on Sunday. Shops are closed, but some restaurants and cafes are still working, so you can visit one for brunch.

Sunday brunch is a big thing in Germany. It’s perfect for those who like to sleep in and spend all day with friends eating and drinking. Besides, it’s an excellent opportunity to try out new dishes and the perfect excuse to start drinking early.

Since many Germans love to have extended breakfast on Sunday, think about reserving a table in the restaurant before you go.

And of course, having a long breakfast at home with some pancakes or freshly baked bread is also a good idea. Some bakeries in Germany remain open till midday on Sundays, especially for people who want fresh bread for breakfast.

4. Go on the trip

Just because shops are closed doesn’t mean you have to stay home every Sunday. Germany has an incredible location, making traveling easy as it had never been. You can catch a bus or train and be within a few hours in a different country or city.

The Netherlands, France, and Belgium are straightforward to reach from Germany, and these places have everything open on Sundays, so besides exploring, you can even do some shopping.

To buy your ticket just book one on the national railway DB – Deutsche Bahn; these trains go to all neighboring countries.

While living in Germany I enjoyed weekend trips a lot. My favorite were the Netherlands and Belgium. Use your Sunday time and go explore!

Also, don’t forget to explore more of your town. Familiarizing yourself with the area around you on a Sunday is a great way to take advantage of living abroad. Also, public transportation runs seven days a week; you can take the bus, U-Bahn, or S-Bahn.

5. Visit a Bier garden or Biergarten

Sunday on a summer day is the perfect time for sitting and sipping a beer in one of many German Biergartens (in German)! You can find them in most regions in Germany, but Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg have these small beer islands almost on every corner!

6. Barbecue or Grillen

Sunday is a good day to bring your family and friends together to grill some meats. In Germany, many people go to the rives, parks, and lakes to have a barbecue and enjoy the environment. But you can also do it in the comfort of your backyard.

7. Have a family lunch

One of the German traditions is to have a Sunday lunch with their family, usually at the parents’ or grandparents’ house and usually precisely at noon! For family gatherings, Germans prefer lunches over dinners.

Hence, it’s a perfect day to see your closest ones and spend some quality time together.

Also, Sunday is probably one day when people cook solid meals. They take time to prepare the food and serve their loved ones.

8. Call your relatives

Don’t forget to call your lowed once on Sunday if you haven’t seen them at the family lunch.

With our busy lives, it’s almost impossible to manage a call on another day of the week or even on holiday. Sunday is officially the best day for family and all related to these activities. If you don’t have a chance to visit them, just call and ask how they are doing; it’s important.

9. Visit a museum and other sightseeing

Luckily, museums in Germany are open all day on Sundays. Take advantage of it and learn about German history, culture, or art.

Some other tourist attractions also remain open on Sundays; you can check what is available in your city. Most of the time, museums, zoos, theaters, galleries, spas, swimming pools, and thermal baths are open on this day.

10. Visit fleamarket

Shopping isn’t possible on Sundays. Fleamarket is the solution! In Germany, this kind of market is a big deal. You can find them almost in all cities, however, not each Sunday. Some flea markets happen each and there, but most of the time, not regularly.

On these markets, you will find ALL KIND OF STUFF. Household goods or clothing are probably the most common items. But also books, accessories, jewelry, and other small items or decorative objects at a very low price.

You should think about them as a garage sale when people can sell their goods privately in the US. For many people, spending time at a flea market counts as a cultural activity. You can even grab a snack or a drink in one of the many stalls while looking for the next bargain item.

11. Take a long walk

I know the walk doesn’t sound that exciting, but it can be such enjoyable thought! If the weather isn’t terrible, you can always have a great walk-in Germany; it doesn’t matter where you live.

Grab your family, friends, relatives, or other lowed once and have a long walk either in the city exploring some architectural masterpieces or in the park, along the rives breathing fresh air.

You can also enjoy it on your own with your favorite music or podcast in your ears.

I personally love to take a walk whatever I have the opportunity. For me its more about avoiding public transportation and walk instead.

12. Go for dinner!

Many restaurants are still open on Sundays and wait to serve the guest. Go for lunch/dinner or some drinks in one of the best places in your city. Sunday is a perfect day to go out and enjoy food/drink without a rash because you are already ready for next week, aren’t you?

13. Go to the gym

Yeah, gyms are open on Sunday in Germany! What a fortune! I love getting a workout done on that relaxed and quiet day. This brings a boost of energy and elevates your mood.

In Germany, I have visited group workouts on that day, which is also an amazing way to socialize when a lot of people are doing the opposite of this on Sunday.

Whether it’s a group workout or your exercise on your own, Sundays are by far my favorite day to hit the gym. Moreover, there are also way fewer people than on other days of the week. So take advantage of this!

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Anna is an enthusiastic expatriate with experience of living in Germany, Austria and Greece. She shares her passion for living abroad on this website.

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