Sunday in Germany, if you don’t know yet, is a free day for everyone by law. Therefore nothing is working, so you can’t go shopping, complete some tasks, or sometimes even drink a coffee.
There are literary almost nothing is open on Sunday in Germany, so people just take a rest. Are you tired from resting? Figure out in this post what you can do on a typical Sunday in Germany.
Why all stores are 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 dictated German law. Shops are not allowed to sell and any trade also not
The only shops that are usually open on Sundays are convenience supermarkets at train stations and airports.
Accordingly to Germany store opening law, all shops have to remain closed on Sunday.
So Germany guarantees workers to have at least one day off in the week – Sunday. Church has a big influence on that law. According to the Bible, man should rest on Sunday and Sunday should also be time for going to church.
Moreover SOME ACTIVITIES ARENT ALLOWED ON SUNDAYS. So you cant do any noise, because it can disturb your resting neighbors!
Sunday is also a “quiet day” by law. Though what is considered as “Quiet law” varies from town to town, it is generally it’s 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.
What can people do on Sundays then?
Although all the stores are closed on Sundays there are still a lot of things to do! Here are 12 amazing things to do on Sunday in Germany.
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 so you can reach it by walk, bike, bus or car.
Outdoor adventures are really popular on Sundays, so if you opt to go to one of the bigger castles or parks, keep parking in mind. It can be quite busy.
Another great activity for Sundays, go 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, go to the cinema on Tuesday will cost you way less.
Have long breakfast
Hands down the best breakfast of the week happens on Sunday. Shops are closed yes, but some restaurants and cafes are still working, so you can visit one for brunch.
Sunday brunch is a big thing in Germany. It is perfect for those who like to sleep in and then spend all day with friends eating and drinking. It’s a great 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 reserve 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.
Go on the trip
Just because shops are closed doesn’t mean that you have to stay home every Sunday. Germany has an incredible location making traveling easy as it never had been. You can catch a bus or train and be with a few hours in a different country or city.
The Netherlands, France, Belgium is very easy to reach from Germany and these places have everything open on Sundays, so besides exploring you can even do some shopping.
While living in Germany I enjoyed weekend trips a lot. My favorite were The Netherlands and Belgium. Use this time useful 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.
Barbecue or Grillen
Sunday is a perfect day for family or friends grill of course when the weather allows you to do so. On that day many people go to the rives, parks, lakes to have a barbecue and enjoy the environment.
Have a family lunch
One of the German tradition is to have a Sunday lunch with their family, usually in the parents or grandparents house. Yes, Germans prefer family lunches above dinners. It’s a perfect day to see your closest ones and spend some quality time together.
Also, Sunday is the probably one day when people really cook solid food, they take time for the preparation and serving their loved once.
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 holidays. 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.
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.
Shopping is not 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. There are fleamarkets happens each and there but most of the time not on the regular basis.
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 in the US. When people can sell their goods privately. 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 searching for your favorite thing.
Take a long walk
I know, the walk doesn’t sound that exciting, but it can be so enjoyable thought! If the weather isn’t terrible you always can have a great walk-in Germany, doesn’t matter where are you living.
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 the ears.
I personally love to take a walk whatever I have the opportunity. For me its more about avoiding public transportation and walk instead.
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?
Go to the gym
Yeah, gyms are open on Sunday in Germany. What a fortune! I love to get a workout done on that quite passive 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 its a group workout or your exercise on your own Sundays are by far my favorite day to fit the gym. Moreover, there are also way fewer people than on other days of the week. So take advantage of this!