If you don’t know yet, Sunday is a non-working day for everyone by German law. Therefore, nothing works, 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 Sundays in Germany, so people just take a rest. Figure out what you can do on a typical Sunday in Germany in this article.
Also read this small guide on what is open on Sundays in Germany.
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 regulating opening hours, all shops must remain closed on Sundays.
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 Sundays, 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 cleaner. 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 Sundays and holidays.
So what can people in Germany do on Sundays?
Although all the stores are closed on Sundays, there are still many things to do! Here are 13 amazing things to do on Sundays 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 certainly will have proximity to nature to reach it by walking, 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.
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 Sundays 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 Sundays. 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 new dishes and the perfect excuse to start drinking early.
Since many Germans love to have extended breakfast on Sundays, 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 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.
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 meat. In Germany, many people go to the rivers, parks, and lakes to 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 loved ones on a 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 them and ask how they are doing; it’s important.
9. Visit a museum and other sightseeing
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 a flea market
Shopping isn’t possible on Sundays. Yet, a flea market can be a great solution! In Germany, flea markets are everywhere and are super popular. You can find them almost in all cities, however, not every Sunday. Some flea markets happen here and there, but most of the time, they are not regular.
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 are sold at a very low price.
You should think about them as a garage sale where people can sell their goods privately in the US. For many people, spending time at a flea market is a cultural activity in itself. 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
A walk might not sound that exciting, but it can be an enjoyable experience. 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, or relatives 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.
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
Yes, gyms are open on Sundays 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.
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!