Every town has sports clubs or fitness studios where you can sign up for different activities. Adult education centres offer a wide range of facili- ties with a number of sports activities in their programmes. There may even be sports activities at your institute, such as football, or a running or yoga group, where you can also make contacts.

Another popular activity in Germany is to visit one of the many parks when the weather is fine and relax there for the day, or play football or badminton. You may walk on the grass unless there is a sign forbidding this. At the weekend, you can often see large groups meeting up to spend a pleasant day together, having a barbeque or just relaxing. There are also a number of lakes where the water quality is good – ask your colleagues if they can recommend a nice one. On the shores there may be designated areas for nude bathing.

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