Germany: Entertainment & Leisure                             

  • In general, sports is an important leisure activity for many Germans.


  • Many towns have Trimm-dich Pfade (fitness trails) in parks and wooded areas that are a good place for walking and jogging. Many Germans exercise at fitness centers or gyms.


  • The German Sports Federation is a countrywide organization for amateurs with sixteen regional divisions that coordinates facilities, coaching and competitive events.


  • Soccer is the most popular spectator sport in Germany. More than 200,000 people attend soccer matches each weekend. Germany won the World Cup in 1954, 1974, 1990 and in 2014. The Deutscher Fussball Bund (for soccer) is the largest sports organization in Germany.


  • The second most popular spectator sport is gymnastics. Germans also enjoy watching tennis, skating, skiing and other professional events.


  • Clubs, organizations and community groups are popular with German youth. There are over 300,000 in the country. Besides sports, there are clubs for everything from stamp collecting to dog breeding. The government spends a large amount of money financing these types of organizations under its Federal Child and Youth Plan.