Sleeping under the stars, following the river, spending a night in the forest: Today’s small destinations on the doorstep are the best …
1. Sleep outdoors
Bivouacking: The good news: bivouacing without a tent is allowed in most regions, and the free »1000-star hotel« is open to everyone. The problem: street lights, neon signs and other artificial light sources ensure that the sky no longer assumes its natural darkness at night. If you want to see as many stars as possible during a night outdoors, you should therefore camp outside of residential areas. So-called star parks offer particularly good prospects. Even a night in the hammock ensures variety.
This is how rocky outcrops, which form a kind of natural roof, are called “boofs”. Traditionally, they serve as overnight stays for climbers and mountaineers, but hikers also like to look for one of the officially approved booths for a night in nature. In other mountains, too, there are rock overhangs that lend themselves to a night camp. So the search is an adventure in itself …
Free camping is actually prohibited. But if you prefer to spend the night in a tent, so-called trekking camps are interesting: small, minimalistically equipped nature or forest tent sites. There is a composting toilet and often a fireplace, water and food must be brought. You book the camps in advance and then get directions or GPS data. Multi-day tours from camp to camp lure everywhere.
2. Geocaching: treasure hunt for the whole family
Somewhere someone is hiding a small box with little things and a log book, in which finders can write down like in a summit book. The coordinates of the hiding place are published on the Internet (addresses see below). The search can start with the help of GPS devices. The nice thing: the treasure remains, you just take out a souvenir and leave one for it. There are almost a million caches worldwide.
geocaching.com: The most important geocaching website. You can learn pretty much everything here: from the history of geocaching to equipment to correct behavior in the field. There are now also multilingual versions and as an app for smartphones. And of course you can also find the coordinates of many caches.
3. Cave trip
Home of dragons, secret hiding place for gold treasures – there are many legends surrounding caves. Hot summer days are ideal to get to the bottom of them. Whether stalactite, limestone or even ice cave: Around 160 show caves are accessible to visitors. Going into the underworld becomes even more adventurous when you explore a wild cave on your own with lamps and sturdy shoes.
4. A bike tour on the most beautiful trails
It is so easy and more exciting than some holidays in distant countries: a bicycle trip in your own country. There is no better means of transport to enjoy the landscape in peace and at the same time to progress quickly, to take breaks wherever you want – and to do sports and protect the environment.
5. Survival Camp: survival in the wild
Do you want to leave civilization behind? Survival camps teach how to manage in the wild without a comfort tent and trekking food. There are not necessarily maggots for breakfast, but Survival Camps participants usually have to do without the comfort they are used to in the outdoor area. The program usually includes building an accommodation, lighting a fire without a lighter and without matches, and orienting yourself in rough terrain. In addition, there are sometimes handicraft tasks, for example carving spoons with nature lovers, sometimes physical challenges such as a night march or abseiling exercises.
6. Swimming in the rain
Nothing against swimming in the open air or visiting the lake with a blue sky, normally you want to sunbathe after swimming. Nevertheless: Gliding through the wet on a rainy summer day and hearing gentle rippling, even feeling it, is a wonderful experience. Maybe you have the water all to yourself …
So that the feelings of happiness are not shooed away by wet clothes when you end the bath, everything is well prepared: Put your bathrobe and rain jacket packed waterproof near the shore, possibly also an umbrella. Ideally, there is a shelter for drying and putting on. A thermos with warm contents can not hurt either.
7. Follow the river
A small river or stream flows through your place of residence? Fine! Just follow its course upstream and see how far you can get. Small detours can easily be accepted. You may even reach the source of the stream, but the feeling of discovery is much more important. Important equipment: sturdy shoes, zip-off or long pants and mosquito spray. And take a look at the clock every now and then – you probably want to go back home at the end of the day.