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Germany - Leisure, Entertainment and Sports

Germans are very family-focused, and much of their leisure time is spent at home, particularly during the winter months. However, they also participate in a wide range of leisure and sporting activities, with particularly high levels of sports club membership compared to other countries. For expatriates in Germany there is certainly no shortage of things to do outside work.

Virtually every community has its own swimming pool, sports centre, cinema, concert hall or theatre. Museums are also popular.

Many Germans belong to clubs of some form, either for sporting activities or other hobbies and pastimes. Sports are more regimented and organized here than in many other western countries, reflecting the way in which German life is generally more regulated. Hiking, cycling and swimming are also very popular in Germany.

The cities in particular are great centres for the arts and culture, both traditional and the new artistic subculture which has developed among German youth. The theatre is of particular importance in German life, and receives a high level of government investment. Throughout the country there are frequent performances of music, drama and dance. There are also a large number of drama and music festivals.

The large expatriate community in Germany has developed its own range of social activities, with clubs and societies covering a diverse range of pastimes, interests and national backgrounds.

All over the country restaurants, cafes and beer gardens are bustling at all hours, and offer the opportunity to meet and socialize with fellow expats and Germans alike.

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