Five adrenaline-inducing adventures to try in Germany

Five adrenaline-inducing adventures to try in Germany

by Karen Bradbury
Stripes Europe

It’s a bright and shiny new year, with goals to set and countless opportunities to take on fresh challenges. Should your tastes lean toward speed, heights or physical exertion, why not put one of these out-of-the ordinary experiences on your to-do list for 2022? Here is just a sampling of the many adventures that await brave souls based in Germany.

Drive a Formula car: The driving academy at the legendary Nürburgring, a racetrack located in the Eifel region of Rheinland-Pfalz, offers those fascinated by this premiere series of racing the opportunity to get behind the wheel of one of these powerhouse vehicles.

A variety of packages are available. As part of the “Formula Racing Starter” package, participants, properly geared in racing overalls and helmets with built-in radios, receive professional instruction that lasts some 3.5 hours before experiencing 15 to 20 minutes of driving time. Participants must be at least 18 years of age and have a valid driver’s license to take part in the activity; they must also fall within certain height and weight guidelines. The training can be carried out in English or German. The package costs 395 euros.

Give indoor skydiving a go: Have you always wanted to experience the sensation of free fall, but never quite got up the nerve to jump out of a plane? Head to Viernheim, a city just east of Mannheim, where a wind tunnel allows you to learn the moves needed to keep you aloft. The activity is billed as family-friendly.

Three solo flight packages are offered. As part of Indoor Skydiving’s “AIR experience M” package, participants get to experience two flights within the air flow. The experience lasts approximately 1.5 hours, which includes the time for suiting up and instruction and goes for 59 euros.

Go bouldering indoors: The strength and skills needed to conquer the Alps can be honed close to home and under any weather conditions when you make way to one of Germany’s many indoor rock climbing facilities.

The E4 Boulderhalle in Nuremberg is one of many halls equipped to challenge even experienced climbers. One of its highlights is a 39-foot-long overhang capable of making even the pros sweat. More than 550 boulders await people young and old to clamber over them. A day ticket goes for 12 euros. Courses getting you to the next level of difficulty are also available.

With its seven routes of varying difficulty, the Vels Boulderhalle in Stuttgart also offers plenty of space to hone your technique. Day tickets here go for 12 euros.

Drive tanks and operate heavy equipment: Perhaps those childhood dreams of driving a backhoe never quite came true. This wrong can be righted with a visit to a vast gravel pit filled with numerous types of construction equipment.

The Männerspielplatz, or Men’s Playground, is a sprawling recreation area near the city of Kassel in northern Hessen. At its heart is a 17-acre adventure park with 18 stations, where visitors can try their hand at driving an excavator, bulldozer, truck crane, tractor, jeep, quad, cart and more. The site operates on the principle of an amusement park, with stations available to participants as often as they wish at no additional cost. A day out as part of the Baustellen Erlebnis Park experience costs 219 euros. A number of other activities are also available.

Base flying: Base flying offers only the most intrepid amongst us the chance to experience something close to the sensation of flight.

Base Flying in Berlin bills itself as an attraction unique in all Europe. From the rooftop terrace of the Park Inn Hotel Berlin Alexanderplatz, participants are wired up and then released from a height of more than 400 feet. As they plunge earthward, they reach speeds close to those experienced in free fall. The experience costs 79 euros and is open to those ages 16 and above. (Participants ages 16 and 17 must have parental or guardian permission.) The next time slots available for booking are in May of 2022.

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