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Top 5 Weekend Yoga Retreats in Germany

by Octavia Drughi

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Known for its beers, bread, sausages, football, and marvelous castles, among many other things, Germany is also famous for its insatiable thirst for the great outdoors and, more recently, for its love for yoga.

Lately, yoga has become quite a craze in Germany. It is currently one of the most popular pastime activities in the country, with numerous skilled teachers, respected schools, and high-quality retreats offering a wide variety of packages.

Furthermore, the country’s varied landscape, ranging from forested hills and mountains to agricultural lands and vast plains, cut by the Danube, Rhine, and Main river valleys, with Baltic Sea and North Sea coasts, makes the perfect background to hit the mat.

And the best news is that you don’t need to travel far or wait until your next vacation to unwind, recharge, and reconnect your body, mind, and spirit. You can go on a short retreat or a yoga weekend in Germany any time you like! Here are the top five to help you get started:

Note: BookYogaRetreats offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or a different organizer.

 

4 Day Wellness and Yoga Retreat in Hessisch Lichtenau

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  • Price: From US$ 419 for 4 days/3 nights
  • Availability: June till November
  • Skill level: Beginner and intermediate yogis
  • Instruction language: English

Located in the town of Hessisch Lichtenau, in the Werra-Meißner-Kreis rural district in the north of Hesse, this yoga retreat has been awarded the Best Wellness Retreat of the Year in Germany 2019.

The retreat is specifically designed for a long yoga weekend – starts on a Thursday at 4pm and ends on Sunday at 2pm. During your stay, you’ll enjoy daily yoga, pranayama, and meditation classes, as well as a rejuvenating herbal sauna session. The yoga styles practiced during the retreat are Hatha, Kundalini, and Yin Yoga.

You’ll also participate in healing cooking and baking open sessions. The package includes two daily vegan meals, as well as drinks and refreshments. The food is always prepared with love and attention, combining Mediterranean flavors with healthy nutrition.

During this short yoga retreat, you’ll have plenty of free time to relax or go hiking, cycling, canoeing, or swimming in the picturesque Werra-Meißner Nature Reserve. Located near the retreat house, the reserve boasts a varied landscape overflowing with lakes, rivers, mountains, and small villages.

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3 Day Ayurveda and Yoga Retreat in the Eastern Erzgebirge

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  • Price: From US$ 320 for 3 days/2 nights
  • Availability: June till November
  • Skill level: All levels
  • Instruction language: English

Embark on a journey through the senses. This short yoga retreat is based in Saxony, in a serene location in Erzgebirge, in the Eastern Ore Mountains near the Czech border.

You’ll stay in a historic countryside hotel with on-site yoga studio and a meditation garden, surrounded by forests, sprawling meadows, and a lake with resident deer and horses just outside your window. The location is just perfect for some outdoor active relaxation thanks to its numerous waymarked hiking and biking trails.

This may be a short retreat, perfect for the weekend, but you’ll get to enjoy four yoga classes during your stay, as well as a pampering spa session with four different saunas. The style practiced is Hatha Yoga.

In between the classes, you’ll have plenty of free time to explore the adjacent forest and meadows, enjoy the pristine nature and unique landscapes, go hiking and cycling on the numerous trails in the Eastern Ore Mountains, and visit the many lakes and peaks.

The package includes daily Ayurvedic breakfast and Ayurvedic three-course meals.

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3 Day Yoga Weekend by the Sea in Baabe, Rügen

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  • Price: From US$ 473 for 3 days/2 nights
  • Availability: June till December
  • Skill level: All levels
  • Instruction language: German

Imagine spending a weekend by the sea, complete with yoga classes, breathing exercises, and Kneipp treatments (healing footbaths) to refresh and reset.

Upon arrival on Friday evening, the first yoga class will help you jump straight into the weekend and kick-start the relaxation. During your stay, there will be three Hatha Yoga sessions and you’ll also receive tips for your practice at home.

You’ll stay in a beach hotel in the Baltic Sea resort of Baabe, on the east coast of Rügen, Germany’s largest island by area, famous for its beaches and white chalk cliffs. The package includes daily buffet breakfast, as well as a sauna and free use of the wellness area.

There will be plenty of time for leisure activities in between the yoga sessions, such as walking by the sea, cycling around the Mönchgut Peninsula, feasting in the cozy cafés, or simply enjoying a picnic with gorgeous views of the surrounding area.

 

3 Day Spa Yoga Holiday in Lenzkirch-Saig in the Black Forest

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  • Price: From US$ 496 for 3 days/2 nights
  • Availability: June till December
  • Skill level: Beginners
  • Instruction language: German

Are you looking for a weekend yoga retreat aimed at beginners? Venture into the heart of the Black Forest, the largest wooded area in Germany and the source of the Danube River. Let its majestic pine and fir trees be your source of energy. Use the power of nature and yoga to find the strength to grow.

As soon as you arrive, you are encouraged to let go, slow down, and focus on yourself. There will be two evening moonlight yoga sessions of 90 minutes each and two morning spa yoga sessions of 60 minutes each. The style practiced during this retreat is Hatha Yoga.

The package also includes free use of the wellness area with a swimming pool, sauna, and fitness area. There will be one forest bath with the group. Spa treatments and massages are available at an additional cost.

You’ll stay in the four-star Hotel Saigerhöh, with an outdoor wellness area offering an exclusive range of treatments, panoramic terrace, and adjacent trails and paths in the woods. The retreat offers half-board – two gourmet breakfast buffets and two five-course menus or buffet meals. Smoothies will be served during the evening yoga sessions.

 

5 Days Yoga & Hiking in the Stromberg Nature Park, Baden-Württemberg

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  • Price: From US$ 457 for 5 days/4 nights
  • Availability: Jun I Jul I Sep I Nov I Dec
  • Skill level: All levels
  • Instruction language: German

Are you looking for something a little longer than just one weekend but shorter than a regular retreat? Then, extend your weekend and join this five-day yoga and hiking retreat in the Stromberg Nature Park.

Stay in a 350-year-old half-timbered house in Häfnerhaslach that features a yoga studio, an extensive library of spiritual literature, and log sauna in the garden. Enjoy daily yoga classes that include several styles: Hatha, Sivananda, Integral, and Chakra Yoga. There will also be exercises for the soul amidst nature.

You’ll have plenty of free time in between the yoga sessions that you can use to hike in the Stromberg-Heuchelberg Nature Park, with its two mountain ranges, Stromberg and Heuchelberg, home to rare species of plants and animals. You can swim in the Heiligenbergsee Lake, only a 10-minute walk from the lodging, visit the Maulbronn Monastery, a UNESCO World Heritage Site 12 km from the house, or just relax in the garden and enjoy the log sauna.

The retreat offers half-board, catering to high-quality organic meals.

*Cover image credit: YOGAmar Rügen

 


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