Things to do in Sydney, Australia, for Germans

Sydney is a vibrant city full of culture, natural attractions, and breathtaking views, and it’s because of this that the city has always been favourite destination for Germans. Whether it’s the beauty of the harbour, the scale of the city’s architecture, the immaculate white beaches and wildlife, or a combination of all the above, Sydney has plenty to offer like no other city on earth.

The best part about this city is that it’s possible to enjoy the very best of it without having to spend every cent of your life’s savings. Many of the attractions and destinations are free to visit and admire, with beaches, natural parks and scenic walks all within minutes of each other. If you haven’t already visited Sydney, here are some of the best attractions and entertainment the city has to offer:

Restaurants

Sydney is home to some of the most celebrated restaurants in Australia. For the full tourist experience, booking a table at one of the harbourside restaurants and sampling modern Australian cuisine should be at the top of your list. Prices range from affordable dining to haute cuisine, so there’s a venue for any type of budget, all offering their own unique views of Sydney Harbour.

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Aria in Circular Quay is a glass-walled venue offering exciting views of the Sydney Opera House. The restaurant serves modern Australian cuisine from the freshest local produce and amazing wine. For the most magical dining experience, book for dinner and arrive just as the sun is setting over the harbour.

Blackbird Cafe offers the best views of Darling Harbour and serves up a menu of modern Australian flavours sure to excite your German tastebuds, including char-grilled Kangaroo with local fresh vegetables and a Jack Daniels whiskey sauce as well as a gourmet Crocodile Burger. Pull up a bright yellow chair on the balcony and enjoy the harbour lights at night.

Shopping

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Shopping in Sydney is an experience and attraction all its own. The mix of historic architecture of the Victorian-style Strand Arcade building and the more modern shopping malls such as Westfield Sydney cover all kinds of fashion, food, and lifestyle products. You can find exotic designer labels such as Gucci, Prada, Chanel in the heart of Sydney CBD along with boutique retail stores and local Australian brands.

For the most popular and recognisable brands that you’d find at home, visit Pitt Street Mall where you’ll find the likes of H&M, Topshop, Gap, and makeup mecca Sephora. For a range of both high-fashion brands and affordable brands in beautiful architecture you wouldn’t find in Germany, the Queen Victoria Building is a beautiful way to enjoy some retail therapy in the city.

Bars

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It’s safe to say that Australians love their beer as much as the Germans do, which explains the abundance of craft beer houses and breweries in Sydney. For some of the best local and international craft beers, make your way down to Darling Harbour and visit the Pumphouse Bar. The heritage-listed building is home to over 100 different beers from around Australia, Europe, and the States. The strongest beer on offer is the Thunderbolt Strong Ale (ABV: 6.5%).

The 4 Pines Brew Pub in Manly is a modern microbrewery serving craft beers, including the popular Kolsch beer. 4 Pines hosts weekly entertainment, including trivia nights, as well as a downstairs restaurant offering up classic pub-style meals.

Sydney Harbour

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No trip to Sydney all the way from Germany would be complete without visiting the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House. Both attractions are the first images that spring to mind when anyone thinks about Sydney.

The best part about both attractions is that they are within walking distance from each other and the CBD, and if you’re on a budget you can still visit both locations up-close and personal for free.

But to make the visit worthwhile, why not experience Sydney in all of its magnificence by doing the Sydney Harbour Bridge climb?The three-and-a-half hour journey will have you geared up in safety harnesses and scaling the famous Sydney Harbour Bridge 134 metres above sea level. With four tours to choose from – dawn, day, twilight, and night – you can experience Sydney in all its striking beauty.

Sydney Harbour also offers some of the best bakeries and patisseries. For a taste of home, try some of these European-inspired cafes to sample pastries with Australia’s world class coffee:

La Renaissance Patisserie and Cafe: Located at The Rocks, this Parisian-inspired cafe sells all sorts of delicious pastries, cakes, and desserts including a coffee and chocolate Opera cake, decadent chocolate eclairs and fresh fruit tart. Enjoy your little slice of heaven in the picturesque Parisian courtyard.

Kürtősh: A cosy cafe offering traditional Hungarian pastries and cakes with amazing coffee, Kürtősh House aims to recreate what home feels like; cosy, warm, inviting and relaxing. Try the signature Kürtősh (Chimney Cake), chocolate brandy balls, and the popular walnut tea cake.

Nude beaches

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Just like in Germany, Sydney has some great secluded beaches for nude bathing, some of which offer views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge and the cityscape. Sydney’s beaches are beautiful, and despite being in the largest city in the country, you’ll find tranquillity in one of several private and public beaches scattered around the quay.

Cobblers Nudist Beach is a quiet oasis in the middle of the city. The white sand and turquoise waters offer the most picturesque setting with views of the harbour in the backdrop. When it comes to amazing views, Lady Jane Nudist Beach is one of the best, being a serene relaxation spot with stunning rock cliff faces and spectacular ocean and harbour views. It’s known for being all-accepting and features on many gay travel guides as a welcoming beach with a friendly atmosphere.

Where to stay

Finding affordable accommodation in Sydney CBD is easy, with a host of hostels and backpacker accommodation available. Maze Backpackers is in the heart of the city and located walking distance from all the major attractions listed above. Maze offers a fun, young atmosphere with single, double, twin, triple, 4, 6, and 8-share dorms for a comfortable and enjoyable stay. It also offers weekly activities including a weekly movie night, four free meal days and 12 complimentary drinks if you book for more than three nights.

Contact Maze Backpackers today to book your accommodation and begin your unforgettable Sydney adventure!