Germany has world class opera houses (especially Berlin, Bayreuth, and Munich) and the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra is known as one of the top three orchestras in the world. Germany is considered to have the strongest classical music traditions in Europe. Most shows belong to the company called "Stage Entertainment". The main 'musical cities' are Hamburg (for example The Lion King), Berlin (for example Blue Man Group), Oberhausen (Wicked), Stuttgart (for example Dance of the Vampires), Bochum (Starlight Express) and Cologne.
Germany is crazy about football and most Germans are members of a sports club. The German Football Association DFB is the biggest FA association in the world. Every village has a club and the games are the main social event on weekends. Participation is strongly encouraged. With an abundance of scenic walks and long-distance hikes, hiking and walking are enjoyable here. In the winter many people go skiing in the Alps in Bavaria close to Munich. Canoeing and river kayaking are also popular on most major rivers.