Germans pursued a variety of activities in their free time. In 2021, around 94 percent of the German-speaking population aged 14 years and older said they watched TV. Other popular pastimes included listening to the radio and surfing online. The ranking shows activities undertaken at least multiple times a month.
During the pandemic
The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, with resulting lockdowns, closures and restrictions across the board in Germany, especially in 2020 and 2021, upended the leisure activity roster for many. Basically, those activities which depended on an external venue or service being open were put on hold, adapted personally, or sometimes pursued online, while pastimes that could be enjoyed independently were more popular in some cases. Pandemic or no pandemic, watching television has consistently remained a favorite during the specified period. An additional challenge cited during 2020 in particular was the difficulty of distinguishing between work and free time while working from home.
This and that
The numerous activities in this ranking are all subject to various influences concerning their popularity at a given time, be that convenience, ongoing pandemic restrictions or concerns, technology, and so on. To give a few examples, barbecuing or grilling several times a month has seen rising numbers in the past year, joyfully arranged between lockdowns, or in private gardens among friends and family. Meanwhile, the number of people reading books in their spare time more than once a month has been slowly dropping in recent years, though the number of people reading several times a week has been increasing.
Most popular leisure activities, hobbies and sports (undertaken at least multiple times a month) in Germany from 2018 to 2021
Information on main unit: Base: German-speaking population aged 14 and older.
Information on total sample:
2018: 23,086 respondents, projection to 70.45 million people
2019: 23,120 respondents, projection to 70.60 million people
2020: 23,138 respondents, projection to 70.63 million people
2021: 23,299 respondents, projection to 70.54 million people
The figures displayed refer to the following studies: 2018: VuMA 2019; 2019: VuMA 2020; 2020: VuMA 2021; 2021: VuMA 2022
Further information on methodology available here and in the report.
Figures were rounded for better understanding of the statistic.
This statistic is the result of calculations based on various characteristics in the survey. The question was not asked directly. During the survey participants had to answer how often they pursued the listed leisure activities. This statistic shows the 10 leisure activities with the highest share of participants who answered “Several times a week” or “Several times a month”.
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VuMA. (November 17, 2021). Most popular leisure activities, hobbies and sports (undertaken at least multiple times a month) in Germany from 2018 to 2021 [Graph]. In Statista. Retrieved August 08, 2022, from https://www.statista.com/statistics/1043108/most-popular-leisure-activities-in-germany/
VuMA. "Most popular leisure activities, hobbies and sports (undertaken at least multiple times a month) in Germany from 2018 to 2021." Chart. November 17, 2021. Statista. Accessed August 08, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1043108/most-popular-leisure-activities-in-germany/
VuMA. (2021). Most popular leisure activities, hobbies and sports (undertaken at least multiple times a month) in Germany from 2018 to 2021. Statista. Statista Inc.. Accessed: August 08, 2022. https://www.statista.com/statistics/1043108/most-popular-leisure-activities-in-germany/
VuMA. "Most Popular Leisure Activities, Hobbies and Sports (Undertaken at Least Multiple times a Month) in Germany from 2018 to 2021." Statista, Statista Inc., 17 Nov 2021, https://www.statista.com/statistics/1043108/most-popular-leisure-activities-in-germany/
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