Word of the Week: Liegewiese

Jun 30, 2017

Liegewiese Enlarge image (© picture alliance / ZB) What do Germans do in the summer? Some travel, some hike, some swim - and others simply lounge on a Liegewiese.

The German word Liegewiese has no English equivalent. It comes from liegen ("to lie down") and Wiese ("field"). Directly translated, Liegewiese means "lying-down-field". It defines a place that Germans like to go when they want to relax - a grassy field.

A Liegewiese is simply just a lawn - often next to a swimming area - where people go to sunbathe. It's essentially not more than a large patch of grass, but this grassy area is unique because it attracts sunbathers. If you visit an outdoor swimming pool in Germany, you'll probably notice a large area next to it where people lounge on their beach-towels in the grass. Some may have umbrellas and chairs; others lie on just a towel. Clearly Germans appreciate the simple pleasures of life; a Liegewiese has few features to it aside from mowed grass.

Liegewiese Enlarge image (© picture alliance / dpa) A Liegewiese is a great alternative for sunbathers who have no access to a beach. So next time you're in Germany and want to catch some rays, head over to your nearest "lying-down-field" - and bring a good book!

By Nicole Glass, Editor of The Week in Germany

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