Stretching through the southern German states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, the German Alps offer a plethora of exciting activities in both summer and winter. Warm months bring days of exploration around the glacial lakes of Königssee and Tegernsee, while winter provides some of the best skiing Europe. Choose a mountain hotel in Germany to revel in fresh mountain air, stunning Alpine vistas and unrivaled outdoor adventures.
Germany Mountain Hotels: Exquisite destinations for all-seasons travel
The Hills Are Alive In Summer
Summer is a fantastic time to book a mountain hotel in Germany’s Alpine region. Verdant national parks such as Berchtesgaden provide peaceful camping opportunities and glittering glacial lakes a short distance from the Austrian border, so you could even hop across for the day and visit the baroque architecture found in Salzburg. Spend a summer vacation with a mountain hotel on the pretty Lake Tegernsee. Not only does accommodation here provide sweeping views of the lake and Alps, but you can also indulge in a wealth of activities and wellness opportunities. Take to the water on your own sail boat, visit a former Benedictine Abby or perfect your putt at the two 18-hole golf courses. Many of the mountain hotels around the lake offer spas with plenty of treatments to make your vacation even more blissful. Embark on an excursion to the breathtaking Berchtesgaden National Park. An extensive network of hiking trails weaves throughout its 210 square miles, taking in the beautiful Lake Königssee, as well as some of the world famous filming locations from ‘The Sound of Music.’ The Bavarian National Forest on the Czech border is equally spectacular. Mountain hotels in Germany’s rolling Alpine foothills offer peaceful walks through sun-dappled woodland and opportunities to catch eagle-owls among the diverse flora and fauna. A wooden cabin here will provide complete tranquilty.
Winter on the Mountain
As winter descends upon southern Germany, the region’s best mountain hotels come to life as winter sport enthusiasts utilize their access to the slopes alongside world-class spa facilities. Winter is a fantastic time to book a vacation in Germany’s mountain hotels, and the lead up to Christmas is especially beautiful. The Allgäu region of Bavaria is particularly beautiful, and a stay in the picturesque Oberstdorf offers the best of this Alpine paradise. While the area is well known for its exceptional hiking during summer, it’s also a unique winter sport destination due to its location as country’s southernmost village. With 130km of slopes, you can’t go wrong in Obersdorf. Little ones will also be able to try their hand at skiing with beginners classes for all ages, and horse-drawn carriage rides through the snow will spark their imagination. The Christmas Market in nearby Bad Hindelang is charmingly traditional. The village of Oberstaufen is equally attractive and perfect for a winter vacation. Mountain hotels in this south German town provide access to Hochgrat, the highest peak in the Allgäu. From Oberstaufen you can hop on a cable car to the summit and admire the incredible views of the surrounding Alps. More experienced skiers can ski the 6km back down. While exploring southern Germany it’s worth checking out the stunning Neuschwanstein Castle near the medieval town of Füssen. Built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in the 19th century, Neuschwanstein’s white façade and pointed turrets were the inspiration for Disney’s now iconic Sleeping Beauty castle. In winter the castle looks even more magical. Füssen itself is equally worth exploring. A chocolate-box old town lies on the banks of the River Lech and is the last stop on Bavaria’s stunning Romantic Road – a popular and scenic driving route through Bavaria’s most romantic towns.