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If you want to ski in Germany, Bavaria is clearly top of the list: between Lake Constance, Zugspitze and Berchtesgadener Land, the Alps extend into southern Germany. Fantastic skiing areas such as Oberstdorf attract skiers to the wintry Allgäu. The ski area Garmisch-Classic and the Zugspitz region make up the true Bavarian experience. Munich’s society is to be found on the ski runs around the Tegernsee. Northern Germany skiers can find great fun in the Erzgebirge.

Ski Hotels Germany

Between the major ski nations of Austria and Switzerland, Germany is often overlooked. But because good things are often very close at hand, it is worth taking a look at ski hotels in Germany. Whether idyllically situated in the Allgäu, near the Zugspitze or hearty Bavarian in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, however, not only the southern German Alpine region offers ski resorts. There are also slopes to conquer in the Erzgebirge.

Where to stay in ski hotels in Germany? The most beautiful ski areas at a glance

Allgäu: Winter idyll & family holiday

© Hotel Oberstdorf Winter idyll in Allgaeu: small chapels and cottages made of dark wood on snowy meadows. Beaten winter hiking trails lead up to the mountains, past frozen lakes and spruces covered with layers of snow. Neuschwanstein Castle, the landmark of the Allgaeu, is also romantically transformed in winter. The skiing area in Oberstdorf with its 130 kilometres of slopes reaches as far as Austria into the Kleinwalsertal. A special delicacy is the downhill run on the Nebelhorn, with a total length of 7.5 km, making it the longest snow-covered downhill run in Germany. On the other hand, Oberstaufen offers 4 skiing areas. Tourers and winter hikers are mainly attracted to the Hochgrat, Oberstaufen’s local mountain. Families are drawn to the ski children’s area on the Imberg and those who want to go down the slopes in the late evening by floodlight, meet at the Schwandlift in Thalkirchdorf.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen: rustic Bavarian & airy heights

© quartier - lodges tagesbar forum It may not be the largest, but it is the highest ski area in Germany, with 720 metres of altitude to be conquered in the Zugspitze glacier ski area, one of the highest mountains in the country. Those who stand at the top of the peak also enjoy a magnificent view of the snow-covered Wettersteingebirge. This view consoles even professionals to know that there is no black ski runs. The runs are marked in blue and red and are therefore also suitable for families. Of course, there are also ski schools and toboggan runs for them. If you have experience and enjoy the challenge, you can dare to try freeriding: two checkpoints have been set up especially for freeriders who want to let off steam in deep snow. Especially the freeride route Neue Welt down to Ehrwald is a real adrenaline rush. Only a few kilometres away is another ski area, Garmisch-Classic. The best place to book ski hotels is the traditional Bavarian Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Colourful frescoes on the houses in the centre and long balconies leave no doubt that you are in Bavaria. Traditional restaurants and inns ensure a successful evening program.

Erzgebirge: Christmas markets & cross-country skiing trails

© Hotel Franks Oberstdorf When it comes to skiing, Bavaria has a clear location advantage due to the Alps. However, the Saxon ski hotels are also popular with winter vacationers. During Christmas time, holidaymakers are drawn to the Erzgebirge: The Christmas market in Annaberg, fragrant Christmas Stollen with icing sugar and artistically carved Christmas pyramids are known far beyond the region. In the other winter months, the skiing area at Fichtelberg is the main destination in Saxony. The 10 ski runs are between easy and medium difficulty. Cable railways and chair lifts take skiers up the slopes. Cross-country skiers can enjoy 75 kilometres of cross-country trails. There are also toboggan runs, an artificial ice rink and winter hiking trails.

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