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Winter holidays in Bavarian Alps - the best ski resorts

The cold season is already around the corner and it’s time to plan your winter vacation. There’s nothing like a ski ride at rapid-fire pace with tingling powder all over your skin, that leaves you weak at the knees. Agreed? Or haven’t you tried it yet? All the more reasons to go with skiing holiday this time. If Austria and Switzerland are the first destinations that came to mind, there’s something you don’t know about Germany’s fairy-tale land of medieval villages, gorgeous castles and... one-of-a-kind ski resorts - Bavaria. Think outside the box together with HotelFriend and ditch the beaten tracks.

Bad Hindelang, Bavaria, Germany

Here you can experience:

⚡️ every imaginable winter sport: skiing, sledding, snowshoeing, snow hiking, snowboarding, snow-paragliding and so on;
⚡️ quaint hearty cuisine and a hot cup of spicy mulled wine following special local recipes;
⚡️ spectacular scenery of magnificent snow-capped mountains, niveous wilderness of forests, serene lakes and valleys cloaked in white;
⚡️ overnight stay in an actual igloo or an authentic Bavarian hut with homely atmosphere;
⚡️ first steps or speedy progress in winter sports at one of the certified schools;
⚡️ renting or buying top-notch equipment for your winter adventures.

… and then we realized, that this list could go on forever. Are you bewitched enough to consider a short break in Bavaria? Good! On this occasion we have an ultimate guide for your unparalleled winter holiday right there.

Interactive map: pistes, lifts and ski equipment rental

On the interactive map, you can find useful information for ski holidays in the Bavarian Alps: ski rental centers, tracks, the nearest bus and train stops, lifts and must-see sights - everything is put on the Google Map which you can save on the smartphone and use during the travel.

Top 6 ski resorts in Bavaria. Literally.

Long introductions aside - we have prepared a vibrant Top-6 list of ski resorts in Bavarian Alps, that will simply knock your socks off. Let them speak for themselves.

Garmisch-Classic

Diversity is Garmisch-Classic’s middle name: three mountains - Hausberg, Kreuzeck and Alpspitze shape its landscapes. When it comes to skiing in Germany, this area is on everybody’s lips. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen resort was once two separate towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen, that were united on occasion of Winter Olympics in 1936, but one can still feel the difference: Garmisch is full of modern vibes, while Partenkirchen has preserved its rustic flair. By this day international skiing events like legendary Kandahar Race or the Alpine Ski World Cup take place at Kreuzeck. But don’t let glorious history of the area scare you away - if you’re not quite ready to follow in the footsteps of professional skiers and make a vertical drop of 900 meters in 2 minutes yet, there’s also plenty of winter fun for everyone. For example, the Alpspitze Peak offers challenges for skiers of any level.

Lifts: 18
Pistes: 40 km
Elevation: 708 - 2.050m
Season: Dec - Mar
Weather: -6° to +9° during the season
+8° to +22° in summer

Tracks and slopes map

tracks map garmisch-classic-zugspitze

Hausberg is a place for beginners and children to master the basics of skiing. The slopes here range from easy to middle levels of difficulty, that is why they attract so many families. In “Kinderland”, which is perfectly designed for little skiers, you can observe your kids safely learning new tricks from the comfortable spectator stand and then grab one of the thoughtfully prepared children’s menus at Drehmöser 9 or Kandahar 2 for them nearby. Only 7 minutes in a cable car separate your family from pleasant thrill of the first ride.

To make your winter holiday particularly memorable you can get a video of you skiing at the BMWxDrive Skimovie section. The Snow Park at Hexenkessel make Garmisch-Classic stand out too. The park features 4.000 m² of freeride adventure with jumps, rails, boxes and kickers. Toboggan run, sleigh trips and skating courses are also at your disposal. Average snow depth during the season is 207 cm at summit elevation and 61 cm at base elevation.

How to get here?

When traveling by car from Munich, take the A 95, or B 23 Autobahn, if you drive from Augsburg. It will take you approx. 1 hour, and 3 hours on weekends and public holidays.

If train is your kind of transport, go from Munich to Hausberg, where you’ll have to change trains and reach the Zugspitzplatt station. The travel time is roughly 80–90 minutes on the local and 60 minutes on the rush hour express.

Buses will take you to Garmisch-Classic from near the main train stations of Berlin, Innsbruck and Munich.

Sights & Activities

Those, who are in the mood for sightseeing, should visit the Richard Strauss Institute and learn more about the famous composer’s life, who lived here for 40 happiest years. Architecture enthusiasts will be pleased to find out, how many authentic churches are located here, and should absolutely see the Werdenfels Castle from 13th century. Walk along charming streets, decorated with unique and historic wall paintings or pay a visit to the Michael-Ende-Kurpark on Wednesday and delight in weekly concert of the spa orchestra. More adventurous types can explore the famous local gorges Partnachklamm with a river flowing right through it and Höllentalklamm. If you interested in nightlife, don’t miss the party at the lodge of the Hausberg and visit “Miris Hütt’n“ at Marienplatz, John’s Club, Music Cafe.

Upcoming events: European Outdoor Film Tour 18/19 at the end of November and SnowHow Workshop Lawine on 09.12.

Nice restaurants & bars: Drehmöser 9 (modern cuisine), Kandahar 2 (ski bar), Alpenhof (seasonal dishes), Kreuzjochhaus (panoramic terrace), Gasthof Fraundorfer (top choice Bavarian), Bräustüberl (German), Zirbel (pub), Colosseo (Italian), Hobi's (bakery).

What to do in summer?

Mountain enthusiasts are welcome to enjoy the breathtaking panoramic views at Garmisch-Classic in every season. Hikers from all over the world, first timers and experts alike, come here to revel in beauty of alpine meadows and limestone cliffs. As you can guess, climbing is very popular in the region as well. Visit entertaining „Müsliprotz“ or „Radelnde Hexe“ climbing gardens with your kids and decide on "Himmelsburg" or "Nordwand", if you consider yourself an advanced climber. The rope-length climbs and routes “Mauerläufersteig” or Alpspitz-Ferrata will pose a challenge even for professionals. You can also engage in other countless fun activities, such as paragliding on the Osterfelderkopf or Kreuzeck mountains, camping, curling, tennis or simply make use of area’s well-developed infrastructure: pools, sauna, massage, casino, cinema, fitness - you name it!

Garmisch-Classic peak season 2018/2019 ski pass prices

Duration Adults Children Youth
from 11:00 € 40 € 20 € 32
from 12:00 € 35 € 18 € 28
from 13:00 € 32 € 16 € 26
to 13:00 € 35 € 18 € 28
1 Day € 44.50 € 23.50 € 35.50
2 Days € 85 € 45 € 66
3 Days € 133.50 € 67 € 115.50
4 Days € 175 € 87.50 € 152.50
5 Days € 213 € 106.50 € 185.50
6 Days € 247 € 123.50 € 215.50
12 Days € 395.50 € 198 € 345

Tips

⭐️ If you are considering a ski trip with children, you should make use of the family discounts by showing required ID and save up to €28.

⭐️ The 2-in-1 Top Snow Card starting from 45,00 € allows you to go skiing, snowboarding or hiking in both Germany (Garmisch-Partenkirchen) and Austria (Mittenwald, the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena). Two birds with one ski pass!

⭐️ There’s another neat option, if you travel by train. One can benefit from a combined ticket for DB train and a ski pass for the Garmisch-Classic or Zugspitze ski areas.

Zugspitze

The only glacier skiing area and the highest ski resort in Germany, the first one to be awarded with „Certified Ski Resort“ title from the Foundation for Safety in Ski Sports. It welcomes mainly novice and average skiers with 6 to 7 months of thick snow layer and 74 sunny days, which is more than any ski resort in Bavarian Als can offer. Average snow depth during the season is 262 cm at summit elevation and 84 cm at base elevation, these are the best snow conditions throughout Germany. Impressive superlatives, right? So take a cogwheel train of the Zugspitze Railway and get to the top of the highest mountain in Germany - Zugspitze (2962m), because this is where your ultimate winter adventure begins! When the weather is fine, one can feast eyes on nearly 400 peaks of 4 different countries from up here. To find out, how to get to Zugspitze see previous ski area.

Lifts: 9
Pistes: 20 km
Elevation: 2.000 - 2.720m
Season: Nov - May
Weather: -13° to -4° during the season
-2° to +5° in summer

Trail map

Pistenplan Zugspitze

The resort is really family-friendly, so if you came here with kids or have no or little experience with ski or snowboards, the Kleine Sonnenkar run no. 2a is right for you. Some of the highlights, that everyone should try out, are the Wetterwandeck trails and the Riffelriß downhill run, while the 3km-long Super G course is best suited for well-versed vacationers. Some people call Zugspitze a heaven for freeriders as well as sledgers, come and see for yourself!

Sights & Activities

An absolutely astonishing experience available at Zugspitze is igloo village, that simply makes our jaws drop. If you’re brave enough to spend the night - your courage will be more than rewarded. Beautiful huts with walls of snow, decorated by artists from all over the world, are suited to every fancy: there are igloos for groups, families, couples and even suites with sumptuous ice beds. The art themes change every season. One of the options for love birds is to build a love nest igloo together with their own hands and the help of experts. Can it get any more romantic? Sure! Some igloos are even equipped with whirlpools, the sauna is nearby and from time to time snow sculpture lessons occur here.

Don’t miss the chance to check out the “Maria Heimsuchung” mountain church, Erlebniswelt Gletscher museum and the Zugspitze exhibition to find out all about the mountain’s history and local culture. Stunning views await on the 23 mountain observation decks like the AlpspiX. On the eastern peak you’ll find the famous golden cross from 1993, make sure you’re wearing sturdy shoes before heading there. Night-birds are welcome to the disco Evergreen and Beck’s Stadl.

Events: Bavarian Evening buffets in summer, regular Nostalgia Rides of Bayerische Zugspitzbahn

Nice restaurants & bars: Sonnalpin (rustic style) with Dallmayr Kino (cafe), Gletschergarten (panoramic views), Panorama 2962 (coffee house), Gipfelalm (Bavarian)

What to do in summer

Nature fans will certainly appreciate the view of the pristine forest lake Eibsee at the foot of Zugspitze. Moreover you can take guided glacier tour, an adventure trail to Höllentalklamm Gorge or a toboggan run, climb up the Wetterstein limestone, rest on deck chairs on one of the sun terraces, entertain your little ones in the child-friendly AlpinPark and take unmatched pictures with PhotoStop.

Zugspitze peak season 2018/2019 ski pass prices

Duration Adults Children Youth
1 Day € 45 € 23.50 € 36
3 Days € 128.50 € 64.50 € 115.50
4 Days € 170 € 85 € 152.50
5 Days € 207 € 103.50 € 185.50
6 Days € 240 € 120 € 215.50
12 Days € 384.50 € 192 € 345

💡 Tip
Early risers can take privilege of the new „Early Bird-Train“ to the Zugspitze from July 1st to September 3rd. It leaves Eibsee Zugspitze train station daily at 8:15 and allows its passengers avoid crowds as well as long waiting times on the tracks for €44 including a complimentary cup of coffee for a great start to your day.

Oberjoch Bad Hindelang

After you’ve read about cream of the crop in Upper Bavaria - Garmisch Classic and Zugspitze, we invite you to move on to the south and get to know Oberallgäu region. The much endorsed ski resort Oberjoch with two cliffs Iseler (1.876 m) and Kühgundkopf (1.907 m) is situated in the highest mountain village of Germany - Bad Hindelang (825 m), that was acknowledged as the most family-friendly ski area throughout Bavarian Apls. Most of the pistes are of medium difficulty, there’s no shortage of easy ones too and 2km of difficult tracks are eager to give their accomplished riders a challenge. Nearly all the descents begin over 1200m above sea level, so they are awash with natural snow - average snow depth during the season is 60 cm at summit elevation and 43 cm at base elevation.

Lifts: 6
Pistes: 32 km
Elevation: 850 - 1.559m
Season: Nov - May
Weather: -7° to +17° during the season
+8° to +22° in summer

Every day of the peak season from 08.30 till 16.00 o’clock the Easypark greets snowboarders and freeriders with huge variety of kickers, boxes, tubes, a highrail and many other fascinating obstacles for you to show off some skills. The ski center Oberjoch also provides numerous cross-country ski runs and a toboggan run. An absolute highlight of this place is romantic night skiing in the crispy and clear mountain air with floodlights leading you through shimmering snow. Parents will be happy to know, that the ski kindergarten “Schneekinderland” on site with an ‘enchanted forest’ and cute animals has everything their kids might need, along with other multiple children zones. One can literally reach any attraction on foot - the resort is small but mighty.

Trail map

ski resort Oberjoch (Bad Hindelang) track map

How to get here?

Travelers can arrive with the help of transfer services from the airports Allgäu Airport Memmingen, Friedrichshafen, Munich, Stuttgart or Zürich.

The route for drivers is Autobahn 7 Ulm-Füssen - Oy-Mittelberg exit - 20 km along the street Bundesstraße 310. The parking lot is at Iselerbahn (€2,50/day).

Summer activities

Bad Hindelang is a popular hiking region with the reach diversity of trails (more than 300 km) for any age groups. We recommend Salewa Klettersteig for pro hikers, Zipfelsfall waterfall for a romantic adventure, guided thematic paths for vacation with children and local mountain Hirschberg is a must for everyone.

There are even carefully thought out holiday options like allergy-friendly vacation, eco tourism and stay on the farm with kids. The region is all-set for such kinds of sport as cycling, canyoning, climbing and nordic walking.

The Hochmoor Oberjoch and Kneipp-treatment garden “Prinze Gumpe” bathing lakes are a magnet for wellness-savvys.

The area is steeped in tradition - 500-year old smithies, forest festivals, bonfires, cattle drive, cheese-making demonstrations are to find here. We do hope you are packing already.

Nice restaurants & bars: Erdinger Urweisse Alp, Gundalpe, Jochalpin Skihütte, Moorhütte, Wiedhag-Alpe.

Oberjoch Bad Hindelang peak season 2017/2018 ski pass prices

Duration Adults Children Youth Seniors
to 13:00 € 29.50 € 15 € 22.50 € 27
1 Day € 38 € 19.50 € 29 € 34.50
2 Days € 69 € 38.50 € 54 € 64.50
3 Days € 99 € 56.50 € 79.50 € 94
4 Days € 128 € 71.50 € 100.50 € 119.50
5 Days € 156 € 87 € 121.50 € 145
6 Days € 178 € 101 € 139.50 € 164.50
2 Hours € 25.50 € 12.50 € 20 € 23.50
3 Hours € 29 € 13 € 25 € 25

The same prices apply to the low season 2017/2018.

Nebelhorn near Oberstdorf

This adorable ski resort is one of the most versatile and the highest in Allgäu mountains, featuring 2224 m vertical rise. Germany’s longest downhill run to the valley (7.5 km) and well-maintained slopes await absolutely everyone, whether you’re only planning to try out skiing or mastering your skills already. Areas at Speicherteich (water reservoir) and at Koblat, the slope “Seealpe” are perfect for beginners. The same could be said about a 90 meter long superpipe right underneath Höfatsblick´s top station. The NTC park at the Seealpe station offers gentle curves, snowtubing, skifox, snowcycling, air boards and has a lot more in store. The snow coverage is quite reliable during the season: 116 cm at summit elevation and 24 cm at base elevation. So there’s enough powder for your every whim - carving, snowboarding, freestyle shredding etc. Do you want to see how professionals do it? Head to the Audi Arena ski jump, scene of the annual Four Hills Tournament. Note that après-ski fun like all-night parties are not common here.

Lifts: 6
Pistes: 13 km
Elevation: 828 - 2.224m
Season: Nov - May
Weather: -7° to +17° during the season
+8° to +22° in summer

Trail map

Pistenplan Nebelhorn / Oberstdorf

Check out the local winter hiking trails, marvel at one of the most beautiful viewpoints - Zeigersattel, take on the sledge run, sleep in an igloo and attend the annual winter music fest in a spa garden - the checklist for your winter fairytale is ready!

How to get here?

The route Ulm - Kempten - Oberstdorf is for trains - it’s also about 4.5 hours to Frankfurt and 2.5 hours to Munich. Cars should move from Kempten 40 km on the B19. Then an electric bus can take you directly to the Nebelhorn cableway. Alternatively, you could take the Iller-Radweg route on a bicycle.

Summer activities

Oberstdorf is replete with idyllic chapels and churches, so quiet excursions and hiking would be a nice idea for a peaceful weekend. Hindelanger Klettersteig is a route for advanced hikers. Thrill hungry sorts should try hand in Nordwandsteig trail with 600 m view downward and paragliding, families could take offspring on the educational adventure of Uff d'r Alp, if they are curious about nature and fond of animals. Visiting the Breitnachklamm Canyon, the deepest one in all of Central Europe, is not optional, make sure you don’t miss out on this thousands of years old gorge!

Nice restaurants & bars: two(!) Michelin-star awarded restaurants “Ess Atelier Strauss” and the Maximilians, Gipfelhütte, panoramic bar Gemsnest with a playground, Champagne garden.

Nebelhorn bei Oberstdorf peak season 2018/2019 ski pass prices

Duration Adults Children Youth Seniors
1 Day € 48 € 18.50 € 37 € 45.50
2 Days € 92 € 34 € 71 € 88
Low season prices
1 Day € 48 € 18 € 37 € 45.50
2 Days € 69.50 € 34 € 53.50 € 66

Spitzingsee-Tegernsee

The paradise for toboggan and snow-tube enthusiasts is merely 80 km away from Munich. This area boasts picturesque lakes with the cleanest water there is in Bavarian Alps, surrounded by mountains Stümpfling (1,484 m) and Roßkopf (1,580 m). The first one offers easy and intermediate slopes, the second - challenging ones. A modern artificial snow system and average snow depth of 128 cm at summit elevation and 75 cm at base elevation ensure that winter athletes would never be disappointed here. The must-ski runs are Grünseeabfahrt & Rosskopfabfahrt. Nightskiing featuring freshly groomed slopes and 2 km lighted runs is possible every Thursday and Friday from 18.30 to 21.30 o’clock.

Lifts: 13
Pistes: 20 km
Elevation: 980 - 1.560m
Season: Dez - April
Weather: -4° to +7° during the season
+12° to +16° in summer

Trail map

Piste map Spitzingsee - Tegernsee

The Top-Funslope on the Unteren Firstalm, an ideal training ground for snowboarders & freeriders, cross-country trails and the toboggan run to the Firstalm are the most popular pursuits. In the Kidspark for families young ones can learn to ski without effort and have unbeatable fun on children's ski carousel. Vivid ski tours take place in the wild nature of the neighboring Taubenstein mountain (1693 m).

How to get here?

By car: A8 from Munich to Salzburg – Weyarn exit, proceed to Schliersee, and then on to Spitzingsee.

Railway station: Fischhausen-Neuhaus

Summer activities

Visit the peaceful town Tegernsee, that will surprise holidaymakers with some of the prettiest and oldest buildings around, pop over to the ancient Tegernsee monastery building, that now hosts a traditional brewery. If local beer culture has caught your interest, go down to the medieval vault of Bräustüberl. Shopping is advisable in the town of Miesbach. Do rent a boat to soak up the lake scenery, enjoy the rustic atmosphere of cosy wooden huts with their sun terraces - landmark of the region, by the way. Of course, nobody's canceled mountain hiking, folk fairs and parties at Kult-Discothek near the Taubenstein valley station.

Nice restaurants & bars: Jagahütt'n, Osthang Alm (self-service), Lukas-Alm, Berggasthof Sutten

Spitzingsee-Tegernsee peak season 2018/2019 ski pass prices

Duration Adults Children Youth Seniors
to 13:00 € 30 € 15 € 26 € 27
1 Day € 36 € 17 € 32 € 33
2 Days € 70 € 33 € 62 € 64
3 Days € 102 € 48 € 90 € 93
4 Days € 134 € 63 € 118 € 122
5 Days € 165 € 78 € 145 € 150
6 Days € 195 € 92 € 171 € 177
2 Hours € 26 € 12 € 23 € 24
3 Hours € 29 € 13 € 25 € 26
4 Hours € 31 € 14 € 27 € 28
Low season prices
1 Day € 33 € 18 € 37 € 45.50

💡 Tip
The Spitzingsee ski area belongs to the Alpen Plus ski pass association, that provides favourable Multi-day tickets, valid on all 75 mountain railways and lifts in the surrounding ski areas of Brauneck, Wallberg, Spitzingsee, Sudelfeld and Zahmer Kaiser/Tyrol

Brauneck near Lenggries

The winter sports resort of Brauneck is often called an “eldorado” for young and old skiers alike. This ski area ranges from Lenggries to Wegscheid, a typically Bavarian location on the river Isar, only 1 hour drive separates it and the Munich city. Many famous professional skiers were born here: Florian Eckert, Maritna and Andreas Ertl, Michaela, Annemarie and Hilde Gerg.

Lifts: 16
Pistes: 34 km
Elevation: 700 - 1.550m
Season: Dez - April
Weather: -5° to +11° during the season
+10° to +22° in summer

Trail map

Piste map Brauneck / Lenggries

This holiday village is a picture-perfect climatic health resort with budget-friendly Alpine ski runs and mountain lodges in Bavarian country house style. Expert skiers will be tempted to prove themselves on the speedy World Cup downhill route “Garland” at Brauneck-Bergbahn. “Funny Villa“ and the “Kids Park” will be glad to teach and entertain youngsters from 3 y.o., whereas Streidlhang will tend to the needs of the energetic young and the young at heart with night skiing turned into a groovy disco. Bars on the slopes are open until 10pm and the local nightlife is pretty lively until the early hours. In addition to already mentioned winter sports carving and snowshoe hiking are available on site. Average snow depth during the season is 90 cm at summit elevation and 23 cm at base elevation.

How to get here

Nearest airport: Munich airport Directions for car drivers: A8 to Salzburg, Holzkirchen exit, drive through Holzkirchen and follow the signs to Lenggries. Free parking on site.

Train: take the Bayerischen Oberlandbahn (BOB) from Munich to Lenggries. Then RVO buses №9564, №9595 or №9553 will take you to the Brauneck cableway’s valley station.

Sights & summer activities

During summer season this resort turns into a completely different freetime arena: the museum of local history, the limekiln, the animal museum or a falconry, Hohenburg Palace, and the Baroque-style parish church St. Jacob are surely worth a visit to any self-respecting day-tripper. The water park Isarwelle together with the bathing lake Kirchsee guarantee non-stop swimming pleasure for the whole family. Also rafting is a long local tradition. Worth a try are kayak, "Bullcart" - a tricycle for grownups and summer sledge run "Jaudenhang-Flitzer". Climb, hike, ride mountain bikes - the choice is yours. Enjoy your summer break in Lenggries to the fullest!

Nice restaurants & bars: Panoramarestaurant Brauneck, Stiealm am Idealhang, JAEGERS, Brauneck Gipfelhaus

Brauneck bei Lenggries peak season 2018/2019 ski pass prices

Duration Adults Children Youth Seniors
to 12:00 € 31 € 16 € 27 € 28
1 Day € 38 € 20 € 33 € 35
2 Days € 70 € 33 € 62 € 64
3 Days € 102 € 48 € 90 € 93
4 Days € 134 € 63 € 118 € 122
5 Days € 165 € 78 € 145 € 150
6 Days € 195 € 92 € 171 € 177
2 Hours € 29 € 15 € 24 € 26
3 Hours € 31 € 16 € 27 € 28
4 Hours € 34 € 17 € 28 € 30

Tips

⭐️ We recommend to start your winter spree early in the morning, to get ahead of people from Munich, who absolutely love this place and flood it on weekends.

⭐️ Ladies day: every Wednesday since 2013 women get the day pass for just €16 (except for Ash Wednesday).

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