Germany’s Five Best Ski Resorts
Germany usually isn’t the first place to spring to mind when discussing the subject of winter sports and skiing – it’s usually the French and Swiss Alps that top the table. However, for those that care to find out for themselves it always comes as a pleasant surprise to discover the abundance of world class resorts Germany boasts that have to some extent stayed off the tourist map. From tiny mountain retreats to glacier skiing opportunities and so much more besides, there’s so much to say for making the 2013/2014 ski season one of discovering in and around Germany.
Usually coming in at number-two in terms of German ski rankings, you’ll find Oberstdorf nestled in an enviable spot between Stuttgart and Munich. As such, it’s really easy to get in and out of from several international airports. A distinctly upmarket resort with a cosmopolitan feel, it can be one of the more expensive in the area but more than delivers in value for money stakes. Facilities are first class and the ski opportunities within easy reach are simply mind-blowing.
DEFINITELY not the first city to spring to mind where skiing is concerned, what on Earth does Berlin have to offer? Well, the answer is quite a lot actually as not only does the small village of Braunlage offer some great downhill runs, but Schöneswochenende is famed for its truly exceptional cross country trails. Or if you’re willing to travel a little further, head down to the Czech border where you’ll find Altenberg and some of the best cross country skiing in Europe.
Is located right at the foot of Baden Baden and is famed the world over for being one of the best cross country resorts in existence. With upward of 600 miles of cross country trails to try out along with some great downhill runs and a real sense of homely charm, it’s an unmissable destination for either a full holiday or a brief stopover.
Known to those very much in the know at the gateway to the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch is the kind of base from which you can do some seriously rewarding exploration. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen is simply the best in the whole of the country and presents endless downhill runs, cross-country skiing trails and après-ski the likes of which is the envy of the world. Combine German hospitality with remarkable spa-health resorts and all the winter pursuits you could ever wish for and you have yourself the total package and then some!
Willingen-Upland Ski Resort
The Willingen-Upland Ski Resort can be found a couple of hours to the north of Frankfurt, boasting a total of 15km of downhill ski runs served by 13 lifts. Recommended as one of the best places in Germany for beginners and intermediates, the runs are generally gentle in nature although there are challenging slopes for more experienced skiers. It’s a no-frills village with plenty of charm, though at a relatively low altitude the snow isn’t always reliable.
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