Germany is often underestimated as a winter sports destination. And yet the ski areas give a big variety. The Alpine region nestled in southern Germany of course offers a wide range of ski areas, much to the delight of winter sports fans everywhere. Familial, little ski areas can be found in the Harz, the Black Forest, the Thurungian Forest and even in the North Rhine-Westphalian Sauerland.
Baden-Württemberg: Baden-Württemberg is especially known for its diverse landscapes from the Black Forest and the Swabian Jura to Lake Constance. As a winter sports destination, it mainly attracts families. You will find perfectly prepared pistes, as well as modern lift systems in the many small ski areas. The centre of winter sports in Baden-Württemberg is the highest mountain in the Black Forest, the Feldberg (1,493 m), which is surrounded by several small ski areas. Furthermore, you will find other family-friendly ski areas, including diverse offers away from the piste, in the Swabian Jura.
Bavarian Alps: Upper Bavaria's blue sky covers everything winter sports fans need. As the highest ski area in Germany, you'll find the Zugspitze offers a fantastic view. Once a year the professionals test their skills here in one of the large world cup competitions, the Kandahar downhill in Garmisch. After a day's skiing, the hearty, local Bavarian cuisine can be enjoyed.
Bavarian Forest: The Bavarian Forest is central Europe's largest forest with 6,000 km² of wooded area. In 1970 the national park Bavarian Forest was created which, together with the Bohemian Forest, forms the largest coherent forestal nature reserve in central Europe with a total span of 900 km². Especially families will find exactly what they are looking for here. Those who prefer not to explore the Bavarian Forest on skis, can also go on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride. The lovely castles and monasteries of the Bavarian Forest are definitely worth a visit. Numerous restaurant and quaint huts, which offer regional as well as international culinary highlights, should be on your list of to-do's as well.
Harz: The Harz is the most northern low mountain range in Germany. Even though the region cannot offer the highest peaks, there are several small ski areas for families, which are especially great for beginners due to their gentle slopes. However, not only Alpine skiers get their money's worth in the most popular ski areas at the Bocksberg, Wurmberg, Matthias-Schmidt-Berg and Sonnenberg, because the Harz is also popular for its well-kept cross-country tracks. The biggest ski area is located at the highest mountain in Lower Saxony, the Wurmberg (971 m).
Saxony: Saxony is a holiday state. There is a lot to see, such as the diverse cities like Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz, as well as the castle landscapes and rich music and theatre scene, which offer a lot of variety. However, Saxony is not only established as a destination for culture lovers, but also for winter sports fans. Particularly in the Ore Mountains and in the Vogtland you will find snow sure ski areas, which are especially great for families. The centre of Saxon winter sport and at the same time, the biggest ski area, is the Fichtelberg in the near of Oberwiesenthal. The largest connected lift system is the Skiwelt Schöneck, which is also a certified family ski area. Many small ski areas are especially suitable for beginner.
Sauerland: The Sauerland, which is located in the south-east of North Rhine Westphalia, is surrounded by the Lower Hessian Highlands, the mountain range in the eastern part of the Sauerland, the Wittgensteiner Land, the Siegerland, and the Bergisches Land. Also known as the "land of a thousand mountain", the highest mountains in the Sauerland contribute significantly to Germany's winter sports regions. No matter if it is the toboggan or bobsleigh run in Winterberg or the Mühlenkopfschanze (ski jumping hill) in Willingen, this unique atmosphere is something you shouldn't miss!
Thuringia: The ski areas in Thuringia are very popular due to their central location in the middle of Germany. The most famous holiday destination, the Thuringian Forest, is also the centre of winter sports in the state. The gorgeous low mountain range landscape attracts Alpine skiers, cross-country skiers, as well as snowboarders. The biggest Alpine area, the Skiarena Silbersattel, lies at the Fellberg in the near of Steinach. The Skiarena comprises the steepest piste of Thuringia, which has a decline of 55 - 80 %. The climatic health resort Oberhof is an attraction for Alpine skiers and cross-country skiers alike - an indoor ski centre is available there, should the weather conditions not be ideal for outdoor skiing. Furthermore, one of the biggest fun parks in Germany is located in the little village of Heubach.