Where to Book Your Stay When Skiing the Zugspitze

Landhotel und Berggasthof Panorama has one of the best terraces in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with incredible views over the valley and lake
Landhotel und Berggasthof Panorama has one of the best terraces in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with incredible views over the valley and lake | Courtesy of Landhotel und Berggasthof Panorama / Expedia
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22 October 2021

The Zugspitze, known as the top of Germany, is the highest mountain in the country, and you can expect spectacular views from the peak over neighbouring Austria, Switzerland and Italy. We’ve picked the best places to stay where you can warm your cockles after a long day of skiing – and they’re bookable on Culture Trip.

Staudacherhof, for keen skiers in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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A shuttle bus runs straight from this hotel to the main Zugspitze ski area. Take your chances on the infamous Kandahar slope, one of the most thigh-burning runs of the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup, which is held here every year. Alternatively, if you fancy a break from downhill, borrow a complimentary pair of cross-country skis, a toboggan or snowshoes from the hotel for a spot of snow touring.

Werdenfelserei, for a spa retreat in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Climb aboard a horse-drawn sleigh, piled high with cosy blankets, outside the Werdenfelserei hotel; it is the best way to explore the area at a more leisurely pace than skiing. Back at the modern, chalet-style hotel, you’ll find two floors of spa, complete with a rooftop pool, so you can swim while enjoying views of the Garmisch mountains. Alternatively, step outside to use the Kneipp basin or explore the natural tranquillity of the grounds.

Hotel am Badersee, for forest bathing in Grainau

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Ever been in a snow room? Well, now’s your chance. Alternate trips between the three hotel saunas with the frigid snow room for an invigorating boost to your immune system. Hotel am Badersee boasts a beautiful lakeside location with superb views of the highest mountain in Germany. If you fancy a break from skiing, try a spot of forest bathing with the hotel professional shinrinyoku coach.

Romantik Hotel Spielmann, for wowing your other half in Ehrwald

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Watching the sunset while bathing in an infinity rock pool scores pretty high for romance. Surrounded by meadows, woods and a majestic mountain skyline, this pretty, chalet-style hotel on the Austrian side is the perfect getaway for couples wanting some together time. It’s been in the Spielmann family for four generations, so you can expect warm, friendly service and hearty Tyrolean food.

Parkhotel Wallgau, for rustic Bavarian charm in Wallgau

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Traditionally decorated in a cosy alpine style, with Swiss stone pine wooden interiors and huge fires crackling in the fireplaces, you feel warm as soon as you walk into Parkhotel Wallgau. Hunker down in front of a roaring fire with your favourite tipple while you make your skiing plans for the next day and watch the snowflakes fall. The Zugspitze ski area is just a 35-minute drive from here.

Alpenhof Murnau, for wine lovers in Murnau am Staffelsee

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Luxuriate in style at this five-star country house in Murnau, just 35 minutes from the Zugspitze. Located right next to the Murnauer Moos reserve, with fine views of the Ammergau Alps, this idyllic retreat offers you the very best in Bavarian hospitality. Wine connoisseurs beware – with over 900 fine wines on offer in the award-winning cellar, you may never want to leave.

Hotel Rheinischer Hof, for a central location in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Alpine mountain views come as standard here, as does good Bavarian food and friendly service. Located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the number one ski and sports destination in Germany, the hotel enjoys a prime position at the foot of the Zugspitze. It is just a few kilometres from the Lake Eibsee cable car, taking you up to 60km (37mi) of downhill ski slopes. Return to the hotel in the evening to enjoy a relaxing sauna or a wonderful healing massage for those aching limbs.

Berghotel Hammersbach, for lively après ski in Grainau

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German bread is good, but the German bread baked in the in-house bakery at this hotel is extremely good. But don’t come just for das Brot – this hotel enjoys a peaceful setting in the quiet village of Grainau, in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. If you fancy some lively après ski, check out their Endstation bar, which offers cocktails, music and dancing long into the night.

Landhotel und Berggasthof Panorama, for serene seclusion in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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It’s no wonder this hotel is called Panorama – it boasts one of the best terraces in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, affording incredible views over the valley and the mountain massif beyond. Originally a shooting range dating as far back as 1776, this traditional villa enjoys a prime location, surrounded by forest and little else. The only noise you’ll hear as you drift off to sleep is perhaps a distant church bell or the tinkle of a cowbell.

Hotel Fischer am See, for alpine views in Heiterwang

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Overlooking Lake Heiterwang lake in the Austrian Tyrol, the hotel offers unrivalled views in a pristine setting. Whether you prefer a cosy, traditional alpine-style room, or a more modern feel with large picture windows and minimalist decor, Hotel Fischer am See accommodates all tastes. Breathe in the mountain air and relish the warm hospitality of the Bunte family, who’ll make you feel right at home. The hotel is just under 40 minutes from the bottom of the Zugspitze cable car.

These recommendations were updated on October 22, 2021 to keep your travel plans fresh.

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