Any of the world-class ski resorts located 90 minutes or less from the city centre of Munich, most of which are reachable by train and have decent snow from November to April, can be a good start to your German winter holiday. Here are the 7 ski regions near Munich we think are worth checking out.
Twenty kilometres (7.5 miles) of pistes await you at the Alpsee-Grünten in the Allgäu (a mountainous region in Bavaria that sounds like ‘Allgoy’), one of Germany’s most famous winter sport regions. Head straight to the chairlift from the train station, or, if there is enough snow, hit the rails, boxes and kickers in the fun park. Hiking trails are available as well as toboggan trails for adults that want to be kids again, with night tobogganing every Friday and Saturday from 7-10 pm (the last mountain ascent is at 9:45 pm).
Alpsee-Grünten, Hindelanger Str. 35, Sonthofen, Germany, +49 8321 609200
Oberjoch is another top ski resort area in Germany, and while it has facilities for beginners and children, it caters especially to advanced and professional skiers. Nearly all the descents begin over 1,200 metres (3,900 feet) above sea level and there is plenty of natural snow, though should it be a bad year, 50 snow machines stand by ready to supplement. The pistes in the Allgäu Alpine Training Centre are floodlit every Thursday until 9 pm.
Bergbahnen Hindelang-Oberjoch, Paßstraße 44, Bad Hindelang, Germany, +49 8324 933990
Attention all skiers—the 7-kilometre (4-mile) Dammkar, Germany’s longest ski route, awaits and no helicopter is required. For the skier content with a more relaxed experience, Karwendel has many Alpine huts that offer a nice pause in the middle of a run either to refuel with a small meal or warm up with some hot chocolate or schnapps.
Karwendelbahn, Alpenkorpsstraße 1, Mittenwald, Germany, +49 8823 9376760
The most instantly recognizable of all German ski resorts, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a region of two mountain villages south-west of Munich and right next to the Austrian border. This is a great place to go if some people in your party aren’t big skiers but also don’t fancy staying alone in Munich all day. There are plenty of activities available like shopping or sledding, cross country skiing and even Bavarian curling (give Eisstockschießen a Google). It’s also perfectly acceptable to just sit in the chalet with some schnapps and admire the view, though for skiers, the Zugspitze beckons.
Großen Olympiaschanze, Karl-und Martin-Neuner-Platz, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, +49 8821 180700
The Goliath of the German skiing areas, the Zugspitze lies around 2,500 metres (8,200 feet) above sea level and offers skiing for seven months of the year. There are 22 kilometres (13.7 miles) of pistes for beginner and advanced skiers. Expert skiers, or those with more bravado than common sense, can try the thigh-crushing 3-kilometre (almost 2-mile) Super-G course. Stop halfway down the mountain for dinner and take in the view of 400 mountain tops over dessert.
This ski region offers 18 cableways and lifts that service 34 kilometres (21 miles) of runs spanning all ability levels. Located just 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Munich, it’s also one of the few resorts that allow skiers to stay in the city and not have to wake up at a ridiculous hour to get a full day on the mountain. Garland is a World Cup downhill route that expert skiers can ride to see how they fare against the pros. From Tuesdays to Saturdays, the Streidlhang is floodlit and turns into a vertical disco. Bars on the slopes open until 10 pm.
Brauneck-Und Wallbergbahnen, Gilgenhöfe 28, Lenggries, Germany, +49 8042 503940
Back in the Allgäu, the ski area of Oberstaufen is the perfect combination of challenging runs, excellent snow and fun après-ski vibes. The Hochgrat is one of the best options for skiers who want to avoid the crowds at the larger resorts. At 1,834 metres (6,017 feet) high, it has plenty of natural snow and many opportunities for going off-piste without killing yourself.
Volcanic Iceland Epic Trip
meet our Local Insider
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN A GUIDE?
WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR JOB?
It's the personal contact, the personal experiences. I love meeting people from all over the world... I really like getting to know everyone and feeling like I'm traveling with a group of friends.
WHAT DESTINATION IS ON YOUR TRAVEL BUCKET-LIST?
I have so many places on my list, but I would really lobe to go to Africa. I consider myself an “adventure girl” and Africa feels like the ULTIMATE adventure!
Every CULTURE TRIP Small-group adventure is led by a Local Insider just like Hanna.
KEEN TO EXPLORE THE WORLD?
Connect with like-minded people on our premium trips curated by local insiders and with care for the world
Since you are here, we would like to share our vision for the future of travel - and the direction Culture Trip is moving in.
Culture Trip launched in 2011 with a simple yet passionate mission: to inspire people to go beyond their boundaries and experience what makes a place, its people and its culture special and meaningful — and this is still in our DNA today. We are proud that, for more than a decade, millions like you have trusted our award-winning recommendations by people who deeply understand what makes certain places and communities so special.
Increasingly we believe the world needs more meaningful, real-life connections between curious travellers keen to explore the world in a more responsible way. That is why we have intensively curated a collection of premium small-group trips as an invitation to meet and connect with new, like-minded people for once-in-a-lifetime experiences in three categories: Culture Trips, Rail Trips and Private Trips. Our Trips are suitable for both solo travelers, couples and friends who want to explore the world together.
Culture Trips are deeply immersive 5 to 16 days itineraries, that combine authentic local experiences, exciting activities and 4-5* accommodation to look forward to at the end of each day. Our Rail Trips are our most planet-friendly itineraries that invite you to take the scenic route, relax whilst getting under the skin of a destination. Our Private Trips are fully tailored itineraries, curated by our Travel Experts specifically for you, your friends or your family.
We know that many of you worry about the environmental impact of travel and are looking for ways of expanding horizons in ways that do minimal harm - and may even bring benefits. We are committed to go as far as possible in curating our trips with care for the planet. That is why all of our trips are flightless in destination, fully carbon offset - and we have ambitious plans to be net zero in the very near future.