Germany is the perfect destination for winter holidays. Germany offers great outdoors in winter, with quirky attractions and things to do that will warm both body and soul. The winters are cold, temperatures go below zero, creating great opportunity to practice all types of winter sports, from alpine and cross-country skiing to snowboarding. Bavaria boasts amazing beautiful cross-country tracks in all shapes and forms. Both hobby skiers and competitors in the World Championship will be amazed to find many modernized track systems and excellently prepared cross-country ski tracks promising optimum conditions. Cross-country skiers can select among thousands of cross-country ski tracks. Find below and discover Bavaria's beautiful cross-country skiing areas, with soft hills, snowy forests, romantic lakes and river valleys.
Cross-country skiing is a winter sport that can be practiced by everyone. Beginners can take instruction from skilled trainers. Regular taster courses for cross-country skiing are suitable for everybody, independent of age or fitness.
1InzellInzell is one of the best areas for cross-country skiing in Germany. Whether classic style or skating technique, Inzell will be a great choose. Across the wide, sun-drenched valley can be found eight tracks which means more than 45 kilometres of cross-country ski runs connected with each other. Over 6 kilometres of amazing downhills, climbs and spectacular views are offered by the Außerlandloipe at the bottom of the Teisenberg. Those who adore nature will glide through the Inzell moor with its scanty birch woods on the Filzenloipe.
2Bavarian ForestThe Bavarian Forest is an ideal winter holiday destination for cross country skiers. There are 600 kilometres of excellently prepared tours and trails through the beautiful scenery of the Bavarian Forest. Varied routes and degrees of difficulty, an hour long circular route or a trek over several days: one thing visitors can be sure of, there is always snow in winter in the Bavarian Forest. Cross border trails go into the Bohemian Forest, the Czech part of the largest area of forested mountains in Central Europe. The region is also famed for its avalanche free Alpine pistes, mountain tours, plenty of queue-free lifts and wealth of sunny huts and inns open during the winter months.
3RhönThose who choose Rhön for cross-country skiing vacations will be amazed to find magical wintery landscapes and over 250 kilometres of tracks criss-crossing the mountain and connected with each other. More than 150 kilometres of tracks are to be found within Bavarian state boundaries; these include tracks suitable for families with children and beginners as well as ones for the more expert skiers. The region surrounding the Kreuzberg near Bischofsheim has some 35 km of tracks in a good winter catering for all levels of competence.
4Upper BavariaIn Upper Bavaria you’ll find numerous beautiful cross-country skiing runs of all kinds. If cross-country skiing is your passion, you should choose Upper Bavaria. Here are some of the places where you can practice this amazing winter sport:
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen - there’s a trail to suit everyone whether you prefer free-style skating, traditional trails, or floodlit trails;
- Reit im Winkl - a superbly prepared cross-country trail network of some 80 km of classical trails on the lower levels and 15 km of high altitude trails are ready and waiting;
- Berchtsgadener Land - over 84 km of provided unlimited fun for all winter sports fans accompanied by crystal-clear air, crisp, crunchy snow underfoot and deep blue cloudless skies;
- Chiemgau - there’s something to suit everyone from mountain tours to classic cross country trails and skating trails;
- Oberammergau – about 50 kilometres of superb high altitude trails high above the Ammer valley are what attract cross country skiers worldide.
5OberstdorfDuring winter Oberstdorf provides the opportunity for cross-country skiing. Classical style fans can ski on 75 kilometers and skaters on 55 kilometers. Almost all of the tracks are connected and stretch across the entrire community, districts and the lateral valleys. There are available a lot of entrances and the cross-country ski tracks are widened up to 15 meters in the descents and rises. Besides multi-lane cross-country ski tracks in the middle of the valley, here can be found lots of remote tracks for romantic skiers seeking for quiet tours, or for families with many children looking for more and safe space. Skiing along the Trettachtal towards Spielmannsau is a challenge for passionate cross-country skiers. The circuit in Rohrmoos, which stretches along both sides of the Starzlach and leads to the watershed, is recommended.
Bavaria winter wonderland - you will never tire of it.