German Mountain splendour

Posted: 08/01/2019 in Travel Unique, Worldwide accommodations
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Breathtaking views, romantic landscapes covered in snow, fairytale castles as well as enchanting religious and challenging cross-country skiing runs: this and more is what to expect in Germany’s mountain regions.

The Bavarian Alps

The Alps in Bavaria featuring Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze, are ascended by half a million people each year. At an altitude of almost 3000 meters, 400 mountain peaks poke through the clouds. Whereas the operators of other skiing regions have to provide artificial snow, there is plenty of dance snow on the Zugspitze for half the year. Ideal conditions for skiing, snowboarding and tobogganing. The slopes are suited for families and beginners as well as professional athletes and are complemented with the highest safety standards. In comparasion to the alpine areas in Switzerland and Austria, the scenery of the Bavarian Alps appear lower and less rugged. Therefore the region qualifies for mountain hiking and cross-country skiing: it offers a wide range of beautiful trails, where snow blanketed needles and conifer forests can be explored. Tourists, as well as locals, come by when they wish to regain energy or enjoy a good and hearty meal consisting of bread, cold cuts and cheese. The so-called, brotzeit, is part of the Bavarian menu, just like pretzels, weiswurst or dumplings. In cosy alpine cabins, visitors usually stop for a bite to eat and to warm themselves up, while an abundance of wellness hotels cater for the visitors seeking relaxation. Sweating in the sauna, dipping into a hot tub or enjoying a massage are just perfect to recharge the batteries.

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Another great feature of the Bavarian Alps are the picturesque villages and towns, such as Garmisch-partenkirchen, which is one of the premier alpine resorts. History buildings in typical Bavarian style with heavy wooden beam constructions and facades painted with regional or pastoral scenes are almost too spectacular to be true.
Another must-see are the fairytale castles commissioned by King Ludwig II. The most famous one is without doubt the Neuschwanstein castle, a 19th century romanesque revival Palace on a rugged Hill above the village of Hochenschwangau, which serve as inspiration for Disneyland’s sleeping Beauty Castle.

The Sauerland

Beautiful winter landscapes can be found in Germany slow mountain ranges as well, whether one prefers the Sauerland the Harz or the Thuringian forest. The Sauerland, located in the western part of Germany, is known for offering the best snow conditions north of the Alps. For those who like cross-country skiing the winter Sports Arena Sauerland presents around 400 kilometres of cross-country skiing, 150 lifts with a total 300 hectares of slopes and in case that it does not know naturally, 450 snow cannon switch cover an area the size of 150 football fields. In addition, international athletes gather here for annual bob sliding races and ski jumping. The international ski federation World Cup which takes place on the so-called Muhlen – kopfschanze, attracts up to 30000 spectators.
People who would like to attend sled dog races do not have to travel to Alaska or Canada. Such races are also being organised in the winter Sport Resort Winterberg. Furthermore, animal lovers have the chance to spend time with huskies and go hiking with them. Linked by an abdominal belt, hikers and docks can enjoy nature together.

The Harz

Another great region to spend a wonderful winter time is the Harz in Northern Germany. Even Johan Wolfgang von Goethe felt inspired by the area’s romantic landscape and visited it several times. The famous poet climb the highest peak of the Harz mountain range, the Broken, where he carried out geological research. Visitors who want to follow his trail can hike along The Goethe way, named after him, moreover they will discover some traces of the former mining industry. Winter sports also have a long tradition in the Harz. Nordic skiing is quiet popular here due to the altitude and lenght of the routes, ski jumping and biathlon are also popular sport activities here.rodebachmühle_winterwander

The Thuringian Forest

Winter sports enthusiasts also love to travel to the Thuringian forest, especially to the town Oberhof, where World Cups, as well as national and international competitions take place. In addition, various national teams come here regularly to train in disciplines such as Bobsleigh, luge, skeleton and biathlon.
But the Thuringian Forest offers many other activities to. A carriage ride through the wintery landscape for instance promises to create a romantic experience.

 The Ore Mountains

More than 200 km away from the Thuringian forest are the Ore mountains, which separate Germany from the Czech Republic. In the Christmas season, tourists like to visit traditional Christmas markets and miner’s paradise as the Ore mountains have a long tradition of mining: it has significantly shape the landscape of the region. Nowadays, rare mountains meadows and Wetlands can be found in nature reserves. Countless plants and animals even use mining leftovers as their habitat. The Ore mountains are also a famous centre for winter sports. Precipitous downhills attract skiers and snowboarders from all over the country. In Altenberg, tourists will even find one of the most modern runs for luging and bobsleighing in the orld.

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