I am planning a trip to visit my sister who lives in Munich next month and we are looking to book a long weekend skiing. Is Germany a good place to ski? We don’t want to travel too far and would like somewhere that caters for both beginner and advanced.
Germany is a fantastic place to ski and has some excellent resorts that cater for every level and age. Skiing there is accessible and friendly which is exactly what you want for a long weekend out of the city. The Alps in Bavaria offer the classic Alpine experience complete with decadent lodges and excellent après ski.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is probably Germany’s best known ski resort and the site of the 1936 Winter Olympic Games and annual World Cup Races. The large, traditional Bavarian town is located beneath German’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, and offers incredible shops and facilities.
There are some great restaurants to be found in Garmisch itself. Isi’s Goldener Engel offers hearty Bavarian food at a very good price and for some great atmosphere head to Peaches bar. Depending on the weather, it’s possible to drive from Munich to Garmisch in as little as an hour but bear in mind that if the weather is optimal for skiing then it probably isn’t for driving! For a much less stressful journey you could take the train - the trains are super-efficient and you can avail of some great deals on combined train and ski lift tickets.
Where to stay:
Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten (***)
Prices from €100 per room per night on Hotels.com
Reindl’s Partenkirchner Hof (*****)
Prices from €133 per room per night on Hotels.com
Quality Hotel Koenigshof (****)
Prices from €80 per room per night on Hotels.com
One of Austria’s oldest and most beautiful ski resorts is just two hours from Munich airport. With towering peaks on both sides, Innsbruck in Western Austria is internationally renowned for its skiing and has previously hosted the Winter Olympics and Paralympics. Not just known for its exhilarating skiing and snowboarding, Innsbruck is famous for its stunning architecture and cultural events so you will have plenty to see and do in a weekend. Most visitors to Innsbruck ski at an intermediate level but there are plenty of options for thrill seekers and beginners alike. Free shuttle buses and reasonably priced all-in-one lift passes make Innsbruck a really convenient place to ski.
Where to stay:
Grand Hotel Europa (*****)
Prices from €140 per room per night on Hotels.com
Hotel Sailer (****)
Prices start from €99 per room per night on Hotles.com
Ramada Innsbruck Tivoli (***)
Price start from €102 per room per night on Hotels.com
If you are looking for a less crowded and well priced resort then check out Oberammergau which is easily accessed from Munich by car or train. This small ski resort has a stunning mountain setting and is ideal for a long weekend as it boasts nine individual pistes which are served by twelve ski lifts. Cross country skiing is something of a must and the valley that leads down towards King Ludwig’s Linderhof Castle is set in magnificent winter scenery. There is plenty to see and do in this small town. Every ten years the famous Passion play is performed. The next one isn’t until 2020 but you can visit the theatre and take a tour about the history of the play and how it is produced. For a small town, there are plenty of places to eat out. Hotel Maximilian offers excellent food and a lovely atmosphere.
Where to stay:
Hotel Kopa Garni (***)
Price start from €73 per room per night on Hotles.com
Md Hotel Turmwirt (***)
Prices start from €99 per room per night on Hotels.com
Hotel Schillingshof (****)
Prices start from €138 per room per night on Hotles.com
*All prices are subject to availability at the time of booking
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