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Cheap ski holidays in the winter nation Germany

In the German ski areas, not only will beginners and families get their money's worth - pros and high-alpine sports fans will also find that Germany has a few things to offer a winter holiday as well! Take an unforgettable ski holiday in southern Germany and get to know some of the attractive features the country has to offer. Choose between the widely diverse offers in Harz, in the Bavarian Alps and in Sauerland, as well as many other various regions.

Regions Germany

Bavarian Alps

Bavarian Alps

Upper Bavaria's white-blue skies stretches over the entire range of what winter sports fans may dream of. Germany's highest located ski area, the Zugspitze, provides miraculous views of the breathtaking winter landscape in the German Alps. Pros will speed down the World Cup run Kandaha in Garmisch and after skiing you can enjoy the hearty local cuisine. The Allgäu offers the perfect combination of sports, relaxation and spa. With the largest ski arena in Germany, the Fellhorn-Karwendel area, this is a superlative winter holiday area.

Bavarian Forest

Bavarian Forest

The Bavarian Forest is central Europe's largest forest with 6,000 km² of wooded area. In 1970 the national park Bavarian Forest was created which, together with the Bohemian Forest, forms the largest coherent forestal nature reserve in central Europe with a total span of 900 km². Besides of the Alpine region, this region is also known for its affinity to winter sports. Especially families will find exactly what they are looking for here. Those who prefer not to explore the Bavarian Forest on skis, can also go on a romantic horse-drawn sleigh ride. The lovely castles and monasteries of the Bavarian Forest are definitively worth while a visit. Numerous restaurant and quaint huts, which offer regional as well as international culinary highlights, should be on your list of to-do's as well.

Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg

Baden-Württemberg is especially known for its wonderfully diverse landscapes of the Black Forest, stretching from the Swabian Alb right down to Lake Constance. With regards to winter sports, the area is specially geared to families. Perfectly prepared pistes and modern lifts dominate the mostly smaller ski areas. The centre of it all is of course Baden-Württemberg's highest mountain, the Feldberg (1,493 m), which has a number of smaller ski areas grouped around its flanks. The Swabian Alb also offers great family-friendly ski areas with some diverse offers away from the pistes.

Harz

Harz

The Harz is the most Northern Mittelgebirge (low mountain range) in Germany. Even though the region cannot score with the highest mountain tops, there are, nevertheless, several small ski areas, which are great for beginners due to their gentle hillsides. However, not only Alpine skiers get their money's worth in the most popular areas at the Bocksberg, Wurmberg, Matthias-Schmidt-Berg, and Sonnenberg, but also those who like to do cross-country skiing as the Harz is known for its well-kept tracks. The biggest ski area lies at the highest mountain in Lower Saxony, the Wurmberg (971 m).

Saxony

Saxony

Saxony is a holiday state. With cities like Dresden, Leipzig and Chemnitz, its landscape dotted with castles and a rich music and theatre scene, Saxony has a lot to offer. But it hasn't only established itself as a destination for culture fans but also for winter sport lovers. The Erz Mountains and the Vogtland have ski areas with guaranteed snow, which are especially popular with families due to their vast offers of winter sports activities. The Fichtel Mountain near Oberwiesenthal is the centre of Saxon winter sports and at the same time the largest ski area. The only interconnected ski area of Saxony is the Ski World Schöneck, which is also a certified family ski area. A variety of smaller ski areas are suitable most of all for beginners.

Hochsauerland

Hochsauerland

The Sauerland, situated in south-eastern North Rhine-Westphalia, is surrounded by the lower Hesse mountains, the upper Sauerland mountain brim, the Wittgensteiner Land, the Siegerland as well as the Bergische Land. Also known as the "land of a thousand trees", the highest mountains in the Sauerland contribute significantly to Germany's winter sports regions. No matter if it is the toboggan or bob run on the Winterberg or the Mühlenkopf ski jump in Willingen, this unique atmosphere is something you shouldn't miss!

Thuringia

Thuringia

The ski areas in Thuringia are especially popular, due to their central location almost in the heart of Germany. The best-known holiday region, the Thuringian Forest, is also the centre of winter sports in this federal state. The beautiful mountains entice both Alpine and Nordic ski fans, and also the snowboarders will feel welcome here. The ski area offers the steepest piste in Thuringia, with a 55 - 80% incline. Hotspot for Alpine and Nordic skiers alike, is the spa resort Oberhof - and should the weather not be the best for outdoor activities, you can move your skiing adventure indoors to the ski hall. A further superlative for you: the small resort Heubach offers one of the largest funparks in Germany.

Resorts Germany

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Resort (region) Pistes Ski area altitude
fromup to
Lift pass Nights from
1 km 750 - 905 m fully booked
10 km 791 - 1,723 m 3-4 £ 115
32 km 1,130 - 1,560 m 3 £ 115
49 km 630 - 1,800 m 3-7 £ 177
11 km 892 - 1,145 m 3 £ 239
2 km 750 - 955 m 1-10 £ 44
1.5 km 920 - 960 m 2-10 £ 97
2.2 km 720 - 900 m 2-10 £ 106
60 km 732 - 2,720 m 2-7 £ 150
60 km 732 - 2,720 m 3-5 £ 177
20 km 933 - 1,338 m fully booked
63 km 850 - 1,493 m 2-7 £ 142
2.5 km 710 - 1,417 m 3-10 £ 26
10 km 1,050 - 1,456 m 3-4 £ 106
3.1 km 850 - 1,024 m 3-7 £ 124
4 km 930 - 1,250 m 3-5 £ 124
128 km 828 - 2,224 m 7 £ 88
20 km 933 - 1,338 m 2-7 £ 97
261 km 620 - 1,957 m fully booked
53 km 750 - 1,708 m 3-7 £ 159
128 km 828 - 2,224 m fully booked
33 km 763 - 1,244 m fully booked
49 km 630 - 1,800 m fully booked
49 km 630 - 1,800 m fully booked
2.5 km 620 - 760 m fully booked
2 km 720 - 840 m 3-7 £ 150
2.2 km 720 - 900 m 3-10 £ 133
12 km 565 - 971 m 2-10 £ 61
63 km 850 - 1,493 m 3-7 £ 231
26 km 888 - 1,448 m 2 £ 115
12.5 km 720 - 1,048 m 5-7 £ 53
16 km 580 - 838 m 2-10 £ 124
27.5 km 630 - 820 m 2-7 £ 61
0.8 km 555 - 620 m 2-7 £ 106