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winter vacation in Bavaria: skiing areas Skiing Areas in Bavaria

Winter, sun and snow. Going down the slopes in Bavaria's skiing regions is definitely the best thing to do in winter. The options are unlimited, with different highlights in every region. The largest areas are to be found in the Alps, but also the smaller mountains and hills of Franconia can be interesting for skiers, who would like to spend a nice day out with the family.

Upper Bavaria

Here you’ll find the best-known skiing areas of Germany, including some world cup skiing runs and Germany’s highest and most popular skiing area, the Zugspitz Mountain region. The alpine skiing world cup was held there in 1978 and the world’s best skiers will return for the world cup in 2011.

Berchtesgadener Land


Schönau on Lake Königssee




Reit im Winkl


Tegernsee - Schliersee - Wendelstein

Sudelfeld / Tegernsee / Spitzingsee / Schliersee


Tölzer Land

Brauneck - Lenggries



Zugspitze / Mittenwald

Ammergauer Alpen: Oberammergau

East Bavaria

The first thing that springs to mind when you think of skiing in the Bavarian Forest is the Arber Mountain. This is where the world’s best skiers meet every winter to compete in the European Cup or the World Cup. The winter sports areas of the Bavarian Forest feature practice runs, easy runs, as well as more difficult runs for the masters.

These external links take you directly to the websites of the skiing areas:

Großer Arber


Sankt Englmar


The Seilbahn- und Skiliftgemeinschaft Bayerischer Wald (SSG; cable car and ski lift association Bavarian Forest) is an interest group consisting of 40 companies operating more than 70 ski lifts and cable cars. On their website you’ll find information about the skiing areas in the Bavarian Forest.


You’ll be surprised by how many skiing areas there are in the low mountain ranges in Franconia. In the Frankenwald, Fichtel Mountains and the Rhoen Mountains there is enough snow (sometimes it’s artificial) for you to go skiing right in front of your doorstep. Click on our external links to find out more about the different skiing areas in Franconia.

Fichtel Mountains - Bischofsgrün - Ochsenkopf

Franconia’s best-known and largest skiing area, the Fichtel Mountains, with 15 ski lifts and a height of 1000 meters.

Rhoen Mountains

Made accessible by 27 ski lifts the Rhoen Mountains offer 16 kilometers of slopes. The most popular destination is the “sacred mountain of the Franconians”, the Kreuzberg mountain.

Franconian Forest

Upper Franconia’s northernmost skiing area is located between Bad Steben , Kronach and Tettausorgen. 14 ski lifts in the Franconian Forest take you to skiing areas that leave nothing to be desired for skiing enthusiasts.

Franconian Hills (Frankenalb)

The “skiing hub” of the Franconian Hills is Schnaittach. Seven communities offer the best conditions for skiers, with ski lifts and snow canons.


Visitors of the Allgaeu are in awe of the beauty of the winter wonderland, where glittering snow covers the landscape. You can climb the mountain summits and ski down or just relax and wind down. The 300-kilometer-long (190 miles) runs are diversified and guarantee great fun for families with kids as well as for real skiing experts.


Bad Hindelang


Balderschwang / Ofterschwang


Schwangau - Tegelberg





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