Spending winter holidays in Germany
Have you considered spending your winter holidays in Germany? If so, you should know that you have many options. The winters here are cold and the temperatures often drop below zero degrees. In the higher German regions, such as the Bavarian Alps, you will find some great sport and skiing resorts.
Germany’s Christmas markets
Winter is a great time of the year to visit Germany because of the Christmas markets. By spending winter holidays in Germany, you can take the advantage of fewer tourists and lower rates and visit the traditional markets. They became a German tradition and an excellent way to get into the Christmas spirit. Christmas is celebrated in every city by the means of these markets, which start in the last weekend of November and last until the first Christmas day. One of the best Christmas market in Germany is called „Christkindl Market” and is located in Munich. Celebrated in the Old Town, in Marienplatz, the traditional market offers Bavarian products. Concerts are held in Marienplatz every day, while children can enjoy toys, crafts and cookies. The New Year’s Eve is celebrated into the streets at midnight by many locals and visitors, with plenty of champagne and fireworks. The biggest New Year Eve Party is at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin.
If you are looking for an active vacation, you should consider a German ski resort. Germany offers lots of winter sport opportunities, such as skiing or snowboarding, from the Alps to the Black Forrest. During summer, these ski resorts are great places for hiking or climbing.
One hour south from Munich, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a winter destination for centuries. Skiers can enjoy here 47 miles of downhill runs and 7 miles of cross skiing. The slopes from this resort are used for national and international competitions.
South of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you can find Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze. The 10,000 feet glacier borders Germany and Austria and offers panoramic views. In the summit, you can rest in a panoramic restaurant or on a sundeck. You can ski here from November until May.
The biggest ski resort outside the Alps is the Black Forrest, near Frankfurt and is the oldest ski club in Germany. The highest peak is 5,000 feet tall. The ideal resort for cross-country skiers is Oberammergau Passion Play. The 60 miles of trails go along castles, churches and monasteries, through a magnificent landscape in the Bavarian Alps.