The mountain village of Gerstruben© Oberstdorf Tourismus


Skiing in Germany mainly means skiing in the Bavarian Alps. 

Multi-faceted winter resorts such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberstdorf or Oberstaufen are a great mix of excellent winter sports facilities and Bavarian joie de vivre. Their proximity to Munich plus the easy way to reach them by train, road or transfer from Munich, Memmingen, Friedrichshafen or Innsbruck airports also adds a myriad of further opportunities. Our maps will help you find the best way to get to your resort.

Both summer and winter in Bavaria are magical, varied and full of great sporting opportunities. With its pure air, clean water and numerous health resorts and spas, it’s a magnet for nature lovers and those in search of relaxation. Bavaria’s best known ski resort is Garmisch-Partenkirchen, set in the shadow of Germany’s highest mountain Zugspitze (9,717ft/2962m). Yet there are many other gems that deserve to be better known: pretty Oberstdorf, Germany’s highest resort; sporty Inzell with its championship ice rink; and picture-perfect Mittenwald and Oberammergau (the latter set right on the fringes of the Alps) to name a few. Cross-country skiing is also popular here, especially in the Allgau region in the west, which boasts 800km of cross country trails.

Resort Altitude Range Vertical Drop Lifts Kms of Downhill Piste Cross Country Glacier
Garmisch-Partenkirchen 700-2720m 2020m 27 62km 29km Yes
Oberstdorf 1044-2224m 1180m 26 44km 20km No
Ruhpolding 660-1670m 1010m 12 22km 60km No

German Alps Gallery

Left to right: Views of the Nebelhorn ©Oberstdorf Tourismus; Ruhpolding Traditions ©Ruhpolding Tourismus; Mohrenplatz Square ©Garmisch Partenkirchen Tourismus; Trettachtal Valley ©Oberstdorf Tourismus

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