06 Dec Germany – the country of activity possibilities
Do you want to go for downhill skiing or hiking or enjoy of Central European spa? There are many possibilities for these sports in Germany. We introduce you some excellent attractions.
Zugspitze is the highest ski resort in Germany, from which can be found the only glacier area of the country. It is an experience of its own. The slopes rise up almost to 3 000 meters, and skiing and snowboarding can be done on natural snow. Although the valley under there is submerged in fog, up there in the mountain the sun shines bright. The best thing in Zugspitze is the matchless 360° panorama across 400 peaks in four countries. The Germany´s highest sun deck is a great experience. The resort can be reached by cogwheel train and Eibsee cable car. There is snow six months in the year, and there is a possibility for freeriding, for which important information about the right equipment is given. There is also an automatic avalanche beacon checkpoint. Freeride does not fit for beginners. There is 20 km of perfectly groomed runs in different levels of difficulty. The experience of tobogganing is also an alternative. Four restaurants with panoramic views serve tasty food.
- More information: http://zugspitze.de/en/winter/skiarea/zugspitze
- The tickets can be ordered directly from there: http://zugspitze.skiticketshop.com/desktop/calculator/
The traditional ski resort Garmisch Classic consisting of various mountain landscapes is a dream world for winter sports enthusiasts. There are well-groomed trails for beginners as well as historic and advanced slopes for experts. The total amount of slopes is 40 kilometers. Professional slopes are Kandahar and Olympia. For children is taught the basics in the Kinderland next to the Hausbergbahn cable car. The historic slopes are located in the Classic Area, and these are, for example, Alpspitze, Kreuzeck and Hausberg. The skiing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen was born in the Kreuzeck Mountain. Already in the year 1926 the first enthusiasts hopped from the Hexenkessel (the saucepan of the witch) and the local residents were amazed. The area between Hausberg and Kreuzeck is known for classic FIS World Cup runs Kandahar and Olympia.
Those who love sun appreciate well-groomed slopes, which can be reached by Längenfelder lifts and on Osterfelderkopf. From Alpspitz you can rise up to 2,050 meters with the elevator, and most skiers start their day from there. The Kreuzeck area is at 1,651 meters, and there you can enjoy of sweeping views. The gondolas of Kreuzeck cable car can take 15 persons at a time, and the top can be reached within seven minutes.
In summer, in the areas of ski resorts are organized guided tours, and you can also hike and climb there.
- More information: http://zugspitze.de/en/winter/skiarea/garmisch-classic
- Information about prices: http://zugspitze.de/en/summer/preise/zugspitze
Nebelhorn / Oberstdorf
The Nebelhorn is different than other ski resorts in the Allgäu area in a positive way. There is certainly snow and the panoramic view is unique. The highest cable car of the area takes the visitors to expansive, well-groomed slopes and the Germany´s longest downhill run (7.5 km) and offers surely something for everyone. Beginners and non-skiers can visit the NTC park at the Seealpe station. The gently sloping and varied terrain with magic carpets and slides offers various activities for visitors, such as snowtubing, skifox (downhill skiing with a kind of ski chair, watch the video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KQedGaIYKN4) and snowcycling. There is 128 km of slopes and more than 76 km cross country ski trails. The number of cable cars is 10. In addition, there is 14 chair lifts and 23 T-bars. These slopes were used in the FIS World Championships in 2005. Young ones and those young at heart can speed down the toboggan run. Also tours under the guidance of a qualified ski instructor are offered. The skibob school at Söllereck teaches how to take downhill without straining joints. In the frozen lakes and ice stadium you can go ice skating or play curling.
- More information: https://www.oberstdorf.de/en/skiing/
Hiking is a popular activity in Germany. In summer, it can be done in ski resorts, but there are several other alternatives as well. Here will be introduced four of them.
Enjoyment hiking in Rodachtal (Genusswandern im Rodachtal)
After the reunification of Germany, the city of Rodachtal located in the border of Heldburg in Thuringia and Coburg in Bavaria has grown together. The area is unified by language, culture, architecture and economics. Walking in the city can be combined with interesting sights.The life typical for the area is described by the fascinating countryside, the cities and villages worth of seeing and hospitable people. Rare orchards, shady deciduous and mixed forests and brooks close to nature offer peace and relaxation. The beautiful environment full of hills is excellently suitable for long walking excursions, hiking and cycling tours. A long hiking network is in use, which can be used for cycling as well. There are possibilities for fishing, golf, swimming, tennis and camping. You can also get into balloon or horse carts. Two spas, Bad Colberg and Bad Rodach offer refreshment for body with individual treatments, massages and therapies.
- More information (in German): http://www.wandermagazin.de/news/genusswandern-im-rodachtal/
Hiking paradise of Südheide (Wanderparadies Südheide)
The Hiking paradise of Südheide, located between Hamburg and Hannover, offers 23 hiking tours, in which it is possible to make yourself familiar with the varied nature of Südheide Nature Park: moors, which are all different, river valleys with their bright brooks, typical pinewoods, deciduous and mixed forests and swamps. The long-way hiking route Heidschnuckenweg, going between Fischbeck and Celle, with its tour and theme trails, is part of the hiking network of the center, and it is also the starting point for day hiking trips. The hiking trails begin from the parking lots, in which are information boards about the routes. There are beautiful resting places on the routes in the middle of nature.
- More information (in German): http://www.wandermagazin.de/news/wanderparadies-suedheide/
Hiking with Woid Woife (Wanderungen mit dem ”Woid Woife”)
A popular German former bodybuilder Woid Woife, (real name Wolfgang Schreil), introduces his home region in 10 excursions from June to October. The tours are peaceful excursions to the wonders of forest. Elks, peregrine falcons, woodpeckers, vipers, squirrels, lizards and many other popular and unknown flora and fauna species are waiting for you there. There is always something new to find, but what it will be, you can never know before the excursion starts.
- More information (in German): http://www.wandermagazin.de/news/wanderungen-mit-dem-woid-woife/
Tannheim valley has often been said as the most beautiful range in Europe, and that is not worth of wondering: there are steep peaks and picturesque meadows. The idyllic range located in 1 100 altitude has more to offer than only fabulous nature framework: several hiking trails between the valley and the peak, 22 comprehensive cycling routes and lots of leisure time activities for the whole family are waiting the visitor. The valley is located in Austria, a few kilometers from the German border.
The slogan of the valley is ”Hiking in three levels” (Wandern auf drei Etagen). The lowest level is the right one for those who want to enjoy on hiking: walking tours from village to village, strand ways in the Lake Haldensee and wild romantic Lake Vilsalpsee. In the second level, there are fascinating high trails with excellent views. In the third level, there are demanding tours for experienced alpinists and exciting routes for sports climbers. In different theme trails, it is possible to experience fascinating hiking thrills. These are, for example, Schmugglersteig (the trail of smuggler) and 9erlebnisweg (the way of nine experiences) with 11 information points.
- More information (in German): http://www.outdooractive.com/en/tourism-area/austria/tannheimer-tal/1009769/
There are a lot of relaxing spas in Germany, which entertain the whole family. We introduce you two of them.
Hotel Therme Bad Teinach
The spa located in 500 altitude, protected from the winds of Teinach valley and surrounded by forests is the smallest in the Baden-Württemberg region. There is offered everything what is needed for a real spa holiday: fresh Black Forest air, therapeutic mineral baths, comprehensive medical consultations and different cultural events.
The Bad-Hotel is located in connection with the small town´s idyllic spa gardens. In the spacious park there are both indoor and outdoor pools. There are available treatments from Europe, Asia, America and Indian Pacific as well as massages and baths, manual therapy, osteopathy and manual lymphatic drainage. Also different beauty treatments and advice on nutrition are offered. In the evening, you can enjoy of the music of the spa orchestra.
- More information: http://www.wellnesshotels-resorts.de/en/black-forest-wellness-spa-hotel-therme-bad-teinach-baden-wuerttemberg
- The tickets can be ordered directly from there: http://www.hotel-therme-teinach.de/
Lundenbergsand Hotel und Spa
This charming spa is located in the salty sea air in the North Sea Coast. The hotel is a mixture of North German hospitality and modern ambiance. From the panoramic terrace you can enjoy of the fantastic view, and the pool is great. In the relaxing treatments are used typical products from the North Germany such as North Sea mud, algae, sea salt and minerals. Mud bath can be experienced in the Watt´n Spa. The bath smoothes, detoxifies and adds essential minerals to the body. The rejuvenating treatment Meeresfrische (the freshness of the sea) is a full body exfoliation with sea salt. After that, the body is covered with algae wrap.
The spa is located 8 kilometers from the city of Husun.
- More information: http://www.wellnesshotels-resorts.de/en/wellness-offer-wellness-and-spa-3-days–29
- The website of the spa (in German): http://www.hotel-lundenbergsand.de/