Germany Day Trips: Winterberg

by Shereece Spain
Stripes Europe

Just because it’s cold outside does not mean you have to be stuck at home or indoors. The holiday flurry is over, so pull out your ski and snowboarding gear for some outdoor fun and exercise. If you only have the day, take the short trek North to Winterberg.

You won’t be “Board”

Skiliftkarussell Winterberg will make for an excellent ski destination. Between 34 slopes across seven mountains, you’ll find varying degrees of difficulty to accommodate all skill levels of skiers and snowboarders. This includes our younger generation of snow athletes as well. You will ascend the slopes in either a chair-, t-bar or conveyor lift. For you borderline professionals, put your skills to the test on Slalom slope or St. Georg Sky Jump.

Who says the fun has to end when the sun goes down? Everyone can enjoy night skiing thanks to an awesome flood lit course. If you’ve never tried it before, here’s the perfect opportunity.

The cost to enjoy the slopes is totally reasonable. They offer half day passes starting at 24 euros for adults and 16 euros for children. Keep the party going all day starting at 32 euros for adults and 22 euros for children. The floodlight skiing and snowboarding passes are sold separately.

For those of you wanting to take up the winter sport, you have the opportunity to take lessons from professional instructors at one of two ski schools. You’ll learn proper safety and technique no matter how old you are. Either group or private lessons are available. Group lessons take place on a specific schedule, but the private lessons allow for more flexibility.

“Snow” more for me

One will need a break at some point during the day. You’ll be able to get a hot meal, quick snack or hot and cold beverages at any one of the 10 huts scattered throughout the area. No matter where you dine, the savory Bavarian food and spectacular views will not disappoint.

Beyond a day

Winterberg offers a variety of overnight accommodations if you decide one day just isn’t enough. Need to relax after a fun but exhausting downhill day? In town, you can meander through the Old Town, including St. Jacob’s Church, Cenotaph (a prisoner of war memorial) and the Upper Gate. You also have the option to enjoy an incredible hike through Waldpark Helletal and Kurpark Winterberg.

Have you ever seen bobsledding or luge runs in person? If not, head on over to Veltins EisArena. Call ahead to register for a tour. There is a minimum requirement of four people and the cost starts at 16 euros per person. Save even more if you can tag onto a group of 10 to 15 people.

Don’t let the gloom of winter send you on a downward spiral. Head to Winterberg for some serious downhill time to bring those spirits back up!

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