Long lift queues? Overpriced food and drink? If you choose Saxony and/or Thuringia for your skiing holiday, all the more annoying aspects of a winter break are blissfully absent. The skiing resorts might not be the biggest, but they provide visitors with everything needed in a much more relaxed and authentic atmosphere:
In Saxony, the Ore Mountains are the main winter sports centre with Oberwiesenthal, at 914 metres above sea level Germany’s highest town, and the local Fichtelberg mountain (1,215 metres) as hubs. Both downhill and cross-country skiing is superb here, with a tradition going back more than 100 years and a very good choice of runs and trails, plus the dedicated “Snowpark Oberwiesenthal” for freestylers. Among the region’s popular options are a FIS-certified slalom slope on the Fichtelberg or the “Kammloipe”, a 22 miles cross-country skiing track in the Ore Mountains/Vogtland nature park. There are also many family-friendly winter activity offers, such as horsed-drawn sleigh rides, sledding or ice tubing.
Over in Thuringia, winter sports activities are centred in and around Oberhof in the Thuringian Forest. Particularly cross-country skiers will find lots to like here, with first-class tracks that are used even by Olympian contenders to prepare for competition. For an exhilarating toboggan ride, make your way up to the Schneeberg mountain and sled it all the way down from the very top of the Thuringian Forest to the valley.