Epic vistas and long runs to suit the seasoned skier
Go for Germany’s longest valley slope, extending 7.5 kilometres, and a spectacular view of more than 400 mountain summits from the resort’s peak station.
Who goes Serious skiers and snowboarders in search of snowy thrills, with most slopes designated to the more advanced.
Don’t miss Nearby glassy Lake Christlessee, hemmed with fir trees, which has the nickname “the lake that never freezes”, as the underground springs that feed it keep the water temperature above freezing, even in winter.
Where to stay The unique IgluLodge, an ice hotel carved into the mountainside, where you can sip steaming mulled wine at a bar sculpted from ice and admire artistic designs whittled across the frozen walls.
What about eats? Warm up on Nebelhorn’s peak at Gipfelhütte’s sunlit terrace with a chocolate-frosted gateau while drinking in the panorama of snow-capped mountains.
Getting there About two hours by car from Munich Airport.
An arty chalet village with a winning family ski scene
Go for A bit of historic charm: the village is home to dozens of carpenters and there are intricately painted murals on wooden houses, plus cinnamon-scented Christmas shops.
Who goes Families seeking kid-friendly, avalanche-secure slopes and activities to interest all ages, though expert skiers also frequent its powdery inclines.
Don’t miss One of Germany’s steepest slopes, Nordhang. Left in its natural state, without pistes or preparation, this run is certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Where to stay There aren’t many luxe options here, but chalet-style Romantik Hotel Böld is chocolate-box beautiful and has a sauna for stiff limbs after the slopes.
What about eats? Escape the resort’s bustle with a trip to Kolbensattelhütte, quaintly panelled with pale, knotted wood. Try a pint of beer brewed by Benedictine monks at the nearby Ettal Monastery.
Getting there An hour and a half by car from Munich Airport, or up to three hours by train.
Scenic woodland routes in the fairy-tale heart of Europe
Go for Soothing tree-lined runs and an outlook over the famed Black Forest, known for its dense evergreen woodlands and association with the Brothers Grimm fairy tales.
Who goes Winter sports enthusiasts ranging from beginner to intermediate, eager to improve their skills on pristine trails.
Don’t miss A glimpse of Titisee Lake from Feldberg’s highest point. It’s like a glittering mirror, reflecting the soft blue of a cloud-dotted sky.
Where to stay Cosy Hotel Schlehdorn is ideal for families, with dinky kitchenettes, tartan bedding and wood-beamed cabin-like bedrooms.
What about eats? At Bistro Südhang you can treat yourself to a steaming cup of mocha, while the sun’s rays pouring through the large windows warm your chilled bones.
Getting there About a three-hour drive from Frankfurt Airport.
A buzzing après-ski scene at the highest mountain in Germany
Go for A stay in an enchanting postcard village, with cobblestone nooks and icicle-hung avenues waiting to be explored.
Who goes Groups looking for a winning combo of killer slopes and après-ski fun. There’s no shortage of bars here, with DJs that spin well into the early hours.
Don’t miss Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany – take a cable car up to the viewing platform at the summit.
Where to stay Hotel Staudacherhof is like something out of a Wes Anderson film, with rooms in spindly turrets, one of the best spas in the area and wooden balconies looking out to the mountain.
What about eats? Squeeze onto a wooden bench in snug Zum Wildschütz – the best place for hearty Bavarian food like wild game goulash and veal schnitzel. Leave room for the sugar-dusted crispy apple strudel for dessert.
Getting there An hour and a half’s drive from Munich Airport.
Hair-raising winter sports and late-night skiing
Go for A winter wonderland nestled in the valley basin of neighbouring peaks, interconnected by ski lifts and runs.
Who goes Cross-country skiers taking advantage of floodlit routes, and snowshoe hikers hoping to challenge themselves on wintry trails up the mountain.
Don’t miss The world-famous FIS World Cup Ski Jumping event, held since 1980.
Where to stay Family-run Romantik Hotel Stryckhaus is small but has roaring log fires and a swimming pool with a ceiling resembling an upturned boat.
What about eats? Ettelsberghütte, right on Willingen’s peak, awaits rosy-cheeked and snow-caked adventurers with delicious German comfort food – order the pea soup.
Getting there Two hours by car from Düsseldorf Airport.