Why Visit Germany in Winter

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Last updated:
04.11.2020

Whether you are going to visit Germany in December, January, or February, this magical region has it all for an unforgettable winter vacation: awe-inspiring celebrations, mouth-watering delicacies, warm delicious drinks, and a cozy family atmosphere that will definitely melt your heart even during the coldest season of the year.

5 Reasons to Visit Winter Germany

To make your German travel experience even more wholesome and diverse we prepared a list with top answers to the question “Why go to Germany in Winter?”

Christmas Markets: the Epitome of Magic

Christmas markets in Germany are simply the best in the world. And during wintertime, you won’t spend a long time looking for one: whether it’s a petite town or bustling metropolis, there is always a market somewhere nearby dotted with brightly decorated huts selling hand-made goods, hot beverages, and sweet treats.

Germany Christmas Market

Another thing that makes Christmas markets in Germany so unique is that they are always held according to the ancient traditions that make them not only a festive and fun option to spend your leisure time but also to delve deeply into the local’s culture and customs. Meet people dressed in olden-stye clothing, sample German delicacies, stroll the alleys cloaked with a melodic sound of Christmas carols, and let yourself be enchanted by the spirit of the most miraculous season of the year!

Germany Festivals: Foody’s Heaven

You probably understood that Germans adore various celebrations and Christmas grandeur is not everything that this wonderful region has to offer. If you are a sweet-tooth, think about touring some of the best festivals in Germany since lots of them are dedicated to a specific food.

How about the chocolate festival in Tubingen? The name of the event says it all itself. The festival usually takes its place at the beginning of December, gathering more than 100 talented chocolatiers from all corners of the planet to demonstrate their skills.

German Stollen

Eager to try something purely German? If yes, the iconic Stollen festival in Dresden just can’t be left out of your Germany sightseeing itinerary. Stollen is a type of sweet fruitcake generously enriched with nuts, spices, and even marzipan. Yum! As a highlight, don’t miss a chance to witness the process of cutting the mega-stollen!

What is Stollen?
Stollen is a type of sweet fruitcake generously enriched with nuts, spices, and even marzipan.

Germany Winter Sports: Enjoying Scenic Outdoors

Are you a fan of winter sports? Then you are in for a treat! Germany boasts an impressive number of winter sports opportunities welcoming everyone to spend their holiday in the fresh air. Skiing, snowboarding, ice-skating, dog-sledding, tobogganing - the list of available activities can continue forever.

Germany Winter Sports

If you are looking for the highest slopes in Germany, look no further than Zugspitze. This high-class resort offers hundreds of kilometers of trails varying in difficulty level so that every guest can choose the route according to their preferences. Some of the top places for winter sports in the country also include Belchen, Harz Mountains, Feldberg, Obersdorf, and Oberwiesenthal.

On top of the region
Eager to ski in the clouds? Then head to Zugspitze (2962 m), the highest mountain in entire Germany!

Picturesque Train Ride: Appreciate the Beauty

If conquering summits on a snowboard is not your thing, there is another great opportunity to see the German showy forest's charm in full bloom. For a truly authentic experience, hop on a train of Harz Narrow Gauge Railway which covers the most picturesque area of the Harz Mountains located in the north of Germany. Sit back, stretch out, and enjoy a numerous beautiful landscape passing by the outside of the train window.

Winter Train Ride

Upon arrival at the peak, you get to see the local winter wonderland from another perspective and savor truly inspiring panoramas. Make sure to have your cameras charged so that you can capture the moment! Plus, save some time to feel all warm and cozy by sipping tart gluhwein right at the top of the mountain before heading back home.

Snow-Sprinkled Castles: Into the Fairytale

Germany deservingly holds the title of the world’s fairytale castle capital. Scattered all across the region, magnificent fortified structures are not only an inseparable part of German history but also the country’s one-of-a-kind embellishment. Blowing minds of all travelers with the fascinating diversity of styles and form combinations, each castle is as glorious as the other.

Neuschwanstein Castle

And it’s no surprise that the already spectacular castles and fortresses look even more ethereal in winter when the domes are covered with snow and mesmerizingly twinkle lightened by the bright sun. Are you ready to visit the world of magical utopia?

The most striking German castles:

  • Eltz Castle
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Hohenzollern Castle
  • Marburger Schloss
  • Cochem Castle
  • Mespelbrunn Castle
  • Wartburg Castle
  • Lichtenstein Castle
  • Schwerin Castle
  • Hohenschwangau Castle

If you have more questions about Germany winter travel, feel free to contact our professional destination specialists who will gladly help you to create a perfect itinerary matching all your wishes and preferences.

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