Ad l The Bavarian Forest region in the northeast of Bavaria is often not immediately associated with a family winter vacation. But the Bavarian Forest actually has everything to offer from snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and skiing to tobogganing and winter wellness with and without kids! Here are my highlights for a family vacation in the Bavarian Forest in winter:
Von Munich you can take a good two hours by train or car to the Bavarian Forest region around Passau. Not only the first and oldest national park in Germany is waiting for you in the largest forest landscape in Central Europe, but also an infinite number of nature adventures and pure winter enjoyment. What you can best experience in winter on a family vacation in the Bavarian Forest:
Skiing with children in the Bavarian Forest
The two most popular family-friendly ski areas in the Bavarian Forest are the Ggreat arber and Mitterndorf, which certainly offer the perfect conditions for young and old, especially for beginners.
The Family ski area Arber has the ArBär Kinderland & Zwergenland especially for children with five conveyor belts, five ski schools and a flat practice meadow. For the adults, three chair lifts and over ten different runs are available in the ski area at an altitude of up to 1.400 meters, as well as a family cross-park. Tobogganing fun and floodlit skiing is also possible!
Mitterndorf offers three magic carpets, a ski carousel and ski schools in the Junior Ski Circus with ski rental. There are six lifts for the big ones and a baby lift for the smaller ones. All slopes are covered with snow and it goes up to 1.100 vertical meters. Floodlit skiing and sledding can of course also be done here.
In addition, there are other ski areas for a family vacation in the Bavarian Forest, among others Sankt Englmar, Waldmünchen and Goat head. All information about the family ski areas in the Bavarian Forest and more can be found here.
Tobogganing with children in the Bavarian Forest
We are real toboggan fans! We almost prefer to do that than skiing. Our little one was already on the sled when she couldn't even walk. We prefer to combine the whole thing with a short winter hiketo whiz down on a natural toboggan run.
There are countless possibilities for this in the Bavarian Forest! For this adventure there is the one Hochzell toboggan run on. This toboggan experience for the whole family in the resort Bodenmais in the ArberLand Bavarian Forest can be reached as follows:
Routes & information Hochzell toboggan run
- steep route (approx. 2,9 km): footpath from Arberhochstraße to the departure approx. 30 minutes, average. Slope: 11,5%, web width: approx. 3 m
- Family route (approx. 3,1 km): footpath from Arberhochstraße to the departure approx. 8 minutes, average. Slope: 9,0%, web width: approx. 3 m
- Toboggan rental: travel agency Wenzl, Bahnhofstr. 75, 94249 Bodenmais-Zentrum, Tel. +49 (0) 9924/7015 and at all ski schools in town.
- Parking: Attention! No parking and turning possibilities in the target area Rißlochweg.
- Please park in town and get on at the travel agency Wenzl.
- Operation: if there is sufficient snow, daily from 14:00 p.m. to 17:00 p.m. (every 15-30 minutes).
Or even that Natural toboggan run Brennes-Mooshütte, The toboggan run is operated by Franz Herrnberger from the Arber ski school and Volker Kirchberger from the Mooshütte mountain inn. The start of the sledge fun at Brennes is at the Arber ski school.
Distance information Natural toboggan run Brennes-Mooshütte
- Length: 800 m / difference in altitude: 120 m / altitude: 1.050 m (guaranteed snow)
- Care: daily
- Sledge rental: at the Arber ski school
- Ascent support: no
- Parking: yes
- Distance from Lohberg: 8 km
- Opening times: The Berggasthof Mooshütte is open throughout the winter season
A special tip for families with small children
Family toboggan run on the Großer Arber
This toboggan run exists the possibility of a lift ride with the 6-person Sonnenhang chairlift. At 1200 meters in length, an exceptionally long and beautiful descent awaits you. A free toboggan bus will bring you back to the Sonnenhang chairlift and you can take off again!
This toboggan run is special very popular with children and young families as it has a flat and simple coursethat excludes almost every risk of injury.
Sledding on the popular toboggan slope in the St. Englmar spa park
In the spa park St. Englmar an approx. 150 m long sledge lift was installed and is now the longest toboggan lift in all of Eastern Bavaria. This makes sledding much easier for the children and of course for us parents too. The sledge run is therefore always in good condition, because a snowmaking system ensures an optimal snow surface.
Nothing stands in the way of tobogganing fun for young and old in the evening, because a floodlight system at the toboggan lift creates the best visibility. Of course there is also a sledge rental right on the toboggan slope. And if you need a refreshment, there is a kiosk right on the slope.
In principle, there is also an option for tobogganing in every ski area.
Winter enjoyment in the Bavarian Forest National Park
The Bavarian Forest National Park celebrates its 2020th anniversary in 50! If that's not a reason to visit this one time. There are free tours and offers for families. The detailed program and all details can be found here. Pre-registration by phone is necessary! Weatherproof clothing and sturdy shoes are of course a requirement for all children's events.
Among other things Guided tours on the topic of "forest sniffing noses", "tracker in the winter forest" and "winter adventure in the forest play area for children from 5-10 years“And much more offered. There is also a nature workshop with exciting and creative ideas with and from nature. A really diverse offer for little explorers!
Adventure in the snow for a family vacation in the Bavarian Forest
If you should still be bored, you can still Romp in the various swimming pools, experience a husky tour, try biathlon or go on a torchlight hike. There is even the possibility to take part in an igloo workshop - if that's not really cool! More information and details can be found here.
Would you also like a family vacation in the Bavarian Forest with winter enjoyment? Have you ever been to winter hiking, cross-country skiing, skiing or sledding in the region? Feel free to write me a comment!