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Germany is often underestimated as a winter sports destination. And yet the ski areas give a big variety. The Alpine region nestled in southern Germany of course offers a wide range of ski areas, much to the delight of winter sports fans everywhere. Familial, little ski areas can be found in the Harz, the Black Forest, the Thurungian Forest and even in the North Rhine-Westphalian Sauerland.
Germany may not have a vast Alpine territory, but it is still a great winter sports nation with a lot of tradition.
At an altitude of 2,962 m, the Zugspitze is the heart of the Bavarian Alps and the highest mountain in Germany. Germany's only glacier ski area is found on the Zugspitze plateau.
In 1936, Garmisch-Partenkirchen was scene of the Winter Olympics. Oberstdorf is another famous winter sports location. Both areas earned their reputation through world cup competitions and the Four Hills Tournament.
Further small ski areas can be found in Germany’s low mountain range. The height and stretch of these mountains tend to increase from north to south. The highest peak in Germany's low mountain range in the Feldberg in the Black Forest (1,493 m) followed by the Großer Arber (1,456 m) in the Bavarian Forest.
Germany is a country with many attractions. Its numerous and diverse sights attract tourists from all over the world. Furthermore, it offers winter sports fans a great variety of destinations, as its ski areas are not only located in the Southern part of the country, but also in other states, such as Thuringia, Saxony, and North Rhine-Westphalia. Historic town centres, animated metropolises, such as Munich, Berlin, Dresden, or Leipzig, grand castles and sacred buildings, interesting museums and idyllic lakes - there is a lot to discover.
You could, for example, retrace the footsteps of the German noble dynasties in the most famous castle of Germany, the Neuschwanstein Castle in the Allgäu, visit the Sanssouci Castle in Potsdam to experience how the noble family of Hohenzollern used to live, or stroll through the Wartburg over Eisenach where Martin Luther once sought refuge. There is an unending list of further sights that are definitely worth a visit: the Würzburg Residence, the big Baroque castle complex in Ludwigsburg, the Castle Hohenzollern in Baden-Württemberg, the fortress Königstein in the Saxon Switzerland National Park, and many more.
The historic town centres also offer insight into life as it used to be. You can stroll through the alleys in Freiburg, passing the popular Freiburg Bächle, or discover the Baroque town Heidelberg. Nuremberg, Garmisch-Patenkirchen, and Leipzig also have historic town centres that are well worth seeing.
Those interested in culture, can choose from a great variety of museums - starting with the famous UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Berlin Museum Island, to the Jewish Museum Berlin, the automobile museum in Stuttgart, and to the German Museum in Munich, which comprises the biggest scientific-technical museum in the world. Furthermore, you can marvel at the country's grandiose sacral buildings, e.g. the Church of Our Lady in Dresden. Its reconstruction, after being destroyed during the Second World War, was only finished in 2005. Other great sights are the Freiburg Minster, which is the town's landmark, and the Ulm Minster, which is not only its town's landmark, but it is also known for having the highest steeple in the world (161.53 m).
Nature lovers will be comfortable at the big German lakes: the Lake Constance with the islands Mainau and Reichenau, the Chiemsee with the island Herreninsel, and the Königssee in the Berchtesgadener Land. Hikers, on the other hand, will find amazing routes at the Brocken, the highest mountain in the Harz, and the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in all of Germany.
Families with children love Germany for its variety of amusement parks. The Legoland offers you the opportunity to explore an amazing miniature world and at the Europa Park in Rust you can make your way through 16 different theme worlds. Near Berlin, you can even make a trip to the tropics: the Tropical Island Resort offers access to 66,000 m² of unique experiences.