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Winter hikes in Germany — from the Baltic Sea to the Alps

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Winter hikes in Germany — from the Baltic Sea to the Alps

Hiking Collection by Schöffel Sportbekleidung

28

Tours

83:06 h

181 mi

19,400 ft

Winter in Germany has many faces: in the north, icy winds blow along the coast and small ice crystals form on your eyelashes; fog hangs over the moors in central Germany and the bushes wrap themselves in a cloak of frost. Then there is the snow: from the Alps to the low mountain ranges, it enchants you and lures you out for a rendezvous on winter hiking trails blanketed in white.

From the chalk cliffs in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania and the Goethe Trail in the Harz Mountains to the snow-covered peaks of the Fichtelgebirge and the Alps: we’ve selected 28 winter walks in Germany's most beautiful landscapes. From short walks to longer day Tours, you'll find plenty of inspiration for the winter in this Collection. The hikes are spread all over Germany and bring together the most diverse landscapes.

So, fetch your thermos and winter clothes and you're ready to go! This winter, we'll hike together through white forests, along crystal-clear lakes, frozen waterfalls, over snow-covered bridges and enjoy fantastic views. Get to know landscapes that you might only have visited in summer and reward yourself afterwards with hearty treats and warm drinks in rustic inns.

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    Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania: through the Warnow Breakthrough Valley — winter hiking in Germany

    Easy
    00:59
    2.27 mi
    2.3 mph
    150 ft
    150 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    To the north in winter? In any case, we think so! Because the frosty landscape of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania will quickly conquer your heart. A good example of this is this hike through the Warnow breakthrough valley. On narrow hiking trails and romantic wooden bridges, you hike the almost four kilometers

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  • Intermediate
    03:12
    7.86 mi
    2.5 mph
    75 ft
    75 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    You can experience one of the most impressive landscapes in northern Germany in its winter dress on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula. The lighthouse path leads you to the northwest tip of the Darß peninsula through its fairytale pine forest. To where stately red deer live and where the dreamy, white

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  • Intermediate
    03:57
    8.82 mi
    2.2 mph
    725 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In addition to the Darßer Ort nature reserve on the Fischland-Darß-Zingst peninsula, you should definitely have seen the chalk cliffs on Rügen in northern Germany. In winter, the Jasmund National Park impresses with some special features, a rough sea and deserted hiking trails. Perfect for a winter adventure

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  • Difficult
    06:26
    13.8 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,575 ft
    2,225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Eifel ladder is not only an absolute stunner as a three-day long-distance hiking trail. In winter, the stages can easily be converted into wonderful daytime winter hikes. This hike follows the route of the third stage from Kempenich to the Hohe Acht, the highest elevation in the Eifel, to Adenau

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    9.44 mi
    2.3 mph
    725 ft
    725 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Moors have their own charm in both summer and winter. So also the Eschfenn in the Schneifel, the mountain range in the western Eifel. Low-hanging, snow-covered branches line the paths and the plank paths bring you into a fairytale-like and mystical environment between white plains and dark bushes.

    

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  • Intermediate
    02:32
    5.88 mi
    2.3 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Many sections of the Goetheweg in the Harz have something of the Scandinavian mountain ranges. It leads you through the Harz mountains, through dense forests and a moor in winter outfit. One advantage of the Goetheweg is that it mostly runs on level paths and has hardly any inclines. So it can be done

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    7.19 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,375 ft
    1,350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Wurmberg hike takes you on an almost twelve-kilometer circular hiking trail, including the highest mountain in Lower Saxony - the Wurmberg. The starting point for this beautiful tour through the Harz Mountains in Lower Saxony is the valley station of the Wurmberg cable car.

    

    The hike first brings you

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  • Intermediate
    02:25
    5.24 mi
    2.2 mph
    550 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The largest lake in the Black Forest, surrounded by a snow-covered landscape, paths through forests with white treetops and two pretty little towns await you on this hike from Schluchsee to Lenzkirch. For a good eight kilometers you can immerse yourself in the winter landscape of the Black Forest and

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  • Intermediate
    02:07
    5.04 mi
    2.4 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With your snowshoes in your luggage, you'll arrive in the morning either by bus or by car in the Black Forest town of Breitnau. The place is the perfect starting point for an extensive snowshoe hike, because above Breitnau you will find many suitable mountain meadows and forests. From the church it goes

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  • Intermediate
    04:18
    9.18 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,300 ft
    1,300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With the Titisee, the Feldberg-Schluchsee and the Feldberg, the climatic health resort of Hinterzarten is located in an impressive region of the Black Forest. In winter, this hiking trail around the village shows you the beauty of the region - and the most beautiful Black Forest farms.

    

    From the train

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  • Intermediate
    03:03
    6.55 mi
    2.1 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In just a few minutes, you can immerse yourself in the foothills of the Ore Mountains from Neuhausen. From the train station you walk out of the city along the Flöha in the north. In front of you are ten kilometers in the wintry tranquility of the Ore Mountains. You will mostly encounter paved paths

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  • Intermediate
    03:11
    7.07 mi
    2.2 mph
    750 ft
    750 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Schmalwassertalsperre is crystal clear like a mirror in front of you. In its water you can see the surrounding mountains and the clouds are also reflected in it. A sight that enchants you from the first moment in winter. On the winter hiking trail along the dam you can enjoy this view over a total

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  • Intermediate
    03:38
    8.46 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This almost flat winter hiking trail leads you first through the Seybothenreuther Forest. This forest lies between Kirchenlaibach and Weidenberg - before you continue to the higher elevations of the Fichtelgebirge. A relaxed 14 kilometers are ahead of you from Kirchenlaibach. You can simply take the

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  • Intermediate
    03:19
    7.23 mi
    2.2 mph
    900 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The wild watercourse of the Pegnitz, surrounded by rugged rock formations, dense forests and small, Franconian houses. Hiking in the Pegnitztal is not only worthwhile in summer. In winter frost, snow and fog plunge the valley into an absolutely enchanting atmosphere that you can experience on this hiking

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  • Intermediate
    03:18
    6.83 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,100 ft
    1,150 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This route goes high up from Kirchehrenbach to Walberla and Rodenstein, the north and south crests of the Ehrenburg. In addition to great views of the Wisent Valley, you can look forward to some history on the Celtic wall and the postcard image of St. Walpurgis. After climbing the Ehrenbürg you hike

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    4.07 mi
    1.4 mph
    800 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Old walls rise from the snow-capped mountains north of Bad Berneck. You will get to know these mysterious walls even better on this tour. From the market square in Bad Berneck you hike the uphill path up to Bad Bernecke Castle and then on, enthroned high above the city, to the pavilion, the Marienkapelle

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  • Intermediate
    03:21
    7.01 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Bavarian town of Oberstdorf, a snowy winter hike is a must. Where in summer wild flowers line the hiking trails, you are now surrounded by a white landscape. This circular hiking trail takes you from the winter sports resort of Oberstdorf to the tiny mountain village of Gerstruben. On the way

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  • Intermediate
    03:32
    7.49 mi
    2.1 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Do you fancy a trip to the lake in the middle of a snowy landscape? Then you can pay a visit to the wonderful Freibergsee on this hiking tour. It is the largest high mountain lake in the Allgäu and is 931 meters above sea level. The start and finish point of the circular hiking trail is the train station

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  • Intermediate
    02:15
    4.53 mi
    2.0 mph
    850 ft
    850 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The deepest rock canyon in Europe is one of the few that you can visit in winter. Then it offers you a really magical world with long icicles and frozen spray. Combined with this relaxed hike around the Breitach Valley, it is a lovely winter excursion for young and old.

    

    The starting point for the hike

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  • Easy
    01:26
    3.15 mi
    2.2 mph
    350 ft
    350 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the Enzianweg in the Ammergau Alps, everything revolves around the legendary Ettal Abbey. For a good five kilometers you hike around the monastery on this hiking trail. It starts at the parking lot of the monastery, from which you first walk directly to the historic building. However, you will not

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    28
  • Distance
    181 mi
  • Duration
    83:06 h
  • Elevation
    19,400 ft

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