Wanderlandschaft im Schnee

Winter hiking in Bavaria

These tips for hikes are perfect if you want to see a very special side of Bavaria's winter forests.

Frozen-over streams, snow-covered tree tops, glistening snow – you can see Bavaria's most enchanting side on a winter hike. These trips through fairy-tale winter forests and enchanted ravines are an experience not to be missed, especially for children, as they remind you of something from a Disney film.

Brücke und Gewässer auf Höllental Wanderweg

Circular hiking trail in Bad Steben in the Franconian Forest

One of the possible starting points along this 18.7-kilometre route is the spa park in Bad Steben – around a ten-minute walk from the station.
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First hike through the snowy Höllental valley and then relax in the thermal bath – this can be done in the small health resort in Upper Franconia. Snow is almost 100% guaranteed because it usually starts to thaw much later here than in the rest of Franconia.

Zwei Radfahrer vor dem Burgsteinfelsen bei Dollnstein

The Altmühltalweg trail

Spectacular and blissfully convenient: The "Altmühltalweg" that runs between Pappenheim and Treuchtlingen is a trail with added convenience, as it leads from station to station.
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For those of you who want to take it easier when winter hiking, this hike is perfect – mainly flat, but also extremely varied.  

Wiese und Wald mit Schafen

Dillberg: Hiking with excellent views

Idea for a day trip with a change of air: the Dillberg. Enjoy the view of the Nuremberg region on the border between Upper Palatinate and Franconia!
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This winter hike follows snow-covered forest paths over the Dillberg hill and past the mysterious Bucher Höhle caves that were carved out of the sandstone between the First and Second World Wars.  

Partnachklamm

Spectacular: a hike through the Partnachklamm gorge

If you want to experience that canyon feeling, you don't have to travel far. Near Garmisch, less than 1.5 hours from Munich, the wild and romantic Partnachklamm awaits.
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Waterfalls frozen into ice sculptures. The snow sparkles in the sun's rays. Glistening icicles as big as a person. Winter hiking in the Partnachklamm gorge is a magical experience.

Wald in der Maisinger Schlucht mit Sonnenschein

Hiking through the Maisinger Gorge

In the footsteps of the Ice Age: south-west of Starnberg, the last Ice Age carved the Maising Gorge into the landscape.
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Pack your ice skates – for those of you who have still got plenty of energy to burn after a romantic winter hike along the frozen stream, you can pirouette elegantly or play a game of ice hockey on the frozen Lake Maising. 

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