If you're looking for a sporty activity for the winter, speeding down over five kilometres of natural sled run on the Mittaggipfel on a sled or snowbikeis perfect for both adults and children over the age of six.
Winter sports activities in Immenstadt at a glance
Have you ever tried riding a snowbike? It's just like a regular bike, but with skis instead of wheels. Snowbiking is the latest winter sports craze and you can try it yourself in Immenstadt, the oldest town in the Oberallgäu region. If you prefer to explore the mountain landscape around the palace town in a more traditional way, you can also try skiing, snowboarding, sledding, ski touring and hiking on the Mittag mountain.
The Mittag chairlift is just a 10-minute walk from the train station in Immenstadt. After arriving at the peak at 1,452 metres, stop and enjoy incredible views over the Allgäu Alps. It is here that you can also rent a snowbike. Before you can rent a bike, however, you must first complete a paid introduction course about this special winter sport (duration four to five hours). After all, you can do quite a lot on a snowbike, from drifting and gliding to carving and weaving through deep snow. The experts provide valuable tips on how to properly ride a chairlift with the snowbike. After theworkshop, you receive your own snowbike licence and the fun can begin. With its low centre of gravity and sturdy seat position, snowbike riders can glide quickly and easily across any piste or zoom down the over five kilometres of natural sled run. Snowbiking is even good for your health, as it trains your back, legs and core. The high safety standards and low-impact movements also make snowbiking suitable for children from the age of six. It's even great for older people looking to stay active.
If you need to fill your stomach before the snowbike ride, take the Mittag chair lift to the middle station and visit the Rasthaus am Mittag. With its tiled stove and sun-bathed terrace, this rustic cabin serves up traditional Bavarian and Austrian cooking. While the adults sip an espresso after lunch, the kids can enjoy the large playground next door.
More information about the current weather and snow forecast, along with opening times and prices, is available here.
But what about after the snow has gone? Immenstadt also has plenty to offer during summer, including a varied range of mountain bike trails starting from the valley station of the Mittag chairlift, one of which leads up the Bärenköpfle mountain. After leaving the asphalt, riders travel on a gravel path and grassy hillsides before reaching the cross at the top of the mountain. Hikers, mountain climbers and nature lovers should take the chairlift before beginning their route, while experienced climbers can enjoy some challenging routes on the north side of the Steineberg. There are also a number of hiking paths that start at the summit of the Mittag mountain. If you're looking for a short stroll, try the 15-minute walk to the Obenberg. Those in search of a bit more exertion should consider the one-hour tour to the Steineberg. The last part of the route to the summit even offers a short climbing section.
Getting there: The Mittag chairlift is just a 10-minute walk from the station in Immenstadt. To get there, head east from the station for around 170 metres on Bahnhofstrasse. Next, turn right onto Adolph-Probst-Strasse. After 120 metres, turn left onto An der Mälzerei. After another 120 metres, turn left again onto Gottesackerstrasse, before turning right shortly afterwards onto Stuibenstrasse. Walk along this street for around 70 metres, then turn right into Mittagstrasse. After 260 metres, keep walking onto Riederbühl. The Mittag chairlift is located on the right-hand side after another 80 metres.