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    The best ski resorts around Munich - enjoy those big city vibes with an alpine backdrop

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    EUROPE: Snow covered castles, featherlight snow, hearty Bavarian food and lively beer halls are just some of the reasons to visit Munich in the winter. But if you’re seeking adventure and thrilling winter sports, then make Munich your base to exploring some of the world’s best ski fields.

    Whether you’re a beginner or pro, every level of skier and snowboarder has the chance to get out on groomed and maintained trails surrounded by fabled landscapes. Find a slope to suit your style at our recommended ski fields below.

    Garmisch-Partenkirchen: A winter sports dream come true

    Just 90 minutes from Munich, in Upper Bavaria, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an alpine ski town offering countless winter activities and stunning mountain views.

    The region provides such great conditions for the number-one winter sport that it became a competition site for the World Ski Championship. The best of the best give it their all on the slopes, while hobby racers, leisure skiers and mini ski stars can also feel right at home. Not one for a wild ride? Slow down the pace with an ice-skating or sledging experience.

    Lake Spitzingsee: 100% idyllic

    In winter, Bavaria’s Lake Spitingsee is one of the region’s most picturesque locations. Only 70km south of Munich, Lake Spitzingsee also offers holidaymakers and day-trippers a raft of thrill-seeking winter activities.

    No matter your experience, the trails are the perfect place to go for a quick ride, leisurely glide or to try cross-country skiing for the first time. Ski schools are available and offer courses for beginners and children.

    Sudelfeld: Action and relaxation

    Situated 80km from Munich, Sudelfeld is one of Germany’s largest ski fields with 31km of slopes and terrain. Boasting chairlifts, drag lifts, state of the art snow machines, top pro ski schools, a snowboarder fun park and a ski kindergarten Sudelfeld offers plenty of winter fun for everyone.

    Cosy rustic alpine and mountain lodges, perched conveniently on the slopes, invite the hungry and thirsty to refuel ahead of the next adventure.

    Brauneck: Magical chalets and fun on the slopes

    With 34km of varied slopes, 16 lifts and three areas dedicated to children, Brauneck lies 90 minutes south of Munich and is a ski-friendly haven for the whole family. Experience the downhill runs, some of which extend over 8km, or for the extremists, the speedy World Cup downhill route, “Garland”, is a true highlight.

    Those who aren’t so steady on their skis can choose from six certified skiing and snowboarding schools with equipment rental facilities. Alternatively, simply enjoy the snowy white landscape during a cool winters hike on the trails.

    Wallberg: Alpine skiing for everybody

    Experience breathtaking views across the Bavarian Alps and Tegernsee Valley while gliding down the slopes at Wallberg’s ski fields, the closest ski town to Bavarian’s main city centre. Whether you’re there for freeriding, just starting out, hiking, tobogganing or sightseeing, there’s something for absolutely everybody during winter in Wallberg.

    After a long day of fun in the snow, what you really need is a relaxing place to recharge your batteries – and our Adina Hotel Munich is a perfect choice.

    Close to one of Munich’s main railway stations (Ostbahnhof) in the heart of the city, we offer a well-being retreat featuring a sauna and pool area as well as our excellent Fitzroy Restaurant, for a delicious meal.