Winter holiday in the Thuringian Forest

Winter holidays in the Thuringian Forest: Between hiking, wellness and fun on the slopes

Glittering ice crystals on the branches of deeply snow-covered trees, a well-tracked cross-country ski trail and bright lights at traditional Christmas markets: Winter holidays in the Thuringian Forest have many different sides to them. Stroll through enchanted low mountain ranges, enjoy relaxing hours in a warm thermal spa or learn about new winter sports trends on the slopes and downhill runs of the Oberhof region. Your holiday in Germany begins right on the doorstep of your hotel: your guesthouse in the Oberhof holiday region puts the enchanting fairytale land of our beautiful mountains at your feet.
Alpine skiing or panoramic cross-country skiing: winter sports in the Thuringian Forest

The low mountain range landscape of Thuringia, right on the doorstep of your hotel, has been a popular destination for winter sports enthusiasts of all kinds for many decades. If you want to spend your holiday in Germany and go skiing, you don’t necessarily have to go to the Alps. Here on the Rennsteig and the slopes of the Thuringian low mountain range, alpine skiers swing downhill just as much as snowboarders of all experience levels. In contrast, a winter hike on skis is almost meditative – hundreds of kilometres of cross-country trails stretch through the snow-covered winter forest. The border eagle is the meeting point for all long-distance hikers on the boards that mean the world to them. From here, the well-tracked ski trails stretch in all directions. On the Fallbach slope in Oberhof, right next to the hotel, the piste is prepared for all eventualities with floodlighting and snow-making facilities. The family ski area is a romping place for big and small beginners to advanced skiers of all ages. The holiday region even has black slopes to offer: Here the professionals swing elegantly downhill on steep slopes. You don’t want to go outside the door at all?

Skiing is also possible indoors in the Oberhof holiday region. The cross-country trails and ski runs of the ski hall are well prepared all year round, of course also in the cold season. Ski instructors help with the first exercises and give professional support. Competitive skiers find ideal conditions for their training. And if you get hungry, enjoy a snack on the sunny outdoor terrace of the bistro. Trendsetters discover new opportunities in the Thuringian Forest. With a snowmobile, you can race through the snow-covered landscape. Test your courage with ice rafting: in a special boat you take the most adventurous curves of the ice channel at speeds of up to 75 kilometres an hour. Speed is also the order of the day on the old golf course: during snow tubing, young and old alike slide down into the valley on rubber tyres.
Tobogganing and wellness day: deeply relaxing relaxation for cold days

The runners glide silently through the deep snow. In a horse-drawn sleigh you will experience the Thuringian Forest from a romantic perspective, just like in Goethe’s time. On the snow-covered Rennsteig you ride through the frosty winter landscape. A small drink in between warms your soul and belly. Warm and cozy is also the thermal landscape in Oberhof: here you can dive into the deep blue water of the H2Oberhof wellness pool. Big and small children alike chase down the 110-meter-long giant slide. In the children’s land the little ones are lovingly looked after, while the parents relax in the sauna world with an infusion. Afterwards, everyone sits together in the cosy family bistro. Not only on rainy days, but also after winter sports on the cross-country ski run, piste and tobogganing slope, the wellness landscape offers the ideal change.

Christmas market and World Heritage Site: cultural events in the Thuringian Forest for your winter holidays

A hot punch or a spicy mulled wine, accompanied by roasted almonds or the classic grilled sausage: Erfurt’s Christmas market with its Christmassy decorated wooden stalls is considered one of the most beautiful in the whole country. The Giant Ferris Wheel turns brightly coloured over gleaming Christmas trees, the Advent wreath on the steps of the mighty cathedral soars five metres into the air. You can also enjoy a magnificent view of the city’s lights from Erfurt Zoo, which is located nearby. A visit to the rhino, camel and co. is also an exciting experience for the whole family during the winter holidays. Shortly before Christmas, Father Christmas even comes by here. Martin Luther once wrote his revolutionary writings at Wartburg Castle, the world cultural heritage site in Eisenach. Today, it is worth a winter excursion here, as the inner courtyard of the mighty backdrop shines under festive lights on cold winter evenings. If you are already in Eisenach: Take a look at the motorised carriages of days gone by. The automobile welt Eisenach shows the history of car construction in the automobile city from the beginning of the 20th century until today.
Winter holidays in the Thuringian Forest: At home in the winter wonderland

When you come to us in the Thuringian Forest, you will be staying in a cosy and comfortable environment. The holiday region Oberhof, in summer the green heart of Thuringia, is always worth a visit in winter too. You will find cultural events and sporting challenges as well as contemplative moments in nature, which seems to be enchanted in the cold season. Discover the Thuringian Forest in winter – your guesthouse is the starting point for a journey of discovery into the fairytale landscape of deep snow-covered forests and radiant cities full of historical charm.

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