Germany is a lovely country to visit at any time of the year, with grand castles, medieval towns, and towering mountains, but a blanket of snow adds a level of magic and makes it look like a fairytale. And when December comes, the country becomes the definition of festive spirit, offering even more reasons to treat yourself to a city break in Germany! Frost blanketed woods and firmed lakes; sugar and spice that make everyone feel nice; all-time festive favorites – warm Gluhwein and delicious gingerbread; Christmas markets filled with laughter. Whether you enjoy spending quality time outdoors, skiing and snowshoeing, or exploring towns with cozy cafes not too far away, Germany is a place where everyone will find something to fall in love with in the winter.
And with so many amazing cities to choose from, deciding where to spend the cold nights or enjoy yourself during the day is no easy task. So we’ve prepared a list of places you should consider for your winter Germany getaway.
- Partnachklamm Gorge
Although the Partnachklamm Gorge is a fantastic sight at any time of the year, the cool scenery makes you feel like you’ve stepped into another world. Of the many picturesque gorges spread across Germany, the Partnachklamm gorge is the only one that remains open in winter.
When it’s cold, most people prefer to use light fires to warm themselves and add to the experience, but you are unlikely to meet anyone on your trip. Those who like to go outside can enjoy nature in proud solitude, without the crowds of tourists.
Known as the highest mountain in Germany, Zugspitze is a hot spot for winter activities, and people from all over the world come here to ski.
Due to the height of the mountain, there is no amphitheater from the top, but there are cable cars that take you all the way up so you can enjoy the panoramic views.
The Allgäu region in southern Germany is one of the most popular winter destinations, even if you’re not an avid skier. There are many hiking trails to choose from throughout the area, available at any time of the year. You will find all levels of passages that can be accessed directly from the village. What is more, this place houses one of the most beautiful Christmas markets in the country!
Although Cologne is Germany’s fourth largest city, it somehow maintains a stress-free atmosphere and a small-town vibe at all times of the year: the sense of peace and happiness is definitely at its peak in winter. Brilliant architecture, but for its unique sense of community and culture, every step of this vibrant city feels like an adventure.
On the banks of the River Elbe, the picturesque city of Dresden is beautiful in any season, especially when it’s covered in a layer of fresh snow. One of Germany’s finest architectural masterpieces, Dresden’s Frauenkirche, is set right in the heart of the city. Watching the snowfall from the mosaic windows makes visiting this place an even more memorable experience.