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Winter in Saxony

Snowball fight and snowman building

Plan your Saxony winter experience here!

Saxony is a popular German winter holiday destination, particulary for families. In the Vogtland, Ore Mountains, Saxon Switzerland, and Upper Lusatia regions four of the country’s low mountain ranges provide ideal grounds for winter sports.

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Ore Mountains

Saxony's largest winter sports region

The Ore Mountains have been Saxony's alpine winter sports centre for over 100 years. In 28 resorts from Altenberg to Sosa, guests can enjoy pure winter fun with about 70 ski slopes, over 60 ski lifts, and a good 625 miles of cross-country skiing trails, plus numerous toboggan runs and ice rinks. For speedy downhill skiing try the 1,215-metre-high Fichtelberg mountain with the Oberwiesenthal resort, Germany’s highest town!

Vogtland

In the Vogtland region, Klingenthal, Erlbach, Grünbach and Schöneck are among the major winter sports resorts. The total network of trails in the Vogtland cross-country skiing areas of Klingenthal, Auerbach, Erlbach, Grünbach and Schöneck covers about 130 miles.

Between Johanngeorgenstadt and Schöneck, the 22.5-mile Kammloipe trail in the Ore Mountains/Vogtland Nature Park is one of the most beautiful cross-country skiing trails in Germany. It even carries a special "Excellent Trail" label by the German Ski Association and connecting trails cross the border over into the Czech Republic for an international cross-country skiing adventure.

In Schöneck, skiers can choose from five slopes, including easy, medium, and black runs, and with lengths of up to 820 metres, making both beginners and pros happy.

Vogtland Arena Klingenthal

The Vogtland region is home to the Vogtland Arena, one of the most modern ski jumps in Europe, which regularly hosts international competitions for the world’s top ski jumpers. On non-competition days, visitors can make their way up the ski jump to take in the views!

Zittau Mountains

In the Zittau Mountains and the Upper Lusatian Mountains, the winter sports areas of Oybin/Lückendorf, the climatic health resort of Jonsdorf, Großschönau/Walterdorf and Sohland an der Spree invite winter holiday makers. In Großschönau/Waltersdorf, the Lausche mountain offers ten slopes and around 3.5 miles of downhill skiing fun. Cross-country skiing can be enjoyed on 55 miles. Sohland an der Spree offers the longest route covering 37.5 miles. By the way, Upper Lusatia is also great for winter hikes. In Sohland an der Spree alone, hikers can choose from 62.5 miles of hiking trails. Tip: A ride on the region’s narrow-gauge railways combines winter magic and nostalgia in the most beautiful way.

Winter experiences

Saxon Switzerland never goes into hibernation. Nature might well be at rest in winter, but life goes on: Some of the region’s most beautiful towns and villages invite visitors with an inspiring mix of nature experiences, wellness, and culture to enjoy a wintry time out, featuring romantic fireplace moments, moonlight, and winter hikes. Schmilka, a small neighbourhood within the town of Bad Schandau, is transformed into a winter village of its own. The Bastei bridge, Saxony Switzerland’s most popular viewpoint, attracts visitors with special winter views. Or how about a cosy cheese fondue evening at the “Papststein” mountain inn to end a winter hike? Gohrisch, Sebnitz and Neustadt offer cross-country skiing trails and ski slopes. All in all, Winter in Saxon Switzerland is a dream!

Slopes, cross-country skiing, and tobogganing runs at a glance

3,56 km

Altenberg / Hirschsprung - Cross-country ski path Hirschsprung (S6)

Altenberg

© CC-BY-ND | Andreas Franke, Tourist-Information Altenberg, Urlaubsregion Altenberg
3,43 km

Altenberg / Bärenfels - Cross-country ski path Spitzberg (S1)

Altenberg

© CC-BY-ND | Andreas Franke, Tourist-Information Altenberg, Urlaubsregion Altenberg
9,38 km

Cross-country skiing circular trail Kahleberg (L1)

Altenberg

© CC-BY-ND | Detlef Müller, Tourist-Information Altenberg
7,73 km

Altenberg / Schellerhau - circular cross-country skiing trail Pöbelknochen (L3)

Altenberg

© CC-BY-SA | Egbert Kamprath, Tourist-Information Altenberg, Urlaubsregion Altenberg
5,68 km

Cross-country skiing circular trail Scharspitze (L5)

Altenberg

© CC-BY-ND | Andreas Franke, Tourist-Information Altenberg, Urlaubsregion Altenberg

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