Germany Trip Plan:
10-Day Ski Trip to Oberstdorf

Germany trip plan: 10-Day Ski Trip to Oberstdorf
Oberstdorf, Nebelhorn
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The scenic town of Oberstdorf offers families a unique and quiet getaway. Ski the well-groomed powdery pistes and experience the panoramic viewpoints of 400 summits in the Bavarian Alps.




Note: This is a trip plan (self-driving, stay in a vacation apartment, explore on your own)
Duration: 10 Days
Recommended Destination Airport: Munich Airport

Trip Plan Details:

Oberstdorf - The uppermost village of Germany is nestled in the crevices of the western Bavarian Alps and less than 15km away from Austria. Obsterdorf has dubbed itself the family mountain of Germany and offers less crowded skiing and activities than most other ski resorts. Here you will find Germany's longest downhill ski run (7.5km), the second highest and very unique ski-jump, a plethora of hiking trails, miles of open land, and a host of local taverns and restaurants offering scrumptious local cuisine. We highly recommend Oberstdorf not only to families but to couples who are looking to escape overcrowded ski hills or anyone looking for a calm vacation getaway. We offer a 10-day trip plan for you to cover most of the area and its surrounding little villages. This will give you a real chance to soak in the beauty that is Oberstdorf. The town also offers free travel between the three ski arenas which makes it convenient and easy for you to experience all the gems Oberstdorf has to offer. Altogether there are 44,000m of downhill slopes, 29 lifts and 120km of alpine runs!

Cost Estimate:

We compiled some starting prices and rough estimates to help you better with your Germany trip planning.

Lodging: starting at $770 for 2 persons / 10 days
Admissions: starting at $800 for 2 persons / 10 days
Car Rental: starting at $600 / 10 days
Gas: starting at $150 / 10 days
Estimated Total Cost:2 persons, starting at $2320 / 10 days
 4 persons, starting at $3320 / 10 days

Travel Itinerary

Day 1: Getting There

Day 1: Getting There
Ski Jump in Oberstdorf
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  • After flying into Munich airport take a two and a half hour train ride on the Deutsche Bahn through the scenic foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Training is one of the more relaxing and advantageous ways of seeing the beautiful country-side that Germany has to offer and is highly recommended, especially for a first time viewing.
  • After arriving into Oberstdorf you can take the local bus or a taxi to your apartment to get everything set up the way you like it. The local markets in town are a great place to buy local food fare for your vacation home away from home. Try getting spätzle, which are small dumplings sometimes served with cheese and are a delicious alternative to potatoes. Visiting the local markets also gives you a chance to immerse yourself in the local nature of the village, getting to know the people and culture of your surroundings.
  • If you would like try visiting the local church in town, you can't miss the towering spire that also makes a good landmark for navigating around.


Day 2: Nebelhorn Peak

Day 2: Nebelhorn Peak
Peak of the Nebelhorn near Oberstdorf
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  • If you haven't already purchased your ski lift tickets (rates here) then head over to the tourist office for them. They offer family discounts and discounts for seniors and/or children.
  • After buying or picking up your passes try heading over the Nebelhorn. There you can take the highest cable car in the Allgäu region up to the summit; there you will find yourself a 360° panoramic view of 400 different mountain peaks of the region. Also up there is the longest ski trail in Germany, a green slope that is 7.5km descent!
  • If you like more challenging runs try heading the höfatsblick station. There is an area for intermediate to expert skiers with jumps, banked corners and waves. Also, up at the summit station there is a 700m long run of super moguls (experts only).
  • After a hard day of skiing go on up to the Gemshest, a glass panorama meeting place for aprés-ski.


Day 3: Felhorn & Crystal Terrain Park

Day 3: Felhorn & Crystal Terrain Park
Skiing, Oberstdorf
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  • After exploring the Nebelhorn try the Felhorn, the largest ski area with 20km of well-groomed descents. At the Felhorn is the Crystal Ground Terrain Park, a skier and snowboarder paradise for beginners. For experts there are challenging mogul sets not far away.
  • Once you've covered the terrain park and choice downhill runs, enjoy a plate of local cuisine at the Birenwang Rustic Hut. There is a sun terrace with stunning views of that valley.
  • The Felhorn is also a popular spot for telemark skiers. If you've never tried it there are lessons available down at the base station with rentals.


Day 4: Söllereck Peak & Carriage Ride

Day 4: Söllereck Peak & Carriage Ride
Oberstdorf mountains in Winter
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  • If you are traveling with children Söllereck Peak is the place to go. There they have a host of activities for children to participate in. A free training ground is offered where trained instructors make learning to ski fun for youngsters. There is also a carousel, magic carpet, igloo making and more. Directly at the base is free parking with a conveyor belt transportation so you don't have to lug your equipment around.
  • At Söllereck there is a cable car monocable circulation of 2,025 m in length. It overcomes a height difference of 345 m and brings the hiker into the realm of "family mountain" Söllereck. Take it to the peak and then ski down any of the numerous runs available. Here is a view of the piste map.
  • At Söllereck you can also take what's called an excursion around Oberstdorf. It is an excellent way to get from one mountain base to the other while on on a tour of the villages in the valley. Visit old chapels built as early as the 1500s, various streams, and a famous pilgrimage chapel.
  • If tonight is a night you would like to go out to dinner, try Mohren in the center of town. It is an upscale restaurant with a dessert specialty of hay-flower sorbet with lemon balm.


Day 5: Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze

Day 5: Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze
Skijump Oberstdorf
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  • Take a day trip to the second largest ski jump in the world!
  • At the Skiflugschanze there is a unique diagonal elevator that takes you to a platform 270m high for a look at the daring descent.
  • If you happen to be spending your new years vacation in Oberstdorf, there is a three day world cup ski jumping event from Dec. 27 - 29 called the Four Hills Tournament.
  • There is also an exhibition on the history of ski jumping and an gallery showing the equipment used for this event.
  • If you have children stop at the outdoor playground. There is an area where folks can have a beer or coffee while watching over the play area.
  • After visiting the ski jump take a walk over to the figure skating center open for recreational skating. There are three different rinks to choose from.


Day 6: Back to Nebelhorn

Day 6: Back to Nebelhorn
Nebelhorn with ski arena and Hochvogel
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  • Chances are that you didn't get to touch all runs this peak as to offer so finish up the runs that you didn't take before and do a revisit of the alpine territory.
  • For ski hire try Neue Skischule and take some runs with an instructor. We are willing to bet they will take you to some lesser known trails and give expert advice about the area.


Day 7: Waking Day Trip, Cross-Country Skiing and the local Museum

Day 7: Waking Day Trip, Cross-Country Skiing and the local Museum
Cable car cabin, Nebelhorn, Allgäu, Bayern, Germany, Feb 2005
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  • Among the valleys of Oberstdorf is a variety of day hikes. For a more challenging take Route 4. It is a 10 km walk to the ski and ice skating stadiums. On the way look at the avalanche gallery, and finish up at the ski jump. From the track stadium, it goes over to Faistenoy Skiflugschanze and back to the track stadium.
  • If you are into cross-country skiing you can take advantage of the more than 40km of groomed trails that will take you from valley to valley.
  • Not tired yet? Head to the local museum in town to take a look at the rich cultural history of Oberstdorf.


Day 8: Felhorn Peak to learn how to Curl

Day 8: Felhorn Peak to learn how to Curl
Blue wins!
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  • Curling in a social gathering for young and old. For groups of any kind or clubs, Oberstdorf offers a well-known activity of curling or Standl shooting.
  • In the winter you have the choice between an idyllic marsh pond, the curling center seats in Oberstdorf. (Courts) or the Ice Sports Center (covered) at the foot of Shadow Mountain. It is guaranteed fun at any age.
  • After your curling experience, why not hit the slopes again?


Day 9: Söllereck & Shopping for Gifts

Day 9: Söllereck & Shopping for Gifts
Kanzelwand, Kleinwalsertal, Austria
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  • If you are with children our bet is that you didn't get to hit everything you wanted at Söllereck peak. Go there again and take in everything you didn't get to the day before.
  • The center of town offers many unique German shops. The perfect place to buy original and often hand-made crafts for your loved ones. Don't forget to send a postcard!


Day 10: Pack it Up

  • After your ten day excursion and taking in all the fresh mountain air you can, take one last deep breath of the skies and head on out.
  • Take the train back to Munich to catch your flight!


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