Good snow conditions, majestic scenery, miles of cross-country ski courses, a surprising number of ski-runs and great destinations for excursions: The Saxon winter sport regions offer the best conditions for a vacation during the cold season.
The Ore Mountains have been a popular winter sports area with good snow conditions for 100 years. In 28 towns from Altenberg to Sosa a vacation in the white splendor is highly recommended from December to March. About 70 ski-runs with more than 60 ski tows, around 1,000 kilometers of prepared ski courses and numerous toboggan runs and skating rinks are available here. Oberwiesenthal, Germany's highest town, is a real favorite among enthusiasts of breakneck downhill skiing. With a certified FIS slalom ski-run on Fichtelberg mountain, the town is the Alpine center of the Ore Mountain region. Thanks to the largest equipment for making artificial snow in the new German states, winter sports can be enjoyed at the local mountain almost non-stop from Christmas until Easter.
On the Kammloipe mountain ridge ski course, one of Germany's ski courses with the best snow conditions, people can ski cross country through the Ore Mountain/Vogtland park along a 36 kilometer long course. For many people the most attractive course leads from the Vogtland town of Schöneck to the Ore Mountain town of Johanngeorgenstadt. With its signposts ski enthusiasts can easily take a ski course leading on to Bohemia. People who would like to ski this course without a pack and continue on towards Altenberg in the East Ore Mountains can book the „KAMMtour" with six or eight stages.
The Altenberg bobsled run is one of the largest of its kind in the world and a main attraction among visitors during the winter season. This is where spectators can not only watch international competitions but also become active themselves and test their courage on the 1,000 meter descent of the visitor's bobsled. Skiers will also find 60 kilometers of prepared ski courses in this region with good snow conditions and ample ski-runs and ski lifts. The district of Rehefeld also offers skijoring and rides on snowmobiles.
The Zittauer Mountains and the Upper Lusatian hill country offer 50 kilometers of prepared ski courses and additional trails for skiing fun. Downhill ski enthusiasts will enjoy themselves immensely in Waltersdorf, which is located in the middle of the Zittauer Mountains. In addition, people can also enjoy the pleasures of winter on toboggan slopes and runs as well as at skating rinks. Several riding stables also offer sleigh rides.
Snow-covered sandstone provides an enchanting background for a winter vacation in Saxon Switzerland. Impressive day tours to the bizarre cliffs of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and romantic candlelight evenings: that is what winter in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains is all about.
Whether you enjoy being active yourself with cross-country skiing, tobogganing and Snowboarden, snowmobile safaris or downhill skiing, or if you prefer to relax on a horse sleigh or in front of a crackling chimney fire - Saxony offers many enjoyable attractions during the winter season.