Winter sports and the pleasures of the thermal baths near Munich

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Winter sports and the pleasures of the thermal baths near Munich

The first Alpine peaks make an appearance one hour away from the Bavarian city. An idyllic setting for a hike around Lake Tegernsee, hurtling down the snowy slopes on a sledge or relaxing in the thermal baths.

Winter sports and the pleasures of the thermal baths near Munich

The call of the mountains in Upper Bavaria

From the central station in Munich take a train to Tegernsee. One hour later, you arrive at the foot of the Bavarian Alps. A taxi then takes you to Rottach-Egern, 2 kilometres away. This traditional village with its prosperous looking wooden chalets extends to the banks of Lake Tegernsee, whose icy waters sparkle underneath the winter sun.

The Althoff Seehotel is a remarkable five-star hotel facing the lake and is the best base for exploring the surrounding natural area. From the terrace of your room you have a magical view of the 15th century church, whose slender steeple stands out against a backdrop of snowy peaks. Warmly kitted out from top to toe, you set off for a memorable hike.

The ascension of Neureuth is a classic, in winter and summer. Follow the waymarked route to the summit. In one hour and thirty minutes of walking, you climb, without too much effort, the gentle slopes of this mountain which reaches an altitude of 1261 metres. During your climb you can admire some of the most beautiful winter landscapes of Bavaria, with their snow-covered pine trees, their streams hurtling down snowy slopes and their welcoming chalets. When you arrive at the top of this natural viewpoint, you can enjoy a magical view encompassing the summits which form a magical setting around the lake.

Althoff Seehotel Überfahrt
Überfahrtstraße 10
83700 Rottach-Egern
Germany
+49 80 22 66 90
www.seehotel-ueberfahrt.com

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Winter sports and the pleasures of the thermal baths near Munich

On a sledge down to Lake Tegernsee

As you go back down to the valley, you pass Bavarians who adore whizzing down slopes on a sledge. For some intense thrills, join them on the longest run in Germany, on Mount Wallberg, another mountain overlooking Rottach-Egern. Take your equipment and climb on board of the cable car which will take you to the summit at an altitude of 1722 metres. Hang on tight to your sledge and test the brakes before hurtling down the 6.5 kilometres of this extraordinary run! Stop half-way down to appreciate the stunning view of Lake Tegernsee.

On your return to one of its banks, head for Aran Tegernsee, an elegant Biergarten - a typically German terrace dedicated to beer drinking. From this establishment right by the water, with a mug of lager in your hand, enjoyed in moderation of course, drink in the peace and quiet which pervades this luminous landscape.

Aran Tegernsee
Cafe am Schloss Tegernsee GmbH
Seestraße 8
83684 Tegernsee
Germany
+49 80 22 66 34 700
www.aran.coop/standorte/tegernsee

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Winter sports and the pleasures of the thermal baths near Munich

Bathe in the exotic thermal waters

On the following day, make your way to the central station in Munich, from where a train leaves for Erding, 30 kilometres north of the city. After sliding sports, get ready to discover bathing Munich-style. With their thermal baths, sauna area and giant waterslides, the Erding thermal baths open the doors to a surrealist world occupying a surface area of 145,000 m², making it one of the most enormous thermal bath complexes in Europe. Under a gigantic glass dome, palm trees and banana trees grow. Thermal water heated to 34 degrees, one hundred or so hydro-seats (small armchairs installed in the pool), an infrared sauna open to families and a wide range of balneotherapy treatments (seawater or mud baths in particular) offer you a day totally devoted to wellness. With your body and mind relaxed, sample the joys of letting go in this exotic thermal world, a complete contrast to the Bavarian mountains.

Erding thermal baths
Thermenallee 1 - 5
D-85435 Erding
Germany
+49 81 22 55 00
www.therme-erding.de/en/