In case you find yourself in Munich during the winter months & have a day extra then you should consider having a day trip to the German Alps that start about 60km south of Munich. Getting to the Alps from Munich is easier than you think and you don’t need to go to the expense of renting a car. There are 4 ski areas in Germany that have special rates to get to the mountains with the train, and there are various busses that will take you there and back in 1 day. It can be easier than you think to get from Munich to some great ski resorts. These resorts do vary in size, but for a day trip there will be plenty of slopes for you to cover.
Busses and trains offer a cheap and easy way to get to the slopes, and because of the number of options you can pick the optimal resort depending on the conditions. The great thing about the trains, compared with the busses, is that there is generally a few options on when you can travel back to Munich.
Travel with Deutsche Bahn to Garmisch Classic
With Deutsche Bahn you can do day trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen [website]. The specific ski trains only run on Saturday and Sunday from Munich Hauptbahnhof (main train station), it leaves at 7am. It takes just 82 minutes according to their website to get to the slopes. For €42 you can get a transported to and from the slope and a daily ski pass. On the train you will exchange part of your train ticket for the day ski pass. The train goes as far as Garmisch-Paternkirchen, where you will then need to change to the narrow gauge Olympia Bahn. This is on the right hand side of the train station as you arrive into Garmisch. This final 10 minute train trip brings you right to the slope, and is included in the price of your ticket. When in doubt just follow the crowds (the ones with ski gear at least).
The Olympia Bahn, the original train for the 1936 Winter Olympics, will bring you right to the bottom of the Garmisch Classic slope, where you can ski to your hearts desire all day. Also do take time to enjoy some great views down into the valley and town below.
You can also go the the Garmisch-Zugspitze resort, which has a smaller selection of slopes. Just make sure you’ve bought the more expensive ticket, for €48, and stay on the train that brings you up to the higher up resort. For 2013 prices remain the same.
Travel with BOB (Bayerische Oberland Bahn)
This is an independent regional train, BOB , bayerischeoberlandbahn.de that also runs from Munich Hauptbahnhof. The white BOB trains leave from near platform numbers 30-31, which is to the right hand side of the main station hall.
You have a choice of going to 4 resorts with your day pass, prices vary depending on location
- Spitzingsee-Tegernsee, €45 (€43 in 2012)
- Sudelfeld, Bayrischzell, €43 (€41 in 2012)
- Brauneck-Wegscheid, Lenggries, €43 (€41 in 2012)
- Wendelstein, €41.50 (€41 in 2012)
The first 3 of these resorts are great, if you are a snowboarder I would tend to avoid Lenggries as there are quite a few drag lifts and flatter spots. Wendelstein is only a small resort and might not be open, unless there is lots of snow. Information about the tickets can be read here [in German].
For the Spitzingsee-Tegernsee resort, which is 60km away from Munich, take the BOB train to Fischhausen-Neuhaus. Then take the free ski bus directly from the the carpark. You may be asked to show your day ticket to the driver, so keep it handy. Once you reach the resort, you can exchange part of your day ticket for your ski pass. They do require a €3 deposit for the lift pass. Of the four listed this one is our favorite.
For Sudelfeld, Bayrischzell take the train to Bahnhof Bayrischzell, and then take the ski bus to Sudelfeld. For Brauneck-Wegscheid, Lenggries take the train to Bahnhof Lenggries, and then take the ski bus to Brauneck-Wegscheid. For Wendelstein take the BOB train to Bahnhof Osterhofen.
Travel with a bus to the mountains
There are also bus companies that travel from various parts of the city, especially the ZOB, the central bus station at Hackerbrucke. Some of the busses travel daily, and they all offer weekend trips. See some of the following sites
- Ski Bus Muenchen [English] http://www.skibusmuenchen.de
- Resorts : Hochzillertal / Grossglockner / St. Johann in Tirol
- Travels : Daily
- Munich Ski club [English] http://www.munichskiclub.com
- Resorts : Changes weekly
- Travels : either Saturday or Sunday
- Power Tages Farhrten [German] http://www.powertagesfahrten.com
- Changes weekly, biggest selection
- Travels : Both Saturday & Sunday
- Berr Reisen [German] http://www.berr-reisen.com/
- Goes to Bergeralm a smaller resort in Austria
You can also rent ski gear from various sports shops in Munich, which will maximise your time on the slopes, and will probably save you a few Euros too.
If you’ve found any ways to get to the slopes from Munich, please do let us know in the comments !