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What sounds like the home of the Ice Queen or a setting in the series Game of Thrones is actually a small town in the Rothaargebirge mountains in North Rhine-Westphalia - a high low mountain range and, on average, the highest and snowiest sub-mountain range of the Rhenish Slate Mountains. Winterberg, which lies at an altitude of 670 meters between Kassel and Dortmund, became known mainly as a winter sports resort. There are several large ski resorts here and for decades the World Cup bobsleigh and luge races have been held in the town. Winterberg is also a very worthwhile summer destination for active holidaymakers who like hiking or cycling.
There is also much to discover in the village: Particularly worth seeing is the old town with its narrow streets, whose ring-shaped course still gives an idea of the medieval layout of Winterberg - including the town wall and town towers. Many of the old half-timbered houses with slate facades survived the devastating town fire in 1791. The oldest surviving 'Haus Festes' dates back to 1759. In case of bad weather, museums such as the winter sports museum in the neighboring village of Neuastenberg or the local history museum 'Borgs Scheune' provide a few entertaining hours until the sun shines again.
Summer in Winterberg means sun and clouds at around 23 degrees. Ideal temperatures to move outside in the fresh air and explore the beautiful nature and the surrounding countryside on a hike. Whether a walk or a multi-day tour, everything is possible here: for whom it does not have to be hundreds of kilometers of hiking trail, the probably most famous mountain of the Sauerland, the Kahle Asten in the city area of Winterberg, is the right destination. The source of the Ruhr is also not far away and can be reached via a few idyllic hiking trails. For advanced hikers, the Rothaarsteig, a 156.8-kilometer long long-distance hiking trail that runs along the main ridge of the Rothaar Mountains, is a good challenge. The 8,000-kilometer European Long Distance Trail E1, which runs from Norway to the southern tip of Italy, also passes Winterberg.
For all those who would rather swap their hiking boots for two bicycle tires, a total of around 52 kilometers of bike trail network awaits in the bike park and trail park. The bike park is one of the largest of its kind in northern and central Germany and offers practice courses as well as forest tracks and winding race courses. The trail park primarily delivers exciting forest and field trails. The special thing about this park: the high percentage of natural, rooty trails. You want even more thrills? The Sky-Fly ZIP-Line, the Herrloh Blitz or the Schanzen Wirbel provide an extra portion of adrenaline. You can whiz down into the valley on a cable car or in a yellow rail sled. The 435-meter Panorama Adventure Bridge is a little quieter, offering a magnificent view of Winterberg and the surrounding mountains and forests from a height of 20 meters.
65.8 days with snowfall at around zero degrees daytime temperature - that's Winterberg in winter. No wonder that the skiing area "Skiliftkarussell Winterberg" is one of the absolute highlights of the region. A total of 27.5 kilometers of ski slopes and 34 runs await winter sports enthusiasts here. But it gets even better: because the "Skiliftkarussell Winterberg" is only one of a total of eight ski areas in the area. Thanks to the joint ticket system, you can whiz down 81 runs with a total length of 58 kilometers. Many of the 58 lifts rent sleds, so you can have a blast on the separate sledding slopes in the vacation region. Cross-country skiing fans will also get their money's worth in this ski paradise: the region offers 150 kilometers of cross-country trails with varied routes and circuits ranging from five to twelve kilometers in length.
Skiing enthusiasts should also visit the 80-meter-high St. George Ski Jump, which has hosted German Championships and the Nordic Combined Summer Grand Prix. Even better known are the Winterberg luge and bobsleigh track, which has hosted World Cups in luge, bobsleigh and skeleton for decades and has hosted numerous World and European championships. Huts like the Alm Salettl, the Schneewittchenhaus and Möppis Hütte are perfect places to fortify yourself in between all these adventures, warm up by the fireplace, enjoy the panoramic view or celebrate après-ski.
When to go to Winterberg should depend on what you enjoy the most. Do you want to ski, sled and snowboard on the slopes? Then you should arrive in the snowiest period from December to March. The best conditions for hiking are from June to August. During this time you can explore the mountains on foot or on a mountain bike at around 23 degrees.
Incidentally, in July and October there is the Winterberg Schützenfest, traditionally celebrated on the third weekend in July, and the local potato roast after the potato harvest in autumn. So, contrary to what its name suggests, Winterberg is worth a visit at any time of the year.
Cover photo: The best snow awaits you in Winterberg from December to March ©Ferienwelt Winterberg
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