Allgäu is one of our favorite regions in Germany. We are happy to go there anytime. That’s why we chose Allgäu to celebrate New Year 2019 and spent short winter holidays there.
Allgäu is a part of Bavaria and located in the south of Germany. There are many reasons to visit Bavarian Alps in winter even if you don’t like skiing:
1) Perfect hiking routes
Since we travel with our dog Scout most of the time, we are always looking for new hiking ideas. Allgäu is never disappointing: you can hike there not only in summer but also in winter. Many pretty routes are open for hikers all levels. Some of them are reachable by cable car (like Tegelbergbahn in Schwangau), the others are started just in the villages and near the sightseeing. This time we walked around Buching, Schwangau, and did Alpsee route around the lake with a view of castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
2) Magical castles in Allgäu
The most famous castles in Germany are located in Allgäu. The main of them is Neuschwanstein, the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit this fairy-tale castle annually. Honestly, in winter it is not so pretty like in summer and the most walking routes around the castle are closed. But at least it is not overcrowded.
Hohenschwangau is very picturesque also during the cold months. Don’t miss Linderhof and its surroundings as well.
3) Wellness with a view: Kristall-Therme Schwangau
Kristall-Therme in Schwangau is the best spa we’ve visited so far. It is huge, with so many pools, hot tubs, and saunas that we couldn’t try all of them in 3 hours. Additionally, it is decorated like a palace. Even the name can be translated as “royal cristal spa”. The breathtaking view of the Alps and Neuschwanstein castle is the cherry on a cake. Just a must-visit place!
4) Peace and harmony
Quiet alpine villages, clean air, and beautiful nature are the best anti-stress therapy. This region is very relaxing and peaceful. We walked there a lot and met almost nobody. Sometimes it is just what you need.
If small villages seem too peaceful (=boring), you can always visit charming towns like Füssen, Oberstdorf or Oberammergau – those three are our favorite.
I’m a Russian soul and fan of snow. With a bit of luck, you will have a white Christmas and white New Year’s Eve in Allgäu. Sometimes it is not so much snow in the valley but the mountains are still covered with it even in December.
Skiing & snowboarding lovers will enjoy nice ski resorts in Allgäu. The mountains there are not that high like in neighboring Austria; anyway, slopes in Allgäu are beautiful and cool. The highest ski resorts extend up to an altitude of 2,224 meters (it is Nebelhorn in Oberstdorf). Bonus: ski lifts there are generally cheaper than in Austria and Switzerland.
We visit Allgäu several times a year, so let’s wait for 5 reasons to go there in summer! Probably, we could name even more.