One of Sauerland’s largest winter sports resorts, Winterberg is nestled beneath the craggy summit of Kahler Asten in North Rhine-Westphalia. It’s a hub for outdoor recreational pursuits throughout the year but really comes to life when the snow descends in the winter months. In addition to its ski slopes and bobsled run, it’s home to the St. Georg ski jump on Herrloh Mountain.
Things to do in Winterberg
One of the best ways to explore Winterberg is aboard the Kappe Express, a bright red train that offers nostalgic rides through the town. A running commentary offers insight into the town’s history and architecture as you enjoy panoramic views through the train’s large windows. After your ride, be sure to visit the West German Winter Sports Museum, which is packed with vintage ski and ice-skating equipment.
If you’re visiting in the winter months, you can take advantage of the snow pursuits of the Skiliftkarussell Winterberg, which is the largest ski resort in Sauerland. It offers more than 25 kilometres of ski slopes that will appeal to intermediate and experienced skiers, as well as a ski school for beginners. When the snow melts, the resort’s mountainous landscapes are ideal for downhill biking and hiking.
Travelling with kids? Head to the Erlebnisberg Kappe, an adventure-filled theme park where you’ll find climbing ropes, a mini-golf course and a toboggan slide. You can test your riding skills on one of the pump bike tracks, explore the Nature Discovery Trail or get a bird’s eye view of Winterberg from the Panorama Experience Bridge.
Getting around Winterberg
Winterberg is 1.5 hours’ drive from both Kassel and Dortmund while Düsseldorf International Airport is two hours away. Trains connect to Winterberg railway station and buses travel throughout the town. Ski lifts connect to the surrounding slopes.