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Escape the crowds - and enjoy the slopes Given its relatively unheard of nature, Neureichenau’s opportunities for skiing, snowshoeing, dogsledding, igloo visiting, snowman-building, mountain hiking and cosy après-ski delights are yours for the taking. TEXT: EMMIE COLLINGE | PHOTOS: TOURISTINFO NEUREICHENAU

Pinched between the Czech Republic to the east and Austria to the south, this German region in the wilds of the Bavarian forest is spread over an area of 46sqkm. Its altitude lies between 610m above sea level and stretches up to its historically significant rocky-peaked mountain, the stunning Dreisessel at 1,312m, whose iconic three peaks – not too dissimilar to three armchairs – were once the battleground for a tug-of-war between Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic. Escape the crowds Touristinfo Neureichenau’s Katrin Hable sums up Neureichenau’s allure perfectly as

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the chance to escape the mass tourism of overcrowded and overpriced ski resorts, while “still enjoying all the perks that you’d expect from a great winter holiday.”Given the high altitude of the region, snow is a definite – meaning that a great deal of time is spent outdoors, making the most of the glistening white landscape. An adventurous way to see this corner of Germany Living life to the full takes on a new meaning when you’ve got the freedom of skis buckled onto your feet. As a lover of the popular lung-busting activity of ‘langlaufen’

[cross-country skiing], Katrin can’t praise the local routes enough: “We’ve got approximately 55km of tracks in the local area, suitable for any level – and many of these tracks link up to ones across the border too, which gives us several hundred kilometres at our disposal.”The easiest route for families and beginners, she explains, leads you along a completely flat disused railway, making it the ideal introduction to the gentle, yet adrenaline-fuelled sport. The keen skier is quick to point out though that there are more challenging circuits for those looking for a proper workout and chance to explore the area. “For downhill skiers,” Katrin continues, “there are two huge resorts within a really short distance too, either Germany’s Mitterdorf [www.mitterdorf.info] or Austria’s Hochficht [www.hochficht.at], both of

Discover Germany | Issue 19 | October 2014  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.

Discover Germany | Issue 19 | October 2014  

Discover Germany promotes German, Swiss & Austrian Design, Tourism, Food, Culture and Business.