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Discover Germany | Special Theme | Enjoy a Sparkling Wintertime in Germany

Main image: Pano Westernberg Bottom left: Idyllic FoĚˆrchen lake Bottom middle: Rauhnachtsmarkt Christmas market

Winter fun in the Chiemgau Alps The Bavarian village Ruhpolding invites families and winter sport enthusiasts to enjoy a memorable holiday in the snowy Alps. TEXT: DORINA REICHHOLD | PHOTOS: RUHPOLDING TOURISMUS GMBH

Speeding down a snow-covered hill, under a blue sky and surrounded by the backdrop of the breathtakingly beautiful Bavarian Alps. The village of Ruhpolding offers all its visitors this experience, whether it is children who are standing on skis for the first time or skilled ski enthusiasts who want to enjoy an active holiday in a stunning location. Spending time in Ruhpolding offers active holidays that still guarantee relaxation and fun for the whole family.

hosting the Biathlon World Championships several times, the last of which was in 2012. Despite the fame, Ruhpolding remains a quiet, picturesque village that invites its guests to find peace in the silence and in the dazzling views of the beautiful mountain range.The locals are very proud of their heritage and visitors will surely get treated to seeing more than one person wearing traditional lederhosen or dirndl, guaranteeing a typical Bavarian experience.

Situated in south eastern Bavaria, in the Chiemgau region, Ruhpolding is easily accessible by car, being only a short 45 minute drive away from the Austrian city of Salzburg and just under an hour and a half from Munich. The village is internationally known for

The Ruhpolding valley is protected from wind and fog and so, with the peaceful surroundings, it is ideal for children or beginners to try out their first steps on skis or snowboards. At the ski arena,Westernberg, a snow cannon ensures the best skiing conditions

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from the beginning of December up until March. Children can join a skikindergarten where professional ski instructors will teach them their first skills. In addition, the arena’s facilities include a ski lift especially designed for children to use. More experienced skiers and snowboarders can take the free bus to Seegatterl, where cable cars will take visitors up to the ski area Winklmoosalm/Steinplatte. It is one of the five most snow-guaranteed areas in Europe and offers endless winter sport fun with more than 50 km of ski slope. Another adventure for guests in Ruhpolding is skiing at night. Participants can ski under the breath-taking star-covered alpine skies, which is made possible by floodlights along the ski slope. A memorable experience for visitors to take home. www.ruhpolding.de