The magic of a Bavarian winter

Rebecca Bruce, 10 October, 2017
Surrounded by Austria on three sides, Berchtesgadener Land in Bavaria’s far south-east is a real winter wonderland, with dramatic mountain scenery, a wide choice of snow-based activities, and the Königssee – Germany’s prettiest lake.

Arguably the jewel in this region’s crown is Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden, Germany’s first official ‘mountaineering village’, which is said to have more mountain guides than anywhere else in the country. Part of the villagers’ aim is to promote conservation, agriculture and sustainable development in order to preserve Alpine customs and traditions. Take one look at the picturesque centre and you’ll know that they take their responsibility very seriously – this is true, chocolate-box Bavaria.

On account of this natural beauty, Ramsau has drawn writers and artists since 1850: the Malerweg is a trail which takes in favourite beauty spots captured by 19th-century artists. Another highlight is the outlandishly picturesque parish church of St Sebastian, one of the iconic images from this part of Bavaria. Dating back to 1512, its setting – alongside the river with a backdrop of the Reiteralpe mountains – is as exquisite as the interior: carved on the late-gothic balcony which houses the organ are the figures of the twelve apostles who no doubt made an impression on the poet Josef Mohr – the man who penned the lyrics to Stille Nacht  (‘Silent Night’) and who was parish assistant here in 1815.

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Berghotel Rehlegg, Bavaria
We offer a 7-night holiday and a short break to the idyllic mountain village of Ramsau bei Berchtesgaden where you can explore this wonderful corner of Bavaria at your own pace. Enjoy exploring on foot on a winter wonderland path, or try one of the many winter activities on offer, from snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, to tobogganing and horse-drawn sleigh rides.
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