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Live out your childhood dream with this winter day trip to sled the Alps just outside of Munich at Spitzingsee. You even get to ride in a classic wooden toboggan! Hop on a one-hour regional train that takes you through the farms and mountains to the beautiful Spitzingsee. After you arrive, hike up a winding path into the mountains, dodging sleds as you go. The trail dead ends at a charming traditional Bavarian hut where you can warm up with some hearty food or German beer before beginning your epic sled ride. Ten solid minutes of wild sledding will leave you with lasting memories forever and a story to tell your kids about!
Winter Day Trip From Munich, Sledding at Spitzingsee
Munich is the perfect travel destination, no matter the season. If you ask me, winter may even be the best time to visit. Not only is the city charming with snow-capped rooves, but you can visit the Christmas Markets, explore snow-covered castles and go skiing or sledding in the Alps. It’s a fantastic launching point for the perfect snowy European winter getaway you’ve always dreamed of.
On the other hand, if you live in Munich, surviving a long cold winter can be tough. As someone who grew up in Alaska my key piece of advice is to just get out and enjoy the outdoors! Sometimes it’s hard to know where to go or what to do, especially if you just moved here. This day trip from Munich is the perfect outing for a group of friends to beat the winter blues. In fact, I planned this trip for my boyfriend’s birthday and it was a hit. The entire group is already planning out next sledding adventure in Spitzingsee.
Day Trip Stats
Length of Time: 6 hour day. About 2 hours of transit and about 4 hours hiking, sledding, lunch and snowman making!
Skill Level: 50 HP, meaning the hike up can be a bit tiresome. It is about 40 min uphill walk through packed snow. However, you can take it as slow as you want and enjoy the scenery. For the sledding you just need a sense of adventure. The sides are banked, so you can’t go over, but you do go fast!
Options and Cost: The cost of your BOB ticket. If you have more than 2 people in your group, buy the group ticket, which is 31 Euros and saves your a ton! Bring some extra spending money for beer and lunch. The sledding ticket costs just under 5 euros.
Water bottle or camelback.
Camera, ensure it is safe for the sledding. I brought my GoPro for waterproof fun.
Snow boots or hiking boots. If all you have are runners, you should be fine, since the snow is packed, but I recommend one of the first two options as you might get wet.
Winter Jacket, hat, gloves and snowpants. Check the weather as sometimes it can be quite warm and all you will need is a light jacket. You work up a sweat walking uphill. So layers are a good idea as well.
Starting Your Day
Your day will start from the Munich central Hbf. Head to the train station about 20-30 min before your catch the 10:04am train to Fischhausen-Neuhaus , so you can grab some breakfast, coffee, buy your ticket and have plenty of time to find your train. There are lots of ticketing stations near the platforms with english translation, they also have a kiosk with English speaking attendants to help, if you get confused. Buy your BOB (weekday) or Meridan (weekends) train group ticket heading to Bayrischzell. Head toward platforms 23-27, in the back corner, look for the train that has Bayrischzell lit on the front and all aboard! Make sure to load into the right car, as they can split. Ask someone if you are unsure! Most people will be able to speak some English.
For more ticketing and train schedules you can use google maps or The BOB website.
Finding Your Trail
As soon as you leave the train station at Fischhausen-Neuhausen you’re going to want to immediately walk over to the bus stop, just to the left of the hut and station. It comes right after the train drops you off, so I suggest using the toilet on the train. Catch the RVO bus 9562, or I think any bus, and just hop off at the Spitzingsattel stop. From here, just cross the road and you’re at the bottom of the tail and you can begin the walk up! Be careful, sleds are coming down, so you can turn it into a DK video game, jumping over the people and dodging out of the way! It’s part of the fun. The hike up takes about 40 minutes, but a charming Bavarian hut, awaits you at the top.
Ideas for at the Hut
Of course, the first order of business should be to head inside and warm up. Get in line to order some food, like the traditional weisse wurst, or some of their amazing vegetarian food. You can also buy the sledding tickets at this hut while order food. You’ll need these for the ride down. If you’re not ready to ride down and end your adventure, head outside for more hiking, or my favorite, a snow ball fight and snowman making. We set up an awesome snowman and snow angel challenge. Keep an eye on the time, the last bus leave around 5pm and it will take you at least 10-15 min to get back down.
Let the Sledding Begin!
If you haven’t already, buy your tickets from the same counter that you order food. Just outside the hut you can exchange your ticket for a sled. Pro Tip: This is quite popular with locals and if you are pushing to catch the last group of sleds down before the bus stops the demand for sleds will be high. Also, Germans don’t know how to line up, they just push to the front. So, try and make sure you sled down before 4 to avoid chaos, if you get stuck in it, just be pushy and go get your sled!
Strap in for the wild 10 minute downhill ride! You can double up on the sled if not everyone got their own, or team up to race each other. Be careful not to take people out on their walk up and enjoy the ride!
You want to ensure you’re at the bottom BEFORE 5pm or the bus stops running and you will need to walk back to the train, about a 30 min walk. Make sure to leave your sled along the snowbank and hop back on the same bus and load up on the next train back to Munich!
I hope you enjoyed your day trip from Munich, sledding at Spitzingsee. This adventure has become a fast favorite among my group of friends. Everyone had a ball from the snowman making, hiking, drinking to one of the most epic sled rides I have ever experienced.
What is your favorite winter sport? Don’t forget to pin or share this so your friend’s coming through Germany can plan an epic trip.
Susanna grew up in small-town Alaska where the changing climate was always on her mind. Through traveling, she gained an interest in the power of sustainable and regenerative travel. She now attends a Master's program for environmental sustainability and bridges sustainable travel with environmental science. When she's not outside playing, you'll find her drinking whiskey with her cat and partner while trying to get to level 99 in life.