Are you also one of those families who love winter, but can’t take much pleasure in steep slopes and long cross-country ski runs? Or who are of the opinion that especially with small children not everything has to be about skiing. We’ll tell you where you and your family can have fun in winter, even as non-skiers, and where tobogganing, wellness and ice-skating are at their best on a winter holiday.
Winter holidays with children are no longer just: skiing, eating, skiing, sleeping. Many families expect more from their family hotel in the snow. Wellness, child care and try out new winter sports! In short: winter holidays without skiing are in!
The winter regions and family hotels presented here all have one thing in common: not only skiing is on the programme. Not only skiers and non-skiers often expect more than just fun on the slopes during their winter holidays. Also, because many regions are no longer guaranteed snow, it can’t hurt to have a few options without skis in your family winter holiday – sauna, carriage rides, etc. are becoming more and more popular!
That’s why we have scouted a few family hotels for your winter holiday, where you can also stay without skis and which come up with fun and exciting new winter activities for their guests.
Winter holidays in the snow with children in Germany – makes you happy even without skiing!
Lake Tegernsee in the snow: fast tobogganing, Advent markets and hot-air balloons
There is a lot to be said for the Tegernsee in winter: On the one hand, the Wallberg is the longest toboggan run in the world. Not for very young children and anxious parents, but more popular with teenagers and older children on winter holidays. On the other hand the Montgolfiade takes place in January/February in Bad Wiessee – the biggest hot air balloon festival in Europe. As it should be, with mulled wine and Advent market – the “Nightglow”. In the evening, the balloons conjure up a very special atmosphere on the lake with their Brennerzische. In Bad Wiessee, Kreuth or Rottach-Egern you can also go cross-country skiing with the kids. And if you want to try your hand at skiing, you can reach the family-friendly Spitzingsee/Schliersee and Lenggries ski areas – Munich’s local mountains – in half an hour from Tegernsee. At the children’s taster courses at the weekend in Lenggries you can even stop by spontaneously and without obligation. Registration is not necessary. And if you don’t enjoy it, then the next day it’s better to go tobogganing with the kids again.
The Montgolfiade at Lake Tegernsee (Photo @TTT_WE_Montgolfiade)
Family hotel for the winter holiday at the Tegernsee: The Landhaus Marinella is a real insider tip in Bad Wiessee: The Design-B&B is located directly at the lake and combines Greek hospitality (the host is Greek) with the design hand of the lady of the house. You can also relax in the sauna in the basement in icy temperatures. The Landhaus Marinella is open all year round and is an excellent starting point for winter holidays without skiing. Also because the lively Munich with its museums and indoor playgrounds is very close and offers a nice indoor variety in winter holidays.
The Landhaus Marinella is in winter just the right choice for all who do not only want to ski (Photo: Landhaus Marinella)
Winter holidays with children without skis in Austria – gibt´s that at all?
The Wolfgangsee in the family winter vacation: A genuine insider tip for large & small Christmas market fans
Our secret tip for Christmas romance and snow fun with children is from mid-November the Wolfgangseer Advent with its rustic Christmas markets. There is even a boat shuttle that takes you between the markets around the lake. And on Wednesday there is a very special highlight every year in winter: In St. Wolfgang all electric lighting is turned off! Only the candles burn at the market and even in all shops. Hach!
Hip and family-friendly winter accommodation at the Wolfgangsee: You should definitely stay in the “Franzl” at the Wolfgangsee. Sounds like homeland film stuffness, but it’s not! Vintage and style mix charmingly in this “bed & bread”. In winter you can also go on a family winter hike through the snow with the alpacas from Franzl! And there’s a toboggan run right on your doorstep. Important to know: You can only spend the winter here during the Christmas season. The Franzl is closed from January to Easter.
Family winter hike with alpacas from bed & bread das Franzl (Photo: Bett&Brot das Franzl)
Obersteig in Tyrol in winter: Just the right thing for non-skier families who love winter nature.
One of the most beautiful winter spots in Tyrol is probably the Obersteig on the Mieminger Sonnenplateau: not overcrowded. Quiet. Originally. But one thing must be said: The snow is not always stable and the ski area is manageable with only 12 lifts and 39 km of slopes. But it is a small family ski area especially for small children to try out a few turns. But you can also have fun with your family without skis! Tobogganing on the natural toboggan run Lehnberg is a real winter highlight! Also funny is the Alpine Coaster in Imst – a mixture of roller coaster and toboggan run, which can be used both in summer and winter.
The Landhotel Stern in Tyrol is exactly the right place for nature-loving families: The Landhotel Stern in Tyrol stands for customs, tasty cuisine and experiences in nature. And it has been for 508 years! Chef René is a class guy and focuses on sustainability. And since everything at the Landhotel Stern revolves around nature at all times of the year, geht´s is also primarily out into the snow with the winter programme for families. The programme includes, for example, snowshoe hiking – equipment and tips you can get from René -, a family lantern hike, sledding or a winter hike with the ponies!
The Landhotel Stern in Tirol – more cosy geht´s not on a winter holiday with the kids (Photo: Landhotel Stern)
We hope that non-skiing families and those who want to experience other things than skiing in the snow have found some inspiration here for their next winter holiday with kids and skittles.
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