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Winterträume in Winterberg, Bild: jedamus / shutterstock

Winterberg – North Rhine-Westphalia’s winter sports paradise

The idyllic small town of Winterberg in the Rothaargebirge attracts attention, especially in winter. Known for the extensive Winterberg ski lift carousel, the region around Winterberg inspires with very good winter sports opportunities. But away from the slopes, Winterberg has a lot to offer, making the well-known winter sports area an attractive destination in Germany .

Winterberg ski lift carousel – family-friendly ski area in the Rothaar Mountains

Skiing in Germany
Skiing in Winterberg, Image: Tobias Arhelger / shutterstock

The winter sports area of Winterberg has gained international fame as a venue for World Cup races in bobsleigh and luge. Winter sports enthusiasts from all over the world are drawn to Winterberg in North Rhine-Westphalia. Together with the neighbouring ski resorts, the Winterberg ski lift carousel winter sports area has merged to form the Wintersport-Arena Sauerland, creating one of the most important winter sports regions in the Alps. In total, the arena consists of 57 small and larger ski areas with 150 lifts and a large selection of slopes of all levels of difficulty. Guests of the winter sports resort of Winterberg can therefore visit all ski areas in the region with a single ticket and benefit from the region’s high-quality winter sports offers.

In total, 90 percent of the slopes are covered with snow, because almost 600 snow guns are operated in the winter sports region. In addition to snow-covered ski slopes (approx. 200 hectares of slopes), there are also 6 snow-covered toboggan slopes and up to 10 km of snow-covered cross-country ski trails. The Skiliftkarusell Winterberg ski area alone shines with 32 runs, of which 14 km of slopes are classified as blue slopes, 12 km as red slopes and 1.5 km as black slopes. 28 of the slopes can be snowed with 360 snow guns, so winter sports enthusiasts will always find good slope conditions here.

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Other winter sports highlights around Winterberg

Winterberg im Winteer
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In addition to wonderful descents, the ski area has other winter sports highlights to offer. Among other things, there are five ski jumps in the winter sports region. The Winterberg bobsleigh runs, which are also regularly used for competitions, are also attractive. But cross-country ski trails also crisscross the winter sports area, for all those who want to enjoy the wintry surroundings.

Thanks to the magnificent mountain landscape, winter hikes through the snow-covered landscape are also worthwhile. Among other things, a visit to the Kahler Asten is worthwhile, because from the top of the mountain you can enjoy a spectacular view.

Sights and excursion destinations

The biggest attraction of the region is of course the fantastic mountain landscape around Winterberg. But it is also worth visiting the State Museum of Natural History in the mountain inn on the Kahler Asten. The weather station of the German Weather Service can also be visited on the Kahler Asten. In Winterberg-Neuastenberg, the winter sports museum attracts visitors with multifaceted exhibits and thus 5,000 years of skiing history is illuminated here, but also the cultural and social history of the region is addressed in the exhibition.

If you are interested in village life in the region, you should take time to visit the Heimatstube in Siedlinghausen . Thanks to image, film and sound documents as well as countless exhibits, the museum manages to provide visitors with interesting insights into historical life in the region. An absolute must for many guests of the region is a visit to the Hallenberg ice house. It is considered the smallest and, of course, the coldest museum in North Rhine-Westphalia. On 23 square meters, visitors can look over the shoulders of ice artists during their creative process. It is also very interesting to take part in a guided tour of the Veltins Ice Arena.

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An absolute experience is also the participation in the Outdorrescape with the theme of robbery on the Schlossberg. If you can warm up to the great half-timbered houses in the region, you should definitely visit the town centre of Hallenberg. The town has 50 monuments and the road from 1780 in the centre of the village has been preserved to this day. The town church of St. Heribert is also worth a visit thanks to its baroque furnishings.

A stroll through the picturesque Winterberg

The small town of Winterberg itself radiates pure cosiness. Especially the old town, characterized by historic half-timbered houses, inspires with its very special charm. Many of the old half-timbered houses date back to the 18th century and have been lovingly renovated, so that they really enrich the cityscape. Among other things, the St. James Church from 1791 is well worth seeing. North of the old town, the city’s spa gardens also beckon, inviting you to take a walk.

In addition, Winterberg is a nice little shopping town with small friendly specialty shops. The offer ranges from sweet delicacies to high-quality fashion, so that a leisurely shopping trip is worthwhile in any case. In the streets of the city you will find wonderfully rustic restaurants and cozy cafés that invite you to feast and linger. One of the traditional dishes of the region is bacon pancakes, which can also be found on the menu in many restaurants. In addition, it is always worth taking a look at the calendar of events, because especially in the winter season there are one or two event highlights in and around Winterberg.