When it comes to skiing in Germany, many people like Garmisch - Partenkirchen, Berchtesgaden or Oberstdorf. We have chosen a resort this year, which is a bit unfairly interesting for Czech tourists. It is situated in the southwest of Germany in Bavaria in the Allgäu region. It is famous for its monuments (eg Neuschwanstein castle) or lakes (Forggensee), but few know that you can go skiing here. We reach Karlovy Vary in the direction of Munich and a short distance before this Bavarian metropolis we turn on the highway towards Lindau. This is quite an advantage because we avoid regular traffic jams in Munich. They become the nightmare of everyone heading for Austria. From us from Western Bohemia, it is in our destination, the town of Pfronten, about 420 Km. This can be done with 4,5-5 hours. Just the ideal driving distance for a trip with children who still ask "will I be there already? "
In front of Kempten, we head off the motorway south towards Marktoktoberdorf and continue along the county road closer to the mountains. It's beautiful weather and great visibility, so after a while we see the first alpine peaks on the horizon. It is unbelievable that the Allgäuser Alps and the foothills of the Tannheimer Berge are growing from an almost total plane. However, the plane is only apparent, and we also know that the snow in the surrounding fields is still growing. Our destination lies at an altitude of almost 900 mum and on arrival at Pfronten there are snow everywhere piles. The perfect winter idyll is illustrated by the bright sky and peaks towering directly over the city. After a while of navigation, we find accommodation that we booked as usual through booking. It's a big apartment house Allgäuer Apartmenthauswhere we have the 40 m apartment overlooking the Breitenberg mountain massif. The summit of this ridge reaches almost 1900 mum, but it has an already alpine rocky character. Above me, another significant mountain of this region, nearly two thousand Aggenstein with its terrible rocky walls and a short distance to the vast Brentenjoch, turns off.
And among these giants there is the ski center Skizentrum Breitenberg, which we are going to take the next day. But after proper relaxation. We arrived at 15.00, so it's too late for skiing, but time is still enough for other activities. The small town of Pfronten, which has only approx. 8,5 thousands of inhabitants, but entertainment offers plenty. We looked Alpenbad Pfronten which is a swimming center just off our apartment. It has an indoor pool, a children's paddling pool and an outdoor pool. It literally blows our breath. The water in it is warm almost like a whirlpool, and the best of it is the view of the sunset over the mountains. And a little advice for all who will live in this area - if you show the so-called Gastekarte (guest card) when you enter the pool you will get another discount. 3 clocks for 4 members of the 15 EUR family.
The next day we go skiing to Breitenberg. The valley station of the cable car is at the other end of the city, so it is necessary to drive. We do not have much time to get up early, so we buy a family ski pass for afternoon skiing. This is valid from 12-16: 00. We are surprised to find out that for the same, if not higher, price we would have been skiing in the Ore Mountains on Plešivec. Here, they are also a cheerful cashier and the surrounding mountain backdrop is also wonderful. The Breitenberg Skizentrum is not designed for those looking for resorts with hundreds of kilometers of connected slopes. It is a great choice for those who are looking for slopes for more sophisticated children and enjoy half-empty trails. We are on the top station of the cabin, at the height of 1500 mum and we are on a sunny skiing paradise. There are 14 km of slopes that look perfect even after noon, and now they are almost empty in the week. Here, it is important to note that for less able children, it is better to choose a smaller resort in the valley (for example Skizentum Pfronten, Nesselwang, etc.) because the slopes are red and therefore steeper than the beginner would like. Upon leaving the cabin, we head straight to the four-seater, which exported us to the highest point of the entire campus, amounting to approx. 1700 mum Snow are piles everywhere, this winter was really generous. From here, a magnificent view opens not only to the terrible walls of Aggenstein, but also to the opposite valley of the Tannheimer Tal with the endless band of the Allgäu Alps, dominated by the Hochvogel pyramid.
From the top of the chair you can take a short walk to a small children's ski lift, where there is probably the only possibility for skiers to be a complete beginner. The red pistes continue to the Mittaglift anchor and a little further to the Aggensteinlift anchor. Unfortunately, due to avalanche dangers, it is closed today. However, the 6 km is the perfect opening to the valley that runs around. We loved the most with the kids. The forest path it runs through is prefigured and only one place where you have to kick 100 m is a very fast ride. It's not the classic blue linker, where you must still tap to stop. Creepy serpentines running under the cable car bring a skicrous-like experience, and when you get there right, you can reach the valley station or the car park.
Another possibility of winter fun, which we are looking for in the Alps, is toboggan run. Although they are beginning to appear in our mountains, they have a different level. That is why we are going to sled the next day. Below, we buy an afternoon pass and because one sleigh is missing, we borrow it for 10 EUR per day. A short walk from the four-seater begins a runway on which we and the adults turn out to be the young children. The journey is done and even if you are driving fast, 30-40 minutes will take you. On the way, it's good to keep an eye out for the skiers who head for her on the Ostlerhutte mountain hut. It is good to take a ski helmet at least for children, for better safety. The Breitenberg tobogganing stops at the parking lot in the opposite valley, and from the start it's about 300 m to the bus stop. This one climbs between the lower station of the cable car and this stop and takes you back every hour.
Summum summery, the town of Pfronten has enchanted us with a relaxed atmosphere, sports activities other than skiing, but also favorable prices and relaxed people.
For more information on skiing, visit the site Breitenbergbahn