Braunlage (Harz)

A fairytale destination, but requires some advanced transport planning… or a car.

  • Train to Bad Harzburg and back: from 50eur
  • Local bus: ?
  • 1-day ski pass: 32eur
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Up to 400m altitude difference; opens mid-December, good snow cover probably since late January.

When there is little snow in the region or in peak times Braunlage may become really crowded, up to the total absence of parking spots. So better come by the opening time.

Munich and beyond

A weekend or longer trip, more expensive but still relatively on budget.

Ski resorts

Lots of them! Just to name a few: Hintertux in Zillertal, Kitzsteinhorn at Zell am See, Söll, Herzogstand, Dammkar, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

  • Train: from 150eur return trip
  • Skipass: from 50eur/day
  • Accommodation: from 60eur
Itineraries by train (to Munich)

A suitable EuroNight (sleeper) train via Hannover leaves at 19:49 and arrives at 7:05.
Return: EuroNight via Mannheim, 20:44 > 06:06.

December: ~150eur return w/o BahnCard, 120eur with BahnCard 25
January: 104eur with BahnCard 25

There’s also an option to save some money by going back on Monday during the day on ICE train.

Itineraries by plane (to Munich)

Lots of direct flights from ... return.

Itineraries to resorts
  • Mayrhofen: 2.5hr away by train from Munich Hbf, 44eur return.
  • Söll: 1.5hr away by train (from Munich Hbf to Wörgl Hbf), 52eur return.
  • A couple of nice places in Bavaria reached best by car, e.g. Herzogstand, Dammkar.
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen & Zugspitze: ~1.5hr by train from Munich Hbf to Garmisch + ~1hr Zahnradbahn to Zugspitze. There’s also a cheap overnight FlixBus from Berlin to Garmisch.
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We have to say Garmisch and Zugspitze are slightly boring and overpriced. If you’re interested in having a beer on the highest point of Germany, go ahead, but otherwise, it makes sense to go there only after a really good snowfall.

Bratislava, Slovakia

Solid option for a 4+ day trip. We tested it in 2017.

Ski resorts

Jasná Nízke Tatry — Chopok: great backcountry potential when the snow conditions are good!

  • Train, 110eur return trip
  • Skipass, 30eur/day
  • Accommodation, from 30eur/day
Itineraries by train

Inexpensive EuroNight nonstop train 19:01 >> 05:36 and 23:01 >> 09:01 back.
Bratislava to Liptovský Mikuláš train 07:55 >> 12:15 13eur + local bus or taxi; 17:29 >> 21:13 back to Bratislava.

Also, an opportunity to go back on Monday during the day through Prague, EC every 2 hours.

Train tickets: Berlin<>Bratislava 78eur + Bratislava<>Mikulas 30eur = 110eur
Skipass: 5 days = 140eur (280eur for 2)
Accommodation: 5 days 2 people = 150-250eur
We stayed at Penzion Ajda ( or link).

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If you choose EuroNight train, do pay attention when the conductor explains you safety rules. This is the only train on Earth where someone managed to steal our cash 🙂

In Jasná, if you’re willing to walk along the ridge from Chopok towards Ďumbier peak, you’ll find nice off-piste routes for any level even in spring and meet lots of wildlife, especially Rupicapra rupicapra tatrica.

Some downsides: local transport is underdeveloped. Mikuláš is far from the slopes, 30 minutes in a crowded skibus.