General Information About Oberstdorf
One of Germany's biggest and best known resorts, as well as its most southerly. Oberstdorf is popular with families year round. There are a wide range of sporting (and not sporting) alternatives to skiing. There are ski areas dotted all round the village. Ski jumping world-cup events are staged here annually. In 2005, the Nordic Ski World Championships took place in the resort for the second time since 1987.
The resort also offers:
- Germany’s longest downhill slope at the Nebelhorn cable lift (7.5 km!)
- The Söllereck lift is Germany’s longest continuous monocable lift with panorama cars providing a seating space for 6 persons and comfortable boarding for both young and old.
- Germany’s longest ski tow at the Höllwieslift
- Largest linked ski area on the northern side of the Alps at the Fellhorn and Kanzelwand
- Two-nation skiing region thanks to connection with the Kleinwalsertal in Austria
- Free travel by skibus
- Family-friendly ski areas with numerous skiing schools and kindergarten.
- Slopes galore: from nursery to FIS racing slopes.
Oberstdorf Ski Area
Piste and Lift Stats for Oberstdorf 3 Black Pistes (4km)
21 Red Pistes (30km)
14 Blue Pistes (10km)
44km Downhill Pistes
70km Cross Country Pistes
26 Ski Lifts
Oberstdorf Ski Area Height
Max Vertical and Resort Altitude for Oberstdorf 1400m Max Vertical
2220m Highest Lift
830m Lowest Piste
820m Resort Altitude (Oberstdorf)
The German Ski Resort of Oberstdorf has direct access to 44km of downhill skiing, with 38 individual pistes, served by 26 ski lifts.
With skiing above 2000 metres, snow cover is generally reliable.
There are three Airports within two hours drive, so ski weekends, snowboard breaks and short ski holidays to Oberstdorf are perfectly feasible. Memmingen Airport is just one hours drive away, in good driving conditions, so you can be on the piste quickly.
Skiing in Oberstdorf
Oberstdorf offers good sking, particularly, for Intermediate skiers.
Snowboarding in Oberstdorf
650 metres skicross trail with half pipe
City guide for Oberstdorf
Going to Oberstdorf soon or looking to book a trip then our destination Travel Guide to Oberstdorf is a great place to start to find out a little more about Oberstdorf. Read on to make your stay in Oberstdorf perfect.
So heading for a holiday, weekend break or a business trip to Oberstdorf then our extensive travel guide can help you get the most out of your stay. From hotels to book, best time of the year to go, activities to do and places to visit. With so much to see and do you'll be longing for more time in Oberstdorf just to fit everything in. Even if you've been to Oberstdorf before there will be something new to see or do and for those visiting Oberstdorf for the first time, our guide serves as a great place to start and get familiar with the area. It could give you some inspiration about which museums, shops, markets, bars and restaurants to visit or to simply embark on a city tour. We’ll list the various tours and activities in Oberstdorf, which you’ll be able to book right here.
To get an idea of the local area and the location of hotels in the area have a look at a map of Oberstdorf. We’ve plotted major attractions and places of interest on the map so you can book a hotel in the ideal location and to suit your budget and all your travelling needs. Hoping for the ideal weather during your spell in Oberstdorf then our weather stats can show you the typical weather conditions throughout the year so you can pick the perfect time to visit.
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In the Allgäu mountains
There are many types of mountain and winter sports, both in the summer months and in winter. Mountain trails open up the high alpine regions also for nonalpinists, Eg Nebelhorn, Fellhorn, Walmendinger Horn, Ifen and Kanzelwand. Or you can enjoy the mountains from below ... Discover our valleys!
The landscape with its mountains, lakes and natural monuments plays an essential role. The Oberallgäu is particularly rich. Examples include the Grünten, also known as the guard of the Allgäu, the Illersprung and the Breitachklamm near Oberstdorf, the Starzlachklamm near Burgberg, the Sturmannshöhle near Obermaiselstein and the Gottesackerplateau in the Klein Walsertal.
Skiing and snowboarding
In winter the Allgäu offers the "highest" ski resorts
With the mountain railways in Oberstdorf and the Kleinwalsertal on the mountains Fellhorn and Kanzelwand,
Foghorn, Söllereck, Walmendingerhorn and Ifen best conditions for skiing and skiing
Snowboarden with lots of snow, great lift and two fun parks. For non-skiers
There is also a toboggan run to Nebelhorn and Söllereck as well as numerous winter hiking trails
At Söllereck, Ifen, Nebelhorn and Fellhorn with a great view into the valley.
Cross the cross-country skis through the snow while enjoying the Oberstdorf winter landscape. Ten superbly prepared cross-country ski trails offer the best conditions, which can be Crystal clear air, snow-capped peaks and meadows, deep blue skies - on Oberstdorf's cross-country ski runs you can experience the winter in a very magical way.
With 75 km of cross-country ski runs (55 km of skating) you can take "cross-country skiing" literally. The ski glides almost endlessly
Sunny winter landscapes through quiet valleys or on the challenging routes of the Nordic World Ski Championships 2005.
Hiking, mountaineering, climbing
Gerstruben - Dietersbach
From the Mühlenbrücke start point, you will cross the town of Gruben to Dietersberg. The path continues over the Hölltobel to the listed mining village Gerstruben. Continue along the Dietersbach Valley to the Dietersbachalpe and return the same way.
Information : Length: 9 km, duration: 4 hours, altitude: 500, difficulty: medium
For mountain enthusiasts who would like to take the opportunity, the extension of the hike to the cultivated Dietersbachalpe at the end of the valley is a worthwhile destination
Söllereck Ridge - Fellhorn - Kanzelwand
Take the bus to the valley station of the Söllereckbahn. The Bergtour starts at the mountain station of the Söllereck and then goes over the Söllerkopf, the Schlappoldkopf to the summit of the Blumenberg Fellhorn, which is known for its lush mountain flowering. We continue through the Gundsattel to the Kanzelwand mountain station.
Information : Length: 8 km, duration: 3 hours, altitude: 630, difficulty: medium
Operating times of the mountain railways
Our mountain railways Nebelhornbahn, Fellhornbahn, Söllereckbahn, Kanzewandbahn, Walmendingerhornbahn and Ifen are available for you during the summer months and look forward to your visit.
Cycling and mountain biking
Sporty mountain biking tours over many heights, perennial cycling tours in traffic-free valleys or relaxing excursions with the electric bike - for fans of the two-wheeler sport offers Oberstdorf.
One of the highest greens in Southern Germany. The most southerly and one of Germany's most scenic golf courses is waiting for your visit. 9-hole golf course with driving range.
Places of interest in Oberstdorf
In addition to its scenic landscape, Oberstdorf also offers a lot of unique, special sights and interesting places from the customs and culture.
In the following, we would like to introduce you to a selection of leisure facilities which you can visit at the Oberallgäu.
Cultural and sporting highlights
The annual calendar in Oberstdorf and in the surrounding area offers a wide range of cultural and sporting highlights. Below you will find a selection of annually recurring events and further links.
January: Oberstdorfer Winterfest
February: Team tour in ski flying, fun day, Oberstdorfer winter festival, carnival procession & carnival balls
March: International cheese festival, Nebelhorn Freeride Classics
April: Oberstdorfer Osterspiele
May: Maibaumaufstellen in Schöllang & Tiefenbach, Oberstdorfer Naturgenuss, mountain valley half marathon
June: Oberstdorfer nature pleasure
July: Fire-brigade forest festival, music summer, foghorn run
August: Music summer, Dorffest, wine festival
September: Viehscheid, farmers' and cheese market, mountain bike marathon
October: Gallus market in Oberstdorf, Oberstdorfer Naturgenuss
November: Oberstdorfer Advent
December: Oberstdorfer Advent, skiopening, kick-off jumping Four-Hills-Tournament, New Year's Eve
From May to October: Oberstdorf weekly market every Saturday from 8 am - 1 pm
Always on Mondays at 10.30 am Guest appreciation at the Oberstdorfhaus: Here you will receive numerous.
Oberstdorf Culture and History
History of Oberstdorf
Oberstdorf as internationally well known top holiday location offers all what you need for a diversified vacation. Situated right in the Allgaeuer Alps with trafficless valleys and lakes everybody can find his favorites. If you go walking, hiking, mountain climbing, biking, mountain biking or just relaxing everybody can enjoy his favorite hobby or try something new and unknown, e.g paragliding, bungee jumping. In Winter Oberstdorf offers 75 km cross country skiing tracks and together with Kleines Walsertal 5 ski resorts with 128 km downhill skiing slopes but also more than 140 km well prepared winter hiking/walking trails.
The skiing region Kleinwalsertal-Oberstdorf
Nestled between the skiing mountains of Kanzelwand, Ifen, Walmendingerhorn and Heuberg, the Kleinwalsertal skiing area spans the entire valley - only interrupted by the Breitach bridge (3 minutes by foot) and the Schwarzwassertal valley (shuttle bus service from the Parsenn mountain station to the Ifen valley station).
The unique nature of the Kleinwalsertal valley is complemented to form a coherent whole by the people that live and work here. Behind this lies a long-term tradition of Walser culture, as well as a wide variety of different influences that have had an impact on the people and thus the culture in the Kleinwalsertal valley – and that’s the way we like it!
On the one hand, the result is that the culture is living and developing – we’re not ones for not looking past the end of our noses. On the other hand, we are proud of “our” Walser culture and tradition that, as Mahler said, is not the worship of the ashes but the re-stoking of the fire. Cultural life in the Kleinwalsertal valley is shaped by many voluntary contributors, who are passionate about their home and keep the fire going.
The ideal complement is found “in the wild”, with the Kulturweg Kleinwalsertal (culture route). A total of 40 objects have been prepared by Wolfgang Hilbrand and described using boards and the brochure “Erlebe unsere Kultur und Tradition” (“Experience our culture and tradition”) (€ 4.50 with a guest card). These testaments of time tell their own stories and anecdotes on the Kleinwalsertal valley along the circular routes in all three locations.
Alternating exhibitions from contemporary – often local – artists can be seen at the Kulturcafé in the Kurpark in Riezlern. Yet what the Kulturcafé has to offer isn’t just limited to visual arts, but covers all branches and exhibition types, so there’s always something to discover.
The Walser people in the Kleinwalsertal valley have developed their culture over centuries in the form of customs, dress and dialect. On the following pages, you will find information on the interesting history of this small mountain people that – with great adaptability and tenacity – moved into the Kleinwalsertal valley and essentially never left.
After communities in Switzerland, Italy, Liechtenstein and Vorarlberg, the Kleinwalsertal valley is the last bastion of the Walser nomads. Why? Quite simply because even the old Walser people knew a good thing when they saw it (moving further wasn't necessary)!
Knowledge of Walser culture, i.e. Walser history, customs, dress and dialect is maintained by chronicler Stefan Heim. The following pages give you and overview of various topics.
Your ski holiday in Kleinwalsertal
Guaranteed snow and fun on the slopes for all skiing levels. With the 2-Country-Ski pass Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal you have the possibility to explore on 130km of freshly groomed slopes. You can book your accommodation with Ski pass included directly from your home and start your holiday stress free. When you arrive, your ski pass for 47 lifts and gondolas is already waiting for you. Before Christmas, in January as well as the Sonnenskiwochen in March and April are the special offer dates to remember in the ski region Oberstdorf-Kleinwalsertal. In these special offer times the accommodation owners offer a special allround-no-worries-package with a discounted ski pass for the entire region.
Crystal Ground - Snowpark Kleinwalsertal
Get to know the perfectly prepared Crystal Ground Snowpark Kleinwalsertal. Shred in the park or grab one of the sun loungers and watch the sessions from the park base and just chill and relax.
Obstacles range from beginner to advanced
Top location - easily accessible
Crystal Ground Shop, rental and service, restaurants, bus stop
Chill out area
Day & Night - floodlight every Wednesday 7 - 10 pm