While Germany is quite a large and diverse country, by European standards, all the best rock climbing may be found in the south, in the state of Bavaria. This is where the Bavarian Alps slightly diverge from the rest of the mountain range.
Ice climbing trips here are either stand alone or combined into winter mountaineering trips, since getting to the top of Germany’s mountains dur5ing this season requires quite a bit of ice climbing.
Close proximity to bothy Austria and Switzerland also mean that some guides will combine trips to climb spots in Germany along with one of these other neighboring countries. Climbing in the austrian Tyrol Alps is another popular destination that is easily reached from any Bavarian town.
The southern part of Germany, where the Alps and most of the ice climbing locations are found in the country, is generally quite cold and snowy during the winter. The area has daily average winter temperatures hovering above freezing, but these decrease to below freezing as you increase your elevation. The area also receives plenty of snowfall during this time of year, but still enjoys plenty of sunny and clear days as well, perfect weather for ice climbing.
The best way to get to Bavaria is by flying into the international airport in Munich (MUC). From here it is easy to find a bus, train or rent a car to head south and arrive in the state’s mountains.
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