Visitors can discover a world of variety, adventure and action in every season on top of Germany, the Zugspitze, and in the surrounding mountain region. An exciting family vacation awaits parents and their children in the Bavarian Alps. In the summer, families can explore wild gorges, refresh in crystal-clear mountain lakes, wander through Alpine meadows or enjoy an exciting outdoor adventure on a high rope course or a summer bobsled run. There are also lots of gentle and fun hikes for parents and kids. In the winter, ski slopes with reliable snow conditions, all kinds of fun and excitement on well-groomed sled runs, plus spooky torch hikes throughout the Zugspitz Region make for an unforgettable family vacation.
Summer family activities in the Zugspitz Region
A family vacation in Bavaria. A true hiking paradise awaits families on the Zugspitze and in the surrounding mountain region. Countless mountains, big and small, with waterfalls, gorges, theme trails, alpine lodges and alpine herders’ Alm lodges offer diversion for children while discovering nature first-hand. Families can choose a scenic route with numerous opportunities for a picnic and places to play for the children, such as a family hike on the woodland experience trail to the Kuhflucht waterfalls in Farchant.
Those preferring a family vacation with aquatic activities, though, will be spoiled for choice, with crystal-clear mountain lakes and picture-perfect Alpine streams in the Zugspitz Region to choose from. Aquatic sports enthusiasts can rent a boat, canoe or kayak, or even go on an exciting white-water rafting ride. You might also want to try out a novel fun sport in the Bavarian Alps: Trekraft. Here, families with children age 11 and older can enjoy lots of fun in small one-man rafts while paddling on the Ferchensee lake in the Alpenwelt Karwendel region. Children age 16 and older can do the real thing: paddle a Trekraft on the Isar River, accompanied by a trained kayak guide. Families with toddlers can also get in some paddling or rowing by renting a rowboat or pedal boat on almost any of the lakes in the Zugspitz Region.
In the Zugspitz Region of diversity, teenagers age 15 and older accompanied by their parents can explore the Bavarian Alps in an unconventional manner: by navigating a Segway. Interested families can book individual tours or guided group tours on Segway Personal Transporters at Alpenmove in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. On a Segway, you and your children can discover the fantastic outdoors of the Zugspitz Region using an innovative and ecologically friendly mode of transport while on your unforgettable family vacation!
A family ski vacation in the Bavarian Alps
Young skiers can also look forward to family-friendly ski areas in the Bavarian Alps of the Zugspitz Region. Children learn to ski quickly while having fun in the snow at the Kinderland practice areas and ski kindergartens at the Hausberg in the Garmisch Classic ski area, the Kolbensattel family ski area in Oberammergau and the Kranzberg family ski paradise near Mittenwald. Why not book your snow-filled family vacation on skis near the Zugspitze mountain today!
The guided torch hike through the Partnachklamm gorge is an unforgettable experience for the whole family. This impressive nighttime outdoor adventure with the option of a snack or dinner at the top is sure to be a highlight of any winter family vacation in the Bavarian Alps!
Vacation programs for families on top of Germany and in the surrounding region
Many towns offer special programs for a fantastic family vacation in Bavaria during the vacation seasons. Children and their parents can attend diverse events or workshops free of charge or for a small fee with the local Guest Card. Many towns offer special programs for a fantastic family vacation in Bavaria during the vacation seasons. Children and their parents can attend diverse events or workshops free of charge or for a small fee with the local Guest Card. You can obtain detailed up-to-date information about family vacations and vacation programs at any of the tourist information offices in the Zugspitz Region.
A family vacation on a Bavarian farm: Ride a pony, pet farm animals and enjoy the outdoors in Bavaria
If your child loves animals or wishes for a family vacation with horseback riding, a family vacation on a Bavarian farm is just what you're looking for!
Whether an exciting horseback ride in the words, a leisurely ride on a pony, horseback-riding lessons in a riding rink or a carriage ride for the whole family through the picture-perfect landscape of the Zugspitz Region - your children will have the time of their life!
You can take a look at the horseback riding carriage ride options for your memorable family vacation in the Zugspitz Region here!
Bad weather tips for a wonderful family vacation in the Bavarian Alps
There is also a lot to discover and experience in the Zugspitz Region on rainy days and in bad weather for families with children. The public swimming pools offer an occasion to romp and play for children, for example, on a water slide or in big waves, while parents can enjoy some time off with exercise or wellness and relaxation
You can find a list of the swimming pools in the Zugspitz Region here.
If your children prefer other indoor activities, you might want to check out one of the bouldering gyms. At the bouldering gym, Boulderhalle Ammerrock in Wurmansau / Saulgrub, children can even have a special birthday party or attend an unforgettable children's bouldering workshop. Even toddlers age 3 and older can take a try at bouldering in the modern bouldering gym.
Try out bouldering during your family vacation in the Zugspitz Region and enjoy family sports on the Zugspitze and in the surrounding mountain region.
List of the bouldering gyms and climbing gardens in the Zugspitz Region.
Museums in Bavaria: A family vacation with brains
Child-friendly museums in the Zugspitz Region offer welcome diversion during your family vacation. Glentleiten in the town of Großweil, the largest open-air museum in Southern Bavaria, offers diverse guided tours for families and active participation activities for children. Opportunities you won't want to miss!
You can find the museum and exhibit guide here.
The best adventure playgrounds for children in the Bavarian Alps
Playgrounds for children are a must-have on a family vacation! In the Zugspitz Region, where adventure trails, insect hotels and active participation information boards turn the Bavarian Alps into a playground for children, there are also many large and small adventure playgrounds waiting to be discovered by conquerors, both young and old!
You can find a large selection of adventure playgrounds for children in the Zugspitz Region here.
Tips for your family vacation from the locals
Of course, the best tips for an interesting and exciting family vacation come from the local families! Just ask your hosts or the reception desk staff what they suggest for you and your children in the Zugspitz Region.