Many years ago this was a place for mining, now people from all over Germany come here to participate in this unique, one-off experience: the Christmas market on the summit of the Rauschberg.
The giant out of stone rises up to 1,670 metres. On the summit you can find more than just ice, snow and mountain flora. On the 2nd and 3rd as well as 9th and 10th of December this summit is transformed into the highest Christmas market in the whole of Germany. As the Zugspitze needs to have a break this year due to construction work, the Rauschberg has the privilege of being the highest Christmas market.
At the Christmas market on the Rauschberg there is a huge choice of regional cuisine, tasty mulled wine and children’s punch. This unique spectacle is highlighted with live music and towards the evening a view of an unforgettable sunset. An open fireplace and Christmas lights create a magical atmosphere for the rest of the evening.
Whoever doesn’t feel like hiking can take the Rauschberg cable car to get there easily and enjoy the kilometre long view of the surrounding valleys in the Chiemgau.
Thanks to its many ski lifts Chiemgau is the perfect winter paradise for families. With its gentle varied slopes the Winklmoosalm-Steinplatte is the ideal terrain for leisurely skiers. You can also discover the whole of Chiemgau on the well-prepared cross-country skiing trails. Every year the Chiemgau Team Trophy is especially good fun. This cross-country skiing event focuses on experiencing beautiful nature together. The amateur teams start from Inzell, head towards Ruhpolding and then onto Reit im Winkl.
The tradition of the biathlon in Ruhpolding goes back to the 1960s. In January the best professional athletes such as the former Rico Groß compete for the Biathlon World Cup. But it’s not only worth visiting in winter: 1,400 km of well-signposted ADFC certified cycle paths and 20 bike tours offering different experiences make the Chiemgau region ideal for cycling. And whoever loves beer should try sampling one on one of the special brewery bike tours through Chiemgau. The native brewers keep the century’s old tradition of brewing alive with their love of their work and craftsmanship.
The good fortune of the inhabitants of Inzell is only 20 kilometres to the west: the Chiemgau Alps start with the Hochfelln (photo) at 1,674 metres, which is the main attraction for the holiday resort. The popular hiking path number 8 leads from the car park next to the Maxhütte along the Schwarzache stream to the Bründlingsalm (1,161 metres) via the middle station. Alongside traditional Bavarian fare delicious home-made butter milk is available in summer to give you extra energy for the last part of the ascent to the summit. Besides the views the cross on the summit is also worth inspecting more closely, as it was carried by 40 Chiemgau locals to the summit of the Hochfelln in 1886. Total hiking time: approximately three hours.
Source: MERIAN Oberbayern