Cross-country skiing in classic Upper Bavarian style. If you had to invent this, then it couldn’t be much better than the cross-country skiing trail between Bad Tölz and the Reutberg convent. The Franciscan Convent has its origins back in the early 17th hundreds and is on a conspicuous throne on a hill in the flat countryside north of Bad Tölz right next to Lake Kirchsee. Beer has been brewed here since 1677 and today is now naturally not only just for their own consumption. And just as is customary here, there is an inn next door which belongs to the brewery and oozes nostalgia and offers great views of the mountains. If you want to enjoy both, the cross-country ski run and the Reutberg, then you’d better start your trip directly at the convent. On the way there you’ll always have a view of the mountains and on the way back you’ll have the cosy brewery tavern to look forward to. The trail itself starts directly under the hill, runs over the relatively flat open meadows of the Kirchsee felt, past the small village of Ellbach and before Bad Tölz there’s a hairpin bend. After a long loop it joins up about half way along the route there and then heads back towards the convent, which is an easily visible destination. The trail is made for a hassle-free tour of the idyllic Alpine foothills and is only prepared for classic cross-country skiing. Due to the exposed location on the flat it’s easy to ski cross-country on, but it’s a bit sensitive to snow conditions. The best thing to do is to find out beforehand from the tourist information office in Bad Tölz what state the cross-country skiing trail is in. The good thing about this trail is there aren’t many roads which need to be crossed; the peace and quiet, lots of nature and a culinary gem as a reward at the end, where you can buy some Reutberger beer directly from the brewery to take home with you.