Winter in the Sauerland, that is an experience for all the senses: The frosty earth crunches under your shoes, the peaks are powdered white or even covered in deep snow, the Christmas market is fragrant with spicy treats. Winter in the Sauerland has another adventurous side: enjoy the snow and the comfortably dormant nature even away from the slopes and toboggan runs.
Winter hiking through the landscape that has bedded down to sleep is a real pleasure. There are numerous winter hiking trails in the Sauerland that show nature lovers a new facet of the region. Some of them are pushed or leveled and are thus passable even when snow has fallen all around. Others lead along the Sauerland-Seen, for example, and are a real insider tip, especially in the cold season.
Do you want to be on skis, but don't want to race down the slopes? Then cross-country skiing might be something for you. In the high altitudes of the region you will find - if there is enough snow - many hundreds of kilometers of groomed cross-country trails. In the Nordicsport-Arena Sauerland there are even snow-covered cross-country trails and escape light trails - a special feature in NRW.
Nostalgically through the winter landscape you are on the way with the Sauerland small railroad. Every year, atmospheric St. Nicholas trips are offered here, full speed ahead it then goes with the steam locomotive in the direction of Christmas spirit. Or you can snuggle up under a blanket in the horse-drawn carriage. If there's snow, you'll be driven romantically through the wintry Sauerland, perhaps even on the runners of a horse-drawn sleigh.
Do you prefer a little more action and adrenaline? Then take a seat in the taxi-bob of the Veltins-EisArena in Winterberg and race with more than 130 km/h through one of the fastest and most modern artificial ice rinks in Europe and the world. Definitely an unforgettable experience in the Sauerland winter.