Winter Holidays in the Altmühltal
Winter Magic in the Nature Park.
Frozen lakes. Intriguing animal traces in the snow. Heathlands dotted with juniper trees covered with hoar frost. When it is getting cold outside and the first snowflakes are swirling down, the surrounding countryside becomes a real winter wonderland. An enchanting snow-white scenery awaits you then in the Altmühltal for romantic winter walks. Discover the wayside beauties step by step at a leisurely pace. The Nature Park offers plenty of opportunities for enjoyable leisure activities and outdoor pursuits. It provides best conditions for cross-country skiing, sledging and ice skating. However, the local area not only suits winter sports enthusiasts. If you are seeking quiet and peace, you will not be disappointed.
Welcome to the Winter Wonderland in the Altmühltal
The “Altmühltal” Nature Park is worth a visit in any season. However, when the lovely countryside has become white after the first sprinkle of snow, a stay in the “Altmühltal” Valley is a truly amazing experience. Enjoy a stroll along the footpaths in the surroundings. Reward yourself afterwards with a glass of mulled wine at a Christmas market in one of the neighbouring historic towns.
In winter you find several frozen tarns in the “Altmühltal” Nature Park, where you can enjoy ice skating. Other than smoothly sliding over the ice on the skates, you can also try your hand at curling. The “Bärenwirtsweiher” tarn, providing a heated room and a kiosk, as well as the “Aumühlweiher” tarn are beautiful spots to enjoy winter sports.
Walk with the huskies at night
Only about 15 minutes away from the Gams Hotel, you can immerse yourself in a Canadian ambience. In the near town of Dietfurt, you can find the Snow Wolf Valley Husky Ranch. The owners have made a long-cherished dream come true. Other than raising huskies, they offer unique experiences for visitors of all ages. You can, for example, join in on a walk at night in the company of huskies. After having become acquainted with the animals and received some information on the character of these dogs, you will get a few instructions regarding the gear. Afterwards, you can finally head off for the walk. The children can take the lead helped by an adult. The walk ends with a gathering around the campfire on the ranch. The participants are served snacks and drinks.
A glittering white scenery, a blue sky and sunshine. Within a short distance from the Gams Hotel, you find two cross-country skiing trails. The shorter track of about 10 kilometres is located in the village of Aschbuch and starts in front of the “Treffer” Inn. The other country-country skiing trail takes the winter sports enthusiast from Hirschberg to Kaldorf or vice versa. You can start either in “Fürstenstraße” street in Hirschberg or near the “Buchberger” Farm in Kaldorf. The track is 15 kilometres long.
Countesses and Knights, nobles and officers, prince-bishops and courtesans, alumni and professors, spiritual seekers and scholars. In the course of the centuries, the Hirschberg Castle has been home to lots of people.
As soon as the first snow falls, you can set off on exciting sledge rides. In the “Altmühltal” Nature Park there are several great hillsides, where you can enjoy sledging, weather permitting. For detailed information about near sledging spots and directions, please ask our receptionists.
Open Air Dinosaur Museum
Catch some glimpses into what seems to be a realm of fantasy. Marvel at fascinating prehistoric specimen that overshadow everything we know today by the strangeness of their appearance and their size. Following the 1.5-kilometre long adventure trail across the Dinosaur Park, you can undertake a thrilling journey back in time through different geological periods and immerse yourself in 400 million years of evolutionary history.
Treat yourself to a time out taking advantage of the spa facilities in the “Altmühltal” Nature Park. The “Altmühltal” Valley provides plenty of opportunities for relaxation and recreation. There are two certified thermal springs providing precious mineral water that fills the thermal pools of the “Altmühltherme” Spa in Treuchtlingen and of the “Limes-Therme” Spa in Bad Gögging. Furthermore, you can spend relaxing moments in the curative sulphurous water of the “Kaiser-Therme” in Bad Abbach. In these spa centres, you can also indulge yourself with massages and beauty treatments.