Hiking in snow-capped mountains is one of our, my wife’s and mine, favorite winter activities. Going there is an easy trip for us as we live just a 60-minutes drive away from the Bavarian Alps.
A benefit of going in winter is that hiking trails are a lot less traveled than in summer or autumn. Many routes have huts and lodges along the way or close to the summit that serve traditional, handmade alpine cuisine. Stopping by there is a great way to recharge your batteries. Some places, like those run by the Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club), are open almost all year round. Local farmers, in contrast, only operate their huts during summer, when their cattle grazes on the surrounding pastures.