If you want to hit the slopes but think it’s too expensive then think again – here are our best European winter sports destinations on a budget.
Did you know that Austria has some of the best ski slopes in the world? This famous spa town is also a winter sport mecca as one of the biggest ski resorts in the Austrian Alps. No surprises here that there are plenty of slopes and adventure sports on offer – and it’s easy to get to by train. The town has been famous for steaming away your worries in its medicinal waters since the 1800s and still has a well priced thermal spa where you can relax in the steam baths outdoors while watching the snow. You don’t have to be royalty to stay here either, with plenty of apres ski bars around town with generous happy hours and late open hours. What’s not to love?
Bad Gastein is only an hour by train from Munich or Salzburg and offers a range of winter activities including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing and there’s an amazing restaurant at the top of the mountain serving the best apple strudel!!
If you’re heading to Bad Gastein then stay at Euro Youth Hotel Krone – the best place to have fun and get the most out of the winter sports on offer. It’s a three start hotel but also with hostel rooms and communal areas – they have a great cosy bar and restaurant so you’ll be well looked after. They are right at the centre of town and just across the road from the closest lifts, providing the most affordable base in the whole of the Alps! They serve up one of the best schnitzel you’ll ever have and the beer is also imported from the Augustiner brewery in Munich – so you’re guaranteed a quality night!
This winter wonderland is located in between two beautiful lakes and in the shadow of the Eiger, Monch and Jungfrau mountains. A stunning town all year round, they offer plenty of action and adventure sports both in summer and winter season and we guarantee you won’t be disappointed! Highlights for winter sports including skiing and snowboarding (of course) and the more exciting night sledding (yes – after dark rushing down the mountain!), snow shoeing, or leave it all behind and go get yourself in a hot tub with a cold beer.
The best place to stay in Interlaken is of course Balmer’s Hostel – the original and the best hostel in town! Looking like a swiss mountain chalet this cute place has an excellent bar and club, fondu nights, a beer garden and a cosy log fire to cuddle up next to. The staff are awesome and friendly and it’s well located to get to everything you need in town – you can book most activities right there – usually with great discounts. It’s also awesome in the summer with a whole host of different activities and their hot tub-tastic summer camp as well – but that’s a different story…
This UNESCO city may be best known for famous local Mozart, The Sound of Music and the amazing ice caves nearby, but Salzburg is a beautiful city surrounded by pristine natural beauty, castles and of course – ski slopes! Being in the heart of the Austrian Alps there are plenty of locations to choose from locally. From Christmas to March you can enjoy the nearby slopes with shuttle buses available from the town.
Yoho Hostel is the oldest running in town and the best choice when visiting this pretty city. Centrally located it has a cosy late night bar and a room showing ‘The Sound of Music’ movie every day; you can book the real tour at reception. There are spacious clean rooms and a relaxed and friendly staff that are always on hand to help you out. Great value!
The Bavarian Alps have some stunning scenery and slopes and can easily be explored in a day trip from Munich. In an hour and a half from Munich you can reach the slopes of Garmisch Patenkirchen. There are the famous Garmisch-Classic or Zugspitze ski areas accessible by train, and Spitzingsee, Sudelfeld and Brauneck. Further afield there’s also Bergbahnen Hindelang-Oberjoch. All you need to do is get on the piste!
From Munich you can reach the Bavarian Alps and enjoy a day’s skiing, and still be back in the city for some apres ski in the evening! There are the famous Garmisch-Classic or Zugspitze ski areas accessible by train, and Spitzingsee, Sudelfeld and Brauneck. Further afield there’s also Bergbahnen Hindelang-Oberjoch. All you need to do is get on the piste!
If you’re heading to Munich then don’t miss out on staying at the Euro Youth Hotel, Munich. Centrally located next to the station this clean and friendly hotel/ hostel provides great budget accommodation and an awesome bar. There are tours around town you can book from reception and they can help you with getting to great ski destinations from the station at the end of the road. At the end of your day of adventure you can relax in their bar with great beers on tap and an international crowd. Find out more about skiing from Euro Youth here
This Scandinavian city is a great place to enjoy some alternative winter action – Viking style! You can take a proper local sauna tour where you lounge around a wooden heated sauna floating on a raft in the Baltic Sea. Yes, for real. After you’re skin reaches boiling point you throw yourself into the icy water. Yes, that’s winter sports Swedish style. (If you want to ski then you can head out of town and do that too – but not necessarily on a backpacker budget).
If you’re heading to Stockholm then don’t miss out on City Backpacker’s Hostel. This centrally located and friendly hostel has great design, great people, and a sauna!! They’re eco friendly and also a great budget option – don’t miss out on the happy hour prices in their neighbouring cafe. If you’re looking to find out about Swedish culture, find the best meatballs in town or to do their Viking Sauna tours then just ask at reception – don’t miss out!
We hope you enjoyed our tips on the Best European Winter Sports Destinations on a budget!
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