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Munich, Salzburg, Vienna December 8 2019

We have 3 nights in Munich prior to the start of our German Christmas tour. We would love to seek out some snow, ideally for a sleigh ride or carriage ride, or at the very least, a good snowball fight (ha). We don’t experience snow often in the southern US. Any suggestions appreciated. Ok if necessary to travel outside Munich and hour or so by train, bus.

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Munich is on the plains north of the Alps. It take a while to get to the mountains. You can take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (i hr 22 min) - stay the night if you can - they have a lovely small Christmas Market- and catch the earliest cog railway train up the Zugspitze to the glacier. You can catch a very early train from Munich to make it to G-P for a train that goes up - gives you an hour or two at the top for a snowball fight - and gets you back down in time for a train to get back to Munich, although it is doable. Check the weather before you go - the whole thing could be socked in by snow.

You can usually ski on the glacier there, or have a snowball fight, at that time of the year although the lower ski areas are closed. There will probably not be enough snow in the lower elevations for sleigh rides. Train back to Munich that afternoon.

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We were in Munich January 2017 -- got the first light snowfall on our last day (January 17) but not enough for even one snowball. Maybe you will get luckier during your tour.

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Garmisch almost always has enough snow at Christmas to Ski. That was a regular thing for me three years running. Walking the streets of that town at night with show coming down is a very good memory. The area around St Martins church is really pretty then.