Fairy-tale trails: Nordic Parc Fichtelgebirge
A powdery paradise for cross country skiing can be found in the north of Franconia: the Nordic Parc Fichtelgebirge.
Ochsenkopf/Fichtel Mountains and Luisenburg, Waldstein and Kornberg: These are the fairy-tale names of the mountains through which the trails in the Nordic Parc Fichtelgebirge run. Cross country skiers really will find almost fairy-tale conditions here. Whether they actually come across the region’s legendary ghosts and spirits is another matter. However, it is a fact that the Fichtel Mountains have some of the most reliable snow conditions in the whole of Germany.
Ideal conditions, therefore, to explore the Low Mountains on cross country skis – on leisure, fitness and sports trails that are suitable for both classic and skating styles. A total of 255 kilometres of trail wind through the Nordic Parc Fichtelgebirge: All beautifully prepared and divided into various levels of difficulty. Thanks to the abundance of main and connecting stretches, the trails are extremely well interlinked and can therefore be combined according to choice.
The views for cross country skiers in the Fichtel Mountains are outstanding in the true sense of the word – not least thanks to the panoramic trails round the summit of the Ochsenkopf, Franconia’s second highest mountain. Here you can glide over the snow at altitudes of up to 900 metres, either avoiding any notable inclines or with some steep and curving descents.
Another experience is the night-time trail in the Nordic Parc Fichtelgebirge. You can ski until 9 p.m. on the trails on the Bleaml Alm, in the Wagenthal, in Gefrees or on the Luisenburg, thus extending the short winter days in a way that is both active and hugely enjoyable.
The park’s rollerski piste is also floodlit in winter. At 2.5 kilometres in length and between 3.5 and 10 metres wide, this training stretch can also be used when no snow has fallen: In winter it can be covered in artificial snow, and in summer you can dash around the bends on inline skates or rollerskis.