The Ski Resort
Skiing on sand dunes and at 30 degrees? Monte Kaolino in Hirschau makes it possible! On 22 million tons of finest white quarz sand, visitors find a unique skiing experience here in East Bavaria between May and September.
A lift takes sand skiers and boarders up the 150m/492ft hill. From there, a 200m/656ft long slope with a gradient of up to 35 degrees leads you back down. Practice your skills at the 30 slalom gates, and get ready for the sand boarding World Cup that takes place on Monte Kaolino on a regular basis. 'Sand-Zipfelbob-Downhill', where you shoot down to the valley on a sleigh, is also a fun and adrenaline-filled activity.
The white quarz sand was initially a by-product of porcelain clay mining, also known as 'kaolin'. Today, the sandy mountain is one of the highest in Europe, and a popular destination thanks to its many attractions.
Skis, big foot, and sand boards can be rented from Skiclub Monte Kaolino. Furthermore, some ski shoes are also available.
In 1957, the town of Hirschau discovered, that the sand hill can be used for skiing, and had a recreational area built on the south face, which was renovated entirely in 2007. Since then, visitors not only find a ski slope, but also a high rope course, a dune swimming pool, and the summer toboggan run Monte Coaster.
Dining and Restaurants
At the foot of Monte Kaolino, Piazza del Monte invites you in to enjoy a bite to eat, and enjoy the view over the swimming pool and Monte Kaolino.
- from Nürnberg: motorway A6. Exit at Amberg-West and follow B299 and Ambergerstraße to Hirschau.
- from Regensburg: motorway A93. Exit at Wernberg/Köblitz. Follow B14 to Hirschau.
The closest railway stations are Sulzbach-Rosenberg and Amberg. From there, buses go to Hirschau.