The Ski Resort
Situated in the Fichtelgebirge mountains, Bischofsgrün, Fichtelberg, Mehlmeisel and Warmensteinach nestle around mount Ochsenkopf like a chain. From Bischofsgrün and Fleckl, two cable cars quickly take skiers to the summit of the Ochsenkopf. On its northern and southern slopes there are two great, long pistes for sporty skiers as well as for beginners and families. Three further ski lifts in Bischofsgrün complete the range of lifts.
In addition to the Ochsenkopf, there are several other pistes and lifts in Mehlmeisel, Fichtelberg-Neubau, Warmensteinach/Fleckl, Selb and Immenreuth. These can be used with the tariff association card Ochsenkopf plus. The predominantly easy and medium-difficulty ski runs on the second highest mountain in northern Bavaria are partially covered with technical snow. From mid-December to the end of March, modern snow-making equipment ensures optimum conditions on the slopes. On a total of 6 slopes in the area, winter sports enthusiasts can also ski at night, as these are equipped with floodlight systems.
At the Ochsenkopf there are two ski schools that help you with your first attempts on boards. Whether ski or snowboard, child or adult - here, everyone learns the most important techniques for safely and joyfully whizzing down the slopes. For the little ones, the snow sports school Schneesportschule Nordbayern offers the Nubi-Club, a perfect introduction to the white wonder world - with Nubi, the little alien boy. On the special practice area, little skiers go on an exciting adventure trip through Nubitamia with Nubi and learn to ski with a lot of fun. There are also other children's ski areas (children's downhill run north and south) with children's lifts.
Freestylers can let off steam in the snowboard park at the Geiersberg and Hempelsberg in Oberwarmensteinach, the largest snowboard park in Northern Bavaria. The park was developed by snowboarders for snowboarders and has new obstacles to offer every year.
- The vertical drop from summit to base is 1243 ft. The average difference in altitude between base and summit of Ski Resorts in Germany is 705 ft. Most runs are therefore relatively long. The ski resort takes you to an elevation of 3360 ft.
- Average snow depth during the season is 15 " at summit elevation and 6 " at base elevation. Snow coverage is usually best during February, offering an average snow depth of 17 " at summit elevation and 8 " at the base.
- Ochsenkopf features 15 sunny days on average per season. The average for all ski Resorts in Germany is 18 sunny days. February is the sunniest month with an average of 9 sunny days.
Snow Safety & Snowmaking
On Mountain Dining
At the Ochsenkopf you will find huts for refreshment at every valley station as well as on the summit of the Ochsenkopf. Another place to stop for refreshments is at the top station of Mehlmeisel in the Bayreuth house.
If you love long downhill runs, the Ochsenkopf is just right for you. The 2,300-metre-long north and the 1,900-metre-long south run are the two longest downhill runs in northern Bavaria.
Evening skiing with floodlighting is offered on four alpine slopes:
- Klausen lifts Flour chisel
- Hempelsberg & Geiersberg, Oberwarmensteinach
- Bleaml-Alm, new building
- mitre lift, Bischofsgrün
If you want to glide through the winter landscape on cross-country skis, 85 kilometres of cross-country trails await you around the Ochsenkopf. Starting points are in Fleckl, Fichtelberg and Bischofsgrün. In the Wagenthal and in the winter sports centre Belaml Alm there are also two cross-country trails that are lit until 8 p.m. and even a 2.5 kilometre long, snow-covered competition trail.
The Ochsenkopf is also a great place for winter walks. You can either walk on the cleared paths or explore nature off the trails by snowshoeing. A great tour leads to the Asenturm, the highest restaurant in Franconia. For those who want to experience pure nature and walk through snow-covered winter forests, a guided snowshoe tour is the ideal option. Well-trained hiking guides explain the technique and take the participants to the most beautiful viewpoints of the region. You can also explore the surroundings safely on your own: there are special, signposted snowshoe hiking trails.
In addition to these hikes, there is also the possibility of ski tours. There are several toboggan runs around the Ochsenkopf, which invite you to toboggan and are especially popular with younger visitors.
On the ice skating rink at the valley station of the Ochsenkopf cable car north in Bischofsgrün or on the large ice rink at the Fichtelsee you can also go for a round of curling or glide over the ice with skates after the fun on the slopes. Those who prefer to go into the warmth can end the day at the bowling alley or in the swimming pool.
Après-Ski and Nightlife
The Fichtelberg restaurant "Bleaml-Alm", which is located directly next to the ski lift in Neubau, is a popular après-ski meeting place. On the south side of the Ochsenkopf there is also the party tent Hirscheck, where a successful ski day can be celebrated.
Dining and Restaurants
If you want to eat well at the Ochsenkopf, we recommend the restaurant of the Hotel Kaiseralm, which prepares both regional and international delicacies. There are also 18 other restaurants around the Ochsenkopf.
Infrastructure & Rental
Number of Ski Rental
The Ochsenkopf is located in the Fichtelgebirge in the northeast of Bavaria.
If you come from the north or south, you can take the A9 to the Bindlacher Berg or Bad Berneck exit and then take the B2 to Bad Berneck. From there the B303 leads to Bischofsgrün. Coming from the west, the A70 leads to Ochsenkopf. At the Bayreuth Nord motorway junction, change briefly to the A9 in the direction of Nürnberg and also take the Bindlacher Berg / Bad Berneck exit. From the east the B303 leads to Bischofsgrün. If you are driving on the A93, take the exit Marktredwitz and from there take the B303 to Ochsenkopf.
By public transport:
The nearest airports are in Nuremberg (about 120 kilometers) and Hof (about 50 kilometers). The nearest train station is in Warmensteinach. From the main station in Bayreuth there are also buses to Bischofsgrün.