Ruhpolding Lake & Mountain Holidays

Ruhpolding is the perfect holiday location nestled in the Bavarian Alps between Salzburg and Munich. The town provides a wide variety of holiday activities all year long in the midst of beautiful scenery. The locals' authentic lifestyle is reflected by their traditional dress, which they wear with pride. There are exciting summits to climb and valleys with many attractions to explore.

The three lakes area, referred to as "little Canada", is an inviting place to cool off with a refreshing swim after biking or hiking and the 18-hole golf course offers gorgeous views throughout. Because the Ruhpolding valley is sheltered from harsh winds, it is famous for its mild and sunny climate.

Ruhpolding offers hundreds of trails for the walker or cyclist that explore areas of outstanding scenic beauty that will never be forgotten. If you like to take in the scenery in a more leisurely fashion, you can take one of the mountain railways up the mountain. The Rauschbergbahn takes you to the peak of Rauschberg (1645m) where the summit offers stunning views over the Chiemgau Alps and Chiemsee.

The Unternberg offers spectacular views of the skiing area. Ruhpolding's most famous building is the Pfarrkirche St. Georg which is a good example of Bavarian Rococo. The town also boasts the 'Vita Alpina'; a fantastic pool/leisure complex with indoor and outdoor pools and water slides.

Don't miss the crystal clear water of the Königssee (King's Lake), where no motor boats have been allowed since 1909.

Additional Information
Useful Information
  • Flight time from London: 1 hour 55 min
  • Salzburg Airport: 40km from the city centre; transfer time about 33 min
  • Currency: Euro

Bells forge

Exhibition in the original buildings.



Containing collections from all areas of life in Ruhpolding.



Includes an open-air section with historic buildings and tools of woodcutters in the area of Ruhpolding.


Catholic parish church of St. George

A Talbeherrschender construction from 1738 to 1757 with Hochromanischer "Ruhpolding Madonna".


Vita Alpina

A fantastic pool/leisure complex with indoor and outdoor pools and water slides.


Leisure Activities

The amusement park, the adventure swimming pool, the mini-golf course and the riding stables always thrill young visitors.

In winter, you can make tracks in the snow on cross-country skis, downhill skis, sleds or sleighs. The 160kms of groomed trails, both classic and skating, lead through forests, fields and lakes.


Take a trip to Kitzbühel in Austria and visit one of the best ski resorts in the world.

Take the cable car up to the "Rauschberg". It is a very scenic ride and when you arrive at the summit you will be rewarded with a great view and an excellent meal in the mountain top restaurant.

Ruhpolding's location is a great starting point for day-trips to Munich (120 km), Salzburg (40 km) or the Chiemsee - the so-called Bavarian Ocean (30 km).

Experience Ruhpolding's good walking & cycling paths covering more than 200km. They are well marked with sign posts.

Places to eat


A historic farmhouse coffee shop specialising in huge cream puffs with a delicious cherry cream filling in the form of a swan.


Ruhpoldinger Hof

The restaurant has light wood panelling and lattice windows.


Steinbach Hotel

You'll find a comfortable Alpine atmosphere in the restaurant with its tiled stove.



Country-style restaurant with separate little beer bar.

Where to stay

Hotel AlpenSonne 4*

Why we like it: The traditional Bavarian welcome and the relaxing lounge bar Location: The centre of town is within easy walking distance. Features: A-la-carte restaurant, café, bar, swimming pool, table tennis, billiards. Accommodation: 23 well-lit rooms with en-suite facilities, telephone, TV, minibar, safe.


Steinbach Hotel 4*

Why we like it: The indoor swimming pool and country style of the hotel make your stay so special. Location: Approximately 5 min walking into the city centre. Features: 2 restaurants, Pilsstube with terrace, Zirbelstube, bar, beauty salon, sunbathing area, parking area. Accommodation: 65 rooms with en-suite facilities, TV, minibar, hairdryer, safe, radio, telephone, safe.

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