Oberreifenberg (To get there, I just put in “Oberreifenberg” into my GPS. )
Cost: Totally free!
Overview: Several sledding hills ranging from slow and gradual to VERY steep. Lots of space, even with big crowds. There were beginners with snowboards and skis, though primarily sledders. In the forest, there were plenty of places for cross-country skiing. Nearby were a few restaurants, but check hours before going. There were also two stands selling snacks. Best idea is to bring a picnic, which is what most people did. Don’t forget the thermos for hot cocoa, tea or even gluhwein!
Parking was free, but very limited in the parking lot. Best bet is to park in one of the neighborhoods and walk over. Also, I did not notice any public bathrooms or porto-potties.
There were a few hills en route to Oberreifenberg and we almost stopped, but so glad we kept on going! Even though it’s such a short distance from Weisbaden/Frankfurt these neighborhoods had much more snow because of their higher elevation
NOTE: Although the main roads were pretty clear for us, I imagine they would likely be hazardous before sand trucks/plows.
Before we got to the parking lot, we saw several cars that were parking in the neighborhoods and walking. Since the side roads were heavily snow packed, we decided to park on a street and walk in the same direction as everyone else. So glad we did because the parking lot was FULL and a huge mess when we were leaving later.
TIP: If going on a weekend or holiday, park on a side street in one of the nearby neighborhoods.
Even if you get there early, when leaving it will be much easier to get out. There were A LOT of people.
It’s hard to tell in the photo above, but this was actually a really BIG hill. Even with all these people, it still felt like enough space to sled and no one was really running into each other. This was the first main hill upon arriving.
It was a perfect hill. Long and steady! It might depend on the amount of snow and people that have “plowed” some hills, but today there were about 6 or 7 sledding areas.
This was one of the steeper hill that also had bumps.
Another area was in between the trees. Although it was beautiful, I was more concerned on this hill that a kid might steer off into a tree.
Most people had sleds like these:
How cute are they?? Adults pulled the kiddos around on them and I saw 3-4 people sitting on one and going down together…toboggan style. Our round disk sled was super fast, but it did end up breaking by the end of the day.
Overall, it was a very fun and FREE winter family day!