Berlin (dpa) - Chancellor Angela Merkel has spoken out in favor of upcoming winter holidays in favor of closing all ski areas in Europe.

"The ski season is approaching," said the CDU politician on Thursday in the Bundestag in Berlin.

Tourist trips should not take place, any unnecessary contact should be avoided.

«We will try to vote in Europe whether we can close all ski areas.

Unfortunately, when you hear the Austrian pronouncements that we could do it that easily, it doesn't look like that, but we will try again. "