Walking in the Bavarian Alps

70 mountain walks and treks in southern Germany

By Grant Bourne, Sabine Körner-Bourne

Guidebook to mountain walks and treks in the Bavarian Alps, on the border of Germany and Austria, between Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden. Accessible from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck, these 70 routes range from half-day walks to 3-day hut-to-hut treks. Highlights include the Königssee and Breitach, Partnach and Höllental gorges.



most valley walks can be attempted early in the season (April-May); the majority of routes are best walked from June-September; lower altitudes until mid-October


Oberstdorf, Riezlern, Tannheim, Füssen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald, Walchensee, Lenggries, Tegernsee, Bayrischzell, Marquartstein, Reit im Winkl, Ruhpolding, Inzell, Bad Reichenhall, Ramsau, Berchtesgaden


valley walks suitable for all abilities; main routes are graded 1-3; none of the routes require climbing skills, and no special equipment required
Must See

Must See

the Zugspitze (Germany's highest peak), Königssee (a stunning mountain lake), karst landscapes, picture-book towns Oberammergau and Mittenwald, wild mountain gorges, alpine meadows, Neuschwanstein Castle, folklore traditions, opulent baroque churches, scenic rack railways and exhilarating multi-day tours
19 Jun 2018
17.2 x 11.6 x 1.8cm
  • Overview

    This guidebook of walks explores Germany's Bavarian Alps. Lying along the German-Austrian border in a thin sliver of land roughly 300km long, this area contains some of the most spectacular walking and beautiful scenery that Germany has to offer. 70 graded walks explore mountain landscapes, wild mountain gorges and alpine meadows as well as the region's picturesque villages, opulent baroque churches and fairy-tale castles like Neuschwanstein. The walks are divided into six mountain areas, grouped around base towns to make planning a walking holiday as easy as possible. Bases include Oberstdorf, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald, Marquartstein, Inzell, Oberammergau and Ramsau among others. Mountain walks are mainly between 3 and 8 hours duration, though some longer walks are included staying at mountain huts. The guidebook gives an outline of two multi-day tours and suggestions for shorter valley walks of less than 3hrs are also included. Relaxing beer gardens, colourful local traditions and excellent tourist infrastructure add to the region's charms, and make the Bavarian Alps the perfect destination for a walking holiday.

  • Contents

    Plants and wildlife
    Getting there
    Getting around
    Mountain huts
    Clothing and equipment
    Safety in the mountains
    Food and drink
    Using this guide
    Part I The Allgäu Alps
    Walk 1 The Nagelfluhkette: a ridge walk between the Mittagberg and Stuiben
    Walk 2 Over the Großer Ochsenkopf to Riedberger Horn
    Walk 3 A ridge walk between Sonnenkopf and Falken Alpe
    Walk 4 The Rubihorn
    Walk 5 Edmund-Probst-Haus to the Oytal
    Walk 6 Prinz-Luitpold-Haus to Landsberger Hut/Tannheim
    Walk 7 Gerstruben
    Walk 8 From the Gerstrubental to the Oytal
    Valley walks from Oberstdorf
    Walk 9 Kanzelwandbahn to Fellhorn and Söllereck
    Walk 10 Fiderepass Hut
    Walk 11 Gottesacker Plateau
    Walk 12 Around the Großer Widderstein
    Walk 13 Tannheim to Vilsalpsee
    Walk 14 Tannheimer Höhenweg: Füssener Jöchl to Bad Kissinger Hut
    Part II The Ammergau Alps
    Walk 15 Kalvarienberg
    Walk 16 A walk above Hohenschwangau
    Walk 17 Bad Kohlgrub to Oberammergau
    Walk 18 Over the Laberjoch to Ettal
    Walk 19 The Kofel
    Walk 20 Along the Sonnenberggrat to August-Schuster-Haus and Linderhof
    Walk 21 The Notkarspitze
    Part III The Wetterstein, Ester and Walchensee Mountains
    Walk 22 Wank, Esterberg Alm and Gams Hut
    Walk 23 Partenkirchen to the Krottenkopf
    Walk 24 Wamberg, Berggasthof Eckbauer and the Partnachklamm
    Walk 25 Schachen Haus and the Königs Haus
    Walk 26 Schachenhaus/Meiler Hut to Leutasch
    Walk 27 The Zugspitze
    Walk 28 Kreuzeck, Knappenhäuser and the Höllentalklamm
    Valley walk from Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Walk 29 Soiern Haus, Schöttelkarspitze and Seinskopf
    Walk 30 Hochland Hut and Wörnersattel
    Walk 31 Kranzberg, Grünkopf and Ederkanzel
    Walk 32 The Brunnsteinspitze
    Valley walks from Mittenwald
    Walk 33 Herzogstand and Heimgarten
    Walk 34 The Jochberg
    Part IV The Tegernsee and Schliersee Mountains
    Walk 35 Brauneck, Achselköpfe and Benediktenwand
    Walk 36 The Seekarkreuz
    Valley walk from Lenggries
    Walk 37 Above Tegernsee
    Walk 38 Wallberg and Risserkogel
    Walk 39 Wildbad Kreuth to the Schildenstein
    Walk 40 The Blauberge
    Walk 41 The Roßstein
    Walk 42 The Wendelstein
    Walk 43 The Breitenstein
    Walk 44 Taubensteinbahn to Soinsee and Taubenstein Haus
    Walk 45 Jägerkamp, Taubenstein and Taubenstein Haus
    Walk 46 Tatzlwurm to Brünnstein and Tatzlwurm
    Valley walks from Bayrischzell
    Part V The Chiemgau Alps
    Walk 47 From the Kampenwand to the Geigelstein
    Walk 48 Marquartstein to the Hochgern
    Valley walk from Marquartstein
    Walk 49 To Hindenburg Hut, Straubinger Haus and the Fellhorn
    Walk 50 Winklmoos Alm and Dürrnbachhorn
    Walk 51 Winklmoos Alm to the Kammerköhr (Steinplatte)
    Walk 52 The Hochfelln
    Walk 53 The Rauschberg
    Walk 54 From Inzell-Adlgaß to the Zwiesel
    Walk 55 Around the Inzeller Kienberg
    Valley walks from Ruhpolding and Inzell
    Part VI The Berchtesgaden Alps
    Walk 56 The Lattengebirge (Predigtstuhl)
    Valley walk from Bad Reichenhall
    Walk 57 To the alm meadows above Ramsau
    Walk 58 The Reiteralpe massif: Hintersee to Neue Traunsteiner Hut
    Walk 59 The Hochkalter massif: Ramsau to Blaueis Hut
    Walk 60 Wimbachklamm, Wimbachtal and Wimbachgries Hut
    Walk 61 Kühroint Alm and Watzmann Haus
    Valley walks from Ramsau
    Walk 62 The Untersberg massif
    Walk 63 Schellenberg Ice Cave
    Walk 64 The Almbachklamm
    Walk 65 Kehlstein: the Eagle’s Nest
    Walk 66 Jenner
    Walk 67 The Hagengebirge above Königssee
    Walk 68 A three-day hike through Berchtesgaden National Park
    Part VII Multi-Day Tours: The Via Alpina
    Walk 69 Via Alpina: the Bavarian section of the Purple Trail
    Walk 70 Via Alpina: the Bavarian section of the Red Trail

    Appendix A Route summary table
    Appendix B Further reading
    Appendix C Alpine hut accommodation
    Appendix D Useful addresses
    Appendix E Glossary

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Grant Bourne

Grant Bourne is a New Zealander whose fascination with other lands and cultures has taken him through much of Asia, Africa, the Near East and Europe. He has written and illustrated numerous travel guides, the main focus being on Germany and New Zealand.

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Sabine Körner-Bourne

Sabine Körner-Bourne is a native of Germany and, like her husband Grant, is a keen hiker. Together they have explored numerous trails in exotic parts of the world. Nevertheless, Sabine has never lost her affection for the many beautiful tracks to be found in her home country.

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