Walking in the Bavarian Alps
85 Mountain Walks and Treks
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A guidebook to valley and mountain walks in the Bavarian Alps, on the Austro-German border between Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden. Accessible from Munich, Salzburg and Innsbruck, these 85 routes range from half-day walks to 5-day hut-to-hut treks. Highlights include the Königssee and Breitach, Partnach and Höllental gorges.
- Valley walking: from April; mountain walking: from June (peaks over 1500m snow free by end of May) to late October
- Oberstdorf, Füssen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lenggries, Marquartstein, Bad Reichenhall
- Range from half-day walks to 4 or 5 day tours; valley and mountain walks
- Must See
- Neuschwanstein castle; Eibsee lake; ascent of the Zugspitze; two-day hike Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Leutasch in Austria; via ferrata
The Bavarian Alps lie along the German–Austrian border in a thin sliver of land roughly 300km long. Crammed into this area is some of the most spectacular walking and beautiful scenery that Germany has to offer. The region is also home to picturesque villages and towns, and to King Ludwig’s world-famous fairy-tale castles. Reasonable prices and an excellent tourist infrastructure make the Bavarian Alps the perfect destination for an easy-to-organise and affordable walking holiday.
Although Germany’s small slice of the European Alps offers few peaks that compare in height to those in neighbouring Austria, the scenery is no less rewarding for walkers.
Scenic highlights include the breathtakingly beautiful Königssee, a pristine lake in the Berchtesgaden Alps, the romantic Breitach, Partnach and Höllental gorges, and the rack-railway trip to the summit of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain.
- 85 walks, including graded mountain routes, gentler valley walks and two multi-day tours
- the range described by region from west to east
- practical information on transport and accommodation providers
Flora and Wildlife
Clothing and Equipment
Safety in the Mountains
How to Use this Book
Part I The Allgäu Alps
1 The Nagelfluhkette: A Ridge Walk between the Mittagberg and Stuiben
2 Over the Großer Ochsenkopf to Riedberger Horn
3 A Ridge Walk between Sonnenkopf and Falken Alpe
4 The Rubihorn
5 Edmund-Probst-Haus to the Oytal
6 Prinz-Luitpold-Haus to Landsberger Hut/Tannheim
8 From the Gerstrubental to the Oytal
9 Kanzelwandbahn to Fellhorn and Söllereck
10 Fiderepaß Hut
11 Gottesacker Plateau
12 Around the Großer Widderstein
13 Tannheim to Vilsalpsee
14 Füssener Jöchl to Bad Kissinger Hut
Part II The Ammergau Alps
16 A Walk above Hohenschwangau
17 Bad Kohlgrub to Oberammergau
18 Over the Laberjoch to Ettal
19 The Kofel
20 Along the Sonnenberggrat to August-Schuster-Haus and Linderhof
21 The Notkarspitze
Part III The Wetterstein, Ester and Walchensee Mountains
22 Wank, Esterberg Alm and Gams Hut
23 Partenkirchen to the Krottenkopf
24 Wamberg, Berggasthof Eckbauer and the Partnachklamm
25 Schachen Haus and the Königs Haus
26 Schachenhaus/Meiler Hut to Leutasch
27 The Zugspitze
28 Kreuzeck, Knappenhäuser and the Höllentalklamm
29 Soiern Haus, Schöttelkarspitze and Seinskopf
30 Dammkar Hut, Hochland Hut and Wörnersattel
31 Kranzberg, Grünkopf and Ederkanzel
32 The Brunnsteinspitze
33 Herzogstand and Heimgarten
34 The Jochberg
Part IV The Tegernsee and Schliersee Mountains
35 Brauneck, Achselköpfe and Benediktenwand
36 The Seekarkreuz
37 Above Tegernsee
38 Wallberg and Risserkogel
39 Wildbad Kreuth to the Schildenstein
40 The Blauberge
41 The Roßstein
42 The Wendelstein
43 The Breitenstein
44 Taubensteinbahn – Soinsee – Taubenstein Haus
45 Jägerkamp, (Aiplspitz), Taubenstein and Taubenstein Haus
46 Tatzlwurm – Brünnstein – Tatzlwurm
Part V The Chiemgau Alps
47 From the Kampenwand to the Geigelstein
48 Marquartstein to the Hochgern
49 To Hindenburg Hut, Straubinger Haus and the Fellhorn
50 Winklmoos Alm and Dürrnbachhorn
51 Winklmoos Alm to the Steinplatte
52 The Hochfelln
53 The Rauschberg
54 From Inzell-Adlgaß to the Zwiesel
55 The Aibleck
Part VI The Berchtesgaden Alps
56 The Lattengebirge (Predigtstuhl)
57 To the Alm Meadows above Ramsau
58 The Reiteralpe Massif: Hintersee to Neue Traunsteiner Hut
59 The Hochkalter Massif: Ramsau to Blaueis Hut
60 Wimbachklamm, Wimbachtal and Wimbachgrieß Hut
61 Kühroint Alm (Watzmann Haus and Hocheck)
62 The Untersberg Massif
63 The Schellenberg Ice Cave
64 The Almbachklamm
65 Kehlstein: The Eagle's Nest
66 The Jenner
67 The Hagengebirge above Königssee
68 A Three-day Hike through Berchtesgaden National Park
Part VII Multi-Day Tours: The Via Alpina
69 Via Alpina: The Bavarian section of the Purple Trail
70 Via Alpina: The Bavarian section of the Red Trail
Appendix A Further Reading
Appendix B Alpine Hut Accommodation
Appendix C Useful Addresses
Appendix D Glossary
The sketch maps are only intended to serve as an initial means of orientation. They should not be used in place of a proper walking map.
The relevant maps are listed at the start of each route description to enable walkers to quickly locate the map they need. Note The maps listed are all to the scale 1:50,000. Where possible a choice of maps has been given. In researching this guidebook the Kompass maps were used as a basis for describing routes, though it should be possible to follow them using maps from other publishers. All the maps mentioned are readily available at bookshops in Germany or from:
• Edward Stanford Ltd 12–14 Long Acre, London WC2E 9LP www.stanfords.co.uk
• The Map Shop 15 High Street, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcs WR8 OHJ www.themapshop.co.uk
• Mapsworldwide (British online map shop) www.mapsworldwide.com
• Omni Resources 1004 South Mebane Street, PO Box 2096, Burlington, NC 27216-2096, USA e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org, www.omnimap.com
Apart from the two main series listed below there are also maps produced by smaller, locally based publishers, often in conjunction with local tourist offices. These maps are usually of a high standard and are often available at a scale of 1:25,000.
1 Kompass-Wanderkarten 1:50,000 (for certain areas also 1:30,000 or 1:35,000)
A useful feature of the Kompass series is the fact that the map legend is in both German and English. All the trails are very clearly marked, and the maps frequently updated. The most recent ones are GPS compatible.
Kompass has also brought out some digital maps that are relevant to the area covered. Maps available include Allgäu-Oberschwaben 3D and Deutsche Alpen 3D, which covers the entire region described in this guide. The digital maps can be used in conjunction with a GPS device, and with suitable software the maps can be transferred to a Palm or Pocket PC.
2 Umgebungskarten (UK) mit Wanderwegen (Area Maps with Walking Trails)
Usually 1:50,000. The Bavarian State Survey Office (Landesamt für Vermessung und Geoinformation) puts out excellent maps. The topographical detail exceeds that of the Kompass maps, but not as many tracks are shown with numbering. Though topographical maps are also available at 1:25,000 these usually show the trails less clearly. For an overview of the areas covered visit www.vermessung.bayern.de.
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Be notified by email when this book receives an update or correctionJuly 2016
Route 22. Gams Hut burned down in 2015 and it will be rebuilt on the same spot by around 2018. Thanks to Howard Beanland for this update Information.Sept 2014Route 15 Kalvarienberg (Mount Calvary)Due to work on the track the footbridge (Maxsteg) near the end of the walk is closed until 13.10.2014. Construction work in the vicinity of the track should be completed by 10th November. If it is still closed when you do the walk, continue north-east along the B17 (Tiroler Strasse) and cross the River Lech via the bridge (Lechbrücke) used at the start of the walk.At the end of the tour it is written that you continue west around the Perzenkopf. This modest hill is not shown on the recommended Kompass map 'Füssen - Außerfern'. It is the hill at the north-eastern end of Alpsee and just to the west of the Schloss. Coming from Schwansee, as described in the guide, you walk around it before arriving in Hohenschwangau.Please note: Though the tour through Schloss Hohenschwangau requires only 35 mins, the queues at the Ticket-Center in Hohenschwangau can be very long. In the high season up to an hour! As the guided tours take place at fixed times, you may also have to wait awhile for yours to start. Bear all this in mind if you plan a visit.Many thanks to reader Durrell Manison for drawing our attention to the above.
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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.View Guidebooks by Grant 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.View Guidebooks by Sabine Körner-Bourne
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