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.

Seasons Seasons
Valley walking: from April; mountain walking: from June (peaks over 1500m snow free by end of May) to late October
Centres Centres
Oberstdorf, Füssen, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Lenggries, Marquartstein, Bad Reichenhall
Difficulty Difficulty
Range from half-day walks to 4 or 5 day tours; valley and mountain walks
Must See Must See
Neuschwanstein castle; Eibsee lake; ascent of the Zugspitze; two-day hike Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Leutasch in Austria; via ferrata
Out of Stock
9 Mar 2012
21 Aug 2014
17.2 x 11.6 x 2.1cm
  • Overview

    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
  • Contents

    Getting There
    Mountain Huts
    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
    7 Gerstruben
    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
    15 Kalvarienberg
    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

  • Maps

    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: inquiries@omnimap.com, 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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    July 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 2014
    Route 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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Bourne Grant

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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Korner Bourne Sabine

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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