Explore the most popular trails in Bavaria with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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walking
18 days ago

Beautiful castle!

Nice One!

cool and a bit slippery on the trails. view is magnificent and the trail companions friendly and polite. Good first hike in the region.

hiking
2 months ago

Awesome hike - very rewarding. We hiked this November 1st, 2018 and there was no snow on the trail. We hiked the route counterclockwise, which allows for a nice reveal of the Zug . This was a 5 star hike, coming from a few Canadians with high expectations!

One word of advice - if you’re hiking in shoulder season, confirm that access through the gorge is possible.

my running Route! Lovin it!

hiking
2 months ago

Completed this hike twice. First time was in February. The gorge had huge icicles and frozen waterfalls all along the route. Snow covered ground made the last part of the trail a bit challenging.
Second time was in September. Very different experience. Still lots of greenery and the water was flowing much quicker. Beautiful setting!

Hiked the loop trail counterclockwise. I would have to say the first hour of the hike was very steep and not eventful. If you want to shorten the hike, take the cable car up. Once you reach the cable car station, the hike starts to get better. You finally get on a normal hiking trail and the scenery gets much better. It also did help to have the all trails app running to make sure you stay on the trail. Once you reach a ridge line and you look over, the view became spectacular. You hike down a series of switchbacks and work you way down. I would say I was thankful I didn’t have to climb up these switchbacks. Once down in the valley, you start you way through the gorge. Gorge was an amazing experience. Other than the uneventful, painful climb the first couple of miles, the hike was definitely worth it.

3 months ago

Fantástico. Un paseo con mucha diversidad de caminos. Un excelente panorama y bajando por el Längentalalm bastante largo y solitario.

3 months ago

Very good

3 months ago

Beautiful views. A steady up,up,up track. Too many people.

Super crowded on the weekends, went on a Sunday, with limited parking but great views and a nice intro to the Bavarian Alps.

Great trail to hike! Amazing view of the city from the first peak. There is a restaurant at the top to grab a beer or coffee. Nice hike through the woods after the first summit. The trail was mostly shaded. I wouldn’t rate this trail as hard, seems more like an intermediate trail. Happy hiking!

Great trail visited twice for gorgeous nature surroundings of river, waterfall and forest.

Beautiful historical in great nature’s environment. Visited twice.

Beautiful enjoyable nature hiking

Beautiful experience

hiking
4 months ago

Our hike was Wednesday 9/15/18. It was difficult for me but only because I was out of shape from resting a plantar fascia injury several weeks and recovering from a cold 2 days prior to hike. Preikestolen, Trollkirchen and Trolltunga were all more difficult. Also I wore athletic shoes as I didn’t bring my hiking boots and my feet were wet, cold and miserable. We didn’t make the whole loop but did in and out for total of 8.7 miles. Had I been better conditioned we could have done the loop. For reference I am 61yo and my husband is 54 but we both are in great condition and with exception of my recent downtime we work out regular and run.

As to the hike it was absolutely stunning! If you are a fan of water, rock, and flora this is a great hike. Tunnels through the rock feel like caves ( watch your head and hang on to rails, rock/wood wet and slick) waterfalls, forest, wooden bridges, rock trails (ankle support recommended) , everything for the explorers heart! I’ve posted pictures for your pleasure .

There were families on this trail, baby’s carried, small children, and dogs. There are places to get refreshments, we didn’t partake but it smelled wonderful! Pretty sure I smelled Kaiserschmarrn!
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaiserschmarrn Bathrooms are 50c at gorge entrance and the fee for entering Gorge was €5. Each. There may be discounts or free for children, not sure since it didn’t apply to us. http://www.hoellentalklamm-info.de/ can provide more information.

This is a great hike! I’ve done it many times and the views never to bore. If you do this counterclockwise I’d make one change to the route. After the summit, continue down the main trail on Kramersteig to the west. You will hit a valley with a farm, cows and a great little beer garden called Stepberg.
http://www.stepberg-alm.de
The decent is a bit easier and longer but you can stop and eat, rehydrate (with beer?) and enjoy the views.
If you go clockwise, you have the same option to stop at Berggaststätte St. Martin am Grasberg
which is maybe 30-45 min from finishing. Great views here also of GP!
http://martinshuette-grasberg.de

on Herzogstand

hiking
4 months ago

Challenging but incredible views await you. My wife and I chose this for our last day in Germany and we are so glad we did. You can also hike along the ridge line near the summit for a variety of other hikes, which we did as well.

I like history and I like to hike. This trail offers a nice combination of both. The meal at the Guesthouse in Bučina was very good and quite reasonable. I also enjoyed the scenic views on the path back to the parking lot.

walking
5 months ago

This is a very nice way to spend the day in the Bavarian Forest. Both the Animal Enclosure and the Treetop Path are highlights when visiting the area. The Treetop Path is wheelchair accessible as are the paths of the enclosure.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a long hike, but a good one. I completely enjoyed the views and different sceneries along the way. The small wooden chapel provided cool shade on a very warm sunny day. I really liked taking the upper route to the top of Mount Rachel and the lower route back.

hiking
5 months ago

This was a very enjoyable hike. I did it in the early evening and so was able to see the sunset from the Waldhäuser Panorama Lookout at the end of the hike. The path from Fredenbrücke to Martinsklause is very beautiful, but if you are going along this way on another hike, like back from Mount Rachel, then you can save the time and energy by staying on the gravel road from the Waldhäuser Fire Department going straight to Martinsklause. I would certainly recommend taking the hike as described going up the Himmelsleiter/ Heaven Stairway to the peak instead of the other way around.

hiking
5 months ago

beautiful day and a well worthy hike

Gorgeous views, Alpine cows, wild flowers, gravel road or dirt trail (your choice)...lovely. The first hut is at least 2/3 to the top :) Enjoy!

rock climbing
6 months ago

This route was a very challenging and great beginner introduction to alpine hiking and mountain climbing in general because of the varied terrain. I went in the middle of July so the route had absolutely no snow or ice save for the glacier itself.

You have some standard hiking through trails, the gorge, and up into the valley which should be achievable by anybody in average physical shape (the elderly/less physically capable should consider easier trails).

After the easier first half there is klettersteig/via ferrata to get up the first cliff face which will instantly gut check you whether you are truly comfortable with heights or not (turn around if aren't, it only gets worse at the top of the valley). Also, DO NOT be an idiot; use a klettersteig harness and use it properly for the cable sections!

Following this, there is a not too difficult scree field to cross and then the glacier which requires crampons (watched someone nearly die because they slipped and almost fell into a crevasse because they weren't wearing crampons). The second klettersteig route is much longer and more challenging but after 15 numbered sections you are at the peak.

Took my group about 7.5 hours from the hut in the valley at a steady moderate to slow pace with minimal breaks. You have the option of taking the cable car down if you don't want climb back down the mountain and there is plenty of options for food/drink at the top. If you find yourself arriving after the last cable car there is a hut with beds at the top as well.

Beautiful views, minimal training required thanks to klettersteig, and a great challenge for beginners like myself. Totally recommend!

its really good hike to start!

hiking
7 months ago

Took the horse and buggy up (wouldn't recommend sitting in the first seat behind the horse with driver). We rode up but walked down. Lots of tourists, didn't make the latter leg with the bridge. Overall a must see.

hiking
7 months ago

Very STEEP HIKE! There are no flat resting sections on this hike at all. My family hiked this together. We hiked across the Grand Canyon last year so we are not faint of heart. Even my husband was surprised by the moderate label, especially the last rock climbing section. I am sure the views were amazing, but I did not attempt to get to the very top. We all hiked over to the Laber to enjoy the restaurant. Then my daughters and I took the gondola down to Oberammergau, while my husband and sons hiked back down to Ettal for the car.

Amazing views and beautiful hike! However, the map shown here seemed to be a little outdated- we ended up going 13 miles instead of the 9 listed here! It made for a long hard day, but the views are worth it! Be prepared for a long day and consider getting more updated info before you go.

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