Herzogstand

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Herzogstand is a 11.1 kilometer heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Walchensee, Bayern, Germany that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from February until November.

DISTANCE
11.1 km
ELEVATION GAIN
981 m
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Herzogstand isn’t an ordinary mountain summit, it has royal roots. It has long been favored by royalty including the infamous King Ludwig II. Even its name is royal. Herzog is German for Duke, and is named after Herzog Duke Wilhelm IV who hunted in the area in the 16th century. Herzogstand is perched high above the Walchensee, the deepest alpine lake in Germany and a popular spot for water sports. The hike starts in the beautiful lakeside village of Walchensee. There is a lot of parking available, but it gets pretty busy in the summer. There are several variations of hikes which one can make to the top of Herzogstand. You can do it the old fashioned way, and walk up the mountain, along a switch back trail. It is a very steep and strenuous hike if you take this route. From winter until late spring, there is snow and ice on the ground. Expect a very challenging hike. The easier way to make this hike, is to start by riding the cable car, which takes you up the most difficult half of the hike. The price is reasonable, and the view is wonderful. The trail beyond the cable car is well maintained all of the way to a lodge which serves very wonderful German food. You will appreciate this on your way down. Beyond the lodge, the trail becomes a bit more treacherous. From the top of Herzogstand, there are fantastic views of the distant Alps, alpine valleys, and alpine lakes. If one begins this hike by riding the cable car, it is a moderate day hike, with outstanding German food as a reward along the way. This is as authentic of a Bavarian hike as one can find. You can start your hike as a lazy man’s hike, at the Herzogstandbahn, the cable car will whisk you up 700m in a matter of minutes, instead of a 2 1/2 hour hike up. Expect a bit of a wait for the cable car in the summer.

3 months ago

A great hike with views to make it worthwhile. if you don't take the gondola up or down make sure up walk to it as the best view of the basin can be found from it rather than higher up (peak was fogged in the day i was there). Most of the pics here don't to the lake justice (including mine, phone died before i went to check out the gondola), most beautiful alpine lake I've seen.

8 months ago

Lovely view - great walk! You need to bring some condition with you and don't forget water in summer or hot tea in winter to drink :)

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9 months ago

I did this hike in March, with a German friend. If you want to have an authentic Bavarian hike, this is where I would start. You can choose to begin your hike with a ride in a cable car half way up the mountain. This will get you past the very steep first part of the trail. The first part of the trail is very steep, and was really hard to climb in some places, due to the ice. There is a German restaurant / lodge halfway up the mountain. The food is outstanding. The view from the top of Herzogstand is wonderful. I will be back to do this trail again in the spring time.