In Germany, the Bavarian Alps have their own unique heart and mystery. Heavily wooded with rocky summits rising high above the bucolic valley floor, the Bavarian Alps are the mythic home of gnomes and trolls and you can instantly understand why!

Ryder-Walker’s High Peaks of Bavaria and Tyrol trek straddles the border of Germany and Austria as we circumnavigate Germany’s highest peak, the mighty Zugspitze. On this route, we visit the German town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Garmisch is among the most charming villages on earth, with its fairytale buildings colorfully painted with murals and stretching along cobblestone streets where lively pubs bustle with local revelry late into the night.

German mountain culture is one bounded in truly historic tradition. It’s not uncommon to see Bavarian children biking to school dressed in full traditional garb, complete with lederhosen! The German phrase “tracht und trend” or tradition in style originates in Bavaria and describes the lifestyle perfectly. In Bavaria it’s cool to wear lederhosen and live like a hermit in the mountains – that’s the traditional way!

The neighboring Austrian Tyrol echoes similar cultural sentiments, with massively charming villages that feel as though they haven’t changed in hundreds of years. Meanwhile, the Zugspitze which rises high above both regions reminds us of the majesty of the region’s mountains.

Whether you are exploring the high reaches of the Tyrolean mountains or the lakeside forests of Bavaria, hiking in Germany offers a distinct charm and sense of wonder. Experience a bit of everything while hiking in Germany. It’s perfect for beginners and experts alike, with options along the route to tailor your perfect circumnavigation of the Zugspitze.

Guided Tours: Germany

An onion-domed church in front of Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze.

Fall in love with Germany and Austria during this 8-day village-to-village hiking tour through Bavaria and the Austrian Tyrol. Beginning in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a town with Roman roots and more than 2,000 years of cultural heritage, we hike a counterclockwise Zugspitzeturm—a complete circumnavigation of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze. Our adventure begins by hopping on a cog wheel train ...

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September 5-12, 2023




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