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Germany | Bavarian Tyrol Trek

See fairytale Germany spring to life before your eyes.

Germany
  • Bavarian Tyrol
  • rottach egern tegernsee
  • "Hi, I've just returned from Europe after completing you Bavarian Trek. Thank-you so much for your thorough notes, the accommodation you chose and an overall wonderful experience. Everyone we dealt with were very pleasant and transfers of luggage worked perfectly. I actually cried when I arrived at Rottach-Egern as I hadn't seen such natural beauty. The walks were challenging but we just loved it. Wish you had more treks through Bavaria and we will certainly use Ryder Walker again. I have already recommended you to many of my friends. Forgot to mention we just loved the choice of accommodation in Garmisch."- Brozina Party
  • "We loved being immersed in the Bavarian culture, and the mountain scenery and the crystal clear lakes were beautiful. The inns were charming and the food hearty. When we were at the Tutzinger Hütte, it was the manager's birthday, and we had the added pleasure of vicariously enjoying the celebration, complete with music, singing, and numerous toasts."- Gayle Goedde

Trip Highlights:

  • Hiking along the Wallberg-Blankenstein, Glaswandscharte and Herzogstand, mountain destinations long-favored by the kings of Bavaria for their stunning views.
  • Oompah bands, beer gardens, and locals dressed in Dirndls and Ledershosen.
  • Onion domed churches, cute little frescoed houses and tranquil villages.
  • Visits to the Tegernsee and Walchensee, two of the most beautiful lakes in all of Bavaria.

See fairtytale Germany spring to life before your eyes during this 8-day hiking tour through Germany’s Bavarian Tyrol. Beginning just outside of Munich, and hiking westward to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you’ll experience the rugged mountains, sparkling lakes, and quiet villages that make this one of Germany’s most beloved regions.

Hiking along high mountain footpaths, mellow farmroads, and sinuous singletrack, you’ll traverse notable Tyrolean mountains like the Fockenstein, Benediktenwand and Zugspitze-Germany’s tallest peak. You’ll enjoy traditional Bavarian meals like Speckknödelsuppe and Apfelkuchen, served at working farmhouses high in the Alps, and you’ll refresh with tall steins of German lager, served in the most ubiquitous of German traditions, the beer garden.

Spend one night living the life of a mountaineer at the Tutzingerhutte, then pull out your camera for awesome views of the Otzal and Zillertal Alps lying across the border in Austria.

Trip Itinerary

Arrive Munich. Transfer to the idyllic village of Rottach Egern. The transfer takes around two hours by rail and bus. Overnight in a classic Tyrolean 4 Star hotel on the shores of the sparkling Tegernsee, one of the most beautiful lakes in all of Bavaria.

You’ll begin the day with a short transfer to the trailhead at Winterstube. Here begins one of Bavaria’s favorite hikes, up the Wallberg-Blankenstein to high meadows with otherworldly views. Following a mountain picnic, you’ll take in more big views over the Tegernsee and the Otzal and Zillertal Alps in Austria as you walk to the top station of the Wallberg gondola. The gondola whisks you back down to the outskirts of Rottach Egern and your Tyrolean hotel.

Beginning with a lakeside ramble that you’ll wish would go on forever, continue to the Bavarian resort of Bad Wiessee, famous for its curative springs and quiet atmosphere on the north side of the Alps. Ascend out the back of this charming village on a steepening forest road to Aueralm where a traditional lunch awaits at a farmhouse. Continue over the Fockenstein, notable for its craggy summit and views into the high Alps. Descend on trails and farmroads to Lenggries, a village which time and tourism seem to have forgotten. Overnight in a rambling and original three star hotel.

Today you’ll cross the famous Isar River en route to the Brauneck cable car station. This is the last time you’ll see your luggage as you prepare for a night in a comfortable hut below the Benediktenwand, a craggy mountain famous for its sheer 1,600 foot limestone wall, and its position at the start of the alpine chain heading south out of Munich. Admire the views of the mountains and lowlands from the cable car high point before embarking on one of Bavaria’s most famous and fabulous hikes. After a fun and tortuous trail along the ridge, (the other hikers turn around to return to the cable car), you’ll continue on less traveled paths to the Tutzingerhutte, your hut for the night (private rooms and gender segregated showers).

Ascend to the western ridge of the Benediktenwand keeping an eye out for the playful Steinbock herds that roam these slopes. After a steep but brief descent of the Glaswandscharte, you’ll reach one of the most delightful single track traverses in all the country. This atmospheric journey ends at the Staffel Alm farmhouse where a simple, but delicious, lunch refuels your spirits. Continue on trails and farmroads into Kochel am See. Overnight in a comfortable three star inn.

A short and dramatic transfer takes you to the Herzogstand cable car high above the Walchensee, one of Bavaria’s most cherished lakes. Begin your hike here and enjoy the otherworldly views of the Wetterstein and Karwendel mountains near the top. Enjoy a popular hut lunch near the Herzogstand summit before returning to the Walchensee by cable car. Transfer to Garmisch Partenkirchen. Stay in a classic three or four star hostelry in the cheerful old town.

Garmisch Partenkirchen was the home of the 1936 Winter Olympics and rests at the foot of Germany’s highest peak, the Zugspitze. Following an energetic week of hiking, youmay wish to ride the dramatic cog railway to the summit of the busy Zugspitze. You can also enjoy a spectacular local hike into the barren and rocky heart of the Zugspitze range, continuing to the Hollentalhutte for an atmospheric lunch.

Awaken to a delicious alpine breakfast, then depart.

Bavarian Tyrol Trek | Germany

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