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Walking in Southern Bavaria

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Surrounded by the pinky-gold summits of the Bavarian Alps, walkers in Oberammergau will come across beautiful frescoed houses, rustic farming villages and tiny onion-domed churches. Boasting a wealth of well signed paths, and easy to follow trails, it’s a Mecca for walking enthusiasts.

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All about the Walking in Southern Bavaria.

In the heart of Bavaria, among the foothills of the Alps, your base for this self-guided walking week is the quaint and ‘chocolate box’ village of Oberammergau. Known for its world-famous Passion Plays, performed every ten years, it is impossibly picturesque; its houses are decorated with elaborate paintings known as Luftmalerei and prettily carved wooden balconies overflow with geraniums. Here, the locals embrace their rich history, where traditional Bavarian dress is often worn in recognition of their heritage and the custom of Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and a generously sized portion of cake) is still an afternoon ritual.
The village is also an absolute Mecca for the walking enthusiast. From exhilarating mountain hikes with amazing views all the way to the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, to relaxed strolls through lush green valleys and wetland nature reserves, Oberammergau’s wealth of well-signed paths and easy-to-follow trails make it a great choice for wonderfully varied walking. We provide a choice of both level 1 and level 2 walks for all days, using the highly efficient local public transport system so you can explore further afield – all guests receive a Guest Card that gives free transport on certain local buses. You also have the mountain lifts to take the sting out of more challenging ascents.
You stay as guests of Sabine Feldmeier and her family at the traditional *** Hotel Feldmeier, less than 5 minutes’ walk from the village centre. The 31 rooms all offer high comfort levels and Headwater rooms also come with private balcony or terrace, as well as views onto the surrounding Laber and Kofel mountains. You also have a Roman steam bath, sauna, jacuzzis and beauty room at your disposal (payable locally). Less than a mile from the hotel is the WellenBerg leisure complex offering indoor and outdoor swimming – ideal if you fancy a day off from walking.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners
  • 7 nights center-based accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Arrival & departure transfers – subject to 2 passengers traveling
  • Route notes and maps
  • Choice of routes each day
  • Guest card for free local bus travel and discounts on the cable cards, museums and other local attractions
What is not included in this tour?
  • Flights
  • Single Accommodation (available on request, inquire for supplement)

Highlights

  • Centre-based walking in one of Germany’s most picturesque regions
  • Impressive monasteries, regal palaces, onion-domed churches and pretty frescoed houses
  • Friendly, family-run 3-star hotel with steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzis
  • Well-signed paths and trails with a choice of walking levels every day
  • Chairlifts and cable cars leading to panoramic mountain restaurants
  1. Day 1 Day 1 - Arrive in Oberammergau

    Arrive at your hotel in Oberammergau.

  2. Day 2 Day 2 - Villages of the Ammer Valley 9km/6mi/2.5hr or 16km/10mi/4hr

    A perfect introduction to your walking week starts with a short (15 mins) ride on the little red train to Bad Kohlgrub. From here, you walk through the rolling Ammer Valley’s string of sleepy farming villages – Unterammergau, in particular, has a splendid Rococo church. Then head across the Pulvermoos, a wildlife sanctuary and habitat for 60 bird species including corncrake, dipper, whinchat and even snipe.

  3. Day 3 Day 3 - Mountains and Monastery Walk 12km/7.5mi/4hr or 14km/9mi/4.5hr

    Start with a cable car ride to the top of the Laber (1685m) for panoramic views of Germany’s highest mountain – the Zugspitze (2962m) – and the Austrian Alps beyond. You then wind your way down through cool pine forests to the village of Ettal. After lunch, visit the amazing C14 former Benedictine monastery, an outstanding example of Bavarian Baroque architecture. Return on an easy path along the pretty valley, passing the Barenhohle cave where there’s a figure of the resurrected Christ.

  4. Day 4 Day 4 - Staffelsee 12km/7.5mi/3.5hr or 18km/11.5mi/5hr or 22km/14mi/6hr

    Staffelsee is one of the larger of the many picturesque blue lakes dotted around this part of Bavaria. This beautiful stretch of water offers easy walking along the shoreline with plenty of swimming opportunities. Stop off in the attractive riverside village of Uffing (the boat landing station is the place for lunch and offers magnificent views of the lake backed by mountains). In the afternoon, either relax in the sun on the panorama deck of the little lake cruiser (payable locally), passing hidden coves and the lake’s seven islands (one even has its own tiny chapel), or return on foot along the quiet side of the lake.

  5. Day 5 Day 5 - Free day

    A day off from walking today. Maybe take the local bus to Mad King Ludwig’s fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein with its stunning setting on a rocky outcrop; or take the funicular to the top of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, to discover a breathtaking 360 degree panorama of endless peaks spanning Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. If you prefer to stay closer to home, spend the afternoon by the WellenBerg outdoor pool (swimming, sauna, jacuzzi).

  6. Day 6 Day 6 - Sonnenberg Ridge Walk 13km/8mi/4hr or 17km/11mi/6hr

    The Kolben chairlift whisks you up to 1270m, from where there’s a choice of routes up to the spectacular Sonnenberg ridge. Your route down passes a succession of crashing waterfalls and the reconstructed C19 whetstone mill at Schleifmuhle, followed by a pretty path through the meadows.

  7. Day 7 Day 7 - Linderhof Palace 6km/4mi/1.5hr or 13km/8mi/3.5hr

    An unmissable visit to Schloss Linderhof, the gloriously over-the-top Rococo palace built by Mad King Ludwig in 1878, inspired by Louis XIV’s chateau in Versailles. There are gorgeous French and Italianate terraced gardens and a golden fountain which erupts once every hour with a 30m plume of water. Return to the hotel along a tranquil path which winds back down the Linder Valley, through the village of Graswang with its beautifully preserved old farmhouses and pretty C17 frescoed church.

  8. Day 8 Day 8 - Leave Oberammergau
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Where you stay
Hotel Landhaus Feldmeier
The Landhaus Feldmeier is a family run hotel located within a 5 minute walk of the town centre. It is a traditional Bavarian style building, with white washed walls and beautifully carved wooden balconies bedecked with flowers. The rooms are all of a good size and en-suite and most rooms have balconies. The hotel also boasts a Roman steam bath, sauna and jacuzzi. In addition, there is a beauty salon that offers a wide range of treatments including massages. There is a small garden at the hotel with some chairs and loungers for relaxing outside.
Eating and Drinking

All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Bavarian cooking is hearty and rustic, well-known for its wide variety of wurst (sausages), pretzels (breads), Knodel (dumplings), meat dishes, and of course its world-famous beers. The hotel can cater for vegetarians; please let us know in advance so we can notify the hotel. Before June, some mountain restaurants are open only at weekends.

Activity Level: 2 (Leisurely/Moderate)
Walking throughout this trip is on well-marked paths which are, at times, stony underfoot. Easier options are provided for the week. Anyone looking for a variety of walking, staying at a high quality hotel, with lots of opportunity for sightseeing would be perfect for this trip.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

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