The forecast was for sunny skies – not for snow. Fortunately we had both, even though the latter was unexpected. We headed to the Hackensee, eager to get in a short hike after a lovely Sunday brunch with friends. The Hackensee is located near Dietramszell, a village just 39 km south of Munich. It’s east of the more popular Starnberger See and Andechs Monastery. And is definitely off the beaten path. It was supposed to be a 9.2 km round trip hike along forestry roads, but we easily did 12km. Getting lost tends to make for longer hiking. The paths are not well signed, hence why we got lost. I would recommend bringing a GPS, and or a detailed map. Without my iPhone it’s doubtful we would have found both the Kleiner Hackensee (small Hackensee) and the Hackensee. Although the path itself is forested and not much to see, I wouldn’t wanted to have missed this:
You can also go swimming in the Hackensee. We declined, choosing a cup of cappuccino back in Dietramszell instead.
It was a much easier hike that what we usually do. Normally we prefer hikes with more elevation, like the Herzogstand to the Heimgarten, or my very favorite in the Alps, the Hollentalklamm – a hike on walkways through a gorge. In winter, I highly recommend the Partnachklamm. It’s also a gorge hike. But unlike the Hollentalklamm which is closed in winter, it’s at its best in winter. Go when it’s really cold. Then it will be dripping with icicles. Similar to the Hackensee, it’s an easy hike, although there are lots of ways you could extend it should you choose so. It’s also much easier to find than the Hackensee. It’s located near the Ski Jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.