Hikes in the German Alps

The German Alps don't get enough love! While they are admittedly not as grand as the Swiss, French or Austrian Alps, the German Alps still offer plenty for hikers! I should know, I'm in them almost every weekend!

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where to hike in the German Alps

While I love living in Munich, I firmly believe that the best of Bavaria lies in the Alps.

If you’ve only got limited time, here are my top tour recommendations for the Bavarian Alps. They make it super easy and convenient for you to explore my favourite part of the country:

Zugspitze – It would take you two days to climb the highest mountain in Germany, but you can still reach the 2962 metre peak by cable car and enjoy a beer at Germany’s highest beer garden. This tour includes pickup from your hotel in Munich.

Partnachklamm – This day trip from Munich takes you to one of the most beautiful gorges in the country. You’ll walk alongside a raging river and majestical waterfalls. It’s one of my favourite hikes in the entire Alps. The dramatic scenery far surpasses the effort. You’ll eat lunch at a mountain hut, which is something every traveller to Bavaria should do to experience traditional Bavarian style hospitality.

Eagle’s Nest – This was Hitler’s Mountain Retreat and offers something for both history buffs and nature lovers. This day trip from Munich takes you down one of the most scenic roads in the German Alps to Berchtesgaden, one of only two national parks in Bavaria. The panoramic alpine vistas are among the most dramatic in the country. I’m a huge fan of Berchtesgaden!

For the ultimate bird’s eye view of the Bavarian Alps, take a helicopter ride! You’ll see Neuschwanstein, Germany’s most famous castle from a perspective few people ever do AND a close up view of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in the country. And that’s not to mention all the lakes you’ll fly over. A helicopter ride is truly a unique way to experience the Alps!

Gorgeous mountain views await hikers in the Bavarian Alps in Germany

Below, you will find a few of my favourite hikes in the German Alps.

Keep checking back as I have over 50 walks that I still need to add this ever growing list. What can I say, I hike faster than I write :). I also don’t write about every hike. If a hike is just so-so, I’m not likely to write about it.

My very favourite hike is the Höllentalklamm (Hell Valley Gorge) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen!  Take a look at the photos, and you’ll see why!  I also love the Partnachklamm, especially in winter, when huge icicles add to the drama!  The Partnachklamm can be easy if you just decide to hike to the gorge and back, slightly more challenging if you hike to the nearest hut. Alternatively, you can choose one of the much longer extensions! This destination is also available as a tour from Munich.

For views, you can’t beat the Herzogstand to Heimgarten.  It’s a fantastic ridge walk offering great views of the Walchensee, and was a favourite among Bavarian royalty! Warning, this hike is not for you if you’re afraid of heights. Fortunately, it can be modified. You can still hike up to the Herzogstand, and skip the ridge walk to the Heimgarten.

Brauneck: The Mountain Where Hikers and Skiers Meet

Brauneck Mountain, where hikers and skiers meet! If you're a hiker seeing solace, not skiers, as I am, the Brauneck, located near Lenggies, should not be your first choice for a hike. But the views from the top do help compensate for the trail.

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