Hiking the Jochberg, in the German Alps

mountain views from the Jochberg, Bavaria, Germany

Mountain views from the Jochberg

The Jochberg is a popular mountain for day hikers and is accessible year round.

As long as  you don’t mind hiking in snow. Located near Urfeld and only 80.5km south of Munich, it’s popular with both locals and Münchners.  You are unlikely to have the summit to yourself, but the views more than compensate for the lack of solitude. Look over one side of the mountain and you have a view of the Kochelsee (Kochel Lake).

View of Kochelsee from the summit.

View of Kochelsee from the summit.

On a clear day you can see the Olympiaturm (Olympic Tower) in Munich to the north.  Despite peering into what I thought was a northern direction for some time, no Olympiaturm came into sight.  When you get tired of looking at the Kochelsee,  or the evading Olympic Tower, simply turn around and look over the other side.  Here you will have a great view of  the Walchensee, a popular lake for windsurfers.  And for the more adventurous, you can dive and search for the  rumoured treasure.

View of the Walchensee from the summit

View of the Walchensee from the summit

While the view of the Walchensee are good from the Jochberg, they’re even better from the nearby peaks of Herzogstand and Heimgarten, favored by Bavarian Royals.  We were fortunate enough to have a sunny 15 C day in November so I was soaking in the view for all it was worth.  I  spent over an hour on the summit thinking about my upcoming vacation plans.  All the while conversing in both English and attempted German with my new hiking friends.

Views of the Bavarian Alps

Views of the Bavarian Alps

The Jochberg is a nice easy summit that can be completed in ~ 4 hours round trip.  It has an elevation gain of 703 m.  It gives you a nice workout without feeling like you want to keel over and die.  It is reachable via public transport.  The bus stop is just steps away from the trailhead on Kesselberg Pass Road at the northern end of the Walchensee.

I would definitely hike the Jochberg again.  It’s great as a shoulder season hike that’s not too far from Munich.  And it offers great views for relatively minimal effort.

Laurel Robbins is the founder of Monkeys and Mountains, an adventure travel blog and company that helps people plan their active holidays in a sustainable way. Although Canadian, she lives in Germany. You can find her in the mountains on most weekends.


  1. Andrew November 12, 2011 at 1:44 pm - Reply

    So how many windsurfers do the divers usually find? Really pretty views all around.

  2. Laurel November 12, 2011 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    @Andrew – Oops, that didn’t quite sound right, thanks just changed it. Jochberg is definitely worth doing if you’re in the area.

    • Andrew November 12, 2011 at 2:23 pm - Reply

      Awww.. I had a great picture of divers looking for rumored windsurfers sunken in the lakebed. 🙁 Now that image is lost.

  3. Mette Christensen November 12, 2011 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    What a beautiful dreamlike blue landscape.

  4. Laurel November 12, 2011 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    @Andrew – Now that would be something to see 🙂

    @Mette – Agreed and we were so lucky to have 15C weather – in November!

  5. Zhu November 13, 2011 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    The top picture is amazing!

    Okay, it was worth the hike 🙂

  6. Laurel November 14, 2011 at 9:50 am - Reply

    @Zhu – Thanks and the views are definitely worth the effort 🙂

  7. Claire November 15, 2011 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I love hikng and this looks amazing! Your posts keep pushing Germany closer to the top of my travel list!

  8. maria cecilia August 24, 2015 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    that our beautiful place! thank you for sharing this great landscape!

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