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High heights & wide views – mountain hikes in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park

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High heights & wide views – mountain hikes in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park

Hiking Collection by Naturpark Ammergauer Alpen

11

Tours

55:41 h

71.7 mi

27,125 ft

The Ammergau Alps Nature Park in Bavaria is a wonderful region for mountain hikes. Bordered by the Allgäuer Alps and the Wetterstein mountain range with its Zugspitze peak, the area offers mountain hikes with fabulous views. Whilst giant rock formations rise to your left, making a rough and adventurous backdrop, to your left, you can enjoy a panorama of blue shimmering lakes and picturesque alpine foothills.

In this Collection, we’ve included some of the most beautiful mountain hikes in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park to suit every hiker, from full-day Tours to leisurely half-day walks and a short mountain intermezzo. Some of the Tours are particularly adventurous with an airy ridge that takes you up to a high plateau and you climb the Ettaler Manndl peak on an exhilarating via ferrata. You’ll need your hands on the rocky path to the Kofel summit too. If you’re an ambitious mountaineer, then you can climb the highest peak in the Bavarian Ammergau Alps, the Kreuzspitze.

The panoramic hikes to the Zeitberg and the Laber mountains are just as beautiful. If you want to shorten this Tour, as well as the route to the Kofel, then you can take the cable car. The Stierkopf and Notkarspitze peaks also offer extensive round hikes.

Some of the mountain Tours start directly in the municipalities of Unterammergau or Oberammergau. Others lead you into the Graswang Valley, where the fairytale Linderhof Castle is located. From here, you climb the Große Klammspitze and the Pürschling. You start the Tours to the Ettaler Manndl and the Notkarspitze from the baroque Ettal Monastery.
The short hike takes you through a gorge with many waterfalls to the Steckenberg cross.

Do you like to mix things up? The Ammergau Alps Nature Park is great to explore both on foot and on two wheels. You can find inspiration, here: komoot.de/collection/1041394. If you feel like even more flowing descents, you receive a half-day ticket for the Bikepark Oberammergau as a gift when you spend three nights in the region.

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    Difficult
    06:13
    9.09 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    If you want to do a nice day tour with wonderful views and refreshment stops, you've found the right one. This round starts directly in Unterammergau and takes you over one of the three Hörnleg peaks to the Stierkopf. That is why it is particularly easy to reach. There is a train connection here via Murnau or you can take the bus to the stop at the town hall. You will also find a parking space at the entrance.

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  • Difficult
    06:01
    6.92 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,275 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This circular hike takes you to three peaks and gives you impressive views of the baroque Ettal monastery. The route begins at the gates of the abbey or at the parking lot at the foot of the mountain. On the ascent you always stay on the ridge, which leads you on steep and winding paths to the Ochsensitz.Then you …

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  • Difficult
    05:32
    6.64 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,975 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Crossing the high plateau is an exciting balancing act with easy climbing passages. The rocky summit and the views promise ambitious hikers an alpine atmosphere. From the parking lot at the Ammerwaldalm you first walk through the Roggental, always along the stream. You already make up a few meters in altitude and walk straight to the plateau.Where you can’t …

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  • Difficult
    06:44
    8.23 mi
    1.2 mph
    3,150 ft
    3,150 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This day tour starts right next to the fairytale Linderhof Palace. If you want to visit the residence of the Bavarian King Ludwig II and the associated gardens, it is best to get up early. If you want to take your time with this, you'd better come back another day, because you'll be on the road for some time. You can arrive by bus or car - there is both a bus stop and a parking lot.

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  • Intermediate
    04:33
    5.60 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,400 ft
    2,400 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Laber is a popular panoramic mountain directly above Oberammergau. A nostalgic mountain railway goes almost all the way to the summit. You can also climb the mountain on your own and take a second peak and wonderful views with you along the way.The route starts at the valley station of the mountain railway and initially leads up almost …

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  • Difficult
    03:11
    3.92 mi
    1.2 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Ettaler Manndl is a striking rocky peak that makes you want to climb it from afar. And it doesn't disappoint either: a short via ferrata leads all the way up to the summit cross, which gives your hike a dash of adventure.The starting point is northeast of Ettal Abbey. From there it goes up steeply, straight to the …

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  • Intermediate
    04:30
    5.92 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,150 ft
    2,150 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This leisurely hike starts at the famous Linderhof Palace. If you start early in the morning, you still have time in the afternoon to look at the park and the magnificent buildings. The hike begins in the west of the castle and bypasses the extensive grounds above. At first there is only a little uphill, but then it gets steeper and steeper.

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  • Difficult
    07:22
    7.00 mi
    0.9 mph
    3,450 ft
    3,450 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A tour of superlatives, because the Kreuzspitze, at 2,185 meters, is the highest peak in the Ammergau Alps in Bavaria. The hike begins on a parking lot in the furthest Graswang valley directly behind the border with Austria. First you cross the dry river bed of the Neualmbach and are then back in Germany.You can take it easy for …

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  • Difficult
    03:41
    7.42 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,975 ft
    1,975 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The rocky peak of the Kofel rises prominently high above Oberammergau into the sky. The summit cross can be seen from below and motivates you to take a promising half-day tour with a stop. The round tour begins at the valley station of the Kolbensesselbahn. From there you first walk to the bunting and take a look at what you …

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  • Easy
    01:42
    2.13 mi
    1.3 mph
    975 ft
    950 ft
    Easy mountaineering route. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This hike isn't far, but it has it all: In less than two hours you will discover bubbling waterfalls in a gorge and a wonderful view. It starts at a hiking car park in the southwest of Unterammergau. There you dive directly into a forest, which you only leave again at your destination at the Steckenbergkreuz.Soon the forest is …

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  • Difficult
    06:12
    8.87 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,325 ft
    2,325 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This extended day hike takes you to the Zeitberg with its entertaining nature trail and to the three Hörnleg peaks. If you feel like a shorter round, you can also take the train from Bad Kohlgrub to the Zeitberg. This will reduce the route by around two thirds.If you decide on the big round, you start in Wurmansau and …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    71.7 mi
  • Duration
    55:41 h
  • Elevation
    27,125 ft

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