From the lowest natural landmark to the highest – when I heard about this idea, I was keen to test it out in Germany’s 16 states. Of course, the Tours in Germany are not quite as tough as the Badwater Ultramarathon in the USA, which leads from Death Valley to Mount Whitney and is based on the Lowest to Highest principle. However, that depends on how you plan them.
I've laid out the 16 routes as walking itineraries. They can be completed on consecutive days or in several small adventures. Except for the Zugspitze, all destinations are also accessible by bike. I’m curious how you interpret this idea for yourself.
To help you to plan your route individually, you can find the landmarks separately in this Collection.
If you don't see the landmarks in the overview map at the top of the Collection, scroll down once and then up again, then they should load and appear.
Whenever you complete one of the L2H routes and upload it to komoot, you can tag me as a participant in the Tour. This way, I can collect the Tours in a separate Collection and we can all find more ways to connect the dots as well as the highlights on each route.
Determining the highest points was quite easy, but the lowest ones were sometimes a real challenge. Even the state surveying offices often couldn't always help as some of the lowest natural landmarks were not accessible such as open-pit mines or the bottom of lakes and rivers. Nonetheless, I have researched and chosen, to the best of my knowledge, the lowest points. If you find a lower point – please let me know! Don’t get hung up if the elevations listed on komoot vary slightly from the official ones. I also have a few question marks, but I checked everything several times.
Many thanks to Verena Wessel and the komoot team who supported me with my research and preparation!
If you fancy it, feel free to share the idea of L2H routes in Germany with others. I think they might be able to find some inspiration in the idea too.
Best regards and I wish you unforgettable moments out there,
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