Snow is calling! Winter hiking in the Ammergau Alps in southern Germany
Ammergauer Alpen GmbH/Thomas Bichler
Walking through a freezing cold wintery landscape is the best way to clear your head. A thick blanket of snow glistens in the sun as you listen to your crunching steps through the snow, forgetting any stress. Winter hikes are great fun, especially in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park in Bavaria in southern Germany. In this Collection, we’ve put together nine varied Tours for you, ranging from short walks to summit hikes. You explore the region between Bad Bayersoien municipality in the north and the wild and romantic Graswang Valley in the southwest. The unique landscape comes alive here in winter and it’s waiting to be discovered by you.
The most comfortable way to get to the Ammergau Alps is by train. The journey takes a good hour from Munich. Thanks to its unique characteristics and diversity, the region was made a designated ‘Nature Park’ in 2017. On your hikes, you’ll be enchanted by the beauty of southern Bavaria, enjoy magnificent views of the surrounding mountains and the picturesque Ammer Valley, and stop off at cosy inns. All of the hiking routes are well signposted, just follow the markers with a snowflake.
You don't need any special equipment for winter hiking in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park – tight boots, warm clothes, and perhaps a thermos of tea is enough. On your hike up the Pürschling peak, it’s worth taking a sledge with you up the mountain. You can slide downhill super fast – it’s great fun! Walking in the snow is especially wonderful with the winter sun warming your cheeks, but you can go hiking here in all weathers. The cold air can even help to clear your head. After your Tour in the cold, you can warm up in one of the inns or treat yourself to a treatment in one of the mud spas in Bad Kohlgrub or Bad Bayersoien. So let it snow!
Snow, castle and - ideally - sunshine. All this offers you this ten kilometer long winter hike in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park. You hike through Weidmoos and on through Graswang Valley to Linderhof Castle. It starts at the parking lot at the Ettaler Mühle in Ettal. Snowflake number 1 shows you the way.You immerse yourself in the quiet winter world of the Ettaler Weidmoos and listen to the typical noises that can only be heard in a snowy landscape. Your steps crunch on the snowy path that leads you to the Graswanger Weiher. Up to this point the route was still perfectly flat, but now the path climbs gently.Once at the top, the stately Linderhof Palace awaits you. King Ludwig II once strolled through the snow-covered fairy tale forest, today you can let the romantic backdrop of the castle in the snow have an impact on you. Linderhof is the smallest of the three castles of Ludwig II. Nevertheless, it is considered the favorite castle of the “fairytale king”, in which he stayed by far the most frequently.At the end of the tour, you can take bus 9622 back to the car park or to the nearby Oberammergau.
What works best against the bitter cold? Exactly: movement. This ten-kilometer hike on the Pürschling gets your circulation going wonderfully and promises you wonderful views, a cozy stop and - if you want - a rapid descent. The tour starts at the Pürschling car park in Unterammergau. The path is marked by snowflake number 8.The first few kilometers you hike uphill, finally you have to climb the summit at 1,566 meters. At the beginning you follow a piece of the rippling grinding mill line. Then the path turns right and leads you to the reservoir. Here you can hold the tip of your nose in the sun for a while and briefly refuel with vitamin D.A few meters of altitude up to the summit are still ahead of you. But the effort is worth it: the view of the Ammertal is just wonderful. Next to the summit is the Pürschlinghaus, where you can warm up and strengthen yourself.Tip: We recommend pulling a sledge from the valley up to the mountain. Then you can fluff all the way that you trudged up through the snow. A winter hike is still fun, right?
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The sun is shining and makes the white snow sparkle really nicely? Then nothing like hiking boots on and out into nature. This almost five-kilometer tour takes you through the winter wonderland of the Ammergau Alps and offers you some wonderful views of the Ettal Abbey. The round starts right at the monastery. You can see the impressive area right at the beginning or at the end of your hike.In any case, snowflake number 2 shows you the way for this hike. You walk gently up the slope for a while and have an even better view of the monastery with its impressive domed structure. The path takes you a long way up the hill. So let your gaze wander extensively.Soon you will dive into the snowy forest and walk gently downhill again. The last part of your tour is back to Ettal along the road. How about a taste of the monastery's own beer at the end?
No matter how cold it is outside, a little exercise in the fresh air is always good. The two-kilometer route on the Panoramaweg near Bad Bayersoien is a perfect lap for a quick walk. The starting point is the parking lot on the moor nature trail, snowflake number 18 shows you the direction.On the way you can enjoy wonderful views of Bad Bayersoien and the sugary winter world. About halfway along the way you will come across the Ach, which flows leisurely towards Lake Bayersoien. Let the calm work on you and the stress of everyday life.The round is great for simply clearing your head for a while. And if the tour is too short for you, you can add a circumnavigation of the Bayersoiener See. A two-kilometer path leads you around the banks of the moor lake. After so much fresh, cold winter air, you've more than earned yourself a hot chocolate in town.
Snow-covered landscapes, a rushing river and a cozy living room - what more do you need for a varied winter hike? The almost nine kilometer long Kammerl Runde takes you from the St. Franziskus Church in Saulgrub on a high path to the impressive Ammer Gorge. The round is marked by snowflake number 9.You stroll through the snow-covered winter world to Acheleschwaig and you can either stop at the inn there or save it for the way back. The path continues to the historic Kammerl power station and the nearby Scheibum, a massive rock face in the middle of the 600-meter-long Ammer Gorge. The river made its way through the rock thousands of years ago.At the Ammer rock breakthrough, you turn around and hike back towards Saulgrub. A stop in Acheleschwaig is now worthwhile at the latest. You will then find further options for warming up in your destination.
This eight-kilometer hike takes you through the Pulvermoos nature reserve from Unterammergau to Oberammergau and back. You hike on a completely flat route through the fantastic winter landscape and enjoy a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains. It starts at the car park at Kolbenbach in Oberammergau.At the beginning you hike a good bit along the banks of the Ammer, just follow the snowflake number 5. Let your gaze wander over the wide landscape of the powder moss - the massive mountains tower up not far away. You will soon reach Unterammergau, where you can fortify yourself in one of the warm dining rooms.Then you walk directly back to your starting point and enjoy the idyllic landscape once again. Take a deep breath of the freezing cold winter air and make room for new thoughts.
Don't let the title confuse you, this almost ten kilometer long loop is suitable for hikers of all ages - not just old men. It takes you on a relaxed route from the WellenBerg adventure pool in Oberammergau on a high path to the Romanshöhe mountain inn. On the way you can enjoy fantastic views of the sugary winter world of the Ammertal.After your well-deserved stop at the inn, you then hike upstream along the Ammer through the “Pulvermoos” nature reserve towards Oberammergau. Let yourself be enchanted by the winter landscape, listen to your crunching steps and your steaming breath.Back at the starting point, you can look for a cozy dining room in Oberammergau and fortify yourself with a tea or hot chocolate. It tastes much better after a few hours in the cold air.
The Geizenmoos east of Bad Bayersoien is actually characterized by a unique flora. Not much of this can be seen under the thick layer of snow, but a hike through the landscape in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park is always worthwhile. Let yourself be lulled by the winter silence, listen to your crunching steps and breathe in the freezing cold air.The almost 13-kilometer loop on Lake Bayersoien begins. Snowflake number 13 shows you the way. You walk through the winter world and let your gaze wander over the landscape. Enjoy the wonderful tranquility that surrounds you on your winter tour, before you meet civilization again at Bad Kohlgrub.The last part is back to the lake along the road. There you can fortify yourself at the end of the hike in the Fischerhäusl with a warm meal or a hot drink. Or you can stroll a bit along the shores of the tranquil lake, which lies quietly in the snow-covered landscape.
A relaxed hike through the snow-covered landscape, plus a cozy stop - a winter hiking day is perfect. This seven-kilometer round tour takes you from Bad Kohlgrub to the Jägerstube inn and back again. It starts at the sports field in Bad Kohlgrub. Snowflake number 15 gives you the course.The path leads you gently downhill over the wide fields. You walk a bit along the train tracks and then you soon reach the cozy hunter's house. Time to warm up. With fresh energy you can then go back out into the snow. You cross the train tracks and the main road and stroll relaxed back to Bad Kohlgrub.In the spa you will find several places to stop for a break and to top off the day you can let yourself be pampered in one of the wellness hotels.