Glittering icicles hang from the rooftops, bright white snow blankets the rolling hills and dusts the trees and mountain peaks like icing sugar. It’s time to fill the thermos with hot cocoa and slip into your warm winter boots. It’s time to breathe in the ice-cold, crystal-clear winter air and trudge through the crunching snow. It’s time for peace and contemplation.
Where better to enjoy all of this than in beautiful Upper Bavaria in Germany? On eight wintry Tours from the Pfaffenwinkel in the south of Munich to the Austrian border near Salzburg, we take you through a winter wonderland. Each Tour is short and relaxed, with no significant elevation gain, so you can enjoy making your way through the snow. Snow-covered castles and steam trains create romantic alpine scenes that are perfect to explore on a winter hike. Even if you are holding off on trips at the moment to help keep us all safe and even if you plan to spend the Christmas holidays mainly at home, we can already look forward to our hikes in the snow when we are able to head back into nature.
The cowbells have never sounded more beautiful – on the Pfaffenwinkler Milchweg Pfaffenwinkle Milk Trail), you'll learn lots of exciting things about dairy farming whilst having fun at different outdoor game spaces. The artist's trail in Dachau, on the other hand, offers fantastic landscape painting. The Forest Idyll Trail near Bad Reichenhall town and the Weltwald (World Forest) near Freising offer nature in abundance. Here you can even hike from continent to continent. Have you ever visited the Himalayas or the Rocky Mountains in winter? Perhaps the world’s longest castle in Burghausen will also inspire you.
Whichever Tour you choose, pack some warm clothes and a bag of roasted almonds too. We don't yet know when all the stops on the Tours will open again, but until then, just bring your own snacks and a thermos of steaming cocoa. We wish you lots of fun on your Tours in the Upper Bavarian winter wonderland.
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Draped with icicles and decorated with a light blanket of snow, the wooden Sebastianisteg spans the picturesque flowing Loisach. The St. Andreas parish church rises proudly in front of the snow-covered tops of the mountain forest behind. A top-class winter wonderland awaits you in romantic Wolfratshausen, the historic rafting town.With the S-Bahn line S7 you can easily get from Munich Central Station to Wolfratshausen every 20 minutes. If you prefer to travel by car in the cold season, you can park at Hatzplatz or in the old town. Your winter hike along the Loisach with its snow-adorned bank will lead you close to the city center on the trail of the raftsmen. At the level of the old raft landing, you cross the Loisach over the impressively timbered Sebastianisteg.Now always along the other bank you walk to the Kastenmühl weir, the white shining tree tops of the forest always in the background. A good selection of inns is available for you to warm up along the route until you change the bank again and pass the Loisach raft area. From here you can look forward to the Isartalbahn (S7) chugging next to you through the wintry backdrop.Your winter hike ends with a magical view at the Riemerschmid vantage point, where Loisach and Isar meet in a magical, glittering meadow landscape.
The snow has covered the roofs of the fairytale-like and world's longest castle above Burghausen like icing. High above the Salzach and the shimmering Wöhrsee, the numerous towers and majestic walls lure you to a romantic winter hike on the panorama path.You start the approximately three and a half kilometer round tour at Curaplatz right at the entrance to Burghauser Burg. You can enjoy a fantastic view of the winter wonderland from the so-called mushroom view. Up here, the castle presents itself in its full length and makes the panorama with the shining Wöhrsee a perfect photo spot.No less promising you can stroll along the "Ernst-Mittermeier-Steg", which is dedicated to the former teacher and tour guide. Views up to the 70 meter deep Salzach breakthrough and over the old town of Burghausen with its colorful houses make you pause again and be amazed. And that's not all, because the next vantage point with the Kreuzfelsen, around which the Salzach flows, is already waiting for you.Over the numerous steps of the Kreuzpointner Steig you meander down to the Salzach and follow the bank upstream. The old Salzach Bridge brings you from one bank to the other and via the Panoramaweg to the Inn-Salzach-Stadtplatz. Climbing over the smooth Hofberg again, you will already arrive at the starting point of the tour.
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White as snow, but so much tastier - on the Pfaffenwinkler Milchweg you can learn exciting things about milk and agriculture in the snowstorm at ten adventure stations. Read, touch, try out is what hikers big and small alike can do on the relaxed, four-kilometer tour in Rottenbuch. Allow around two hours for this. A pot of hot cocoa for on the go sweetens the way and also warms from the inside.It starts at the parking lot of the Schönegger Käsealm. Before you set off, you can test your instinct on the plastic cow that is patiently waiting for you to be milked. Then the Milchweg leads you into the vastness of the snow-covered field and forest landscapes. At a lookout point you can take a closer look at the wonderful surroundings, where happy cows graze in summer.The winter forest and root path continues to the Pfaffenwinkler Memory and a little quiz that stimulates the gray matter. Musical creativity, on the other hand, awaits you at the cow bell game. So you should have a pair of warm gloves with you so that the bells ring longer (l) n.Back at the Käsealm you can stock up on delicious specialties at the end. At Christmas time you can expect very special, seasonal delicacies in the Advent basket or the Nikolaustasche.
From the always white Himalayas to the snow-capped peaks of the American Rocky Mountains in just one hour - on foot. This works out! On a discovery-rich winter walk through the Weltwald in the Kranzberger Forest near Freising.For around four and a half kilometers you walk past giant sequoia trees, thick-trunked bald cypresses and snow-covered Japanese umbrella firs. Winter themed paths lead you from continent to continent and the associated gardens also give you cultural insights into the home of trees in a playful way.If you want to know exactly, you can call up the interactive map of the world forest during your hike. The German name and the year of planting are listed here for each tree: weltwald.de/weltwald-verhaben/interaktiv-karte.html. With over 300 tree and shrub species, the research can take time. In the central pavilion you can sit down and enjoy a hot tea from the thermos. You can easily spend two to three hours in this unique forest.Tip for arrival: On the state road St2084 from Freising in the direction of Allershausen, there are two parking spaces available as start and end points.
When the tree tops and paths are covered in snow, an incredible calm returns to the landscape. On the forest idyll path on the Maisweg you are surrounded by a magical winter wonderland and invite you to take a leisurely stroll. For a relaxed circular hike, plan around two hours in the snowstorm.
The approximately three and a half kilometer long tour starts easily accessible at the parking lot of the Bayerisch Gmain hiking center. From here you first follow the path to the right along the railway line on which the train to Berchtesgaden winds through the wonderful winter landscape. At the railway line you will find the first of five information stations that will tell you exciting things about the region's vegetation.
While you trudge through the crunching snow, the path now climbs slightly and brings you to the second information station, which is dedicated to the history of Bayerisch Gmain. The third station is just a little further on at the highest point of the hike. The topic of geology is absolutely appropriate at this point.
The rushing cascades of the Weissbach accompany you to the fourth station, which, how could it be otherwise, is entirely dedicated to water. Now it goes under the impressive historical railway viaduct and over a metal bridge over the Weißbach. At the fifth and last station you can enrich your treasure trove of information about the “white gold”, salt mining. Then you walk over a railroad crossing back to the starting point of the tour.
When the snow has gently settled over the surrounding hills of Dachau, you can immerse yourself in the landscape painting that made Dachau famous with a walk along the Künstlerweg. On the almost six kilometers circular route, you will discover motifs from the time of the artist colony around 1900 and take the painter's perspective on several painting steles.Our tip: There is also an alternative route without stairs.In the middle of the center of the artistic city you start at the town hall terrace. The first painting stele with a work by Eduard Schleich the Elder awaits you up here. Ä. His special passion was painting the moss landscape around Dachau, which you can see from the slight elevation.Through the beautiful castle garden of Dachau with a small educational bee trail, you continue to the “forest near Dachau” - figuratively speaking. The painting is by Lovis Corinth, who came to Dachau through his friend Arthur Langhammer. With Ludwill Dill's work “The White Moos” you stand in front of another oil painting that shows the beautiful landscape of the region.The further you follow the artist's path through the small alleys, the motifs now alternate. However, one thing is the same to them: They always show a part of life around Dachau. With Giulio Beda's “Wieninger Straße im Winter” you even have a direct comparison to the snowy backdrop of then and now.After you have crossed the leisurely flowing Amper four times and marveled at the works of numerous artists at 17 stations, the artist's path ends with a romantic view of the Karlsberg on the last painting stele. If you would like to see the works in the original, we recommend the permanent exhibition of the Gemäldegalerie Dachau afterwards.
Summer or winter - you can make a pilgrimage at any time of the year. In the cold months, however, an incomparable silence and contemplation returns, which guarantees a perfect break from everyday life. You don't even have to travel hundreds of kilometers to do this. On the six-kilometer-long Way of the Cross you sometimes stroll to yourself.The Way of the Cross between Altötting and Heiligenstatt is part of the famous Way of St. James. If you choose Altötting as your starting point, your spiritual winter hike begins at Kapellplatz, the center of the pilgrimage city. You can of course also walk the Way of the Cross in the other direction.You walk past the Eschbach Chapel, where the Way of the Cross originally began. You leave the pilgrimage site via the border road and enjoy the idyllic winter landscape of Wiesmühl and Osterwies. 14 stations of the cross line your path. The marble shrines were donated over 160 years ago by the ship's master's wife Katharina Riedl on the basis of a vow.You follow the Mörnbach almost the entire course of the Way of the Cross. Shortly before crossing the railroad tracks, you leave the babbling water and walk into Heiligenstatt with its pilgrimage church.Arrival tip: No matter which direction you choose: You can reach both start and end points every hour during the day with the Südostbayernbahn. If you want to get off in Heiligenstatt, let the conductor know in good time, as this is a stop on demand.
This cozy round at the Staffelsee not only spoils you with wide views, but also takes you into the legendary world of lindworms and dragons. It goes into the narrow Drachenstich gorge, where a scaly monster is said to have been up to mischief once.It starts at the train station in Murnau am Staffelsee. From there it goes out of the city and shortly afterwards you stroll through a magnificent avenue of oaks - and through the trees a clear panorama of the surrounding pre-Alpine landscape opens up to you. Soon you will come across a narrow stream and a little later you will be struck by a dragon.According to a folk legend, the Murnau Lindwurm once lived here, who dragged countless virgins into the gorge and ate here - only a brave warrior ended his atrocities with the stab of his spear.Then you stroll out of the gorge and on to the shore path of the Staffelsee. The path then leads you along the water to the starting point of the tour.