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Winter in Upper Bavaria – 8 wonderful hikes

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Winter in Upper Bavaria – 8 wonderful hikes

Hiking Collection by Oberbayern

In winter, Upper Bavaria has its own unique charm. Its wide fields and hills disappear under a glittering layer of snow. Proud mountain peaks – including Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze – present themselves in all their wintry glory. The region’s well-known cities such as Munich and Rosenheim, also dress up in their most beautiful winter attire.

After autumn, which often far too grey, people are particularly keen to venture outside again. Wrapped up warm, you trudge off through the winter world. Even if we currently have our trips on hold and spend the Christmas season mostly at home to take care of our fellow human beings, we can already look forward to Tours in snowy nature.

These Tours will take you to places in the region that are especially beautiful in winter. You hike to the shore of the picturesque Egglburg Lake and follow in the footsteps of Empress Sisi. You'll make your way through the almost meditative landscape around Maria Thalheim, explore the popular Tegernsee region, and embark on the unforgettable Kammerl-Runde near Saulgrub. Of course, you can't miss Königssee, one of the most popular photo motifs in the region, and the city of Munich itself on your list of things to see in Upper Bavaria.

If you want to know more about what we are raving about here, browse through our Tour recommendations and get a taste of winter hiking in Upper Bavaria. Sturdy shoes with a non-slip sole are recommended, warm clothing is essential, and hiking poles will give you additional stability.

We don't yet know when all the refreshment stops on the Tours will open again, but until then, just bring your own snacks and a thermos of steaming tea. You can look forward to an unforgettable time in the winter paradise.

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Tours & Highlights

    Intermediate
    02:36
    5.97 mi
    2.3 mph
    425 ft
    425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A spiritual circular path, peppered with beautiful sculptures, useful information and wonderful winter natural spectacles awaits you around Maria Thalheim. The Marienweg is the perfect way to get to know the natural beauty of the border area between “Holzland” and “Moos” or to enjoy it in depth.It starts right in the heart of the pilgrimage site of Maria Thalheim. Past the local cemetery, it goes straight up a hill. Once at the top, a first wonderful view opens up over Maria Thalheim. On the left, you then enter the actual path.First you march through Eck, then in the direction of Ober- / Unterbierbach. At this point you could take a shortcut through the forest and at the same time walk past the "tree messages" that tell you interesting facts about the local trees and bushes. The Marienweg, on the other hand, takes you to Bierbach. If your stomach growls, the Gasthaus Strasser invites you to refresh yourself. Then you climb up a hill into the forest.In the forest you will come across the abbreviation just mentioned. Together, all hiking options now lead to Bergham, then on towards Ederberg. It goes uphill again: to the 517 meters highest point of the Marienweg including the summit cross. One last up and down takes you over the Bäckerkreuz and Kleinthalheim back to your starting point in Maria Thalheim.

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    Intermediate
    02:54
    6.88 mi
    2.4 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Königssee is not only a wonderful natural spectacle and a popular excursion destination that should be seen in the warmer months of the year. This eleven-kilometer circular route, which incidentally was awarded the title “Germany's most beautiful hiking trail” in 2016, always leads you beautifully along the Königsseer Ache to the idyllic shores of the lake. And lets you immerse yourself in a truly fairytale world.It starts at Berchtesgaden train station. Via the roundabout you get to Triftplatz. This was once the transshipment point for the wood rafted on the Königsseer Ache and the Ramsauer Ache towards Berchtesgaden. 23 display boards that line the path from here tell you more about it. Behind the shopping malls you get into the Königsseer footpath.First on the right, then on the left bank of the Königsseer Ache you walk to Schönau, then following the loops of the river to the Fisch-Erlebniswelt Königssee. A few meters later it opens up in front of you: the Königssee. A wonderful piece of earth that you can enjoy extensively, until you then return to Triftplatz in Berchtesgaden via a parallel and varied path.

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  • Intermediate
    03:09
    7.67 mi
    2.4 mph
    125 ft
    175 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Yes, winter hiking can also be really fun in the middle of the city. In this case: in Munich. You can expect a nearly twelve and a half kilometer round that will not only please weekend vacationers. Both natural and cultural thirsts are reliably quenched.The tour starts in the middle of Prinzregentenplatz - because Munich is known to have a great public transport network, you can also only get on later. In any case, from the square you first march to the Friedensengel on the Isar high bank and past the Bogenhausen cemetery with its late baroque church of St. Georg, always straight towards the English Garden.The extensive city park should not be missing on any Munich tour. A few of its sights, such as the Chinese Tower, the Monopteros and a kiosk with real Bavarian delicacies, you won't miss on this tour. A little later you will find yourself in front of the next highlight, the Ludwig Maximilians University with its “White Rose Monument”.What else is on your discovery list from here on? What not? You pass Munich's art area, cross Königsplatz with its classical buildings, pass the Lenbachhaus and Löwenbräukeller (refreshment stops). At Stiglmaierplatz you can get on the tram and travel three stops to the Kreativquartier (stop: Leonrodplatz). The end of the tour has a lot to offer with Hubertusbrunnen, Nymphenburg Palace and the canal of the same name. Until you finally arrive at the destination of your tour, in the heart of the castle park.

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    Intermediate
    02:09
    4.88 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The pure winter idyll and several breathtaking views await you on this roughly eight kilometers of manageable hike near Saulgrub in the heart of the Ammergau Alps Nature Park. It starts in the nice village, which you can also reach from Garmisch-Partenkirchen by bus, and from further afield even by train.You quickly leave the lively town center behind you and hike on the winter hiking trail, which has been carefully cleared depending on the snow conditions, out into nature. Following the marked hiking trail you will arrive at the “Acheleschwaig” inn. The quaint stopover with traditional Bavarian cuisine invites you to linger. From here, depending on the snow and clearance conditions, you also have the option of walking for about 20 minutes to the Kammerl power station. There you will also find the so-called Scheibum, the rock breakthrough of the Ammer.The way back is via the Wetzsteinweg; a high path that always gives you wonderful views over the snow-covered Ammergau Alps nature reserve. Back at the pond, you then hike comfortably over the Achelestrasse back to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:04
    4.81 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    To the east of Munich, the Ebersberger Forst is an extensive hiking area that also exudes its charms in winter. On this round, wide, well-groomed paths lead you through pristine forest and once around the picturesque Egglburg Lake - great views included, of course. Last but not least - how could it be otherwise - there is of course a typical Bavarian option to stop by. But first things first.We start at the hiking car park on Anzinger Straße. If you like, you can also take the train to Ebersberg and start your tour there. You can cover the four extra kilometers that result with your left hand. From the hiking car park you follow the Anzinger Straße for a short while and a little later let yourself be guided by a hiking trail into the forest. The Antoni pond slumbers between the proud conifers, an idyllic place for a short break.Next on your list of winter attractions? The Egglburg lake. He receives you right at the edge of the forest and accompanies you a long way from there. It goes through the sleepy Hinteregglburg and along the southern shore of the lake to the “Zur Gass” inn, where you can fortify yourself before you complete the tour of the lake.An impressive avenue of oaks that are more than a hundred years old and are under monument protection welcomes you, soon afterwards turns into an apple tree avenue and before you know it, you are back in the Ebersberger Forest. From here you go through the quiet forest back to the hiking car park.You can find more information on the subject of "experiencing nature" in the Ebersberg district here: tourismus.lra-ebe.de/unser-landkreis/natur-erleben

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    Intermediate
    04:25
    10.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    625 ft
    625 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    If you are looking for a “winter wonderland” at its finest, you should not miss the Kloo-Ascher Valley. Nature lovers from all corners of the world, on cross-country skis or on foot, make their way here during the cold season to discover the wonderfully snowy world at the foot of the Kreuzberg.It starts in the heart of Bayrischzell. You turn your back on the place for the time being and let yourself be led from the idyllic Aubach in the direction of the Ursprung Valley. Usually this first part of the hike is through magical forest. Then at some point you will stand in front of the more than 100 year old Zipflwirt. And so you have reached the entrance to the Kloo-Ascher-Tal.You walk a little further under proud conifers. Then wide alpine meadows open up in front of you. The view extends from here to the Kreuzberg at the end of the valley. You will soon be walking past the Kloo-Ascher-Alm and a little later you will reach your turning point at the Winterstubn. It is not managed, but invites you to take a break in the sun with its cozy house bank. Then it goes back to Bayrischzell the same way.

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    Intermediate
    02:22
    5.45 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    350 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Take a walk in the (winter) footsteps of Empress Sisi - this is made possible for you at Lake Starnberg. The lady must have had good taste. It can hardly be more idyllic - and somehow more regal - than here during the cold or warm season.The almost nine-kilometer round starts in Feldafing, which you can also reach by train. Passing the hotel "Kaiserin Elisabeth" and the Sisi statue, the path lives up to its name right at the beginning and also leads you directly down to the lake shore.From the listed Feldafing lido, you first walk a long way along the picturesque Lake Starnberg. Among other things, you will pass the impressive Possenhofen Castle. Through the Possenhofen forest and past the museum in the Possenhofen train station, you can discover a little untouched nature on the geological nature trail through the Wolfsschlucht (Starzenbach) before returning to the starting point.

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    Intermediate
    02:33
    5.98 mi
    2.3 mph
    300 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This winter hike takes you from Oberaudorf to the snowy banks of the Inn and the Auerbach. At the foot of the Hocheck, you can walk on well-groomed paths through the magnificent landscape, which has a special charm in winter. It starts at the church in the center of Oberaudorf. You go south and soon reach the Schlossberg, which you can climb. Above you can expect the medieval ruin Auerburg and a fantastic winter panorama.The leisurely tour runs past the Florianiberg to the bank of the Inn. Heavily laden with snow, the branches hang from the old trees on the Innweg. Down the river you follow the route to the mouth of the Auerbach and walk under the highway. From here you can make a detour to the famous Carmelite Monastery.Then it goes along icy Auerbach along to Trissl. At the clinic you cross the stream and wander back to Oberaudorf at the edge of the forest. Passing the Hocheck cable car and the winter toboggan run you return to the starting point. In Oberaudorf you will find a good selection of traditional restaurants and cafés, where you can end your hiking day.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    8
  • Distance
    51.9 mi
  • Duration
    22:12 h
  • Elevation
    2,825 ft
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Winter in Upper Bavaria – 8 wonderful hikes