Climbing Alpine peaks on the Route to the Top – Allgäu hiking trilogy
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Would you like to explore the mountain world of the Allgäu Alps, climb rocky peaks, visit crystal-clear lakes and admire the valley from up high? Then the Route to the Top of the Allgäu hiking trilogy is just right for you. This multi-day hike starts at the wonderful royal castles in the east of the region and takes you through the southern Allgäu in a loop. You will hike undulating, beautiful paths through the high peaks, visiting charming huts on the way.
The hiking trilogy in Allgäu combines three routes over 54 stages through the diverse landscapes and culture of the region. All three routes are signposted with the same mark in different colours. The Meadow Walker’s Route follows green signs through the picturesque northern Allgäu. The Watercourse Route follows blue signs along rivers to wonderful lakes through the Alpine foothills. The Route to the Top follows red signs as it climbs up to the high peaks of the Allgäu Alps where you can enjoy incredible views over the mountains. The stages of the three routes are numbered chronologically – the first stage naturally begins in the Alpine foothills with the Meadow Walkers’ Route and the 54th stage is the final section of the Route to the Top. The routes overlap with one another so some individual stages are part of two different routes.
The Route to the Top is the most demanding route of the Allgäu hiking trilogy. As you will hike at alpine heights, you should be sure-footed and an experienced hiker. On some days, you will find traditional huts and inns where you can stop for refreshments, but you will have to carry your own provisions on other days. Many stages end in a village in the valley where you can stock up on supplies. Usually, you can choose from a range of accommodation, but some stages end in a hut in the mountains. Make sure you book in advance, especially in summer, as spaces are limited and there is often no alternative accommodation available. We also recommend reserving your accommodation in the valley in advance.
In our Collection, the Route to the Top runs 226 miles (364 km) in an anti-clockwise loop from Halblech. Starting at stage 26, you hike through the pre-Alps and up to the highest peaks of the Allgäu. The total route is divided into 24 stages with additional so-called “connections.” The connections take you to a village with a train station so you can use them as an alternative start and end point if you only want to walk part of the route. Many of the stages also end in a town with public transport connections so you can easily choose to just hike for a few days.
If you would like to walk part of the route, you can reach these start and end points by train:
– 6 days from Füssen to Sonthofen
– 5 days from Sonthofen to Oberstaufen
– 7 days from Immenstadt to Fischen
– 7 days from Oberstdorf to Pfronten
The hiking trilogy in the Allgäu is a wonderful long-distance hike to walk bit by bit or in one go. The mountains are waiting for you.
For more information on the other hiking trilogy routes, see:
Meadow Walkers’ Route: komoot.de/collection/1179423
Watercourse Route: komoot.de/collection/1179423
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Last updated: February 6, 2023
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