Alpine foothills on the Meadow Walkers’ Route – Allgäu hiking trilogy
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Cows grazing in lush meadows, refreshing lakes, medieval towns and great views of the lofty Alps – hiking in the Allgäu in southern Germany is a wonderful experience. One of the best ways to explore the region is by walking through its gentle meadows. This Collection guides you along the Meadow Walker’s Route long-distance hiking trail in 22 stages. You hike through the magnificent hilly landscape in the western Allgäu, through green meadows and past pretty lakes in the east eatern lower Allgäu. This route is a perfect option for nature-loving beginner hikers who enjoy walking on easy, scenic paths.
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 Meadow Walkers’ Route intersects the Watercourse Route Shortly before Isny in this Collection.
The 272-mile (438-km) Meadow Walkers’ Route is designed as a circular hike. In this Collection, it starts from the town of Marktoberdorf, but you can start from anywhere along the route or choose to hike individual stages. Many of the start and end points can be reached by train so it's easy to plan your hike flexibly. We’ve also included a detour to the town of Memmingen. The stages for the detour are listed as connecting routes as you leave the official circular for them.
You will find overnight accommodation in each of the stage destinations either in a lively town or quiet little village. In the stage descriptions, you will find additional information if the choice is limited. It’s worth booking your accommodation in advance, especially during the high season, to ensure your hike runs smoothly. You will pass through villages en route where you can stop for refreshments or shops where you can stock up on snacks.
The hiking trilogy in the Allgäu is a wonderful long-distance hike to walk bit by bit or in one go. Meadows, lakes, moorlands and the Alpine foothills await!
For more information on the other hiking trilogy routes, see:
Watercourse Route: komoot.de/collection/1179427
Route to the Top: komoot.de/collection/1143903
The second stage on the meadow walker route takes you across beautiful green meadows in a cozy up and down through the eastern Allgäu. The hike starts in Kaufbeuren. Today's destination after almost 24 kilometers is the Kneipp spa town of Bad Wörishofen. The absolute highlight of the tour is a visit to the Irsee Monastery. After a look at the beautiful parish church, you can have a good time in the monastery bar.
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This connection takes you a bit away from the main route and to Memmingen with its wonderful old town - perfect if you want to sniff a little city air between your days in nature. The almost 22-kilometer hike starts in Bad Grönenbach. After a short stretch through the forest you will see how the blue Iller winds its way through the green landscape in the valley in front of you.
The eighth stage brings the meadow goers from Illerbeuren to Altusried. You start on the banks of the Iller and will always meet the river along the 20 km hike. Right at the start of the tour you cross the Iller and climb a short piece on the other side of the hill. At the magnificent pilgrimage church of Maria Steinbach, you can take a break.
You can take the tenth stage on the Wiesengänger-Weg very relaxed: the 17-kilometer route runs from Schmidsfelden to Leutkirch. No demanding climbs await you, but an idyllic landscape. You walk the first few kilometers along the Eschach. In Friesenhofen you cross the river and continue walking across an open landscape. From the Allmishofer Höhe you can enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding region.
With the help of this connection stage you can hike directly from Schmidsfelden to Bolsternang. This means that you can skip the section through the Westallgäu, for example. This is eight stages less on the total route. At the end of the day you arrive in Bolsternang, where the 17th regular Wiesengänger stage also ends. At the same time, this connection creates a self-contained meadow walker circuit through the Westallgäu with nine stages.
Halftime on the meadow walker route! With a good 26 kilometers, the eleventh stage is one of the longer tours, but there is a lot to discover on the route from Leutkirch to Bad Wurzach. You leave Leutkirch and you will soon see the first highlight of today's tour enthroned on a mountain, Schloss Zeil with its wonderful grounds and impressive views.
The focus of the 13th stage of the hiking trilogy is on water. You hike from pond to pond on the Kißlegger Seenplatte - a wonderful landscape that can be explored very well on foot. Since the route from Eintürnen to Kißlegg is only 13 kilometers long, you can take it easy and take a long break today, optionally with a dip in the cool water.
On today's stage, the meadow goers can expect pure Allgäu idyll: on your hike from Wangen to Eglofs you can enjoy beautiful views of the high peaks of the Alps, walk past lush meadows and hear the ringing of cowbells. In a beautiful up and down you hike through the beautiful landscape and just let yourself go - absolute hiking pleasure!