Allgäu

Alpine foothills on the Meadow Walkers’ Route – Allgäu hiking trilogy

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Alpine foothills on the Meadow Walkers’ Route – Allgäu hiking trilogy

Hiking Collection by Allgäu

26

Tours

134:15 h

303 mi

25,950 ft

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

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    06:59
    16.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The start of your hiking adventure through the Allgäu is in Marktoberdorf in the Ostallgäu. The first stage of the long-distance hiking trail leads you to Kaufbeuren on 26 kilometers. …

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  • Difficult
    06:18
    14.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    750 ft
    925 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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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  • Intermediate
    04:23
    10.3 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    575 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the third stage of the meadow walker route you hike from Bad Wörishofen to Mindelheim. Today you can take it easy: With its 16 kilometers in length and no …

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

    It continues with stage 4 of the hiking trilogy through the Allgäu. Today you hike on a relatively flat route from Mindelheim to Katzbrui. Only at the beginning there is …

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  • Difficult
    06:45
    15.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,025 ft
    1,200 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The fifth stage of the meadow walker route starts at a special place: the mill in Katzbrui is the oldest functioning mill in Bavaria. On the 25-kilometer tour you walk …

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  • Intermediate
    04:34
    10.5 mi
    2.3 mph
    800 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The sixth stage of your long-distance hike takes you from the beautiful old town in Ottobeuren to the pretty town center of Bad Grönenbach. The 17 kilometer route runs in …

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  • Intermediate
    03:36
    8.07 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    950 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the seventh stage of the meadow walker route, you can look forward to beautiful viewpoints, relaxed forest paths and quiet hiking trails. The almost 13-kilometer hike starts in Bad …

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  • Difficult
    05:58
    13.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    900 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    12.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,200 ft
    825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:48
    12.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On stage 9 of the long-distance hiking trail, there are a few vertical meters to master, but enjoyment is not neglected along the 20-kilometer route. You always pass beautiful rest …

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  • Intermediate
    04:36
    10.7 mi
    2.3 mph
    500 ft
    825 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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.

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  • Intermediate
    04:16
    8.96 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    07:01
    16.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,075 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:34
    13.1 mi
    2.3 mph
    700 ft
    575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the twelfth stage of the meadow walker route, you can continue to explore the Wurzacher Ried. To get in the mood for the 21 kilometer long hike, you can …

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  • Intermediate
    03:25
    7.97 mi
    2.3 mph
    400 ft
    525 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    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.

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    12.9 mi
    2.3 mph
    675 ft
    975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the 14th stage of the meadow walker round from Kißlegg to Wangen you will get to know the Arrisrieder Moos. The nature reserve offers numerous endangered animals and plants …

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    9.85 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,125 ft
    775 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    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!

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  • Intermediate
    03:10
    7.41 mi
    2.3 mph
    475 ft
    275 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On the 16th stage of the hiking trilogy, the meadow goers meet the water runners. The two long-distance hiking trails run on the same route to Marktoberdorf. Today's tour from …

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  • Difficult
    06:30
    13.6 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,900 ft
    1,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A very special highlight awaits you on today's stage of the Wiesengänger route: the almost 22-kilometer route leads you through the Eistobel. Over a distance of around three kilometers, the …

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  • Difficult
    07:24
    15.9 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,025 ft
    1,750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This connecting stage takes you to Oberstaufen, where you can continue hiking on the Wasserläufer route. Oberstaufen is also suitable as a final destination, as there is a train station …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    26
  • Distance
    303 mi
  • Duration
    134:15 h
  • Elevation
    25,950 ft
Allgäu

Alpine foothills on the Meadow Walkers’ Route – Allgäu hiking trilogy