Discover Alpine lakes on the Watercourse Route – Allgäu hiking trilogy
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Gushing waterfalls plunging into dizzying depths, mirror-like lakes reflecting the surrounding mountains and mysterious moors where cotton grass and plants thrive – the Watercourse Route of the Allgäu hiking trilogy guides you through the picturesque Alpine foothills, over gentle hills and the magnificent mountains of the Alps.
The hiking trilogy in Allgäu combines three routes 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 routes overlap with one another so some individual stages are part of two different routes.
The Watercourse Route is a medium altitude hike that runs for 248 miles (406 km) through spectacular scenery. At the end of each stage, you arrive in a place with overnight accommodation. Between the towns of Halblech and Füssen and Gunzesried and Immenstadt, you spend the night in a wonderful hut on the mountain. This wonderful accommodation needs to be booked in advance as beds are limited. It’s also a good idea to reserve your overnight stays in the towns and villages, especially during high season in summer.
In our Collection, the circular Watercourse Route runs clockwise through the hilly Alpine foothills before climbing the edge of the Allgäu Alps. The route is divided into 26 stages with some 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 most of these start and end points by train:
– 6 days from Marktoberdorf to Füssen
– 6 days from Füssen to Sonthofen
– 5 days from Sonthofen to Oberstaufen
– 5/6 days from Lindenberg/Scheidegg to Durach
You can reach Lindenberg and Scheidegg by bus from the Röthenbach, Hergatz and Lindau train stations. Alternatively, you can get off at Heimenkirch station and walk west to Meckatz which brings you to the middle of stage 19. Durach has regional train connections.
The hiking trilogy in the Allgäu is a wonderful long-distance hike to walk bit by bit or in one go. Peaceful lakes, majestic waterfalls and mighty rivers await you.
For more information on the other hiking trilogy routes, see:
Meadow Walkers’ Route: komoot.de/collection/1179423
Route to the Top: komoot.de/collection/1143903
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Last updated: February 6, 2023
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