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The best of Germany’s Allgäu – Oberallgäu Circular Hiking Trail

Bernhard Kopp

The best of Germany’s Allgäu – Oberallgäu Circular Hiking Trail

Hiking Collection by Mareike

12

Tours

76:15 h

147 mi

27,225 ft

Glistening lakes, picturesque meadows and forests, fabulous hiking trails and heavenly peaks – exploring the Allgäu mountains is incredible. This 12-stage hiking trail takes you from the gentle foothills of the Alps to high peaks around the district of Oberallgäu.

The paths are just as varied as the scenery. You walk through flat landscapes on comfortable forest and meadow paths and climb high mountains on steep trails. You need to have a good level of fitness and surefootedness for this hike. Only some of the stages can be split as accommodation is limited at higher altitudes.

Hearty Allgäu cuisine helps keep you energised: from delicious lunches on panoramic terraces to velvety, cheesy Kässpatzn noodles in cosy taverns in the evening. The magnificent nature and incredible mountain top views keep you motivated too – the panoramas are dreamlike.

The loop begins in the north in Altusried, which lies on the bus route between Kempten and Leutkirch. These towns also have a train station. Starting in the north gently eases you into the long-distance trail, although you can also begin in the east in Oberzollhaus, Boldelberg or Wildpoldsried, which all have train stations. If you want to get cracking on the mountain stages right away, then set off from Oberstaufen or Oberstdorf.

The stages in this Collection each end in a town with overnight accommodation. The fourth and fifth stages conclude at a mountain hut – the only option. You should definitely book in advance as the Allgäu is a popular holiday region. The best time of year for this hike is from around May until October, although in spring, you can still encounter snow at higher altitudes.

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Oberallgäuer Rundwanderweg

140 mi

25,650 ft

25,650 ft

Last updated: January 27, 2022

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    Etappe 1: Von Altusried nach Buchenberg – Oberallgäuer Rundwanderweg

    Intermediate
    04:56
    11.2 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,150 ft
    600 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    To warm up, the first stage on the Oberallgäu circular hiking trail begins with a gentle climb that is distributed over the entire route. On this day you walk through the hilly foothills of the Alps, first along a picturesque river bank and then over a few smaller humps.

    

    From Altusried you hike over a

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  • Difficult
    06:19
    13.0 mi
    2.1 mph
    2,000 ft
    2,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the second stage, a few more meters of altitude await you as you slowly get closer and closer to the high Allgäu Alps. You explore two chains of hills, which brings you another decent climb towards the end of the route.

    

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  • Difficult
    07:20
    14.6 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,850 ft
    2,975 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The demands of the stages continue to increase a little bit from day to day. Two major climbs await you again, leading to fantastic views. First you hike from the Weitnauer Tal up to the Hauchenberg, where you have a truly magnificent view at the Alpkönigblick. It's worth climbing the few meters up the

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  • Difficult
    07:08
    11.3 mi
    1.6 mph
    4,575 ft
    1,700 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The fourth stage is the most demanding with the most vertical meters because you climb the Hochgrat. It is the highest peak of the Nagelfluh chain. The route can also be divided up again, but most of the vertical meters will remain in one piece. The two mountain railways along the way open up further

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  • Difficult
    06:49
    9.73 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,925 ft
    3,625 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This is the only stage on the entire circular hike that you spend entirely in the mountains. In the morning you wake up on the Hochgrat and in the evening you don't descend into a valley again. Speaking of waking up: the sunrise from the Hochgrat is spectacular - so it's worth getting up early and taking

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    11.4 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,325 ft
    2,425 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In contrast to the stage on the previous day, this route does not require any summit ascents. So your legs can look forward to a more relaxed day with fewer meters in altitude and the views are still fantastic. First you cross the Riedberger Passstraße and then hike past the imposing rock faces of the

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  • Difficult
    06:41
    13.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    2,500 ft
    3,275 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    After the flying visit to Austria, it's back to Germany that day. From Riezlern you hike up the mountain slopes that border the Kleinwalsertal in the southeast. Your first intermediate destination is the mountain station of the Söllereckbahn. Here you have arrived at the end of the mountain ranges. Between

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  • Difficult
    07:12
    11.3 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,575 ft
    3,850 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On the eighth stage, it goes up into the high mountains again. The first part of the day is a highlight of the hike: on the magnificent ravine path you overcome the first few meters in altitude in a small gorge with waterfalls. Then there is a really tough climb up to the ridge. In many small hairpin

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  • Difficult
    06:32
    11.3 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,125 ft
    2,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Along the mountain stream you climb over rocks and cross bridges in this small gorge. At the end, an impressive waterfall awaits you, rushing down over high, steep walls.

    

    The next passage is probably the most demanding of the stage. In serpentines it goes up a very steep slope right next to the waterfall

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    10.6 mi
    2.2 mph
    1,225 ft
    1,250 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    With this stage, the altitude will decrease again. The terrain is now hilly and rarely steep. In the landscape, which is characterized by livestock farming, you will pass many cow pastures and isolated farms.

    

    From Wertach you hike over the next chain of hills, from which you have a beautiful view over

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  • Difficult
    06:07
    14.0 mi
    2.3 mph
    950 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Bodelsberg is right on the edge of the Kempter Forest, which is large by Allgäu standards. You cross this partly on an adventure trail that tells you about the legends of the region. If you want to follow the legends even further, you can make a short detour to the right to a huge boulder called Dengelstein

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  • Difficult
    06:48
    15.6 mi
    2.3 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The twelfth stage marks the start of the last day on the Oberallgäu circular route. On the way you can once again enjoy the beautiful foothills of the Alps with their rolling hills. These are partly wooded, partly covered by extensive meadows. On the elevations you can enjoy some beautiful views back

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    147 mi
  • Duration
    76:15 h
  • Elevation
    27,225 ft

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