You want to take your hiking boots out into nature, but a simple day hike is not enough for you? The Bavarian Alps, only a stone's throw away from Munich thanks to perfect rail connections, are waiting for you to explore. Get on the train, and your mountain adventure can start less than two hours later. The highlight is a night in a mountain hut and the stunning sunrise over the mountains the following morning. In the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, you will find numerous huts that are already open in spring. By avoiding high season, you have the picturesque nature to yourself.
So that you don't have to spend time searching for suitable hut crossings and places to stay overnight, we have put together three fantastic hut hikes in the Bavarian foothills of the Alps, which you can easily experience during one weekend. Our three tours are aimed at different interests: Do you love exciting ridge paths with hair-raising sections? Then you should take a look at the “Mountaineering Weekend in the Mangfall Mountains”. Do you prefer to travel on quiet paths away from cable cars? “Over the Estergebirge in three days” is exactly the right route for you. If you prefer more relaxing hikes or are bring your children along, “Gipfelglück (summit pleasure) in Ammergebirge “ is the hike for you. As an extra treat for the Ammergebirge, we also offer an alternative stage for mountaineers who like to chase adrenaline.
No matter which route you pick, all hikes can be easily reached with the Bayerische Oberlandbahn or the Deutsche Bahn from Munich. With the train, you can start on Saturday morning and be home by Sunday evening — the perfect micro-adventure. The only requirement is that you must book an overnight stay at the huts in advance, as dormitories are limited.
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The Estergebirge between Loisachtal and Isartal has always been in the shadow of the neighboring mountain ranges Wettersteingebirge and Karwendel. To your luck, because in the vast mountains you can still find untouched mountain scenery away from the tourist crowds. The ascents to the highest peaks of the Estergebirge are usually quite simple, but quite long and thus the mountains are perfect for a small hut tour. In three days we will take you from the station Eschenlohe up to the Krottenkopf, the highest mountain in the Estergebirge. Afterwards there are wonderful views to the Wank and the Wankhaus and on the third day through forests and past alpine meadows down to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station.The station Eschenlohe is approached directly from Munich by regional train. From the train station, you first cross the Loisach and then soon left the small town behind. Our route takes you into quiet mountain forests. The path climbs only moderately, until you turn into the Pustertal. Upstream you climb parallel to the Pustertal Laine uphill and slowly clears the forest.At the Platteneck you will reach the summit ridge, which will lead you to today's stage destination. With a wonderful view of the surrounding mountains, you will continue hiking, make a detour to the Hohe Kiste and finally reach your present night camp at the Weilheimer Hütte. The hut is just below the Krottenkopf, but the summit climb is only on the program for the next day. So you can end the evening comfortably on the hut terrace.
After a hearty mountain climber's breakfast on the Weilheimer Hütte, the path leads you first up to the Krottenkopf - rested and with fresh energy a breeze. Then you climb between Krottenkopf and the neighboring bishop on beautiful, lonely mountain paths down into the picturesque high valley of the Esterbergalm. Here you can take a break for lunch in a dreamlike atmosphere.After your well-deserved rest you hike on a narrow serpentine path through dense mountain forest up to the Wank. At the summit, a little surprise awaits you: the Wank is the only mountain in the Estergebirge with a cable car connection and accordingly, there are more hikers on the way. A worthwhile detour is still the Eckenberg with its beautiful view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, before you reach your today's accommodation at the Wankhaus.If you only want to be on the road for two days, then at the end of today's stage you can also take the cable car down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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On the third stage we lead you from the summit of Wank over wide alpine meadows and through quiet mountain forests down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. First, you leave the Wank behind you and descend on wide paths down to the neighboring summit Roßwank, which also offers a magnificent view.From here you hike on a beautiful mountain trail and through dense forest downhill. The path meanders down the slope. At a crossroads then worth a visit to the signposted Gasthaus Gschwandtbauer.If you are not hungry yet, you can go on hiking and take a break at the brand new and elegant fir hut. Afterwards our route leads you through the romantic Schalmeischlucht and finally to the outskirts of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. For a few meters, it goes through the city before you can get on the regional train to Munich at Garmisch-Partenkirchen station.
Strictly speaking, the Magfall Mountains belong only to the Bavarian Prealps - but that does not mean that you can not experience first-class alpine adventures here. We've put together a two-day huts tour that will take you to the most scenic peaks and the most exciting rutted paths. From Lenggries you climb through the Hirschbachtal to the Kampen. Here you cross all three summits on the ridge path and spend the night in the Lenggrieser hut. On the second day we lead you over a partially exposed ridge to the Tegernsee hut and finally past the Sonnberg pasture into the valley.Starting point of the first stage is the station Lenggries, which is approached from Munich by the trains of the Bavarian Oberlandbahn (meridian-bob-brb.de). After a short walk through the city, the route takes you to lush meadows.Soon it goes on the bank of the Hirsch Bach into dense forest and thus into the Hirschbachtal. The path continues to rise gently, but soon you can already see the Kampenwand high above the treetops. After about two and a half hours, the broad hiking trail ends at a crossroads and turns into a mountain path. Now you climb quite steeply to the first summit of the Kampenwand: the Ochsenkamp.Via the partially exposed but cable-inscribed summit ridge, you hike across the Auerkamp and the Spitzkamp to the Seekarkreuz. From here it goes in serpentines downhill to Lenggrieser hut.
After a leisurely night at the Lenggrieser Hut, you will hike up to the summit ridge of the Seekarkreuz at the beginning of the second stage. Here you turn to the south and follow the ridge in the direction of the Tegernsee hut. Along the way you will not only be spoiled with wonderful views, but also with adventurous passages and Kraxel units - a paradise for experienced and sure-footed hikers.Below the summit of the Hochplatte, you will find a broad hiking path that leads you to the cozy Roßstein Alm. This is often quieter than on the Tegernsee hut. If you want to enjoy your lunch break in peace, you can also stop here already.Afterwards it is only a short, but again exciting section to the impressive Tegernsee hut, perched on a narrow mountain saddle between Roßstein and Buchstein. Our route takes you from the hut up to the Roßstein and finally over a wire-secured path downhill. Soon you will reach a less dramatic mountain hiking trail, which will take you past the quaint Sonnbergalm - also a nice place for a rest.On a serpentine path you finally hike through mountain forest down into the Weissachtal. At the bus stop "Tegernseer Hütte" you can take bus numbers 9550 or 9556 (from May to October, timetables at tegernsee.com/bergsteigerbus) and get off at the Tegernsee train station. From here it goes with the Bavarian Oberlandbahn (meridian-bob-brb.de) back to Munich.
The Ammergebirge is characterized by particularly original mountain landscapes and beautiful views of the Zugspitze massif. There is also a large selection of hiking trails, which are also suitable for families and leisurely hikers. In order to meet both these hikers and demanding mountaineers, we have put together this two-day tour. The first stage leads from Unterammergau through the Schleifmühlklamm and dense forests up to the Pürschling summit. After an overnight stay at the August-Schuster-Haus you have the choice: Do you take the leisurely route over the Kolbensattelhütte or do you opt for the professional alternative and surpass the dramatic Sonnenberggrat? No matter how you decide, here you will find your personal summit luck.With a change in Murnau you come with the regional train in less than two hours to the starting point in Unterammergau. You leave the city in southwestern direction. Soon it goes up to lush meadows and then into the romantic Schleifmühlklamm. The small gorge is rarely visited and so you enjoy the place entirely for you alone.Immediately afterwards, you will find a broad hiking path signposted Pürschlingweg. First through the forest, then with beautiful views over mountain meadows, the path leads you up to the Pürschling. The rocky summit is a bit off the beaten path and can be reached via a short but slightly exposed path. Only a little later you reach the August Schuster House, today's stage destination.
This stage is a real pleasure trip: It goes downhill exclusively, with seven kilometers, the walk is pleasantly short, you wanderst with beautiful views across wide trails and on the way expect two restaurants. After your night at the August Schuster House, you'll laced up your hiking boots and set off. On the descent, you can enjoy the view of the surrounding mountains and wander past the small Josef Chapel.A little later, it goes through a quiet mountain forest for a while, until you are back on open mountain pastures at the Kolbensattelhütte. If you like, you can take a break already here or you can hike even further downhill to rustic Kolbenalm. From the Kolbenalm our route takes you along Kolbenbach to Oberammergau and finally to the station. From here the regional train takes you back to Munich.
This variant is aimed at experienced, sure-footed and vertigo-free mountain hikers. From the August-Schuster-Hütte, this route takes you over the Sonnenberggrat. The path here is sometimes very narrow and exposed - below you go hundreds of meters steeply downhill. In addition, several Kraxelabschnitte thrill. On the way you will be spoiled with wonderful views, the conclusion of which is the summit view on Kofel, the Matterhorn of Oberammergau. From Kofel then leads to the end of a path over scree slopes steeply downhill to Oberammergau. Here you get on the regional train at the station and travel back to Munich satisfied.