From giant Lake Constance to the remotest corner of the Germany, this cycleway is a magical ride through the foothills of the Alps. You will encounter medieval hamlets along with infinite monasteries and churches. You will cross swamps and lush meadows before plunging into thick, dark German forests. You might curse the countless climbs you’ll be subjected to in the hilly Allgäu area, while becoming mesmerized by its unreachable beauty—all at the same time.
The snow capped peaks of the Chiemgau will take your mind on airy journeys and a pint of freshly drafted wheat beer will bring you down again. Sure enough, at the end there will be a feast of mountains, lakes and small city charm waiting for you in Berchtesgaden, but on this journey the way is clearly your goal.
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On the way to Immenstadt you pass the Großer Alpsee, over which proudly the Immenstädter Horn towers. Here you come very close to the big mountains. The beautiful Marienplatz of the Allgäu town, with its historic buildings, invites you to linger in one of the many good cafes.
With the wonderful impressions of yesterday in the luggage, you come first to the private brewery Zötler past, the tired calf promises refreshment. Strengthened with freshly tapped and a Vesper, it continues through a relatively shallow, water-rich Endmoränenlandschaft. On the way you can refresh yourself in the Rottachsee.
Accompanied by a breathtaking view of the Allgäu Alps, the Zugspitze and finally the Tannheimer mountains you cycle on stage 6 direction Hopfen am See. On the way you will again be well supplied with food and drink in Mariahilfer brewhouse. How could things be different in the Allgäu?
This stage leads me to the historic town of Füssen, where squiggly town houses from the 15th and 16th centuries line the path. Behind it lies Hohenschwangau, where the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle, built under the dazzling monarch King Ludwig II, stands. No question: the castle is world famous and certainly one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany, which means that you will be anything but alone here. So plan on getting an early start or a late arrival in Hohenschwangau, because you should have seen Neuschwanstein in any case.
Now it's uphill! In the Ammergauer mountains to be exact. The "King's Road" between Schneidberg (1,012 m) and Niederbleick (1,589 m) leads you through the valley of the half-chamber and finally down to Altenau. On the way you drive through a dense forest and far and wide are no cars to hear. A real piece of natural idyll!
Colorful meadows with rich flora characterize the landscape on the way to Ohlstadt. The Murnauer Moos is home to some native birds, which you can observe here in peace. The path also leads past the still relatively young Loisach and follows its shore for a good deal.
At stage ten, head straight for the Kochelsee, a picturesque jewel at the foot of the Alps. The area through which you cycle, throws you with their tiny villages back into the rural past of Upper Bavaria and on the way you can also look at the one or the other monastery, such as in Benediktbeuren.
From the former Electoral-Bavarian Hofbad Bad Heilbrunn it goes past the Stallauer Weiher to Bad Tölz on the Isar. In the city of Isar you should absolutely look at the historic market street and relax on the shore a bit. After the break you will continue cycling towards the Tegernsee and finish the eleventh stage at the idyllic Margarethenhof.
The crystal-clear Schliersee, old-peasant villages and wild forests are your companions on this stage, which is probably one of the most beautiful of the whole route. Especially the open-air museum Wasmeier is worth a longer break. It exhibits old craftsmanship and traditional rural life as well as the typical farm architecture.
On the fifteenth stage you cross the Inn Valley and climb up to Aschau on the other side. The city in the Priental enchants with its remote location and the view of the Kampenwand, from the regularly daring paragliders dare the flight into the depths. They land very often in the meadows around Aschau, from where you can watch the spectacle well.
At the beginning, your path continues for a few kilometers along the banks of the Traun River, until you reach the almost identical place. Traunstein itself is a picturesque town in the midst of extremely fertile floodplain. The stage ends a few kilometers east of Traunstein, where you take the path there through said flat landscape and ergo hardly have to tackle altitude.
On the penultimate stage it will be a lot quieter again, you dive into the dense forests of the foothills. On the way, you can refresh yourself with the aesthetics of the Royal Spa Garden in Bad Reichenhall and then roll on well-developed cycle paths through the valley of the Bischofswiesener Aache. The stage ends shortly before your destination: Berchtesgarden.
Done! You can be really proud of you! From Lake Constance, to here - that's really a strong performance. You will receive accordingly due from the pearl of Upper Bavaria: the enchanting market Berchtesgarden. Behind it lies the picturesque Königsee and the beautiful, very special National Park Berchtesgarden. But now you have earned a decent break! Have fun recovering from the hardships of the last days!