Pure village charm: While cold, clear air fills your lungs, you stomp through crunching snow that covers the quiet landscape. Frosty fir trees and the imposing peaks of Oberstdorf's mountains are also surrounded by the white beauty. This is the winter dream of Oberstdorf!
In the southernmost place in Germany you will experience one of the largest winter hiking trails in the Alps. You will be spoilt for choice on 140 kilometres of prepared trails. The wildly romantic walks through one of the untouched side valleys, such as the Stillachtal, Trettachtal or the wonderful Oytal, are very popular. No less worth seeing is the adventure hike past the metre-long icicles in Breitachklamm or on one of the panoramic paths with the mountain scenery of the Allgäu Alps. But one thing all hikes have in common. For refreshment and warming up, there are plenty of places to stop on the wayside for a well-deserved rest. Enjoy local specialities and enjoy yourself. On one of our seven tours you will certainly experience your personal winter fairy tale!
Over the sunny and promising meadows in the south of Oberstdorf and along the icy Stillach, the winter hike leads to the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze. The leaning tower of Oberstdorf can be visited all year round. The beautiful view of the frozen Freibergsee and the snow-covered Stillachtal is not for the faint-hearted!After the ski flying hill, continue on the road up to Schwand and Ringang, a tranquil hill south of the Freibergsee. From here, the panoramic path leads downhill, past the Fellhornbahn valley station via Anatswald to Birgsau. Hikers who have not had enough is recommended to climb over snow-covered mountain forests to Einödsbach!The hamlet of Einödsbach, which has been inhabited since the 15th century, is picturesquely situated at 1114 meters above sea level directly below the main massif of the Allgäu Alps with the impressive peaks of the Trettach, Mädelegabel and Hochfrottspitze. After visiting the southernmost settlement in Germany, the return route leads on the same route to Birgsau.Tip:
Thanks to a very good bus connection, the winter hike can be shortened or extended as desired. So the tour offers a lot of sub-variants, depending on which attraction you want to visit.
From the mill bridge in Oberstdorf, causeways lead along the Trettach into the picturesque side valley. Thanks to beautiful views and an idyllic winter landscape, it is varied to Dietersberg. Here the ascent to Gerstruben over a steep, wintry alpine road forms the most demanding part of the hike.
When exactly the Gerstruben was settled, can not be dated with certainty today. Presumably, the mountain village is inhabited for over 600 years. Once upon a time, people lived here throughout the year. Barley was cultivated on the fertile meadow slopes. Today, the mountain village with its historic buildings and the small chapel is listed. Framed by the picturesque winter landscape of the Allgäu Alps and in the vicinity of the majestic Höfats, this place is one of the most beautiful sights in the Allgäu.
The descent is initially on the same route. Back in Dietersberg, a trail variant leads over the Zwingbrücke and the golf course, then over the idyllic Moorweiher to the mill bridge to Oberstdorf. Who decides in Dietersberg for the opposite direction, can extend the trip still arbitrarily. There are other attractions in the Trettachtal that are worth a visit!
In the so-called "Jakobe-Hüs" in Gerstruben, a small museum was set up in loving detail. It is open every Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00 in the season.
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On the western outskirts of Oberstdorf the path leads sunny and promising over the Schlechtenbrücke to Waldesruhe. Then it goes varied and idyllic over the rock crystal and Edmund Probst way up to Freibergsee. Arrived in the cauldron above the Freibergsee, a circular path leads once around the entire lake. If you want to extend the hike a bit or visit the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze, follow the right path. About the left variant, it is not too far to the lake. Here is the panorama of the lake, the underlying ski flying hill and the snowy Allgäu main ridge a highlight of the hike.
The way back leads over a dense spruce forest on the north side of the Freiberg. Here it is short, but also a bit steeper downhill to the lower Renksteg. The Stillach is crossed on meadows south of Oberstdorfs again very sunny. A look back is worthwhile! Thus, the panorama in Oberstdorf mountain scenery can be extensively enjoyed before the winter hike ends on the southern outskirts.
From the center of Oberstdorf the path climbs past the Audi Arena (ski jump stadium) to the Breitenberg. Here, the Wallrafweg leads mostly woody-wintry, but also promising uphill. Upon arrival at the 1,149m high and slightly outlying Gaisalpe, you will be rewarded by a picturesque winter view of the snow-covered mountain landscape and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. In the north, the panorama extends over the whole Illertal far into the lowlands. In summer there is a node for many alpine mountain tours around the gorgeous Gaisalpseen.
The way back via the road to Reichenbach. In winter, the descent serves as a popular toboggan run at the same time. In Reichenbach it goes across the meadow paths and Rubi panoramic and sunny back to Dummelsmoosbrücke on the outskirts of Oberstdorf.
From the parking lot it goes through the lower entrance of Breitachklamm. The gorge is the deepest and certainly one of the most impressive canyons in Central Europe. At the same time it is one of the most beautiful natural geotopes in Bavaria. Especially in winter, the frozen ice formations along the well-developed, meandering through the gorge trail an extraordinary nature experience. Not far from the upper entrance is the only bridge over the Breitachklamm, which you should definitely visit. From the so-called Zwingsteg one has an overwhelming view of the roaring depths of the gorge. On the opposite side leads here short climb up towards Engenkopf. Once at the top, it goes over the Alpe Dornach back to Tiefenbach. Alternatively, there are other options at the upper entrance to the Breitachklamm to extend the winter hike to Kleinwalsertal. From the Walserschanze, the nearby border crossing, there are regular buses back to Oberstdorf.The wintry circular hike back to Tiefenbach, after a short, steep and privately groomed climb (good footwear is required here, sticks or anti-slip are helpful) is very quickly pleasant. Along the Engenkopf it is well secured and promising to Alpe Dornach. From here, the very low traffic road leads back down to the parking lot or the bus stop.
In winter, night walks through the Breitachklamm are offered twice a week. In the torch light, the frozen ice formations become a mystical experience.
From the mill bridge on the southeastern outskirts of Oberstdorf, the winter hike along the Trettach leads varied to the bridge over the Oybach. Even before the bridge, the snow-covered Dr.-Hohenadel-Weg climbs up to the wild and often frozen stream up into the Oytal. On the alpine road, which is closed to public traffic in winter, the route continues through romantic avenues and idyllic, snow-covered winter landscape to the Oytalhaus.While in the summer of the Oytalhaus several hikes or mountain tours lead further into the mountains, ends in winter here the groomed and secured winter hiking trails. The white mountain silhouette of the back oytale, the steep vertical rocks rising from the sea walls or the steep, snow-covered steep slopes of the sky horn impress as well as the gentle, snow-covered and enchanting winter landscape on the valley floor.
The way back to Oberstdorf leads first on the same route, then the well-fortified Alp road following the valley outward. At the exit of the side valley, a panorama opens up over the wintry Allgäu Alps and the Oberstdorf basin. In the afternoon you can certainly enjoy one or the other sunbeam! Via the picturesque Kühberg and the ski jumping arena you return to the starting point of the circular walk.
The moderate ascent from Riezlern to Schönblick is one of the most promising winter hikes with a view of the Kleinwalsertal and the Hochifen.
From the bus station in Riezlern it is already on the first meters of the rise, off the main road quickly quiet. Passing the upper boundary of Riezlern, the path wins fast but pleasantly high. After the last houses it goes into the ravine of the smithy. At the exit of the gorge the way becomes for a short time very steep. In icy conditions here sticks or other aids, such as anti-slip may be advisable.
Arriving in Oberwestegg, the again flat, gently sloping path meanders steadily upwards. The winter panorama extends here over the entire Kleinwalsertal to the Widderstein at the end of the valley. The view of the Hochifen and the Gottesacker plateau - a geological jewel of the Alps - impresses!
Contrary to the peak, the idyllic ascent leads more pleasantly along the picturesque Alp building up to the Alpe Schrattenwang above the Schönblick. Here, the view of the southern Upper Allgäu and the Oberstdorfer basin attracts. From there you can comfortably take the Söllerbahn to the valley station and then take the bus back to Oberstdorf.
In conjunction with the descent from Schönblick on the high-level to Oberstdorf, you can extend the winter hike to a day trip! Ideal for sporty hikers who are looking for even more demanding challenges in winter.