Hiking through the Sea of Stone

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You know those dream-like Alpine Tours complete with rustic mountain huts that often drift in and out of your thoughts? Well, they really exist—and we’ve put one together just for you, from the Königsee in southern Germany to the Steinerne Meer (Sea of Stones). Offering a true mix of landscapes, this six-day Tour is perfect for mountain climbers, lovers of Alpine huts and water rats—and guarantees a real adventure between the Königssee and Schönfeldspitze.

On this adventure, pure variety awaits you as you trek through forests and over rocks, into valleys and across high plains. You’ll climb big and small peaks alike, you’ll cool your feet in mountain lakes—and you’ll lay your head to rest in dreamlike environments as the world around Königssee, Schönfeldspitze and Watzmann enchants you.

On the fourth day, you’ll have a choice to make: Do you take the long, demanding trail or do you take the pleasure route? For ambitious mountain hikers, we have planned a challenging Tour with stage 4b being an alternative route from the Kärlingerhaus to the Riemanhaus. This route is guaranteed to pick up your heart rate as you ascend the Schönfeldspitze. For less experiences alpinists, we recommend the Normalweg (stage 4a) over the waves of the Stoney Sea, which also offers varied views.

No matter which route you choose, however, one thing is guaranteed: you will be amazed by the bizarre beauty of the rocks as you wander through the Sea of Stones. This barren plateau does not bear its name for nothing, after all. Just be mindful of the weather as fog and cold spells can fall at a moment’s notice; a phenomenon that invariably hinders orientation. As long as the weather stay fine, though; nothing will stand in the way of your dream adventure.
One more tip: Plan your Tour through the Steinerne Meer early as huts are in demand and quickly get booked up. You should also make reservations to make sure you get a place to sleep. Arrival and departure can be easily planned by public transport or by car. Start and end points are located directly at bus stops and parking lots (for which you have to pay). And with that, there’s nothing else to do, except to plan when you’re going to get started.

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    05:02
    6.49 mi
    1.3 mph
    4,375 ft
    675 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Even the first day on the tour into the Steinerne Meer is under the spell of the beautiful Königssee. You should definitely start the tour with a view over the crystal-clear lake.But do not let yourself be tied to his sight for too long, you still have some plans today. Unless you take the shortcut by train up to Jenner.Otherwise, almost 1400 vertical meters and two summit destinations await you. However, you can always opt for a shorter version of the Carl von Stahl House and just skip the peaks.No matter how: there are well-marked paths and green landscapes waiting for you. Soak up the splendor of color before it gets meager in the next few days. Into the adventure.

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  • Difficult
    06:25
    8.28 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,925 ft
    3,925 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Today you can expect a varied hiking day through mountain and alpine landscape. But do not underestimate the tour: Go early, because it will be a long day to Wasseralm.Lace up your boots and onto the Schneibstein, your summit of the day. A beautiful panorama is waiting for you. If the stomach does not growl, wait until the Seeleinsee with the snack.The beautiful mountain lake seduces to cool your feet. Refreshed you can then start the way to the Wasseralm. Once again uphill, before it goes down first.Your destination for the day, the Wasseralm is wonderfully quiet in the middle of a cauldron. Here you can really relax.

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  • Difficult
    03:54
    5.42 mi
    1.4 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,250 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    You can enjoy the tranquility of the Wasseralm for a bit longer today. A short leg is in front of you. Through former alpine pasture your way up to the Kärlinger Haus.Take the Halsköpfl as a short summit highlight to see the Königssee from a new perspective. Let the soul dangle by the lakes that lie along the way and breathe the scent of the trees that surround you.A beautiful hiking day ends at the coldest place in Germany: the Funtensee. Do not worry, summer is not all that wild.You still have energy left? Then you can make a detour to the Feldkogl today. Or would you rather watch the marmots at Funtensee?

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  • Difficult
    04:10
    5.52 mi
    1.3 mph
    2,575 ft
    800 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Finally: the Stone Sea is in front of you! We have made two variants of the Riemannhaus for you (4a and 4b). If you're more of a chilly hiker and have no experience in kraking then this is just what you need. This stage follows the short normal route through the Steinerne Meer without technical difficulties. Perfect for pure hiking enjoyment.If you fancy a summit experience, start the day with the ascent to the Feldkogel. If you like it rather relish, then take the direct route to the Riemannhaus.From Funtensee, you first climb slowly in the forest area. And then you'll be astonished: the Schönfeldspitze appears, boulders and stone wherever you look - it's mega-moderate.This bizarre-beautiful landscape you cross the next days. Since it is not so noticeable that the way it rises steadily after a short descent.Take some time to see and be amazed: You are in the Stone Sea. You move gently up and down over undulating terrain. At the end, the Riemannhaus awaits you with its spectacular location. Take a look at the valley.

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  • Difficult
    05:33
    5.65 mi
    1.0 mph
    3,100 ft
    1,300 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The time has come: to the Steinerne Meer! For high-end mountain climbers, we have created a challenging alternative to the normal route through the undulating landscape.You are sure-footed, free from giddiness, have climbing experience and sense of orientation, then the route 4b on the summit of the Schönfeldspitze is a real alternative for you. If not, then choose the normal route, which we describe in stage 4a.You've grown to the challenge of an exciting six-hour battle tour? Then go ahead.You first follow the normal route to the Reimannhaus. At Baumgartl branch off to the left towards Schönfeldspitze. Pay attention to the markings!Between stones and meadow, you slowly approach the Buchauer Scharte. From here begins the adventure: the way to the Schönfeldspitze has it all, Kraxelfähigkeiten are in demand.The cross is extraordinary, as is the view. Up here is the Stone Sea at your feet. What a feast for the eyes.Take a break before descending, you will be challenged downhill again. Over a kind of lunar landscape you descend to the Riemannhaus, your refuge for tonight. A spak-shaped day comes to an end.

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  • Intermediate
    03:13
    5.02 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,050 ft
    1,200 ft
    Intermediate mountaineering route. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Relaxation day or: A day to look and enjoy. This stage is nice and short, so that you can absorb the landscape completely in you.The route to the Ingolstadt house is relatively flat. But the way is not boring. Admire the forget-me-nots that line the path as a splash of color. Marvel at the vastness of the rock landscape. You will notice how small we are.At the Ingolstadt Haus you can rest or explore the surroundings. Adventurers can climb on the big or small dog death. The small dog death is a fairly easy summit target with a view of Seehorn and Dießenbach reservoir. This summit is still in there today, let's go!

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  • Difficult
    07:25
    12.7 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,125 ft
    5,975 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Your last day on the tour - if you already want to go home and play with your feet. If you feel like it, you can shorten this stage and spend another night in the Wimbachgries hut.No matter how, you run towards Kärlingerhaus and soon uphill to Hundstodgatterl. Wavy then it goes on to Trischübelsattel before you have to deal with a short steep descent piece.And suddenly you are standing in the meter high scree of the Wimbachtal. A completely new, pristine landscape presents itself to you. The march runs through this valley for a long time between Hochkalter and Watzmann. That's where the thoughts can flow.Fortunately, two huts provide variety :-) At the exit of the valley you end up at the Wimbachbrücke. Here you can get on the bus that will take you to Berchtesgaden.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    7
  • Distance
    49.1 mi
  • Duration
    35:43 h
  • Elevation
    17,075 ft

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