Trail runners paradise Oberstdorf

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Oberstdorf

Trailrunning starts where the road ends. Rather, it's off the beaten track or across the terrain. The natural obstacles are the major attraction. You walk over small rivers or past colourful alpine meadows up on deserted mountain trails. Sometimes you follow beaten paths, then you choose the path across country or through the forest. The way your lust and mood drives you. The attraction is the adventure, the closeness to nature and the escape from everyday life.

Oberstdorf in particular is ideally suited for trail running due to its three altitudes and the varied tours. Amidst majestic peaks, beginners will find the perfect course for beginners as well as advanced and professional runners. There is every imaginable form of trail: from the easy valley trail along Stillach and Trettach to the rugged high alpine summit trail - flowy downhills included. A paradise for trail runners, so to speak!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    01:58
    8.21 km
    4.2 km/h
    1,010 m
    60 m
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At just over eight kilometers awaits you a charming, challenging trail that leads along the German-Austrian border.After lacing up your running shoes, the starting point at the valley station of the Söllereckbahn is already waiting for you. On the first section you can watch the passengers in the train, because your route meanders always near the railway line slightly uphill, sometimes steeply upwards. As soon as you arrive at the top station, you will continue to the Sölleralpe. The wide forest track makes the whole thing very pleasant to walk. But that changes too. Wide asphalt turns into a narrow ridge path that suddenly becomes very attractive and technically demanding. Always following the landmarks of the German-Austrian border, you will now follow a well-developed single trail, the ridge course to the south. In the corner of my eye constantly the fabulous mountain panorama of the Allgäu Alps, as well as insights into Kleinwalsertal. The way to the summit is only in some place steep and invites otherwise to enter the gas. From the highest point of this tour, there is only a short downhill over wide steps to the summit station of the Fellhornbahn.Conclusion: Dreamlike and technically challenging trail run!

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    21.4 km
    5.1 km/h
    1,500 m
    420 m
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This route certainly belongs to the supreme discipline of a trail runner. Long, technically demanding and many meters in altitude.This route delivers everything a true trail can offer. Extremely multifaceted, technically extremely demanding and suitable only for trail runners with very long breath and very good experience in alpine terrain. The Laufbacher-Eck-Weg is not only a popular tour for trail runners but also for hikers, families or mountaineers. One therefore encounters many mountaineers - especially slower. Mutual consideration is therefore important.To bring your muscles to operating temperature, it goes first flat direction Trettachtal. In the dreamlike Oytal an interplay of asphalt and gravel road and light uphill offers the opportunity to warm up further. Only at the end of the valley, up to the Käseralpe, the road gets noticeably steeper and winds up into alpine terrain. From the cheese alpe begins the charming and challenging part of this tour. It now follows an ever narrowing path, which eventually merges into a single trail and moves steeply over the Wildenfeld to Himmeleck up. It opens up a fabulous panorama of the striking Höfats and the Oytal. From Himmeleck there are still a few meters in the downhill before it is crisp again, in the rocky terrain, go up. Any savvy trail runner will have fun here and his athletic challenge. Promised!

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  • Difficult
    03:38
    16.0 km
    4.4 km/h
    1,140 m
    1,140 m
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The alpine classic on one of the Oberstdorf local mountains offers breathtaking views of the upper Illertal and a fantastic mountain panorama.The beginning and end of this technically demanding route is the valley station of the Nebelhornbahn. The first few kilometers are still on asphalt, but very soon starts the very scenic single trail up to the Seealpe. On the left of the Seealpe, the trail leads you over steep passages, alternating meadows and through forest up to Roßbichl. Here it is worth the pace to reduce or take a break and enjoy the views of the mountain panorama of the Allgäu mountains. This little breather is also necessary because the following section is only uphill to the ridge, the Niedereck. If you have mastered the route to this point, you have already come across firmly anchored climbing aids and rope safety. Concentration and balance is announced. If you now follow the ridge in the direction of the Rubihorn summit, there are more such insured jobs. Dizziness and surefootedness, even with light footwear, are absolutely necessary here. If you are unsure, take some speed out or turn around! Safety and consideration are paramount in such exposed terrain.If you have mastered these exposed spots, you will reach the route with the summit cross of the Rubihorn (1957m), the highest point of the tour. The break should be generous, because only then the tremendous view can be enjoyed accordingly and legs prepared for the "downhill challenge". A piece of the ridge back the singletrack meanders then steep left towards the lower Gaisalpsee down. Also here one or the other rope is waiting for you. Past the picturesque Gaisalpsee, which invites you to take a dip in the refreshing water, the trail always goes down technically challenging to the lower Richteralpe. A little further on you will meet the Wallrafweg, a slightly wider gravel road. At first, slightly rising, but always falling, this trail is relaxed back towards Oberstdorf to the end.In summary: A classic of the Oberstdorf mountains, but the highest demands on your technique and endurance.

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  • Difficult
    02:43
    16.8 km
    6.2 km/h
    850 m
    850 m
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Hahnenkop offers a summit experience with deep views and an exceedance. Flat and on a wide gravel road starts this round 17 kilometer long trail running round. After the Trettachtal and in the Oytal arrived you already collect the first altitude meters. Directly after the Oytalhaus already begins the steep, challenging single trail. Passing the lower and upper Lugenalpe, you will reach the highest point of this tour, the summit of the Hahnenkopf at 1,735 m. After enjoying the panorama and having a bit of power again, a beautiful flowing downhill follows over 700 meters in height after Gerstruben. Here you have earned a longer break, whether with a stop at the mountain inn or just relaxing on the mountain meadows. Freshly strengthened, it is then again concentrated to tackle the last downhill of the Hölltobels. Have you also mastered this challenge, follows a leisurely departure on wide gravel roads and asphalt in the direction of the starting point of the mill bridge.

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  • Intermediate
    00:59
    7.63 km
    7.7 km/h
    260 m
    230 m
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Jägersberg route is for runners with trail experience. At the less than 7.5 kilometers, you will pass natural spectacles such as the Iller origins and the Judenkirche viewpoint.Start of the run is the Karweidach, where you pass the beginning of the Iller on a wide Schottweweg. Shortly thereafter follows already the first climb on a charming single trail. Ascending and descending, the trail works on a variety of surfaces towards Jägersberg and the Judenkirche. There are always opportunities Oberstdorf embedded in the beautiful mountain scenery to spy. For these moments, however, always, first stop and then continue to run. The Jewish church then invites you to a long break before you reach the small town of Wasach via a short downhill. The trail now easily loses its altitude, always along the castle hill to the finish of the bus stop in Weidach, which is the destination of this tour.Please note: There are no rest stops at the Jägersberg and Ochsenberg. Own food, in trail running backpack is therefore a must.

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  • Difficult
    01:53
    15.6 km
    8.3 km/h
    360 m
    340 m
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    A varied and demanding trail, for experienced runners and altitude collectors.The path takes you first from the starting point Mühlenbrücke on wide paths and partly on asphalt, past the idyllic Moorweiher, in the Trettachtal. Shortly thereafter, on the Rautweg, begins the challenging, but worthwhile for each trail runner section. The singletrack includes 300 meters of altitude and is technically demanding. Shortly thereafter, you reach Gerstruben, which is between 400 and 500 years old and today still has four houses and a chapel. Here you have earned a decent breather, whether with stop at the mountain inn or just relaxed on the mountain meadows. Strengthened it goes straight on with the most difficult section of this round. The Hölltobel lives up to its name. The downhill again requires the highest concentration and surefootedness, because the previously mastered altitude meters are quickly reduced here again. Once this challenge has been mastered, a leisurely run on broad gravel paths and asphalt follows the Trettachtal back to the starting point Mühlenbrücke.

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  • Difficult
    01:31
    10.9 km
    7.2 km/h
    410 m
    420 m
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    For this tour, you should take enough time and plan pauses, because there is a lot to see and to discover. In particular, the impressive panorama in the beautiful Stillachtal enthusiastic and with every altitude, the view of the Allgäu Alps is even more powerful.Start is in the southern outskirts of Oberstdorf, where you have the first few miles to Allgäuer main ridge still enough time to keep you warm. From the height of the Renksteg it will be interesting, because from here begins the steep uphill to Frebergsee. Along the picturesque mountain lake and the Heini-Klopfer ski flying hill, you finally reach the hamlet Schwand on the running track. Although only a good half hour has passed, you can admire from here a huge panorama of the Allgäu Alps. Up to the highest point of this tour, the high-level but it is again 200 meters in the ascent in the form of a crisp, but appealing for the trail runner singletrack. Once you have reached the Hochleute with 1,178 m once, you should take a deep breath. Not only the exhausting ascent but also the unique view could take your breath away!Once you have saved the view and have again fueled enough energy reserves, go directly flowig and steeply down to Ziegelbachhütte. It is important to adjust the tempo and take care of other active people. Once in the valley, a leisurely run along the Stillach and over meadow paths and asphalt back to Oberstdorf follows. Your grin will certainly be visible when you remove your running shoes. Great trail run!

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  • Difficult
    01:35
    12.7 km
    8.0 km/h
    410 m
    410 m
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    At about 13 kilometers you can expect a panoramic tour, which also has a lot to offer technically.Start is Oberstdorf, from where it goes up to Breitenberg. From here your warm-up phase is already over, because the asphalt turns into a well-developed gravel road. Ideal to give uphill a little grains and to collect altitude in the simple terrain. The same applies to the following gently sloping downhill to Gaisalpkapelle. Continue to Gaisalpe, which you reach after a short but crisp climb.Now you should still keep the concentration upright. The most technically demanding part follows namely. The Gaisalptobel is a downhill, which must be handled with caution of high concentration. Especially in damp conditions, the stones and built-in steps can be very greasy. You'd better turn down a gear and think carefully each step. Afterwards it goes above Reichenbach, past Rubi back to the starting point to Oberstdorf. The last few meters along the Trettach are an ideal opportunity for an effective phasing out until the round at the fold brook bridge closes again.

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  • Intermediate
    00:48
    7.59 km
    9.4 km/h
    90 m
    90 m
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In this beautiful round trip, it goes over the Moorweiher direction Trettachtal. At the castle stables you will meet the wild Trettach. From there it goes back to Oberstdorf. A short, crisp and beautiful round trail, which is worthwhile in both directions. Here first trail experience and first altitude meters can be collected on varied terrain. This tour is also suitable for running groups, as the route is always on wide trails and paths.If you still have some power, the route can be extended as desired. Even before Moorweiher, at the highest point of the route, there is a loop to Hofmannsruh - Am Rauhen (892 m). From there you can enjoy a breathtaking view of Oberstdorf and the surrounding mountains.In addition, you can collect additional altitude by running towards the end of the round up to the Kühberg.

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  • Difficult
    01:16
    10.5 km
    8.3 km/h
    280 m
    280 m
    Expert run. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Freibergsee round is perfect for a morning or Feierabendrunde. As enjoyment round you run through the dreamlike area south of Oberstdorf. Skiflugschanze, the highest bathing lake in Germany and a fantastic panorama of the Edmund-Probst trail included.It should be noted in this round that more than 200 vertical meters are covered in the ascent and descent. An ideal challenge for all runners who would like to get a taste of the world of trail running, since the whole lap is technically not very demanding and can also be run by groups due to the always wide paths. Have fun!Tip: If you've already had enough of the tour, you can simply change the direction. The promising Rundtrail can be run very well in both directions.

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  • Intermediate
    00:56
    8.63 km
    9.3 km/h
    100 m
    100 m
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Some sure footedness required.

    The Reichenbach round is ideal to get your first experience in trail running. Especially the combination of pleasantly rising and falling altitude meters as well as magnificent views of the Oberstdorf mountain panorama make the round attractive even for experienced runners.First off you go from the starting point Dummelsmoos relaxed along the rivers Trettach and Iller on a wide gravel road. Past the impressive Iller origin, you continue on to the Oberstdorf district of Rubi. From here it is interesting, because behind the chapel of the technically simple, but quite fast rising Bergöschweg begins. At the top you deserve a break. Mountain scenery on the Allgäu Alps and the fantastic panorama on Oberstdorf included. After a short but crisp downhill and over meadow paths you reach Reichenbach. From here a generously laid out path always leads gently sloping and rising again past Rubi until after about 1.5 hours you reach the starting point Dummelsmoos in Oberstdorf again.Conclusion: Ideal entry-level route in the valley for active nature lovers

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    136 km
  • Duration
    21:31 h
  • Elevation
    6,410 m
Trail runners paradise Oberstdorf
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Oberstdorf