How about a 12-hour hike with like-minded companions, covering more than 30 kilometers (20 miles)? You'll wander through picturesque valleys, over rocky ridges and up to rustic Alpine huts. On the hike, you'll experience the best of the Allgäu Alps—and the insightful guides guarantee a true dream hike for Alpine lovers.
'Zämed duss'—Bavarian for spending time in the outdoors together—is the best thing about any mountain adventure. This idea of shared experience, then, is what the Zämed Duss Festival in Oberstdorf seeks to celebrate—smack bang in the middle of the Allgäu Alps. From the 5th to the 7th of October, enjoy guided hikes, trail runs, climbing courses, outdoor yoga and mountain bike taster courses, and experience a smorgasbord of adventurous opportunities so diverse that every outdoorsman or woman will find their perfect mountain pastime.
To help you make the most of it, we have picked seven fantastic hikes from the festival calendar. In small groups, you will not only get to know the picturesque nature of the Allgäu, but also meet like-minded people. After your joint mountain experience, you can sit together and recap the exciting day. And who knows, maybe next year you will be back together on the peaks of the Allgäu Alps?
Just choose your favorite hike and be sure to register quickly as the number of participants is limited.
The absolute highlight of the festival awaits you on Sunday, the 7th of October: the 12h-hike. From the spa park in Oberstdorf it goes over the hamlet Spielmannsau up to the Ally saddle. From there you walk through the picturesque Oytal back to Oberstdorf. Wonderful views, sleepy mountain villages and breathtaking nature are guaranteed here!At 6 o'clock in the morning you will meet with your hiking group and experienced mountain guides in the Kurpark Oberstdorf for a hearty mountain climber's breakfast. While the village is still asleep, you are already starting. Without significant height difference you walk over wide meadows to the hamlet Spielmannsau. Berggasthof Spielmannsau is the first stop. The path now rises gently and leads you through a picturesque mountain forest. The forest clears and you reach the tiny mining village Gerstruben. Now the broad hiking trail runs over picturesque mountain meadows and you can enjoy fantastic views of the surrounding mountains. Before the last climb the Dietersbachalpe awaits you. Here you strengthen and with fresh energy it goes steeply up to the Elly saddle. From up here, the view is just breathtaking. Now it goes down in the direction of Oytal. The path leads you over mountain meadows and past the Stuibenfall. You follow the Stuibenbach until it flows into the Oybach in Oytal. Follow the comfortable hiking trail to the Oytalhaus, the last resting place of the 12h hike. After a hearty meal, the last section is up to Oberstdorf.A maximum of 60 persons can participate in the 12-hour hike, so you should register as early as possible. The participation fee includes breakfast, packed lunch and meals at the three mountain huts.For the 12-hour hike, you'll definitely need ankle-high hiking boots, weatherproof clothing, a headlamp, a refillable water bottle and plenty of sunscreen.More information about the 12h hike can be found at zaemed-duss.de/rahmenprogramm/12-stunden-wanderung.html
Mountain hikers can on 6.10. take part in a guided hike to the Hahnenköpfle. Through the picturesque Trettachtal and the quaint Hölltobel it goes up to the summit. After you have seen enough of the view, you walk through the picturesque Oytal back to Oberstdorf.Mountain hikers get up early and so you meet at 8 o'clock at the info point on the festival grounds with the mountain guide and your fellow combatants. Along the bank of the Trettach it goes out of the city. Contrary to the direction of flow, you will continue to hike, as the comfortable path still runs flat next to the river. The valley slowly narrows and soon the trail branches off to the left through the Hölltobel. Through the narrow ravine, it goes along the bubbling water along steeply. At the top of the ravine you reach the sleepy village Gerstruben. Now the climb to the summit begins. In serpentines meander the trail over meadows and woodland up to the Hahnenköpfle. Above you can enjoy the fantastic view before the descent is due. On the western slope of the mountain, the trail leads you leisurely down into the Oytal. From the Oytalhaus you follow a comfortable and wide dirt road back to Oberstdorf.The guided mountain hike up to Hahnenköpfle is open to a maximum of 12 people. You need ankle-high mountain hiking boots, weatherproof clothing, a refillable water bottle and, for safety's sake, a headlamp.Registration and further information about the festival program at zaemed-duss.de/festivalprogramm
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On 7.10. it's called Rock the Rubi. Together with the Oberstdorf trail running expert Jojo Klein then it goes in no time on the Rubihorn. Take a short break at the summit and enjoy the unique panorama of the Allgäu Alps.At 10 o'clock you will meet Jojo Klein and some like-minded people at the info point on the festival grounds. Quick, the running shoes are laced and off you go. Along the fold brook it goes out of the city and directly into the Faltenbachtobel. While the stream splashing through the narrow valley, it goes on narrow paths and steadily upwards over bridges. Already leave the forest behind and continue on open alpine meadows. In countless hairpin bends, you continue towards Rubihorn - now it's time to bite your teeth and hold on. Once at the top there is a short breather and reward a fantastic view. From the Rubihorn you follow the path down to the picturesque Gaisalpsee. After a last, short hairpin descent, the path becomes flatter and wider. In long stretches it goes over meadows and into a dense mountain forest. Between the trees, you can always catch a glimpse of the valley and Oberstdorf. After a total of almost 16 kilometers you will be exhausted, but happy at the starting point of your tour.At the Rock the Rubi can participate a maximum of ten trail runners, therefore, necessarily register in time. Due to the length and the difference in height, this run is especially suitable for very experienced and fit for trail runners. Participation is free, but you have to register in advance.Registration and further information about the festival program at zaemed-duss.de/festivalprogramm
For mountain enthusiasts it goes on 7.10. in a guided hike up to the Rubihorn. The tour to one of the most impressive local mountains of Oberstdorf is a true mountain hiking classic. From Oberstdorf you can comfortably overcome the first altitude difference with the Nebelhornbahn. From the Seealpe, hike together towards the summit. Arrived at the Rubihorn, a breathtaking panoramic view awaits you on the surrounding mountains and the picturesque Gaisalp lakes. The descent is then via the Lower Gaisalpsee and the eponymous Gaisalpe. With a beautiful view, it goes over the Wallraffweg back to Oberstdorf.At 8 o'clock you will meet at the info point on the Zämed Duss Festival area. From there it goes to the valley station of the Nebenhornbahn. The gondola then takes you comfortably to the middle station on the Seealpe. From here you start your tour towards Rubihorn. At first, the path climbs gently, but then becomes steeper and steeper. In countless hairpin bends you climb up to the summit cross. Above you will be rewarded for this effort, because the view of the mountains and the valley below you are simply terrific. Then you walk on narrow mountain trails down towards Gaisalpsee, which you can already see well from above. The path leads you past the shores of the picturesque mountain lake. Over wide meadows you follow the way to the Gaisalpe. After a well-deserved rest, you finally hike back to Oberstdorf via the scenic Wallraffweg.A maximum of 12 people can participate in the guided mountain hike up the Rubihorn. The ride on the mountain railway is included in the participation fee. You need ankle-high mountain hiking boots, weatherproof clothing, a refillable water bottle and, for safety's sake, a headlamp.Registration and further information about the festival program at zaemed-duss.de/festivalprogramm
You can on 6.10. take part in a guided hike to the Fiderepass hut. With the Kanzelwandbahn it goes from the neighboring Kleinwalsertal comfortably uphill. With a beautiful view you walk together over the summit of the Kanzelwand and Warmatsgrund on to the Fiderepasshütte. Here you can enjoy the view of the surrounding valleys during a leisurely break. Strengthened it then goes through the lonely wild valley back to the valley station of the cable car.At 7.45 am you will take the bus from the info point on the festival grounds to the valley station of the cable car. The gondola will take you up to the top station in comfort. From here it is only a short climb to the summit of the Kanzelwand. On the eastern slope of the mountain, the trail leads you a little downhill until you meet the narrow Warmatsgrundbach. Here you now climb through picturesque high mountain landscape up to the Fiderepasshütte. This is located directly on the border between the Austrian Kleinwalsertal and the German Stillachtal. During a long break you can let your eyes wander over the wide landscape. Then it goes on a serpentine path down into the Wildental. From the idyllically located Fluchtalpe the path becomes wider and flatter. Quite comfortably you lay the route back to the valley station of the cable car.A maximum of 12 people can participate in the guided mountain hike to the Fiderepasshütte. The rides on the mountain railway and the bus are included in the participation fee. You need ankle-high mountain hiking boots, weatherproof clothing, a refillable water bottle and, for safety's sake, a headlamp.Registration and further information about the festival program at zaemed-duss.de/festivalprogramm
The Kemptner Hütte is a true institution in the Allgäu Alps. You can join other mountain hikers on 7.10. ascend on a guided hike to the rustic Alpine Club hut. With the bus you drive to the hamlet Spielmannsau and climb along the Trettach to the hut. You will cross the impressive Sperrbachtobel and enjoy the secluded mountain world around Kemptner Hütte. After a well-earned rest, it's back to Spielmannsau.At 7.45 am you will meet at the info point on the festival grounds. With the hiking bus you drive comfortably to the sleepy mountain village Spielmannsau. It means lace up boots and shoulder backpacks. On the banks of the Trettach you follow the trail through the narrowing valley in Richtun Kemptner hut. Even now the panorama is breathtaking: While you are hiking over an idyllic mountain meadow, the rocky peaks of the Allgäu Alps rise up in front of you. Soon the trail leads you through a coniferous forest and a little later you meet the Sperrbach, which flows into the Trettach. Along the Sperrbach, it goes through the narrow Sperrbachtobel up to Kemptner hut. There you have earned a hearty snack honestly. With fresh energy it goes on the same way back to the valley.The guided mountain hike to the Kemptner Hütte is open to a maximum of 12 people. The ride on the hiking bus is included in the participation fee. You need ankle-high mountain hiking boots, weatherproof clothing, a refillable water bottle and, for safety's sake, a headlamp.Registration and further information about the festival program at zaemed-duss.de/festivalprogramm
Also via ferrata come on 6.10. and 7.10. fully at their expense. Then there is a guided tour on the Hindelanger via ferrata. The via ferrata is a true classic in the Alps. Already since 1978 climbers clamber over the rocky and narrow ridge from the Nebelhorn to the Big Thumb.On our tour we start with the Nebelhornbahn from Oberstdorf up to the mountain station. From there it is only a few meters to get into the via ferrata. Over ice-steps, rocky ridges, ladders and wire ropes, the via ferrata meanders in lofty heights to the big thumb - adventure and fantastic views are sure in any case. At the end of the Hindelanger via ferrata, you descend the short stretch to the Laufbichelsee and then walk below the summit ridge back to the mountain station of the cable car.The Hindelanger via ferrata is especially suitable for mountaineers who have already gained experience on a via ferrata. Due to the length and the exposed passages you need a very good condition.A maximum of 6 people can participate in the guided tour on the Hindelanger via ferrata. Therefore, you should register with interest in good time. The cable car ride is not included in the participation fee. You need complete via ferrata equipment as well as sufficient water and provisions.Registration and further information about the festival program at zaemed-duss.de/festivalprogramm