The Alpine crossing from the Bavarian lake Tegernsee to Sterzing in South Tyrol is regarded as a real pleasure route. This hike across the Alps has one special feature that makes it stand out: Between the individual stages, you can comfortably bridge longer sections by bus, train or cable car. In this way, there are no dry stretches along busy roads, no strenuous ascents and no trembling knees on long descents - instead, you can already look forward to relaxed hikes through dreamlike nature.
In contrast to many other transalp routes, this hike does not focus on mountaineering skills. This route is all about enjoying the spectacular landscape you're hiking through, as well as sampling all those wonderful Alpine delicacies along the way. Much like the views, the menus change as you head south, with each Alpine hut presenting the best regional cuisine imaginable. In Bavaria, you'll start your journey with a belly full of hearty beer and roast pork or fish. As you head deeper into the mountains, homemade cheese and fresh milk await you on the pastures. In Tyrol, you'll enjoy Kaspressknödel and the obligatory Kaiserschmarrn. And in Sterzing, a glass of wine is served with the world's best knödels.
The Alpine crossing from Tegernsee to Sterzing takes you in seven daily stages over the Bavarian Mangfallgebirge, along the Tyrolean Achensee, across the Zillertaler Alps and through the picturesque South Tyrolean Pfitschtal. You will cover a total distance of about 71 miles (115 kilometers). On this route, you'll only have to climb around 10,000 feet (3,000 meters) and descend around 11,000 feet (3,500 meters). This means that you don't need to arrive in the best shape of your life — you'll be sticking to comfortable hiking paths and well-developed trails most of the way.
Numerous hotels, Alpine inns and cozy guesthouses await you at the individual stage destinations. Many of the accommodation options along the hiking route even offer luggage transfer services — so all you need on your hikes is a simple daypack with weatherproof clothing, water and provisions.
The first leg of your Alpine crossing takes you along the shores of Tegernsee into the mountains of the Mangfallgebirge. Here you hike along the Weißach to Wildbad Kreuth. Thanks to well-developed paths and little slope, the tour is perfect for immigrating in peace. If the 23-kilometer route is too long…
The second leg of the crossing of the Alps from Tegernsee to Sterzing takes you over the green mountains of the Mangfallgebirge. High up on the ridge, you also cross the border to Austria. After a break on the Blaubergalm you follow the path down to the valley to Achenwald.
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The third stage takes you on an exciting and promising high altitude path along the shore of the Achensee. On the hike from Achenkirch in the north to Maurach in the south, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Tyrol's largest lake at every step. Due to its size and its natural beauty, the lake is also…
On the fourth stage you will hike through the picturesque mountains of the Zillertal Alps. For this purpose, it is first of Maurach by bus and train to Fügen. Then you take the cable car up to the Spieljoch. From here you hike on well-developed hiking trails across wide mountain meadows to the resort…
On the fifth leg of the crossing of the Alps from Tegernsee to Sterzing, things really get off the ground in the truest sense of the word: about 830 vertical meters in the ascent will be tackled. However, you will also be fully rewarded for this ascent, because you are standing on the highest point of…
The sixth stage of your crossing of the Alps begins at the Schlegeisspeichersee and leads you from the dam wall through the vast alpine world of the Zillertal Alps to the Pfitscher Joch. Here you cross the Austrian-Italian border and wander on comfortable hiking trails through the picturesque Pfitschtal…
The seventh stage is the culmination of your Alpine crossing. On barely traveled roads and wide hiking trails, you hike leisurely through the picturesque Pfitschtal downhill to the stage destination Vipiteno.
The starting point of your last stage of the day is the small alpine village of St. Jakob im…
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