Adventure on new paths: Trail Running Paradise Oberstdorf

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Oberstdorf

Picturesque valleys in which fresh mountain streams splash happily, colorful alpine meadows meander through the deserted trails and impressive mountain peaks from which you can take home unforgettable impressions - in and around Oberstdorf a true trail running paradise awaits you. In the midst of the majestic mountain world, beginners, as well as advanced and professional runners, will find their ideal route here. In this collection, we present nine of them to you.

Around Oberstdorf there is every conceivable form of trail: from the easy valley trail along Stillach and Trettach to the rough high alpine summit trail - including flowing downhills. Due to its three altitudes and the varied tours, the area is ideal for trail running of all levels. All tours have one thing in common: you leave most asphalted roads behind you and run on well-trodden paths or across the terrain. You cross small rivers on picturesque bridges or run past colorful alpine meadows up abandoned mountain hiking trails. Sometimes you follow well-trodden paths, then you choose to cross-country or through the forest. Just as your mood drives you. The attraction is the adventure, the closeness to nature and the escape from everyday life.

When you're back from your run, the pleasure doesn't stop. It just becomes a little less strenuous. The friendly hosts in Oberstdorf make every effort to help exhausted runners get back on their feet. From delicious coffee and cake on the sun terrace to a hearty snack with the typical, freshly tapped Allgäuer beer to exquisite game specialties and a fine drop of wine - in Oberstdorf you can indulge in culinary delights and then relax in your cozy accommodation. So the next day you are fit for the next trail running adventure around Oberstdorf - have fun!

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Tours & Highlights

  • Difficult
    01:16
    6.54 mi
    5.2 mph
    900 ft
    900 ft
    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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  • Difficult
    01:53
    9.69 mi
    5.2 mph
    1,200 ft
    1,100 ft
    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 Rautweg, begins the demanding, 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 still has four houses and a chapel. Here you have earned a decent breather, whether with a stop at the mountain inn or just relaxing 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
    6.79 mi
    4.5 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,375 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    For this tour, you should take enough time and plan your breaks, 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 enough time on the first kilometers towards Allgäu's main ridge to keep you warm. From the height of the Renksteg it becomes interesting, because from here begins the steep Uphill up to the Frebergsee. Along the picturesque mountain lake and the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze 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 reach the Hochleute at 1,178 meters, 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 again have enough energy reserves, go directly flowig and steeply down to Ziegelbachhütte. Here it is necessary to adjust the pace and to take into account other active. Once in the valley, a leisurely outing along the Stillach and across meadow paths and asphalt back to Oberstdorf follows. Your grin will certainly be visible when you remove the running shoes. Great trail run!

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  • Difficult
    04:14
    13.3 mi
    3.1 mph
    4,925 ft
    1,375 ft
    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 altitude meters.This route delivers everything a true trail can offer. Extremely multi-faceted, 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 towards Trettachtal. In the dreamlike Oytal an interplay of asphalt, dirt road and slight 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 follows now 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 his fun and athletic challenge here. Promised!

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  • Intermediate
    00:50
    4.51 mi
    5.4 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate run. Good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Hohenadlrunde is the perfect round for beginners on a varied route. Fantastic views of the Trettach, the Trettachspitze and the Oybach make the legs easy again.You start directly at the valley station of the Nebelhornbahn and start walking along the Trettach on a wide hiking trail. After you have crossed the river, the route becomes a bit steeper, but also totally idyllic: You now follow the quiet dr. Hohenadl way through the Oytal. When the sun is shining through the tall treetops of the dense forest, it is especially beautiful here. And also, when things are going uphill: you will love this way!When you reach the driveway, you have reached the highest point of the lap at the same time. Now you can walk properly on paved ground and enjoy the wonderful peace - the road is closed to public traffic. At most you will find a couple of carriages or mountain scooters here - so you should still be a little bit careful.Am Kühberg you can enjoy a wonderful view of Oberstdorf and if you still have power in the legs, worth a short trip to the ski jumping arena. The view from the back / up on the ski jumps and on Oberstdorf is impressive. Then it's just downhill and you arrived a little later at the starting point of the run.

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  • Difficult
    01:05
    5.87 mi
    5.4 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Expert run. Good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This short run takes you along the river Iller to Oberstdorf's neighboring municipality of Fischen. In doing so, you usually follow the course of the river comfortably - an ideal lap to warm you up and relax your muscles.After starting from Oberstdorf outskirts, you always follow the water first and it goes down the whole time slightly downhill on a wide gravel path. A relaxed warmup so that you have enough air to fully enjoy the great view of the river and the mountains in the background.At Fischen Au you cross the Iller and walk along the idyllic Auwaldsee. If you feel like it, you can do another round (or more) around the little lake and extend your run a bit, before you sniff a little real "Trailluft": On the following trail section with roots and landings it goes uphill steeply - share your powers and stay focused.The crisp rise is soon done. From now on you will run downhill again. Partly over a wide gravel path, partly over asphalt you come back to Oberstdorf. On the way you can enjoy the fantastic mountain scenery with the Allgäu Alps in the background and panoramic views of the place - if you fancy a great photo, here is the right place for it. You then walk flat back to the starting point of the tour on a loose forest path. An ideal cool down for this wonderful round.

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  • Difficult
    01:14
    4.13 mi
    3.4 mph
    1,800 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Mostly paved surfaces. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This lap is less than seven kilometers long and yet has something in it. Because at the short distance you master more than 500 vertical meters - and on some challenging trails. A great advantage is that it only goes uphill once and only once downhill, so you can divide your forces very well. At the summit of the Geißberg, a very special reward awaits you: an absolutely fantastic view!This tour starts in the heart of Tiefenbach at the tourist information. You immediately leave the tranquil village in the west. This path is demanding right from the beginning, because it goes uphill quickly and steadily - initially on asphalt, to change after a short time on a steep forest road. You quickly collect altitude, flat sections there are not here. Through the forest, the forest path winds up until it turns into a rooty trail. At least here is concentration when running asked.As soon as you reach the clearing, the effort is quickly forgotten. Because here is the destination already visible: the summit cross of the Geißberg at 1,372 meters altitude. Now it's time to take a deep breath, have a drink, possibly eat a snack and, above all, enjoy the view and listen to nature. This place is always something special for repeat offenders.Once your body and mind are refueled, focus on the upcoming downhill. Also, this is technically not to be underestimated, but definitely a treat for any ambitious trail runner. In the last few meters, the descent back to the ascent route and thus closes the circle to a beautiful run.

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  • Difficult
    02:34
    10.5 mi
    4.1 mph
    2,725 ft
    2,725 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The Besler circuit has it all in itself, because you master about 17 kilometers and more than 800 meters in altitude. Challenging passages on challenging trails are waiting for you, which drive the pulse with crisp climbs in the air. A wonderful nature experience, wonderful views and comfortable rest are the just reward for your efforts.From the start it goes straight uphill - and that will not change for a while. You leave the asphalt road that leads out of Tiefenbach, and change to a wonderful single trail, which is so narrow that you can hardly walk next to each other. On technically demanding terrain, you will walk through the forest until you finally reach a narrow forest road. From here it is a bit flatter, until you come to the paved Alpstraße, which leads through the picturesque Lochbachtal.Passing partially cultivated Alps, you will run to the next trail, which leads you to the Beslergipfel. Another crisp climb and the milestone is reached! At the summit cross you can take a break and enjoy the outstanding view of Oberstdorf and the surrounding mountains.Then it goes back. First on trails, then through Lochbachtal on the Alp road. Finally, to properly challenge your legs, you can let it run on this tarmac road and set the pace. Or you can rather relax and enjoy a delicious snack on one of the cultivated Alps. It is wonderful to look back on today's achievements.

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  • Difficult
    03:22
    13.1 mi
    3.9 mph
    3,675 ft
    3,675 ft
    Expert run. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    21 kilometers and 1,120 vertical meters - these are the impressive facts of this race, which is quite a challenge and should only be tackled by experienced trail runners. However, if you are well prepared and equipped for the start here, you will definitely have a lot of fun on this track.You start your run at the valley station of the Nebelhornbahn and walk past the jumps of the ski jumping arena, which are pretty impressive. If you like, you can visit them later during a visit. But now you let them lie left and concentrate on your run. Because it is important that you divide your forces. Maybe you're planning a break on the Gaisalpe and enjoy a bit of the view of the imposing north face of the Rubihorn before the heart of the tour begins.The following uphill to Falkensattel and further to the Schnippenkopf has hardly any flat passages and has a total of over 500 vertical meters to offer. From here you run on the very finest trail route with constantly changing ground. From root system, forest road over stones to large steps, which require it from time to time to adjust the pace accordingly, everything is there. Once you've found your flow, it's great fun to walk here.Before you know it, the rows of trees clear and you pass the uncultivated falcon. From here it is not far to the summit cross of the Schnippenkopf at 1,833 meters altitude. The view up here compensates for all drops of sweat. Up here you can enjoy an impressive 360-degree view over the Allgäu Alps. Take a little break and take the time to take a souvenir photo and strengthen yourself.Continue along the ridge to the summit of the Sonnenkopf (1,721 meters). Be a bit cautious here, because some of the way is in very sloping terrain and often you are not alone on the road. Then it says: down the pace and watch each other!As soon as the Oberstdorf district of Schöllang has been reached, you can reduce the concentration a bit. From now follows a comfortable, flat spill past the places Reichenbach and Rubi back to Oberstdorf. Here you can be proud of the accomplished performance and again activate the last reserves or just run back to the starting point.Tip: Inform yourself in advance about the weather. Because you are traveling for a while in partly exposed and open terrain. Only start this run if stable (in the best case dry) weather is announced.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    9
  • Distance
    74.5 mi
  • Duration
    17:59 h
  • Elevation
    17,425 ft

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