When coloured leaves cover the ground and fresh dew lies on the alpine meadows, it's time to put on your waterproof hiking shoes. Munich is not far from quaint mountain huts and idyllic alpine meadows: you will find the Bavarian Prealps hiking paradise just one hour from the main railway station. Shimmering lakes, impressive peaks and crystal-clear mountain streams are waiting for you here.
We have put together three multi-day hikes for you, on which you can explore the dreamlike nature of Upper Bavaria. It’s entirely up to you whether you prefer to explore well-known regions such as the beautiful Tegernsee or the Wendelstein Massiv, or go to the lovely Kochelsee. The alpine huts with their colourful shutters and mountain guesthouses decorated with flowers are postcard perfect and make these hikes both beautiful and comfortable. And, best of all: the start and finish points of all the hikes can be easily reached from Munich by train.
The Bavarian foothills of the Alps may not have peaks that are over 3,000 metres, but the diverse landscape of rolling hills and steep rocky slopes makes them very popular. The "Münchner Hausberge" offer a large selection of hiking trails and climbs, both for leisure hikers and mountaineers, which cross beautiful valleys and alpine pastures. With these beautiful multi-day hikes, you will start your autumn inspired by nature.
On the "2-day hike over the Wendelstein Massiv" you hike from the beautiful Inn valley through dreamlike alpine meadows and over impressive peaks to Bayrischzell. The highlight: You can take the beautiful Wendelstein Rack Railway (Wendelsteinbahn) part of the way. You can choose how much you want to tire yourself out on the hikes. As the title of this Collection suggests, you will always have a lake in sight on the "3-Day Hike Lake-Panorama". We will lead you from the popular Tegernsee to the beautiful Schliersee, spending your nights in traditional Bavarian alpine huts along the way. The circular hike "Hüttenwochenende am Kochelsee" takes you from Kochel am See to the beautiful Tutzinger Hütte, accompanied by small splashing mountain streams. On the second day, you return to the starting point through quiet forests, with an easy climb.
Can't get enough of the Bavarian Prealps? No problem, because you can combine the "2-day hike over the Wendelstein Massif" with the "3-day hike lake panorama". The train station at the end of the two-day hike in Bayrischzell is only half an hour's train ride away from the starting point of the three-day hike. You can look at these hikes as building blocks with which you can put together to make the right adventure for you. There are no limits to your wanderlust.
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Between the Inn valley and the Leitzach valley lies the impressive Wendelstein massif very close to the border with Tyrol. We have put together a two-day hut tour, which leads you from Flintsbach am Inn over fantastic alpine pastures and impressive peaks to Bayrischzell.On the first day you hike up to Mitteralm. As an alternative to climbing the massif, you can take the cog railway up to the stop in Aipl or even the whole way up to the hut. On the second leg, we will head over the Lacherspitze back to the valley to Bayrischzell. From there you can take the train back to Munich (bahn.de).You start at the station Flintsbach, which can be reached from Munich in exactly one hour. After a short walk through the village, the route takes you up to Falkenstein Castle, which was destroyed by fire in the 19th century. From the castle ruins you have a great view of the Inn Valley.Through beautiful forests, you hike on gently rising paths up the Riesenberg. In the valley of the Förchenbach, you will pass a reservoir and start the ascent to the Mitteralm.Accompanied by the Mühlbach on one side and the rails of the cable car on the other side, you are going back a few meters. Good walkways and forest roads lead you up to Aipl, where there is a stop of the rack railway. If you like, you can drive from here the last piece to the Mitteralm with the Wendelsteinbahn (wendelsteinbahn.de). The terminus is even on the popular and sometimes a bit full Wendelstein - but the view is worth it anyway.Otherwise it goes the last one and a half kilometers with spectacular views of the massive Salwand further uphill. Your today's destination is the idyllic Mitteralm at 1,200 meters.
After a relaxing night on the Mitteralm, you hike along the track on the flank of the Gschwandtpfeiler. At 1,420 meters, the beautiful Soinalm lies in a cauldron. Lush meadows and the picturesque Soinsee are fantastic photo opportunities. Although the Soinalm is not managed, a short break is worthwhile here anyway.From the green pasture, continue uphill. At the Kesselwand you turn off to the Lacherspitze. At the 1,724 meter high summit you have reached the highest point of this two-day tour. The Lacherspitze is one of the lesser-known hiking destinations, so you can enjoy the view to the fullest.If you want, you can make a detour to the well-known Wendelstein after descending from the Lacherspitze back to the Kesselwand. At the summit is the mountain station of the rack railway, so the Wendelstein is a heavily used destination.Through the intense green of the Legerwald, the path leads you down into the valley. On the way you will be rewarded with magnificent views and meet again and again on clear mountain streams.Soon you will reach the outskirts of Bayrischzell. Before you go to the station, you can marvel at the beautiful waterfall in the Legerwaldgraben. Here, the crystal-clear water crashes over the rock into the depths. From the wooden bridge that leads over the gorge, you can watch the spectacle.From the waterfall it is only a few meters to the train station in Bayrischzell. The journey by train to Munich takes less than one and a half hours.
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Between the Tegernsee and the Schliersee are magnificent peaks, idyllic pastures and rustic huts. Not without reason is this region one of the most popular hiking areas of the Bavarian Prealps. Always a lake in view, you walk in three days from the place Schliersee to the eastern shore of Lake Tegernsee. The first night you spend on the beautiful Upper Firstalm, before it continues on the second day over peaks and pastures to the Wallberghaus. On the last stage, which impresses with fantastic views, we lead you down to the city of Tegernsee.The station Schliersee is approached directly from Munich by the regional train (bahn.de). The journey takes less than an hour. From the train station you first wander along the tranquil lakeside and then soon left the place behind.Our route leads you through quiet mountain forests and over green meadows up to the castle ruin Hohenwaldeck. The castle was heavily damaged by a rock fall in 1480 and has not been rebuilt since then. Over the years, the remains of the walls have grown mystically into the forest. The view from the ruins on the Schliersee is unique.At the southern end of Lake Schliersee you cross the small village of Neuhaus. From here you follow the Bockerlbahnweg up to the worth seeing Josefsthaler waterfalls. Romantic ripples and rushes the water of Hachelbach in several places over rocks.At the beautiful Spitzingalm at Spitzingsee you turn right and after a short time you arrive at your today's stage destination: The Obere Firstalm is a mountain hut like from a cheesy homeland movie. The food is delicious and the view just lovely.
After a good breakfast on the Upper Firstalm, the path leads to Suttenstein. From the summit, you can once again look back at the idyllic alpine scenery.Afterwards you hike downhill to the lower Suttenalm and on to the Lukas-Alm. In the managed mountain hut you can take a break.
After crossing the Rottach Valley, you will ascend to the highest point of this stage. Below the summit of the Schreisteines lies the small Riederecksee. The water is fed by meltwater and depending on the amount of water Riederecksee is smaller or larger. The view of the jagged peaks of the 1,768-meter-high Blankenstein is impressive.Afterwards, you will come down the trail to the stream of the Röthensteingraben before the last climb of this stage. A good two kilometers the path winds up to the Wallberghaus, where you spend the night. The cottage is known for its rustic cosiness and delicious home cooking.
On the third stage we lead you from the Wallberghaus on quiet forest trails down to the Tegernsee. If you want to shorten the third stage, then you can go down into the valley with the Wallbergbahn (wallbergbahn.de/sommer/sommer).First you leave behind the Wallberghaus and climb the so-called summer path down to a lookout point. Here you can enjoy a breathtaking view of the lake and relax on a bench. Paragliders often fly down close to the mountainside.At the southern end of Lake Tegernsee, you hike along the foothills of Rottach-Egern. After crossing the Mühlbach, our route leads steadily uphill to the Gasthaus Riederstein. Whether you want to take a break immediately or climb the summit of Riederstein first, it's up to you. There are two possible ways to climb the chapel at the summit: on the one hand, via the Stations of the Cross or the easier path on the side of the cliff. From the Riederstein you have a great view of the Tegernsee and the mountains of the Karwendelkette.Afterwards you will reach the outskirts of Tegernsee through a beautiful forest. On the last few meters you walk through a few streets, before you can get on the train at Tegernsee station. The journey to Munich takes one hour.
Just over an hour from Munich lies the gorgeous Kochelsee. In the so-called Two Lakes Land, water and mountains meet and form a varied landscape. Unknown as the near Tegernsee and therefore it is much quieter and more relaxed on the Kochelsee. Here you can leave the hustle and bustle behind and enjoy the Bavarian Alpine foothills.The first stage of this two-day round trip leads from the station Kochel over wide pastures and along streams to the Tutzinger hut. After an overnight stay in one of the cozy rooms you will hike on the second day over the easy Jachenausteig back to the starting point in Kochel am See.Without changing you drive in just over an hour from Munich to Kochel (bahn.de). Before leaving the village to the east, make a detour to the lake. Close to the station, the Loisach flows into the Kochelsee. There, a reed-covered and species-rich marshland has developed at the river mouth. From the shore it goes over beautiful alpine meadows, on which the cows graze comfortably, steadily uphill.Soon you will cross the Pessenbach, where you can fill up your drinking bottle with clear spring water. On the flank of Dachsenberg you walk to Kohlsattalm, where benches invite you to take a break.Then we lead you to the Lainbach waterfall, which falls down rocks in a gorge. Following the course of the stream, you reach the Eibelsfleck Alm through the forest. From the open, lush meadow you have a great view of the surrounding peaks like the Eibelskopf.In a zig-zag, you hike the last part of today's stage up to the Tutzinger Hütte. On the sun terrace overlooking the imposing Benediktenwand you can end the day. Since the hut is located on the Maximiliansweg and the dream path Munich-Venice, you should reserve your sleeping space in advance.
After a restful night in the Tutzinger Hütte the day starts with a wonderful mountain panorama. A bit uphill at the foot of the Beneditkinenwand, the highest point of this stage. From there you hike down the well accessible path to the Glaswandscharte. Only the first part of the forest path is steeper, for this you should bring sure-footedness. Then the varied path becomes flatter and the wonderful views into the mountains get better and better. With a little luck, you can see ibexes here.After six kilometers you reach the wonderfully beautiful Staffelalm via the Pessenbacher Alm. More than a hundred years ago, this idyll inspired the painter Franz Marc, who left two murals on the wall of the house. Here you can fortify yourself with a delicious snack. From the Staffelalm you have the opportunity to climb in addition the Rabenkopf.Then you hike downhill and cross the arms of Rappinbach. On the Kochler Alm you can expect magnificent flower meadows. Afterwards it goes on forest roads down into the valley towards Kochelsee.Before you get to the starting point of your hike, you can cool your feet in the pool below the Lainbach Falls. Wildly romantic, the water falls over the rock wall, which is even more impressive after rainfall. From here it is still about two kilometers to the station Kochel, where you get on the train to Munich.