Oberstdorf

Oberstdorf — hiking at three altitudes

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Oberstdorf — hiking at three altitudes

Hiking Collection by Oberstdorf

11

Tours

54:39 h

90.7 mi

26,050 ft

Hiking at three altitudes — that is the motto in Oberstdorf. Relaxed hikers and families stroll on the flattest plain through picturesque valleys from mountain pasture to mountain pasture. At medium altitudes, on the other hand, you can explore the vast alpine meadows and even climb the occasional mountain. The third and most challenging altitude level offers the most exciting mountain adventures high up on the rocky peaks of the Allgäu main ridge. We have selected a total of eleven hikes to help you explore the picturesque mountain world of the Allgäu at all three altitudes. And, one thing is already certain: no matter which level you choose, the impressive nature around Oberstdorf will fascinate you.

If you enjoy experiencing the wonderful mountain landscape around Oberstdorf together with like-minded people, then the outdoor festival "Zämed duss - together outside" is just right for you. From 3 to 6 October, you can participate in more than 80 hands-on activities with other nature lovers and sports enthusiasts – whether you are a hiker, mountain biker, water sports enthusiast or yoga lover. With morning yoga sessions, the via ferrata mountain bike course, paragliding introduction sessions and a 12-hour guided hike with Eddie Bauer ­– mountain lovers will be happy here. The festival also has a varied programme of lectures, film and slide shows and multi-vision shows.

In this Collection, our eleven handpicked routes, will take you on a hike to the most beautiful places in the mountains around Oberstdorf: Explore picturesque valleys and visit the romantic mountain villages of Gerstruben, Einödsbach and Birgsau. Climb up to the lush meadows and magnificent mountain panoramas in the Oytal — and then roll down into the valley on a mountain scooter. Hike from the Austrian Kleinwalsertal to the Söllereck, where the summer toboggan run or gondola lift will take you back to the valley. Whether you are looking for strenuous mountain treks, a leisurely hike or a walk with the whole family — the hiking trails in the Allgäu mountains and through the romantic valleys are just the right thing.

If, on the other hand, you are looking for mountain adventures, you should definitely take a closer look at the hikes on the Allgäu main ridge. These routes take you on exciting and panoramic paths to Hahnenköpfle, Rubihorn or over the Älpelesattel. The panoramic peaks around Oberstdorf offer everyone a completely new perspective of the Allgäu and a wonderful variety of hikes.

We will also take you to three mountain huts high up in the Allgäu Alps. Climb up to the Mindelheim hut, hike along the donkey path to the Rappenseehütte or explore the Bacherloch on your way to the Waltenberger Haus. Once you've reached a hut at the top, countless peaks are within reach — it's definitely worth spending the night!

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    Intermediate
    03:44
    7.76 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike, we take you on a little journey through time, because the houses in the mountain village Gerstruben are partly over 500 years old. The route takes you …

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  • Intermediate
    01:46
    3.45 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this promising hike, you will explore the mountains on the border between Germany and Austria. From Riezlern in the Kleinwalsertal, the route leads you first on quiet roads uphill and over wide mountain meadows - already here you can enjoy beautiful views. At the Mittelalp, you have not only brought almost all vertical meters behind you, you have earned yourself a stop with panoramic views here.

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  • Intermediate
    02:52
    6.39 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The wildly romantic Oytal is ideal for long and short hikes with its magnificent mountain panoramas, comfortable hiking trails and cozy retreats. On this beautiful tour we lead you from …

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  • Difficult
    06:44
    11.1 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A mountain tour through the Oberstdorf mountains, which could hardly be more beautiful: Through the romantic Trettachtal valley and the dramatic Hölltobel you start on good trails to the historically protected mining village Gerstruben. After a short rest in the inn, it continues straight away. Now it is getting steeper. On narrow trails and in countless bends the path leads you to the Hahnenköpfle.

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  • Difficult
    03:56
    5.79 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,525 ft
    100 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Proud 1,080 vertical meters expect you on the approach to Mindelheimer hut. But you will be spoiled on the mountain trail with beautiful views of the peaks of the Allgäu …

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  • Difficult
    03:48
    4.10 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,575 ft
    0 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This mountain hike leads you to the perfect starting point for exciting summit tours at the Allgäu Hauptkaumm: the Waltenberger Haus. From Birgsau you hike along forest trails along the …

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  • Difficult
    07:32
    10.6 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,775 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This exciting mountain tour on the third level leads you directly from Oberstdorf to the summit of the Rubihorn - with over 1,100 vertical meters in the ascent in any case a tour for persevering hikers. From the valley station of the Nebelhornbahn, you will hike past the ski jumps and into the Faltenbachtobel. Through the wildly romantic brook gorge it goes uphill to the cable car middle station "Seealpe".

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  • Difficult
    08:11
    14.1 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this hike you will tour the imposing Höfats on the challenging track of almost 23 kilometers. The proverbial highlight is the overhanging of the saddle: from the highest point …

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  • Difficult
    04:31
    6.70 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,675 ft
    50 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Rappenseehütte on the main ridge of the Allgäu Alps is the perfect starting point for exciting mountain tours. For this you have to climb but first to the hut …

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  • Difficult
    08:02
    13.7 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,525 ft
    5,050 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this magnificent, challenging hike, you will take exciting trails through the Allgäu mountains. Breathtaking views on the Laufbacher Eck and cozy alpine huts in the picturesque Oytal make this hike a first-class tour. At the beginning you drive comfortably up to the top station with the Nebelhornbahn. A short path leads you to the pointer saddle, where you can enjoy a great view of the Seealpsee. Over flower-rich steep slopes, the mountain trail winds to the Schochensattel.

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  • Intermediate
    03:31
    7.07 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The somewhat more demanding circular hike in the footsteps of Max Wallraf to Cologne guarantees a varied holiday experience at the foot of the Rubihorn.At the beginning of the …

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    90.7 mi
  • Duration
    54:39 h
  • Elevation
    26,050 ft

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