Oberstdorf — hiking at three altitudes

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Oberstdorf

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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Tours & Highlights

  • 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 on wide paths through the romantic Trettachtal and past several cozy rest stops.Another highlight on your hike is the Hölltöbel, a narrow, small gorge, which is traversed by the Dietersbach. From Gerstruben it goes on the edge of the rushing Dietersbach on narrow, natural trails past waterfalls over to the Trettachtal. In any case, ankle-high hiking boots are worthwhile for this section and special caution is required in the wet.Back in the Trettachtal, you follow the hiking trail back to Oberstdorf, the starting point of the hike.

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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.After your rest you stroll over beautiful, broad hiking trails in the direction Schrattenwangalpe. On the way you can watch happy cows grazing in the vast meadows. From the Schrattenwangalpe it is only a few steps to the top station of the Söllereckbahn. With the gondola you float down to the end very comfortable down to the valley to Oberstdorf.Tip: Riezlern, the starting point of the hike, can easily be reached with the Walserbus Line 1 from Oberstdorf. The same line takes you from the Söllereckbahn back to Oberstdorf.

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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 Oberstdorf first along the Trettach to the confluence of the Oybachs.From here it goes up the rushing brook through shady forest uphill, until the path leads you to wide meadows. At the same time, a spectacular mountain panorama unfolds in front of you: juicy mountain pastures, steep grassy slopes and rugged rocky peaks above!Only a few steps further and you reach the Oytalhaus. After a hearty break, it's on foot back to Oberstdorf. Alternatively, you can rent a mountain scooter here from 15 clock. On the scooter you glide leisurely and save money back into the valley - and it's also a lot of fun!

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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.Once at the summit cross, you have to catch your breath - not only because of the ascent, but because the view takes your breath away. After you have sat up here, you descend into the picturesque Oytal. Here you can take a leisurely break in the Oytalhaus before you follow the trail back to Oberstdorf.Tip: In the Oytalhaus mountain scooters are available from 15 clock. So if you feel like a little change, you can swing yourself here on one of the scooters and roll back comfortably to Oberstdorf.

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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 Alps and the romantic Guggersee. In Birgsau in Stillachtal your hike begins. First, it goes uphill through dense mountain forest, but after about two kilometers, the trees clear.With every step, the view becomes more spectacular. North, the rocky summit ridge of the Gundköpfe rises directly above you, while you look to the south on the dramatic Allgäu main ridge. Soon you have reached the small Guggersee, in whose clear water the surrounding mountains are reflected. Here you have already made almost the entire climb. You continue on narrow, but only gently rising mountain trails through the high mountain landscape of the Allgäu, until you reach the hut Mindelheimer.Tip: After a rest at the Mindelheimer hut, you can hike back to the valley on the same way. Alternatively, you can hang on to the hut for one or more nights and climb up to the surrounding peaks or hike on to the next hut - for example to the Fiderepass hut or the Widderstein hut.

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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 Stillach to Einödsbach, the southernmost village in Germany. Here begins the ascent through the Bacherloch, a narrow high mountain valley with fantastic views of the Allgäu main ridge.The path meanders steadily and becomes steeper and more alpine with each step. Shortly below the hut a small adventurous passage awaits you: a narrow path leads directly along the rock face and over metal walkways - luckily the way is covered by wire rope insurance. Only a little later you finally reach your destination, the Waltenberger Haus.Tip: The Waltenberger Haus is perfect as a gateway to the famous Heilbronner Weg, which leads on kicks, ladders and jetties on the Allgäu main ridge. Depending on which direction you choose, you can either hike to the Rappenseehütte or the Kemptner Hütte.

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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".Now you climb over wide, lush alpine meadows and through sparse woodland towards the summit. The path becomes steeper and then meanders in countless hairpin bends over the Südwestgrat to the summit cross. Here you will be for the long climb with a breathtaking view of the upper Illertal and the Allgäu mountains. Passing the lower Gaisalpsee and the cozy Gaisalpe, the route leads you down the Nordgrat down to the valley. The last section runs with a wonderful view over the Wallraffweg.

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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 of the tour you have a fantastic view of the Allgäu mountains. The tour takes you first on comfortable hiking trails from Oberstdorf into the Trettachtal. Through the Hölltobel you climb up to the mountain village Gerstruben and follow the paths to the Dietersbachalpe - a perfect place for a first rest.Now it is steep and mountainous. On narrow trails, it goes through alpine terrain up to the elk saddle. After you have crossed the pass, the mountain trail leads you in some hairpin bends down into the picturesque Oytal. Here, the path widens again and leads you past several cozy mountain huts, which invite you to a well deserved rest. At the Oytalhaus, the last hut in the valley, you can also rent a mountain scooter and roll down the last few kilometers on the scooter to Oberstdorf.

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  • Difficult
    04:30
    6.69 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 - on this route we present you the ascent of the donkey trail. To do this you take the bus to Alpe Eschbach and start your hike here. First, you walk on the narrow, lonely asphalt road through the beautiful valley. The path only rises gently and this section is pure hiking pleasure.After about two hours you will reach the Black Hut. Here you should strengthen yourself again and give yourself a break - because now it is steep and alpine. On narrow serpentine paths, the donkey trail leads you up to the Musskopf saddle. Enjoy the wonderful view in peace and quiet, because you are almost at your destination. The path leads you past the picturesque Rappensee and finally you are standing in front of the Rappenseehütte.

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  • Difficult
    07:53
    13.7 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,525 ft
    5,050 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness 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.Afterwards it becomes steeper and it is on rope-insured passages through rugged, partially exposed terrain. After passing the Laufbacher Eck, the long descent to the Käseralpe in the Oytal begins. Here are worth good touring poles and regular break. After your descent, you have earned a long break in the Käseralm in every case. Now it goes on more comfortable trails through the picturesque Oytal on Stuibenfall and other pastures. You follow the Oybach down the valley until you finally reach Oberstdorf again.

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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 more demanding round hike in the footsteps of Max Wallraf in Cologne guarantees a varied holiday experience at the foot of the Rubihorn.At the beginning of the multi-faceted hike, it goes over the Schattenberg Stadium up to the Breitenberg.Then there are two descent variants available. The Tobelweg in the valley requires stable mountain boots and sure-footedness, offering a beautiful nature experience in the deep gorge of the wild Gaisalpbach. (The well-developed route, however, offers a much more comfortable and less demanding variant.)Arrived in the valley, it is now easier for a while along the Gaisalpbaches until the trail leads on sunny and scenic meadow paths on Rubi back to Oberstdorf.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    11
  • Distance
    90.7 mi
  • Duration
    54:28 h
  • Elevation
    26,075 ft

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