Cold, crisp air fills your lungs and snow crunches beneath your feet as you stomp through the quiet landscape – this is pure rural idyll. With snow-dusted fir trees and white mountain peaks, Oberstdorf is a winter dream.
In Germany’s southernmost place, you will find one of the largest networks of winter hiking trails in the Alps. With 87 miles (140 km) of prepared trails, you will be spoilt for choice. The wildly romantic walks through one of the untouched side valleys such as the Stillachtal, Trettachtal or the wonderful Oytal, are popular with hikers all year around. In Breitachklamm, you can hike past metre-long icicles whereas the panoramic paths in the Allgäu Alps showcase the region’s spectacular mountain scenery. The hikes all have one thing in common: plenty of places to to warm-up in front of a roaring fire and enjoy regional specialities en route. This Collection includes seven routes to help you discover your own winter fairytale.
If you like to hike with like-minded people or if you would like to learn more about the region and nature, Oberstdorf has a very special offer for you: guided walks led by experienced hiking guides are offered all year round. If you are staying overnight, then these tours are even free of charge.
Over the sunny and snowy meadows in the south of Oberstdorf and along the icy Stillach, the winter hike leads to the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze. The "leaning tower of Oberstdorf" can be visited all year round. The beautiful view of the frozen Freibergsee and the snow-covered Stillachtal is not for the faint-hearted!After the ski flying hill, you continue on the road up to Schwand and Ringang, a tranquil hill south of the Freibergsee. From here, the panoramic path leads downhill, past the Fellhornbahn valley station via Anatswald to Birgsau. If you want to extend your lap, then we recommend the ascent over snowy mountain forests to Einödsbach!The hamlet of Einödsbach, which has been inhabited since the 15th century, is picturesquely situated at an altitude of 1,114 meters directly below the main massif of the Allgäu Alps with the impressive peaks of the Trettach, Mädelegabel and Hochfrottspitze. After visiting the southernmost settlement in Germany, the return route continues on the same route to Birgsau.Tip:
Thanks to a very good bus connection, you can shorten the winter hike as desired or extend it. So the tour offers a lot of sub-variants, depending on which attraction you want to visit.
From the mill bridge in Oberstdorf, you will find causeway paths along the Trettach to the picturesque side valley. Thanks to beautiful views and an idyllic winter landscape, it is varied to Dietersberg. Here the ascent to Gerstruben over a steep, wintry alpine road forms the most demanding part of the hike.When exactly the Gerstruben was settled, can not be dated with certainty today. Presumably, the mountain village is inhabited for over 600 years. Once upon a time, people lived here all year long. Barley was grown on the fertile meadow slopes. Nowadays, the mountain village with its historic buildings and the small chapel is listed.Framed by the picturesque winter landscape of the Allgäu Alps and in the vicinity of the majestic Höfats, this place is one of the most beautiful sights in the Allgäu.
The descent is initially on the same route. Back in Dietersberg, a trail variant leads you over the Zwingbrücke and the golf course, then on over the idyllic Moorweiher to the mill bridge to Oberstdorf. If you decide in Dietersberg for the opposite direction, you can extend the trip as desired. Because there are other attractions in the Trettachtal, worth a visit!
In the so-called "Jakobe-Hüs" in Gerstruben, a small museum was set up in loving detail. It is open every Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00 during the season.
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On the western outskirts of Oberstdorf the path leads you sunny and promising over the bad bridge to the forest rest. Then it goes varied and idyllic over the rock crystal and Edmund Probst way up to Freibergsee. Arrived in the cauldron above the Freibergsee, a circular path leads once around the entire lake.If you want to extend the hike a bit or visit the Heini-Klopfer-Skiflugschanze, just follow the right path. About the left variant, which we present here, it is not too far to the lake. Here is the panorama of the lake, the underlying ski flying hill and the snowy Allgäu main ridge a highlight of the hike.
The way back leads through a dense spruce forest on the north side of the Freiberg. Here it is short, but also a bit steeper downhill to the lower Renksteg. Once you have crossed the Stillach, it is on the fields south of Oberstdorfs again really sunny. A look back is worthwhile! So you can enjoy the panorama of the Oberstdorf mountain scenery once more, before the winter hike ends on the southern outskirts.
From the center of Oberstdorf the path climbs past the Audi Arena, the ski jumping stadium, to Breitenberg. Here, the Wallrafweg leads mostly woody-wintry, but also promising uphill.Upon arrival at the 1,149 meter high and slightly outlying Gaisalpe, you will be rewarded by a picturesque winter view of the snow-covered mountain landscape and the surrounding snow-capped peaks. In the north, the panorama extends over the whole Illertal far into the lowlands.The way back leads via the road to Reichenbach. In winter, the descent serves as a popular toboggan run at the same time. From Reichenbach you hike across meadow paths and Rubi panoramic and sunny back to Dummelsmoosbrücke on the outskirts of Oberstdorf.
From the parking lot it goes through the lower entrance of Breitachklamm. The gorge is the deepest and certainly one of the most impressive canyons in Central Europe. At the same time it is one of the most beautiful natural geotopes in Bavaria. Especially in winter, the frozen ice formations along the well-developed, meandering through the gorge trail an extraordinary nature experience. Not far from the upper entrance is the only bridge over the Breitachklamm, which you should definitely visit. From the so-called Zwingsteg you have an overwhelming view into the roaring depths of the gorge. On the opposite side leads here a short climb up towards Engenkopf. Once at the top, it goes over the Alpe Dornach back to Tiefenbach. Alternatively, there are other options at the upper entrance to the Breitachklamm to extend the winter hike to Kleinwalsertal. From the Walser ski jump, the nearby border crossing regularly buses back to Oberstdorf.The wintry circular hike back to Tiefenbach is quickly refreshed after a short, steep and privately groomed climb (good footwear is required, sticks or anti-slip may be helpful). Along the Engenkopf you hike on well-paved and promising paths to the Alpe Dornach. From here the very low traffic route leads you down and back to the parking lot or the bus stop.
In winter, night walks through the Breitachklamm are offered twice a week. In the torch light, the frozen ice formations become a mystical experience.
From the mill bridge on the southeastern outskirts of Oberstdorf, the winter hike along the Trettach leads you varied to the bridge over the Oybach. Even before the bridge, the snow-covered Dr.-Hohenadel-Weg climbs parallel to the wild and often frozen stream up into the Oytal. On the alpine winter road - closed to public transport - you now wander through romantic avenues and idyllic, snow-covered winter landscape to the Oytalhaus.While in the summer of the Oytalhaus several hikes or mountain tours lead further into the mountains, ends in winter here the groomed and secured winter hiking trails. The white mountain silhouette of the back Oytales, the rugged, vertical rising and frozen rocks of the sea walls or the steep, snow-covered steep slopes of the sky horn impress as well as the gentle, snow-covered and enchanting winter landscape on the valley floor.
The way back to Oberstdorf leads you first on the same route, then later following the well-paved Alp road following the valley. At the exit of the side valley, a panorama opens up over the wintry Allgäu Alps and the Oberstdorf basin. In the afternoon you can certainly enjoy one or the other ray of sunshine here! Via the picturesque Kühberg and the ski jumping arena you return to the starting point of the circular walk.
The moderate ascent from Riezlern to Schönblick is one of the most promising winter hikes in the Allgäu Alps - including a view of the Kleinwalsertal and the Hochifen.
From the bus station in Riezlern it is already on the first meters of the rise off the main road quickly quiet. Passing the upper boundary of Riezlern, you will win quickly but comfortably up. After the last houses it goes into the ravine of the smithy. At the exit of the gorge, the path becomes very steep for a short time. In icy conditions here sticks or other aids - such as anti-slip - may be advisable.
Once in Oberwestegg, the again flat, gently sloping path meanders steadily upwards. The winter panorama extends here over the entire Kleinwalsertal to the Widderstein at the end of the valley. The view of the Hochifen and the Gottesackerplateau - a geological jewel of the Alps - will impress you!
At the climax, the idyllic ascent leads you more and more pleasantly along the picturesque Alp building up to the Alpe Schrattenwang above the Schönblick. Here you can enjoy the view of the southern Oberallgäu and the Oberstdorfer basin. From there you can comfortably take the Söllerbahn to the valley station and then take the bus back to Oberstdorf.
In conjunction with the descent from Schönblick on the high-level to Oberstdorf you can extend the winter hike to a day trip! Ideal for sporty hikers who are looking for even more demanding challenges in winter.