Up and over hills and dales – cycling in Oberstdorf in the Bavarian Alps

Mountain Biking Collection by Oberstdorf

Picturesque valleys, gigantic mountains, cosy alpine huts, fantastic views and refreshing mountain streams – discovering Oberstdorf on your mountain bike is a wonderful adventure. Located in the Bavarian Alps, Oberstdorf is Germany’s southernmost village, and one of its highest. The spectacular mountain landscapes provide the perfect backdrop for a family getaway. In this Collection, we’ve put together 16 biking routes for you which showcase the region’s diverse nature. You’ll find something to suit everyone – from leisure bikers to summiteers.

Most of the routes in this Collection are suitable for all levels of riders, even novice bikers. Some of them can be extended to push you further if you are looking for more of a challenge. You will follow quiet roads and dirt tracks through the mountains with some steep uphill sections. The alpine landscape is best discovered on a mountain bike or you could consider an e-mountain bike, too.

Three years ago, Tourismus Oberstdorf (the local tourism board) launched a campaign to promote tolerance and respect between hikers and cyclists who share the trails. The campaign "Zämed duss - together outdoors" encouraged visitors to protect the local nature too. Since then, the "Zämed duss Outdoor Festival" has taken place every summer. The festival offers guided tours and courses amongst the spectacular landscape as well as events on the festival grounds in the centre of Oberstdorf. So save the date, this year the “Zämed duss Outdoor Festival” takes place from 2 to 4 October.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    01:07
    7.14 mi
    6.4 mph
    1,350 ft
    1,350 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    This tour takes you from the Rohrmoostal to the picturesque Piesenalpe. It is short but crisp, because there are a few vertical meters to overcome. The reward for your sweat is a fantastic view and really tasty, spicy mountain cheese.From the Rohrmoostal you first drive deeper into the valley towards Sibratsgfäl. After this short warm-up, the climb to the Piesenalpe begins. The asphalted alpine path now goes steadily uphill: partly steep, partly moderate, through the Sperber Winkel, further and further to the cooling floors and finally to the alp. The Piesenkopfalpe is directly below the 1,630-meter-high Piesenkopf. There is a small chapel in the middle of the cattle pastures diagonally left above the alpine hut. If you feel like it, a little detour is worthwhile. The idyllic Piesenalpe is also known for its tasty mountain cheese, which is available there on site. Here you can take a break and relax before you go back to Oberstdorf on the same path - only downhill this time.

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    Intermediate
    02:12
    18.2 mi
    8.3 mph
    1,950 ft
    1,950 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This bike tour is a real classic and it attracts you with numerous highlights in the famous Tiefenbach side valley. In addition to the old wooden chapel St.-Anna, a European watershed and the deepest gorge in Central Europe, grandiose valley views and rustic places to stop off await you.The tour starts with enjoyment and first leads you parallel to the road along the Breitach - perfect for warming up. Then the route bends and slowly picks up. First it goes gently uphill to the village of Tiefenbach, then it becomes increasingly steep. You will soon reach a barrier at which drivers will have to pay a toll fee to continue driving to Rohrmoos. For cyclists, the paved road runs free and steadily up into the valley. You master almost 200 vertical meters on the route from Tiefenbach to Gasthof Rohrmoos, which offers you a welcome stop.Freshly strengthened, you can make a detour to the old wooden chapel of St. Anna and look at the beautiful frescoes before heading for the next highlight: it is not far from here to the European watershed (Rhine / Danube). Here you can take a deep breath before you take the rest of the climb up to the Osterbergalpe. It goes up to an altitude of 1,263 meters - as a reward you can rest and strengthen yourself in the Osterbergalpe.Then the delightful way back is waiting for you: from the Osterbergalpe it goes around the Engenkopf, over the Alpe Dornach, to the entrance of the Breitachklamm. On this section of the route you can always look forward to magnificent views of the neighboring Kleinwalsertal. The bike tour finally leads via Tiefenbach back to the starting point in Oberstdorf.

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  • Difficult
    02:53
    21.5 mi
    7.5 mph
    3,000 ft
    3,000 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Very good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In a constant up and down, this fantastic tour leads into the beautifully situated Kleinwalsertal, past alpine huts, up to the area of the mountain railways. With a length of around 35 kilometers and the steep ascent to the Schrattenwangalpe, this round is quite demanding.It starts on the outskirts of Oberstdorf. Over a demanding, steep path you overcome the long, demanding climb that leads you up to the mountain station of the Söllereckbahn and to the Schrattenwangalpe. The higher you go, the better the view and when you get to the top, you really deserve to take a deep breath and rest for a while.A short detour to Austria follows: Shortly after the Alpe you cross the border - but the landscape remains beautiful. A long descent follows to Riezlern in the Kleinwalsertal. You cross the Breitach and focus on the next highlight: Back on German soil, the idyllic Osterbergalpe offers another stop. Then you drive through the picturesque Starzlachtal back to Oberstdorf.Tip:
    If you like it more comfortable, just take an e-bike. This will help you overcome the first long climb with ease. Alternatively, you can also get help from the mountain railway: Bicycles are transported by the Söllereckbahn until 10 a.m. and from 3 p.m. However, e-bikes are not taken along.

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    Intermediate
    01:49
    9.28 mi
    5.1 mph
    2,800 ft
    2,800 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    This tour takes you steeply uphill to the Sennalpe Schlappold - it is a short but crisp pleasure with around 850 meters of altitude and is therefore only recommended for trained bikers.Start and finish are at the impressive ski flying hill Oberstdorf, from where it is very leisurely at first, but then increasingly steeper to the Schwand hamlet. There is a short downhill section where you can rest your legs again. Now it gets challenging: the route only goes uphill to the Schlappoldalpe.The following, sometimes very steep, sections of the route not only require excellent physical condition, but also a certain level of driving technique. At the non-managed Schlappold Höfle, you can take a short break before continuing up to Alpe Schlappold, Germany's highest Sennalpe.Once at the top, you are rewarded with a magnificent view of the Allgäu Alps and a hearty snack for the strenuous uphill climb. While you are resting, you can look forward to the return trip, because you drive the same way as on the outward journey - but now it only goes downhill! It's really fun. Nevertheless, you should take a short break from time to time so that the brakes on your bike do not overheat.If you fancy a little refreshment after the tour, a detour to Freibergsee, which is not far from the ski flying hill, is worthwhile. With its cool water, the former glacial lake promises a pleasant cooling after the efforts of the bike tour.

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    Easy
    01:04
    10.6 mi
    9.9 mph
    525 ft
    525 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Along the Stillach, always with a view of the striking peaks of the Allgäu main ridge, the sunny Stillach valley offers an excellent backdrop for this short but wonderful bike tour, which begins just outside Oberstdorf.You start at the Loretto chapels and first follow the road until the cross-country center Oberstdorf is in sight. In winter, cross-country skiers and biathletes can have fun on the cross-country trails - in summer, on the other hand, you can enjoy the beautiful mountains in peace.It continues along the refreshing Stillach until the first major highlight of the route is reached: the ski flying hill Oberstdorf. If you have brought some time with you, you should definitely take a break here and visit the completely modernized hill.After this impressive sports venue, it becomes idyllic again. Following the bike path, you continue into the valley to the valley station of the Fellhornbahn. From here the road is closed to public traffic, so that you can enjoy the next section of the route - apart from the occasional regular bus service - all to yourself until the hamlet of Birgsau is suddenly in sight. The houses with the small chapel are picturesquely set against the beautiful backdrop of the Allgäu Alps.The Birgsauer Hof restaurant invites you to stop here. However, if you want it to be a little simpler and more rustic, you can simply cycle a little further down into the valley to Alpe Eschbach. The alp is farmed in summer and produces its own cheese, which can be tasted with a hearty snack. Whatever you choose - afterwards you are rested and strengthened ready for the way back, which almost only goes downhill anyway and thus represents the enjoyable end of this tour.

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    Easy
    01:04
    9.83 mi
    9.2 mph
    825 ft
    825 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The beautiful tour in the picturesque Trettachtal attracts you auspiciously with an impressive mountain panorama and the crystal clear Lake Christles. You cycle to the imposing end of the valley and have the Trettachspitze always in view.Let's start at the mill bridge. Along the Trettach, which gives the valley its name, you drive continuously, but very gently uphill. There is no reason to hurry: The distance is manageable - but above all on the way always great break stations and it would be almost a shame not to enjoy them: Keep calm on the banks of the river and treat your feet in the cool water Breather. Or head into one of the many Alps, which are waiting for you along the way with regional delicacies and ice-cold drinks.The further way is pure enjoyment: At the crystal clear Lake of Christ it is worthwhile to take a short break and to pull out the camera. After that it is not far anymore. It goes over the settlement Spielmannsau to the highest point of the tour, the Sennalpe Oberau. For a hearty snack, you can recharge your energy reserves before you drive back to Oberstdorf via the Gebrgoibe golf course.Tip: With the more demanding track variants Traufbachtal and Dietersbachtal, the Trettachtal offers something for every cyclist's taste. Click here for the variants:
    komoot.de/tour/75595248
    komoot.de/tour/75686632

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    Difficult
    00:51
    3.11 mi
    3.7 mph
    1,375 ft
    0 ft
    Expert mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary. Some portions of the Tour may require you to push your bike.

    From Dietersberg on this short but intense tour you drive across the historic mountain farming village Gerstruben to the end of the side valley to Alpe Dietersbach. You can reach the starting point via the Radrunde Trettachtal (komoot.de/tour/75559860), so that both tours can be combined perfectly.Highlight of the tour is the historic mountain village Gerstruben. Once up in the listed mountain village, it goes past old farmhouses and a small chapel further into the valley - maybe you stop briefly, look at the 400 to 500 years old houses in peace and listen to their stories from a bygone era.The route will take you over a bumpy gravel road. The summits of the courtyards are majestically enthroned above all else. This Oberstdorf Grasberg is known for its four striking peaks, which stretch straight into the sky. After about three kilometers you reach the Alpe Dietersbach, where you can taste a delicious piece of homemade cake.

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    Intermediate
    00:54
    3.87 mi
    4.3 mph
    1,400 ft
    800 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Short but powerful: This tour takes you from the Alpe Oberau through the picturesque Traufbach valley to the Traufbachalpe. It often goes uphill steeply. 430 vertical meters to 6.2 kilometers - that's quite a challenge.However, for all the efforts of the driveway, the arrival in the fantastically located basin of the Traufbachtal will reward you. For a stop, the Hintere Traufbergalpe invites you with snacks and homemade cakes.You can of course ride this tour individually. But it is also very well suited to give the "Radrunde Trettachtal" that certain something. From the Alpe Oberau you can just hang the tour as a side trip to the Trettachtalrunde. The Radrunde Trettachtal can be found here: komoot.de/tour/75559860.

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    Easy
    00:46
    6.13 mi
    8.0 mph
    525 ft
    25 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this tour you will get to know the sunny Stillachtal - it is particularly well suited as a simple and enjoyable introductory tour during a stay in Oberstdorf. With beautiful views of the river, the impressive mountain panorama and a trip to the world famous ski flying hill, this tour is short, but totally varied.If you bring some time, it is worthwhile to plan different stops on the way. The visit to one of the world's largest ski jumping facility is definitely a highlight. At the top of the hill you have a breathtaking view of Oberstdorf and the surrounding area. Less spectacular, but at least as rewarding are short breaks on the banks of the Stillach and in the rustic rest stops along the way.If you still have power, you can easily extend the tour by adding these variations:
    komoot.de/tour/76123595
    komoot.de/tour/75695355.

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    Easy
    00:20
    1.13 mi
    3.5 mph
    450 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Scenic location at the foot of the Allgäu triumvirate, you drive on this tour to Einödsbach, the southernmost settlement in Germany.From the Alpe Eschbach you drive for the time being comfortably on a straight stretch into the valley. But soon the climb begins, according to the motto "short and crisp": In shady hairpin bends, the road winds about 1.5 kilometers up the mountain, until the restaurant Einödsbach and a small chapel in the field of vision. Enjoy the impressive view of the Allgäuer Dreigestirn here in peace. The striking mountain peaks of the Trettachspitze, Mädelegabel and Hochfrottspitze are known for their characteristic appearance far beyond the borders of the Allgäu. After the stop in the cozy inn you can look forward to the return journey, it is only downhill!The Alpe Eschbach, the starting point of these tours, you can reach the bike tour Stillachtal (komoot.de/tour/75692673). So this tour is perfect as a variation or an extension.

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    Intermediate
    01:09
    5.81 mi
    5.0 mph
    1,675 ft
    25 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour takes you past managed Alpine huts and cattle herds deep into the beautifully situated Rappenalptal. The goal of the tour is the storage hut.Before that, there is still a little challenge waiting for you. A steep climb takes you up to the Buchrainer Alpe. Once at the top, the route leads in a constant ups and downs into the heart of the Oberstdorf mountains. At the roadside are some managed alps, such as the Breitengehren Alpe. Especially in the months of July to September, it can therefore come on this part of the route again and again to encounters with cattle - alpine adventure at its best! So it pays to stop again and again: Watch the animals, enjoy the great view or take a break in the various, cultivated Alps along the route.The Alpe Eschbach, the starting point of this tour, you can reach the bike tour Stillachtal (komoot.de/tour/75692673), so this tour is ideal as a variation.

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    Easy
    00:44
    6.46 mi
    8.8 mph
    675 ft
    650 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    Hardly any other valley can be compared to the Oytal in terms of versatility. The landscape is characterized by sharp rock walls, where waterfalls roar into the valley, and gentle mountain meadows, on which herds of cattle graze in spring and autumn. Above all of this, majestically the peaks of the Oberstdorf mountains, which are always present on this short tour from Oberstdorf to the Oytal.You start at the mill bridge on the edge of Oberstdorf. First, the path follows the course of the Trettach to the first stop, the Café Jägerstand. About the Dr. Then follow the Hohenadlweg along the Oybach to the Oytal. Passing lush mountain meadows and through an idyllic sycamore avenue, you drive to the Berggasthof Oytalhaus. With its large terrace and other child-friendly facilities, the Oytalhaus is an ideal destination for families. The view of the steep cliffs to the right of the Oytalhaus is particularly spectacular. Here the water of the Seealpsee drain falls over the so-called lake walls.On the way back, it makes sense to choose the route over the Kühberg. On nice days you can enjoy pure sunshine and a beautiful view of Oberstdorf.Tip: When you arrive at the Berggasthof Oytalhaus, your cycling fun does not have to end. Over the Gutenalpe and past the Stuibenfall you can drive up to the Käseralpe: komoot.de/tour/75737644.

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    Intermediate
    00:47
    3.12 mi
    4.0 mph
    1,250 ft
    50 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The bike tour Oytal (komoot.de/tour/75719967) leads you directly to the starting point of this tour, which is perfect as an extension: At the mountain inn Oytalhaus arrived, you drive over the Gutenalpe and past the Stuibenfall even further up to the Käseralpe.About halfway up the slope, the Stuibenfall provides a little refreshment. The waterfall, which crashes down from the rock walls next to the road, creates a fine mist that refreshes pleasantly on hot days.Passing the Stuibenfall, you continue uphill. Slightly treacherous on this leg of the journey are the wide rain collectors, which can easily catch a front wheel. So be careful here, so that you arrive safely at the destination and enjoy the special feature of the route: the view of the summits of the Höfats, which stretch on the right side of the road into the sky.After the approximately two-kilometer climb, the goal of the tour, the Käseralpe, comes in sight. Tasty snacks and home-made cakes invite you to stop here before you cycle back the same way.

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    Easy
    01:20
    8.61 mi
    6.4 mph
    575 ft
    575 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this simple tour, the name says it all: It leads you through a variety of sunny meadows and through shady forests to the romantically situated villages of Oberstdorf. You can experience the charm of the idyllic villages of Rubi and Reichenbach on the simple, beautifully situated cycling and hiking trails. Especially families get their money.You start at the Dummelsmoosbrücke on the eastern outskirts of Oberstdorf. From there, a sunny meadow path, which is equally popular with cyclists and pedestrians, leads via Rubi to Reichenbach. The two Oberstdorf districts are always worth a visit with their old farmhouses and their village charm. On the way, the idyllic mud bath and the scenic Illersprung provide refreshing refreshments. In contrast, the short, but steep climb up to Schöllanger Castle Church, at the end of which you will be rewarded with a wonderful view.Tip: If you like it a bit more sporty, you can extend the tour with the route variant Gaisalpe (komoot.de/tour/75775434), in which it goes up to about 1,126 meters.

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    Easy
    00:29
    1.48 mi
    3.1 mph
    850 ft
    0 ft
    Easy mountain bike ride. Great for any fitness level. Suitable for all skill levels.

    From Reichenbach you drive over the parking Gaisalpe on the driveway up to the mountain inn. In numerous bends, the paved road winds for about 2.5 kilometers steeply up the slope. Once at the top you can enjoy the impressive view of the valley or the summit of the Rubihorn while having a break on the terrace of the Gaisalpe Inn.This tour is perfect as a variation of the "Oberstdorf district" round (komoot.de/tour/76141956). From Reichenbach you can just get into the variation.

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    Intermediate
    02:46
    21.1 mi
    7.6 mph
    2,750 ft
    2,750 ft
    Intermediate mountain bike ride. Good fitness required. Advanced riding skills necessary.

    In the shadow of the Beslermassiv and past idyllic alpine huts: while cycling in the quiet Lochbachtal you can explore the (almost) untouched mountains of Oberstdorf. This tour is a bit longer and you master many meters of altitude - on the way, however, countless viewpoints and idyllic Alps with refreshment stops invite you to take a relaxing break. Just take it easy and enjoy this sporting challenge through the wonderful nature.From Oberstdorf you cycle to Tiefenbach. After a short distance along the road, a steep ascent begins, which takes you up numerous turns to the higher Lochbachtal. Past the Lochbach and Schwabenalpe, the route now continues to climb slightly further down into the valley. The high valley is framed by high, narrow grass flanks, on which you can often watch herds of cattle grazing.After you have passed other alpine huts, the Dinjörgen Alpe will soon come into view. Refreshing drinks and delicious snacks invite you to take a little break here. If you let your eyes wander here, you have an impressive view of the striking rock massif of the Hohen Ifens.We continue on the Alpstrasse to the unmanaged Toniskopfalpe. If you are traveling by e-bike, the Lochbachtal circuit ends here. With a conventional mountain bike you have the opportunity to descend to Rohrmoos on a narrow path. On this section of the route you have to push or carry your bike downhill a bit, as the path is peppered with numerous roots, stones and gradations.From Gasthof Rohrmoos you drive another 15 kilometers over the Osterbergalpe and around the Engenkopf, back over the Alpe Dornach and past Tiefenbach to Oberstdorf.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    16
  • Distance
    137 mi
  • Duration
    20:13 h
  • Elevation
    21,975 ft

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