Glistening snow, white peaks and icy lakes – welcome to winter hiking in Upper Bavaria! Whether you prefer a leisurely stroll along a lake or a more challenging mountainous hike, we’ve put together eight hikes in this Collection that are sure to amaze you!
A large network of excellent winter hiking trails runs through this region, guiding through the snow-covered landscapes that are straight from the pages of a picture book. The region also has special routes known as the Landscape Cinema Trails which transport you to exceptionally beautiful places.
Follow the traces of salt mining along the Soleleitungsweg and enjoy a magnificent view of Lake Tegernsee or discover the home of Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner. Along the Weiße Wanne circular trail in Kampenwand im Chiemsee-Alpenland, you can discover alpine pastures, covered in powdery snow, high up in the mountains.
The Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers fantastic views of the Zugspitze and its neighboring peaks. If you are looking for a family-friendly route, the Barmsee trail in Krün and Kaiserblick trail in Reit im Winkel offers gentle climbs. Each of the eight routes has its own charm and stunning panoramic views.
In this Collection, winter mountain panoramas, rustic huts and Bavarian hospitality await. Seven of the eight starting points can be reached by car or public transport. The Weiße Wanne circular trail starts at the Kampenwand mountain station so you can travel by gondola.
You don't have to worry about your meals as there are inns or mountain restaurants serving regional delicacies on every hike.
Whether you are looking for an alternative to skiing or simply want to relax in magnificent nature, leave everyday life behind and experience Upper Bavaria.
On this almost ten-kilometer tour, you'll be following the trail of salt mining: For a long time, the "White Gold" was the region's main source of income and was sent down the mine from the mine in the form of brine. The brine pipeline route today leads along the former line through the beautiful mountains of Berchtesgaden. The starting point is at the Gasthaus Oberwirt in Ramsau, which you can reach from Berchtesgaden on the 846 bus.You follow the spectacular ravine uphill, which leads you through the snow-covered forest. In the snow you can discover traces of deer and rabbits. Watch the climb over the boardwalks and steps on icy places. At the top of the gorge is the popular mountain inn Zipfhäusl. Here you turn onto the Soleweg, which winds its way along the slope without major differences in altitude. Fantastic views of the peaks of the Berchtesgadener Land await you.Alongside the path, you will always come across remnants of the old brine pipeline, which are provided with interesting information boards. Surrounded by an idyllic winter landscape, follow the path to the Berggasthaus Gestreit, from where you can enjoy a magnificent view of the Watzmann and the Hohe Göll. In addition, a rustic dining room and delicious food invite for a break. Through the forest we continue to Engedey. At the inn Watzmannblick there is a bus stop, from which you can return to the starting point.
The Kampenwand is a well-known ski resort. That here also winter hiking trails lead through the beautiful landscape, is still an insider tip. The Weisswanne circular route starts at the Kampenwand mountain station, which you can reach by cable car from Hohenaschau. You can hike to more than 1,500 meters and look forward to spectacular views.The path runs between the mountain station and the Sonnenalm south. First you go downhill to a sink, the white tub. This is called, because the snow stays here especially long. Alternating, you will wander through wintry forests and snow-covered mountain pastures. Along the tour you will reach beautiful viewpoints, from which you look towards the Tyrol and Geigelstein.The winter hiking trail is prepared regularly and is good to walk, we recommend you to bring along hiking poles. After the fantastic round you can stop in the cozy Sonnenalm and let yourself be pampered with Bavarian delicacies. If you can not get enough of the beautiful mountains, then you have the possibility to attach the panorama trail. This leads over to Steinlingalm.
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This easy circular walk is characterized by fantastic views of snow-capped peaks and iced lakes. From Krün, which is surrounded by wide snow fields, you hike across hilly mountain meadows to the large-scale Barmsee. Karwendelspitze and Wettersteingebirge always in view, the winter hiking trail leads you along the western shore of Lake Barmsee. If the temperatures allow, you can watch skaters on the frozen waters.Banks with enchanting views invite you to take a break on the snow-covered shore. A piece of the way runs through an idyllic forest and brings you to the smaller Grubsee. Between the snow-covered firs the sun flashes through, which makes the snow sparkle. From Grubsee you walk to the village of Barmsee, where the traditional Alpine inn invites you to take a rest.The last section of the winter hike you can walk along side roads and cleared winter hiking trails along the banks of the Kranzbach. The Krottenkopfstraße takes you back to the starting point in Krün, where there are several rest stops.
The trail is named after the biathlon Olympic champion Magdalena Neuner and offers beautiful views not only in summer but also in winter. You start at the edge of Wallgau, Magdalena's hometown. At the winter forest edge it goes direction Krepelschrofen. If you do not want to climb the mountain, just follow the path in the valley. But the impressive view from the summit onto the white Isar valley is really worth seeing. For the ascent, we recommend you to bring hiking poles.After enjoying the magnificent view of Krepelschrofen, you descend the same path and keep left. In the change between forest and snow-covered meadows you walk northwards and soon cross Seestraße. For a short distance the route runs along the road, but soon you are again surrounded by snowy nature.The last section takes you up to the rustic Max hut, the destination of this hike. The small inn is located on the slope of the driving mountain and you can look forward to a fabulous Karwendel panorama.
A winter landscape, as if from a fairytale, awaits you on the Premium Wanderweg Panoramablick. To recharge your batteries and enjoy the fantastic nature, the Hemmersuppenalm is the perfect place. You start at the Hindenburgh hut, which you reach in winter from Reit im Winkl with a four-wheel-operated shuttle bus. In winter, the pastures are covered by a meter high snow layer, which offers a charming sight.You follow the prepared path and pass the typical Bavarian farm Sulzner Kaser. Here you can take a first break and eat a delicious snack. Only a short distance away is the small Anna Chapel, which is surrounded by high snow walls in winter. These make the place appear even more peaceful. Continue to Oberer Hemmersuppenalm, which consists of wide snowfields and a collection of romantic wooden huts.With breathtaking views towards the Chiemsee and the mountains of the Chiemgau you can walk along the winter hiking trail. Winter forests alternate with fantastic panoramas. Without major differences in altitude, the path meanders through the landscape and brings you back to the starting point after about six kilometers. There, the rustic Hindenburgh hut is waiting for you, which is perfect for a final stop. As an alternative to the return journey by shuttle bus, there is an exciting descent on the sledge.
This wintry hike takes you high above the beautiful Tegernsee from Gasse to Tegernsee Castle. The starting point is at the hiking car park Gasse at the farm Stemecker. If you want to arrive by public transport, you can start from the nearby Gmund train station. This extends the hike by about half an hour.At first you walk on a narrow road through small settlements and farms, before you turn onto the trail. The leisurely path runs along the gentle slope and offers changing views of the lake covered by a layer of ice. You hike high over St. Quirin and dive into the snowy forest. Under your feet the snow crunches and a wonderful silence surrounds you. Where the rows of trees light up, you come to the stately hotel "Das Tegernsee", which offers itself for a coffee break. The view from the terrace over the lake is really fantastic.After a little refreshment, you gently descend to Tegernsee train station. The last part of this tour runs through the pretty streets of Tegernsee and along the beautiful lakeside promenade. Your destination is the castle and the local brasserie. You can round off the day with Bavarian specialties and home-brewed beer. You get back to Gmund by train.
The flat and snow-covered plain in which Reit im Winkl is located is perfect for hiking and cross-country skiing. This round is particularly attractive and bears the quality seal "Premium Winter Hiking Trail". You start at the cross country stadium and walk relaxed through the beautiful landscape. You always have the impressive peaks of the Kaisergebirge in view. In the change between wide snowfields and quiet forests, it goes to the banks of the Lofer.On well signposted paths, the round trip leads along the babbling brook. In winter, glittering icicles form on the edge of the Lofer and you can discover traces of deer and rabbits in the snow. You cross the stream and wander across the open, snow covered area at the tennis park back to Reit im Winkel. There is a good selection of restaurants and cafes for a final stop.
This inspiring path offers impressive views of the snowy Zugspitze and leads you from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Farchant. Along the winter hiking trail are various stations with benches, on which quotes of famous philosophers are attached. The starting point is at the Schäfflerbrunnen and from there you walk out of the city towards Brunnhäusl. The first highlight of this winter hike is the monastery with the pilgrimage church of St. Anton. At Christmas time, a large nativity scene is set up in the church and the view of Garmisch-Partenkirchen from the hill is magnificent.Then the Philosopher's Path runs through quiet forest, which is particularly magical through the glittering snow. After less than two kilometers, you will pass the restaurant Schützenhaus, which invites you to take a rest. After you have strengthened, you wander on the banks of the Loisach to Farchant. The well-cleared hiking trail ends at the ski slope "Am Ried". To get back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you can take the bus or train. Alternatively, you can walk the philosopher's path in the opposite direction.