Fairytale landscapes & alpine foothills - hiking in the Tölzer Land in Bavaria
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Dreamlike mountain scenery, magnificent blue lakes, lush alpine meadows, and rustic restaurants – the Tölzer Land is straight from the pages of a fairytale. With such wonderful scenery, this region in Upper Bavaria is perfect for your next hiking trip. In this Collection, we’ve put together five varied and exhilarating Tours to inspire you – from gentle hikes exploring wild herbs to challenging summit ascents. On these hikes, you get to know the wonderful landscapes around Bad Tölz, the Starnberger See, Kochelsee, and the magical mountains of the foothills of the Alps.
The Tölzer Land stretches between the Isar and Loisach rivers, just south of Munich. Climb the Blomberg, the local mountain of Bad Toelz, and enjoy a break with a view in a cosy alpine hut. Explore the Ellbach Moor and get comfy on the banks of the River Isar. If you are interested in herbs, then the Herbal Adventure Park in Bad Heilbrunn is a must. You can learn lots of interesting things about useful and diverse plants on a stroll through the beautiful park. Close to the Starnberger See, you can hike around Münsing municipality where fantastic mountain views await. Finally, you can expect postcard landscapes as you hike to the shimmering blue water of the Kochelsee lake.
All five hikes are circular. If you are travelling without a car, you can reach the starting points of the Tours easily by public transport. Bad Tölz makes for a good basecamp if you are planning to stay in the region for several days. If you don’t want to carry your own snacks in your rucksack, you can treat yourself to regional delicacies in the restaurants en route. A picture-perfect hiking holiday in Bavaria awaits!
This 13-kilometer circular hike takes you to the Blomberg, Tölzer's local mountain, and on to the neighboring Heiglkopf. Look forward to breathtaking views of the Bavarian pre-Alps and lots of mountain idyll.The starting point of the circular hike is the Blomberg valley station on the B472. Even from the parking lot you have a great view of the mountain that you will now climb. And the ascent goes straight to the top: 580 meters of altitude are ahead of you. You wind your way up through the forest on shady, well-paved paths. Once at the top, you will be rewarded with a clear panorama.On the Wackersberger Alm, which stands at the top of the 1,248 meters of the Blomberg, you can treat yourself to some refreshment - you absolutely deserve it after the ascent. The path leads you with great views past the Blombergkreuz to the Heiglkopf. The summit of the Heiglkopf is a few meters lower than the Blomberg, but the view is at least as fantastic. Turn on your own axis and look over the Bavarian Oberland to Lake Starnberg, Lake Ammersee and the Isar Valley to Munich.You have mastered the challenging part of the tour, from now on it's all downhill. You walk almost once around the Heiglkopf and further and further down to the roof caves. The path leads you over the Wackersberger heights to the B472. The last part you walk back along the main road to the parking lot at the valley station.
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A varied landscape, wonderful hiking trails and only a few meters in altitude - the 14 kilometer long Ellbach circuit is simply fun. The circular hike starts at the parking lot on the Isar promenade. From the bank of the river you have a great view of the back of the Calvary to get you in the mood.You cross the Isar right at the beginning and hike a bit up the mountain, past the Tölzer forest cemetery. The path leads you first through the forest, then on an open area to the Tölz district of Ellbach. You cross the village and immerse yourself in the world of the Ellbacher Moors. Explore the species-rich diversity to the left and right of the path that leads you through the nature reserve - and in the distance a dreamlike mountain backdrop rises up. Just fantastic!You cross the moor and then walk along the edge back towards civilization. Past the Eichmühle natural swimming pool and some fish ponds, you follow the Ellbach for a while. Then you turn left and you will soon be standing on the banks of the Klammerweiher, a pretty little piece of earth that the writer Thomas Mann liked.Shortly afterwards you will reach the forest cemetery again and hike back on the known route back to the Isar and on to the starting point of the tour.If you are planning a hiking weekend in Bad Tölz, then this offer might be just right for you: bad-toelz.de/de/bad-toelz-infos/grandiose-ausblicke.html
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On this almost twelve-kilometer circular hike, you immerse yourself in the interesting world of herbs. The adventure tour takes you through the herb adventure park in Bad Heilbrunn, along species-rich, flowering meadows and through Ramsau. It starts at the Reindlschmiede car park, a district of Bad Heilbrunn. Since the hike is a circular route, you can of course join the tour elsewhere.Shortly after the start of the hike you will reach the Schönauer Weiher. Here you can take a break before you walk along the Stallauer Bach to Ramsau. Shortly before the village, a short detour is worthwhile: you turn left and hike a little deeper into the wonderful landscape to a lookout point.Back in Ramsau you can take a break in the rustic restaurant in the village. Freshly strengthened, you then head straight for the center of Bad Heilbrunn. Your goal: the herb adventure park. You can discover more than 400 fragrant medicinal herbs and spices in the beautifully landscaped park. Numerous stations tell you more about the world of herbs and offer you fun stops, such as the tea labyrinth, the Celtic tree horoscope or the magic forest.Stroll through the expansive park and take a coffee break in the bistro. And after an extensive forest bath on the linden hill, you hike back to the starting point of the hike - your nose is full of smells and your head is filled with new knowledge.
You can recharge your batteries on this eight-kilometer hike: you stroll through the wonderful landscape around Münsing, let your gaze wander over the fantastic mountain scenery in the distance and refresh yourself at the vitality fountain along the way. The round starts at the sports field in Münsing.Before you start the actual Vitalbrunnen circuit, it is worth taking a short detour to the center of Münsing - especially if you are a fan of Loriot. In the town center you can see the two well-known Mr. Müller-Lüdenscheidt and Dr. Klöbner sit in the tub. You stroll through the center and then leave the village in the direction of Holzhausen. The first mountain panorama is already in front of you: You look from the Benediktenwand, over the Zugspitze to the Hohenpeissenberg.You hike over wide fields and every now and then through a shady section of forest. Depending on the season, there are plenty of wild herbs to discover along the way. And as the name of the tour promises you, you will always come across bubbling fountains. You can find these at the various Vitalhöfe along the way, signs show you exactly where. So you can always refresh yourself with a cool sip of water on the go.You reach Holzhausen and turn right in the village. The path soon leads you through a beautiful forest towards Ammerland. Before that, however, turn right again and walk to your starting point. Make sure you look over your shoulder on your way back to Münsing, then you can catch a glimpse of Lake Starnberg.
This dreamlike tour from Benediktbeuern to the Kochelsee offers great views. The 17-kilometer circuit combines everything that is part of a hike in the Tölzer Land: romantic alpine meadows, picturesque lakes, wide views and impressive mountain backdrops. The starting point is at the Benediktbeuern thermal bath.The first third of the tour is on the high path through shady forest passages and over lush alpine meadows to Kochel am See. On the way there are some gentle climbs waiting for you - and a wonderful panorama of the pre-Alps. Via the promising Kohlleite you then hike down to Kochel am See. How about a break in a cafe or restaurant?You walk right to the shore of the lake and let your gaze wander over the blue water. Then turn right and continue on the small path along the Loisach. You accompany the river a long way on its journey to the Isar. To the right of you extends an extensive moor landscape, which belongs to the Loisach-Kochelsee moors. The wetlands are among the most important moor areas in southern Germany.Then you leave the Loisach and hike through the so-called moss back to your starting point. The two towers of the monastery in Benediktbeuern greet you from afar. If you still have time, you can take a closer look at the 1,250-year-old former Benedictine monastery.