With the deep blue Lake Kochel in the north and the turquoise-blue Lake Walchen in the south — both surrounded by the steep slopes of Herzogstand, Heimgarten and Jochberg — the Bavarian foothills of the Alps come with some serious scenery. And it's yours to discover: Around the two large lakes, countless hiking trails lead you up to exciting peaks, over lush mountain pastures, through quiet moorland landscapes and into pristine mountain forests. But no matter on which paths you explore the landscape, you can expect wonderful panoramas of the two lakes and the picturesque mountains.
We have selected the six most beautiful panoramic hikes between Lake Kochel and Lake Walchen. On the Loisach-Moos circuit, you'll stroll along flat paths through a quiet moorland landscape and look out over the steeply rising mountains. On the waterfall circuit, you'll follow narrow forest paths to the hidden Lainbach Falls. Or you can opt for an exciting mountainous hike and climb up to Herzogstand, Jochberg or Rabenkopf. For particularly adventurous hikers, there is also the ridge walk from Herzogstand to Heimgarten. Here, whether it's an enjoyable hike, a family walk or an ascent to the summit — you're guaranteed to find your perfect experience.
What's more, you can reach Kochel a. See easily from Munich. A train from the southern German city will whisk you off into the mountains in a blink of an eye — and all without the need for a car. As an added bit of relaxation, you can also jump into one of the two lakes on sunny days or let yourself be spoiled to your heart's content at the Kristall Therme, the thermal baths in Kochel a. See.
The Loisach leaves the Kochelsee on the northern edge and flows from here through a wide, original moor landscape: the Loisach-Moos. On a leisurely circular walk you can explore the river and the moorland and discover the special biodiversity of the flora and fauna.Starting point of your hike is the station Kochel a. Lake. From here you follow the road to Loisachbrücke, where the trail branches off to the right. You walk comfortably north along the banks of the Loisach. If you turn around here, you will enjoy a fantastic view of the Herzogstand and the other surrounding mountains of the Bavarian Prealps.You follow the trail along the river and wander past wide, natural moorland meadows. In addition to some special plants, you can also observe many different birds. Especially in late autumn, countless migratory birds stop here on their journey to the south.Soon, the trail turns right and you leave the Loisach. Over long meadows, you finally hike back to the starting point of the hike and are spoiled again with a great panorama.
The Lainbachfall is one of the most well-kept natural secrets around the Kochelsee and the Walchensee. While many hikers on the surrounding mountain peaks blow the wind around your nose, here you can follow the rushing Lainbach in the dense forests and discover nature on quiet paths.From the station Kochel a. See, the starting point of your hike, you follow the signposted trail first by the town hall and on the "old road" to the outskirts. Here you will meet the Lainbach. On the banks of the gently babbling brook, you now hike up a narrow, but well-walked hiking trail.Through the shady mountain forest, you keep climbing until you reach the wild and romantic Lainbach Falls. Take some time here to absorb the magic of the place. Especially on hot summer days, the humid air and the fine spray is an absolute blessing.From the waterfall, the circular trail leads you through the forest and up to the magnificent Kohlleiten meadows. Here, the dense mountain forest opens and while you walk leisurely downhill on the comfortable trail, you can enjoy a great view of the surrounding mountains. Soon you reach the outskirts again and a little later you are standing at the starting point of the hike.
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In the 19th century, King Max II had the equestrian path set up to ride up to his cabin below the Herzogstand summit. Even today, you can hike the same way from the pass between Jochberg and Herzogstand up to the mountain inn, continue on to the summit and enjoy the truly royal panorama.The starting point is the hiking car park Passhöhe Kesselberg, which is also accessible by bus line 9608 from Kochel a. Lake is approached. From here you hike on the signposted forest evenly uphill through the dense forest. Soon, the forest clears a little and you get a first view of the turquoise blue waters of Lake Walchensee.The wide, well-walked path meanders further up through the forest. Just below the mountain inn, the forest opens and in some bends you wander across a wide, open mountain meadow. Magnificent views of the Jochberg and the Kochelsee sweeten the last few meters to the inn. If you like, you are already taking a break. Alternatively, hike straight ahead and climb a narrowing path up to the summit of Herzogstand. Once at the top, take a seat at the pavilion and admire the unique panorama of the Kochelsee and the foothills of the Alps in the north and the Walchensee and the Alpine peaks in the south.If you've had enough of the panorama, it's the same way back to the starting point.
At 1,565 meters, the Jochberg is almost 200 meters lower than the Herzogstand located on the other side of the lake, but nevertheless, a breathtaking view awaits you at the top of the bare summit - above all because you have a clear view of the gray, steep cliffs of the Herzogstand. Especially interesting for animal lovers: Sometimes the ibex from the nearby Benediktenwand make a trip to the Jochberg and enjoy the morning sun.By car or from the station Kochel a. Lake off with the bus line 9608 it goes to the trail parking lot pass height Kesselberg, the starting point of the summit tour. From here you hike in many serpentines through the rustic mountain forest. It goes steadily uphill and just before the summit opens the forest and gives you a taste of the Alps. Once you have arrived at the Jochberg, you can take a few moments to admire the view.Then it's a bit downhill to the Jocheralm, where you have earned a long break honestly. Here you sit on the sun terrace, enjoy the view of the landscape and watch the alpine cows grazing. Strengthened it goes through the mountain forest down to Walchensee.The clear water invites you on the shore to take off the hiking boots and cool your feet a little. Afterwards, you will hike along the shore with a beautiful view of the lake back to the starting point of the hike.
If you have ticked Herzogstand, Heimgarten and Jochberg already on your tour list, then we have another summit tip on the Kochelsee for you: With 1555 meters the Rabenkopf also offers a spectacular panorama and the exciting mountain trail on the last meters to the summit also leaves The heart of experienced hikers beat faster. In addition, there are two cozy alpine huts to pamper you with delicious snacks and cool drinks during a break.Starting point of the hike is the trail parking lot in Pessenbach-Ötzschlößl. If you are traveling without a car, you simply take the train from Kochel a. Lake from the bus line 9613, which brings you directly to the tour entrance. From the parking lot you follow the signposted hiking trail into the picturesque Pessenbachtal.The path leads steadily uphill through the dense forest, but if you turn from time to time during the ascent, you can already throw first views of the vast landscape of the Alpine foothills. Soon you pass the open mountain meadows of the Orterer Alm as well as the alpine hut of the same name and reach the very cozy Staffelalm just below the summit.After a first break, it then goes over a short, rocky path to the summit. As a reward for the ascent there is a terrific mountain panorama ready for you: Below you the Kochelsee, in the south the Herzogstand, the Heimgarten and the Jochberg and in the far distance the Alpenkamm. From the summit, it goes back on the same way back - of course, now may not be missing a long break on one of the two huts.
The ridge crossing from the Herzogstand to the Heimgarten is the royal tour among the mountain hikes between Kochelsee and Walchensee. To save a few meters in altitude, you first float with the gondola up to the mountain station and rise from there to the Herzogstand. From now it will be exciting: On a promising and a little exposed Gratweg it goes over to even higher home garden. The views on the hike are incomparable and the tour is the dream of every mountain hiker.Starting point of the hike is the valley station of the Herzogstandbahn. Here is a large parking lot and also the cable car station from the bus line 9608 from Kochel a. Lake off. First, it is then quite comfortable with the gondola uphill. Already a great view accompanies you, but it is nothing compared to the later tightrope walk.Once at the mountain station, follow the signposted path past the mountain inn and gently uphill to the Herzogstand. Here begins the adventurous section. In the constant ups and downs of the mountain path meanders over the summit ridge on to Heimgarten. On both sides of the rock walls fall steeply into the valley and the views of the surrounding landscape and the Walchensee are truly unique.Arrived at Heimgarten, you have earned a break in the rustic Heimgartenhütte. With beautiful views, you can enjoy your snack here before you make the descent. In some serpentines it goes down into the dense mountain forest and on paths and forest roads you hike leisurely downhill to the valley station of the cable car.