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Oberstdorf — hiking at three altitudes

Hiking Collection by Oberstdorf

When the Trettach rushes through the alpine valley at 900 meters above sea level, you hear the marmots whistle from Seealpsee at 1,700 meters above sea level and in the evening you enjoy the famous alpenglow from the Mindelheimer Hütte above the 2,595 meters high Trettachspitze - then you have arrived in Oberstdorf! You want to stroll with your family through idyllic valleys and sip delicious alpine milk? Or do you want to get higher to the best view of the beautiful Oberstdorf from the Allgäuer Grasberge? As half a chamois you would like to know and climb the rugged peaks of the Allgäuer Hauptkamm? Perfect! Because Oberstdorf stands for unique hiking at three altitudes.

We have put together 17 tours for you to the most beautiful corners and heights of the impressive mountain world around Oberstdorf. Over the idyllic Oytal, hiking trails lead you up into the airy heights up to the Hahnenköpfle or to the Edmund Probst Haus just below the prominent Nebelhorn. At the border stone 147, the southernmost point of Germany is waiting for you — a tour that can be perfectly arranged as a bike-hiking mix. You will discover picturesque valleys with the Traufbachtal, the Warmatsgundtal and the neighbouring Kleinwalsertal. As a lover of hut tours we take you to four breathtaking places to stay overnight: the Mindelheimer Hütte, the Rappenseehütte, the Fiderepasshütte and the Waltenberger Haus.

The tours to the Rubihorn, the Älpelesattel and the Hahnenköpfle demand a lot from you. All the more proudly you can then enjoy the fantastic view of the surrounding peaks and let the mountain wind blow around your nose. With a bit of luck, you won't be alone up here and see a herd of chamois jumping happily over the rocks.

"Careful, safe, gentle" - during your holiday in the holiday region Oberstdorf - Kleinwalsertal you will experience highest quality, service and many measures to make your stay as safe as possible.

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Tours & Highlights

    Difficult
    05:45
    12.2 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,650 ft
    1,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    With this demanding circular hike, you move away from the main tourist streams and dive deep into the picture-perfect Traufbach valley with crystal-clear lakes and impressive gorges. Due to the increased level of difficulty, you should have a good level of sure-footedness.It starts on the banks of the Trettach at the Mühlenbrücke bus station. The path rises slowly and follows the course of the rushing river. After about five kilometers, it gets tiring. The demanding climb leads you deeper and deeper into a wild and impressive gorge. You cross the Traufbach on a footbridge and follow the Tobelweg. The higher Traufbach valley opens up in front of you, and it becomes more beautiful from step to step. The turquoise shimmering Christlessee is an absolute eye-catcher!Accompanied by waterfalls and the view of the imposing Krottenspitze you continue to climb to the Traufbergalpe. You have now earned a hearty snack or a Kaiserschmarrn. From now on it goes down to your starting point. The way back takes you this time along the other side of the Trettach.

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    Difficult
    07:06
    10.6 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,025 ft
    3,300 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    It's easy for the others - on this tour you take the longest and most demanding ascent with a number of vertical meters to the Mindelheimer Hut. There is an amazing mountain panorama and a crystal-clear alpine lake to marvel at.At the Birgsau bus stop, which you can reach with line 7, you start the climb into the Alpine world. First gently over alpine meadows, then steeper over grassy meadows and along the edge of the forest, finally over a scree field. In the middle of Allgäu mountain pines you will quickly gain height. From the mountain path you have a wonderful view of the Stillach valley on the ascent to the Guggersee. It does not enchant by its size, but by the unique landscape. Unpack your snack and enjoy the view of the Allgäu main ridge for a few moments.You now wind your way along a narrow mountain path to the Mindelheimer Hütte. Reward yourself with a juicy Kaiserschmarrn and a cool drink before you tackle the no less exciting descent into the Kleinwalsertal. Via a ridge you get into the Wildental valley and past the impressive waterfall ever deeper into the Kleinwalsertal.From the Alpenrose stop, take bus line 1 to the Oberstdorf bus station. Alternatively, you can go the other way around: You take the first bus in the morning to Kleinwalsertal and hike back to Oberstdorf via the Mindelheimer Hut.You can find out more about the departure times of the bus routes here: oberstdorf.de/anreise-verkehr/busfahrplaene.html

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  • Difficult
    07:19
    11.3 mi
    1.5 mph
    4,575 ft
    4,575 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this demanding tour you need to be fit and have a good head for heights, because you can expect a number of vertical meters in ascent and descent. You will be rewarded with a top-class Alpine panorama and a lot of peace and quiet away from the classic ascents.Immediately after you start at the Fellhornbahn valley station, the route goes up along the Warmatsgundbach. On warm days you will enjoy the coolness of the mixed and spruce forest that you are crossing. From the forest you switch to a quiet alpine road and from there to a challenging mountain path. You climb into a beautiful high valley and see the Fiderepass hut high above you for the first time. The last section to the hut leads steeply over scree slopes. For the effort, you can reward yourself with a hearty meal in the hut!Once you have recovered from the hardships of the ascent, you step on a saddle again. Then a promising ridge path leads you up to the top station of the Fellhornbahn. From here you float gently down to the starting point of your hike. Alternatively, you can descend from the hut through the Wildental valley to the Kleinwalsertal valley and then take the number 1 bus back to Oberstdorf. You can find the timetables here: oberstdorf.de/anreise-verkehr/busfahrplaene.htmlTip:
    If you want to spend a few days longer in the romantic mountains, you can spend the night at the Fiderepass hut. From there, a hut tour over the Allgäu main ridge is a great adventure, for example from the Fiderepass hut via the Mindelheimer hut, the Krumbacher Höhenweg or more demanding via the Mindelheim via ferrata.

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    Difficult
    08:49
    13.8 mi
    1.6 mph
    3,825 ft
    3,825 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    The glide path sounds more harmless than it is: on one of the most demanding ascents and descents in the Allgäu Alps, many exposed and steel cable insured spots await you. But your courage will be rewarded, because the path through the Oytal to the idyllic Seealpsee is also one of the most beautiful tours.To start the hike, gently climb uphill from Oberstdorf to the romantic Oytal. Here you will also meet the mountain inn of the same name - save it for a later break. After crossing the Oybach, the exciting part begins: in numerous serpentines and along rope-secured passages, the route climbs steeply.You walk over exposed terrain and accompanied by chamois, marmots and maybe even a golden eagle to the mysterious green shimmering Seealpsee. From here, the site is suspended. For the unique view of the Höfats and the Oytal you climb a little further. In addition to the wonderful view, you can also reward yourself with a well-deserved rest at the Edmund Probst Haus.Freshly rested, the ascent route takes you back down the valley. Once at the valley floor, you can look forward to a gentle meadow path that leads you through the wild and romantic Oytal and to the mountain inn of the same name.After a hearty meal, you can hike or take a rental scooter back to the starting point in Oberstdorf.

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    Intermediate
    02:41
    4.38 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,425 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    This scenic hike takes you deep into the area of the Faltenbachtobel. The impressive path along rushing waterfalls through the gorge is one of the most beautiful Tobel routes in the Allgäu with a breathtaking variety of flora and fauna.You start the beautiful tour at the valley station of the Nebelhornbahn and after a good kilometer you reach the narrow gorge that the Faltenbach has washed into the rock for centuries. Take a close look on your way along the swirling water, because here you can discover rare plant and animal species. Passing a hydropower plant, you climb up to the Seealpe, where a stop with the best view is worthwhile. Then it goes down on the other side of the fold brook.Tip: If you are already on the Seealpe, we recommend that you take the “Uff d´r Alp” adventure trail with you as an exciting family adventure.On the last stretch back to your starting point you will pass the Schattenberg ski jumps again. Every year the four hills jump starts here and you can even marvel at the impressive facility from the hill tower.

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    Difficult
    12:56
    26.2 mi
    2.0 mph
    3,600 ft
    3,600 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Off to the southernmost point in Germany! No hustle and bustle awaits you there, but idyllic tranquility in a flowery, remote mountain world. The chances of seeing a few marmots are pretty good.Your adventure to the south begins on Prinzenstrasse. Past the Fellhornbahn you hike into the picturesque Stillachtal. As a guest at the Buchrainer Alpe you can taste the best, homemade alpine cheese. We continue up through the valley. Once you have reached the Biberalpe, the most difficult and exhausting part of the hike comes - the climb to Grenzstein 147. Because it is so secluded, you will probably have it and the fantastic Alpine panorama to yourself.In the same way as you came, you will start your way back to Oberstdorf.Tip: Since this is an extremely mile-long tour, you have two alternatives: You cycle up to the storage hut and then hike the rest of the way up to the boundary stone. Or you can take bus 7 from the Prinzenstraße stop, the start of the tour to Birgsau and / or on the way back. You will cover nine kilometers each. You can find the bus timetables at: oberstdorf.de/anreise-verkehr/busfahrplaene.html

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    Intermediate
    01:46
    3.45 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,050 ft
    200 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    On this promising hike, you will explore the mountains on the border between Germany and Austria. From Riezlern in the Kleinwalsertal, the route leads you first on quiet roads uphill and over wide mountain meadows - already here you can enjoy beautiful views. At the Mittelalp, you have not only brought almost all vertical meters behind you, you have earned yourself a stop with panoramic views here.After your rest you stroll over beautiful, broad hiking trails in the direction Schrattenwangalpe. On the way you can watch happy cows grazing in the vast meadows. From the Schrattenwangalpe it is only a few steps to the top station of the Söllereckbahn. With the gondola you float down to the end very comfortable down to the valley to Oberstdorf.Tip: Riezlern, the starting point of the hike, can easily be reached with the Walserbus Line 1 from Oberstdorf. The same line takes you from the Söllereckbahn back to Oberstdorf.

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    Intermediate
    03:44
    7.76 mi
    2.1 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike, we take you on a little journey through time, because the houses in the mountain village Gerstruben are partly over 500 years old. The route takes you on wide paths through the romantic Trettachtal and past several cozy rest stops.Another highlight on your hike is the Hölltöbel, a narrow, small gorge, which is traversed by the Dietersbach. From Gerstruben it goes on the edge of the rushing Dietersbach on narrow, natural trails past waterfalls over to the Trettachtal. In any case, ankle-high hiking boots are worthwhile for this section and special caution is required in the wet.Back in the Trettachtal, you follow the hiking trail back to Oberstdorf, the starting point of the hike.

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    Intermediate
    02:52
    6.39 mi
    2.2 mph
    650 ft
    650 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The wildly romantic Oytal is ideal for long and short hikes with its magnificent mountain panoramas, comfortable hiking trails and cozy retreats. On this beautiful tour we lead you from Oberstdorf first along the Trettach to the confluence of the Oybachs.From here it goes up the rushing brook through shady forest uphill, until the path leads you to wide meadows. At the same time, a spectacular mountain panorama unfolds in front of you: juicy mountain pastures, steep grassy slopes and rugged rocky peaks above!Only a few steps further and you reach the Oytalhaus. After a hearty break, it's on foot back to Oberstdorf. Alternatively, you can rent a mountain scooter here from 15 clock. On the scooter you glide leisurely and save money back into the valley - and it's also a lot of fun!

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    Difficult
    06:44
    11.1 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,875 ft
    2,850 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    A mountain tour through the Oberstdorf mountains, which could hardly be more beautiful: Through the romantic Trettachtal valley and the dramatic Hölltobel you start on good trails to the historically protected mining village Gerstruben. After a short rest in the inn, it continues straight away. Now it is getting steeper. On narrow trails and in countless bends the path leads you to the Hahnenköpfle.Once at the summit cross, you have to catch your breath - not only because of the ascent, but because the view takes your breath away. After you have sat up here, you descend into the picturesque Oytal. Here you can take a leisurely break in the Oytalhaus before you follow the trail back to Oberstdorf.Tip: In the Oytalhaus mountain scooters are available from 15 clock. So if you feel like a little change, you can swing yourself here on one of the scooters and roll back comfortably to Oberstdorf.

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    Difficult
    03:56
    5.79 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,525 ft
    100 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Proud 1,080 vertical meters expect you on the approach to Mindelheimer hut. But you will be spoiled on the mountain trail with beautiful views of the peaks of the Allgäu Alps and the romantic Guggersee. In Birgsau in Stillachtal your hike begins. First, it goes uphill through dense mountain forest, but after about two kilometers, the trees clear.With every step, the view becomes more spectacular. North, the rocky summit ridge of the Gundköpfe rises directly above you, while you look to the south on the dramatic Allgäu main ridge. Soon you have reached the small Guggersee, in whose clear water the surrounding mountains are reflected. Here you have already made almost the entire climb. You continue on narrow, but only gently rising mountain trails through the high mountain landscape of the Allgäu, until you reach the hut Mindelheimer.Tip: After a rest at the Mindelheimer hut, you can hike back to the valley on the same way. Alternatively, you can hang on to the hut for one or more nights and climb up to the surrounding peaks or hike on to the next hut - for example to the Fiderepass hut or the Widderstein hut.

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    Difficult
    03:48
    4.10 mi
    1.1 mph
    3,575 ft
    0 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This mountain hike leads you to the perfect starting point for exciting summit tours at the Allgäu Hauptkaumm: the Waltenberger Haus. From Birgsau you hike along forest trails along the Stillach to Einödsbach, the southernmost village in Germany. Here begins the ascent through the Bacherloch, a narrow high mountain valley with fantastic views of the Allgäu main ridge.The path meanders steadily and becomes steeper and more alpine with each step. Shortly below the hut a small adventurous passage awaits you: a narrow path leads directly along the rock face and over metal walkways - luckily the way is covered by wire rope insurance. Only a little later you finally reach your destination, the Waltenberger Haus.Tip: The Waltenberger Haus is perfect as a gateway to the famous Heilbronner Weg, which leads on kicks, ladders and jetties on the Allgäu main ridge. Depending on which direction you choose, you can either hike to the Rappenseehütte or the Kemptner Hütte.

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    Difficult
    07:32
    10.6 mi
    1.4 mph
    3,775 ft
    3,775 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    This exciting mountain tour on the third level leads you directly from Oberstdorf to the summit of the Rubihorn - with over 1,100 vertical meters in the ascent in any case a tour for persevering hikers. From the valley station of the Nebelhornbahn, you will hike past the ski jumps and into the Faltenbachtobel. Through the wildly romantic brook gorge it goes uphill to the cable car middle station "Seealpe".Now you climb over wide, lush alpine meadows and through sparse woodland towards the summit. The path becomes steeper and then meanders in countless hairpin bends over the Südwestgrat to the summit cross. Here you will be for the long climb with a breathtaking view of the upper Illertal and the Allgäu mountains. Passing the lower Gaisalpsee and the cozy Gaisalpe, the route leads you down the Nordgrat down to the valley. The last section runs with a wonderful view over the Wallraffweg.

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    Difficult
    08:11
    14.1 mi
    1.7 mph
    3,100 ft
    3,100 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this hike you will tour the imposing Höfats on the challenging track of almost 23 kilometers. The proverbial highlight is the overhanging of the saddle: from the highest point of the tour you have a fantastic view of the Allgäu mountains. The tour takes you first on comfortable hiking trails from Oberstdorf into the Trettachtal. Through the Hölltobel you climb up to the mountain village Gerstruben and follow the paths to the Dietersbachalpe - a perfect place for a first rest.Now it is steep and mountainous. On narrow trails, it goes through alpine terrain up to the elk saddle. After you have crossed the pass, the mountain trail leads you in some hairpin bends down into the picturesque Oytal. Here, the path widens again and leads you past several cozy mountain huts, which invite you to a well deserved rest. At the Oytalhaus, the last hut in the valley, you can also rent a mountain scooter and roll down the last few kilometers on the scooter to Oberstdorf.

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    Difficult
    04:31
    6.70 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,675 ft
    50 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Rappenseehütte on the main ridge of the Allgäu Alps is the perfect starting point for exciting mountain tours. For this you have to climb but first to the hut - on this route we present you the ascent of the donkey trail. To do this you take the bus to Alpe Eschbach and start your hike here. First, you walk on the narrow, lonely asphalt road through the beautiful valley. The path only rises gently and this section is pure hiking pleasure.After about two hours you will reach the Black Hut. Here you should strengthen yourself again and give yourself a break - because now it is steep and alpine. On narrow serpentine paths, the donkey trail leads you up to the Musskopf saddle. Enjoy the wonderful view in peace and quiet, because you are almost at your destination. The path leads you past the picturesque Rappensee and finally you are standing in front of the Rappenseehütte.

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    Difficult
    08:02
    13.7 mi
    1.7 mph
    1,525 ft
    5,050 ft
    Expert mountaineering route. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    On this magnificent, challenging hike, you will take exciting trails through the Allgäu mountains. Breathtaking views on the Laufbacher Eck and cozy alpine huts in the picturesque Oytal make this hike a first-class tour. At the beginning you drive comfortably up to the top station with the Nebelhornbahn. A short path leads you to the pointer saddle, where you can enjoy a great view of the Seealpsee. Over flower-rich steep slopes, the mountain trail winds to the Schochensattel.Afterwards it becomes steeper and it is on rope-insured passages through rugged, partially exposed terrain. After passing the Laufbacher Eck, the long descent to the Käseralpe in the Oytal begins. Here are worth good touring poles and regular break. After your descent, you have earned a long break in the Käseralm in every case. Now it goes on more comfortable trails through the picturesque Oytal on Stuibenfall and other pastures. You follow the Oybach down the valley until you finally reach Oberstdorf again.

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    Intermediate
    03:31
    7.07 mi
    2.0 mph
    1,275 ft
    1,425 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The somewhat more demanding circular hike in the footsteps of Max Wallraf to Cologne guarantees a varied holiday experience at the foot of the Rubihorn.At the beginning of the multifaceted hike, it goes up to the Breitenberg via the Schattenberg Stadium.Then two descent variants are available. The Tobelweg into the valley requires stable mountain shoes and sure-footedness, but offers a beautiful nature experience in the deep gorge of the wild Gaisalpbach. (The well-developed driveway, on the other hand, offers a much more comfortable and less demanding variant.)Arrived in the valley, it is now effortless to walk a bit along the Gaisalpbach until the hiking trail leads on sunny and promising meadow paths via Rubi back to Oberstdorf.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    17
  • Distance
    169 mi
  • Duration
    99:15 h
  • Elevation
    45,150 ft

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