Cows grazing in lush meadows, refreshing lakes, medieval towns and great views of the lofty Alps – hiking in the Allgäu in southern Germany is a wonderful experience. One of the best ways to explore the region is by walking through its gentle meadows. This Collection guides you along the Meadow Walker’s Route long-distance hiking trail in 22 stages. You hike through the magnificent hilly landscape in the western Allgäu, through green meadows and past pretty lakes in the east eatern lower Allgäu. This route is a perfect option for nature-loving beginner hikers who enjoy walking on easy, scenic paths.
The hiking trilogy in Allgäu combines three routes over 54 stages through the diverse landscapes and culture of the region. All three routes are signposted with the same mark in different colours. The Meadow Walker’s Route follows green signs through the picturesque northern Allgäu. The Watercourse Route follows blue signs along rivers to wonderful lakes through the Alpine foothills. The Route to the Top follows red signs as it climbs up to the high peaks of the Allgäu Alps where you can enjoy incredible views over the mountains. The stages of the three routes are numbered chronologically – the first stage naturally begins in the Alpine foothills with the Meadow Walkers’ Route and the 54th stage is the final section of the Route to the Top. The routes overlap with one another so some individual stages are part of two different routes. The Meadow Walkers’ Route intersects the Watercourse Route Shortly before Isny in this Collection.
The 272-mile (438-km) Meadow Walkers’ Route is designed as a circular hike. In this Collection, it starts from the town of Marktoberdorf, but you can start from anywhere along the route or choose to hike individual stages. Many of the start and end points can be reached by train so it's easy to plan your hike flexibly. We’ve also included a detour to the town of Memmingen. The stages for the detour are listed as connecting routes as you leave the official circular for them.
You will find overnight accommodation in each of the stage destinations either in a lively town or quiet little village. In the stage descriptions, you will find additional information if the choice is limited. It’s worth booking your accommodation in advance, especially during the high season, to ensure your hike runs smoothly. You will pass through villages en route where you can stop for refreshments or shops where you can stock up on snacks.
The hiking trilogy in the Allgäu is a wonderful long-distance hike to walk bit by bit or in one go. Meadows, lakes, moorlands and the Alpine foothills await!
For more information on the other hiking trilogy routes, see:
Watercourse Route: komoot.de/collection/977785
Route to the Top: komoot.de/collection/954759
The start of your hiking adventure through the Allgäu is in Marktoberdorf in the Ostallgäu. The first stage of the long-distance hiking trail leads you to Kaufbeuren on 26 kilometers. You can easily reach the starting point for meadow goers by train.To warm up, you hike the first kilometers on a flat route along the Wertach, then over green meadows and through some small towns. After about ten kilometers, it goes up the Bergmang Alpe. The distant view already gives you a wonderful foretaste of the hiking days ahead of you.In your stage destination Kaufbeuren you will find a good selection of restaurants and accommodation. There is also a train station in case you just wanted to sniff a little meadow air.
The second stage on the meadow walker route takes you across beautiful green meadows in a cozy up and down through the eastern Allgäu. The hike starts in Kaufbeuren. Today's destination after almost 24 kilometers is the Kneipp spa town of Bad Wörishofen. The absolute highlight of the tour is a visit to the Irsee Monastery. After a look at the beautiful parish church, you can have a good time in the monastery bar.How about a visit to the thermal bath in Bad Wörishofen at the end of your hike? The city also has everything you need after a long day. A train connection is also available.
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On the third stage of the meadow walker route you hike from Bad Wörishofen to Mindelheim. Today you can take it easy: With its 16 kilometers in length and no challenging climbs, the tour is relaxed. Reason enough to treat your feet to some wellness in the barefoot park in Bad Wörishofen.Once the hiking shoes are laced up, it goes first across meadows and then through the forest towards Mindelheim. Once in the destination, a round through the beautiful old town or a detour to Mindelburg (which is also on tomorrow's stage) is worthwhile. You have a good selection of accommodation and restaurants, and there is a train station in town.
It continues with stage 4 of the hiking trilogy through the Allgäu. Today you hike on a relatively flat route from Mindelheim to Katzbrui. Only at the beginning there is a short steep climb up to Mindelburg. But you can enjoy a beautiful view from above of Mindelheim and the region.Along the almost 17 km long tour you will be accompanied by bubbling brooks - first you follow the Brunnenbach a bit on its journey, then you continue on the bank of the Mindel to Dirlewang. You then hike comfortably over the Roßkopf to your destination, the Katzbrui Mühle. It is best to reserve your room in the mill in advance. There are no other options in Katzbrui.
The fifth stage of the meadow walker route starts at a special place: the mill in Katzbrui is the oldest functioning mill in Bavaria. On the 25-kilometer tour you walk across lush meadows and through tranquil towns. Among other things, through Stephansried, the birthplace of naturopath Sebastian Kneipp.In your milestone Ottobeuren, a visit to the basilica is definitely worthwhile. It counts as one of the most beautiful baroque churches in southern Germany. In the market town you also have a good selection of accommodation and cozy restaurants.
The sixth stage of your long-distance hike takes you from the beautiful old town in Ottobeuren to the pretty town center of Bad Grönenbach. The 17 kilometer route runs in a cozy up and down through the picturesque landscape. On a hot summer day, it is worth keeping your bathing suit within reach: you will pass two beautiful swimming lakes. You can refresh yourself in the bathing pond at Schachen right from the start. At the end of the hike, the natural swimming pool Bad Clevers near Bad Grönenbach awaits you.If Bad Grönenbach is the end of your hike, you can get on the train here. The path passes the train station shortly before your destination. A detour to the center is still worthwhile.
On the seventh stage of the meadow walker route, you can look forward to wonderful viewpoints, relaxed forest trails and a stately old town. The hike of almost 22 kilometers in Bad Grönenbach starts. After a short walk through the forest, you can see the blue Iller meandering through the green landscape in the valley in front of you.The path leads you over the Hochrain and through Kronburg to Memmingen. Once you have reached the destination, you can stroll through the beautiful old town at the end of the day and make yourself comfortable in one of the beautiful cafés. In Memmingen you have a large selection of accommodation and also connection to the rail network.
This 15 kilometer hike offers you a beautiful connection from Memmingen to the start of the eighth stage of the meadow walker route in Illerbeuren. So if you have made the - absolutely worthwhile - side trip to Memmingen, you will be able to take a good part of the route back on this route. In Kronburg you turn right and head straight for Illerbeuren. Now you are back on the actual circuit of the long-distance hiking trail. In the tranquil village on the Iller there are a few cozy accommodations, on the other side of the river in Lautrach you will find a few more.
The eighth stage brings the meadow goers from Illerbeuren to Altusried. You start on the banks of the Iller and will always meet the river along the 20 km hike. Right at the start of the tour you cross the Iller and climb a short piece on the other side of the hill. At the magnificent pilgrimage church of Maria Steinbach, you can take a break.You continue to walk a good distance on a relatively flat route until you cross the Iller again twice in quick succession - once even on an adventurous suspension bridge. After that it is not far to your stage destination Altusried. In your destination you will find some restaurants and shops.
On stage 9 of the long-distance hiking trail, there are a few vertical meters to master, but enjoyment is not neglected along the 20-kilometer route. You always pass beautiful rest areas and viewpoints. While the first part of the tour still leads through an open landscape, in the second part you mainly hike through the forest. Once you have reached the summit of Wolfsberg, all you have to do is go down to your destination in Schmidsfelden. The village is also known as a glassmaking village, a visit to the glassworks is definitely worth it.Be sure to organize accommodation for this night in advance. There are a few guest houses around Schmidsfelden, but the selection is very limited.
You can take the tenth stage on the Wiesengänger-Weg very relaxed: the 17-kilometer route runs from Schmidsfelden to Leutkirch. No demanding climbs await you, but an idyllic landscape. You walk the first few kilometers along the Eschach. In Friesenhofen you cross the river and continue walking across an open landscape. From the Allmishofer Höhe you can enjoy a wonderful view of the surrounding region.Shortly before your milestone, the center of Leutkirch, you can take a refreshing break at the city pond. You can relax in the natural outdoor pool before you look for accommodation. The old town of Leutkirch has been largely preserved since the early modern period, so it is worth taking a short walk through the center. If you want to end your hike here, you will find a train station in Leutkirch.
Halftime on the meadow walker route! With a good 26 kilometers, the eleventh stage is one of the longer tours, but there is a lot to discover on the route from Leutkirch to Bad Wurzach. You leave Leutkirch and you will soon see the first highlight of today's tour enthroned on a mountain, Schloss Zeil with its wonderful grounds and impressive views.Shortly before Bad Wurzach you hike a few kilometers through the Wurzacher Ried, one of the most important moor areas in southern Germany. You can explore the unique landscape on fun boardwalks before you walk through the castle park in Bad Wurzach. The spa town on the Upper Swabian Baroque Road is the oldest moor spa in Baden-Württemberg. You will find a good selection of restaurants and accommodation as well as a train station.
On the twelfth stage of the meadow walker route, you can continue to explore the Wurzacher Ried. To get in the mood for the 21 kilometer long hike, you can find out more about the moor area in the nature protection center at the Kurpark in Bad Wurzach. Then the path leads you right into this unique habitat.After your excursion into the moor landscape, you walk across meadows and fields and through small towns to the Rohrsee, where you can take a relaxing break. From here it is not far to your today's stage destination Eintürnen, a district of Bad Wurzach. The selection of accommodations in town is not large, so it is best to reserve an overnight stay in advance.
The focus of the 13th stage of the hiking trilogy is on water. You hike from pond to pond on the Kißlegger Seenplatte - a wonderful landscape that can be explored very well on foot. Since the route from Eintürnen to Kißlegg is only 13 kilometers long, you can take it easy and take a long break today, optionally with a dip in the cool water.Once you have reached your destination in Kißlegg, you can either end the day in the lido on the Obersee or take a look at the castle with the beautifully landscaped castle park. In Kißlegg you will find several accommodations and refreshments. You also have a connection to the train network.
On the 14th stage of the meadow walker round from Kißlegg to Wangen you will get to know the Arrisrieder Moos. The nature reserve offers numerous endangered animals and plants a habitat. On the educational trail through the moor you will learn more about the flora and fauna of this region and why it is so worth protecting.In a varied up and down you hike through the beautiful landscape and after 21 kilometers you reach Wangen im Allgäu, your today's destination. A beautiful old town awaits you here, which invites you to stroll. Make yourself comfortable in a cozy café and enjoy the beautiful atmosphere. If you want to end the hike here, you can get on the train in Wangen.
On today's stage, the meadow goers can expect pure Allgäu idyll: on your hike from Wangen to Eglofs you can enjoy beautiful views of the high peaks of the Alps, walk past lush meadows and hear the ringing of cowbells. In a beautiful up and down you hike through the beautiful landscape and just let yourself go - absolute hiking pleasure!In Eglofs, your destination, you can enjoy a piece of homemade cake at the end of the hike in the village café before you look for accommodation for the night. The selection in town is not very large, so it makes sense to reserve a room in advance.
On the 16th stage of the hiking trilogy, the meadow goers meet the water runners. The two long-distance hiking trails run on the same route to Marktoberdorf. Today's tour from Eglofs to Isny is a relaxed hike with its twelve kilometers. For example, you have enough time to swim a lap in the healing moor bath in Argenbühl.You walk through the nature reserve Bodenmöser and soon you reach the tranquil town of Isny. The entire old town of the spa is a listed building. The preaching library above the sacristy of the Nikolaikirche, for example, is special. The furnishings and inventory of the library, which was set up in the second half of the 15th century, have been preserved almost true to the original. In Isny you have a good choice of places to stop for refreshments and accommodation.
A very special highlight awaits you on today's stage of the meadow walker and water strider route: the almost 22-kilometer route takes you through the Eisstobel. The water of the Upper Argen falls in several cascades down the valley over a distance of about three kilometers. Rock walls up to 130 meters high rise to the left and right. A wonderfully laid out hiking trail leads through this impressive natural spectacle. Along the way you will always come across great viewpoints and rest areas. You should have a little change ready for the way, adults pay 2.50 euros, children 1 euro.After the gorge you deserve a few meters in altitude when you climb the Iberger Kugel and will be rewarded with a magnificent panorama. Then you hike downhill again and soon reach your destination Bolsternang. Here you have a small selection of inns, but it is best to reserve your accommodation in advance.
The 18th stage of the hiking trilogy will be promising. The almost 26 km long hike from Bolsternang to Ermengerst is quite a challenge with its 900 meters of altitude. But on the way you always come across beautiful rest areas where you can treat yourself to an extensive break. So the hiking pleasure is not neglected.You hike up and down through the Buchenberg forest, whose trees provide you with cool shade on a hot summer day. Along the way you pass one beautiful viewpoint after the other. You can pause for a moment and let your gaze wander over the region and the distant Alps. In Ermengerst, today's stage destination, you more than deserve a cozy retreat. There is only a limited selection of accommodations in the small town, so it's best to find out where you want to stay in advance.
The 19th stage of the hiking trilogy is more relaxed today: the route from Ermengerst to Durach is just under 15 kilometers long and awaits you with just a few ascents. The hike takes you past Kempten in the Allgäu. In the first part of the tour you can enjoy a view of the city, the surrounding landscape and the Allgäu Alps in the distance from several vantage points.Then you leave the promising heights and then hike on a flat route. You cross the Iller and soon reach your destination in Durach. In the village you have a small selection of accommodations. With the regional train you are also in five minutes in Kempten, where the offer is greater.
On the 20th stage of the hiking trilogy, the refreshing waterway and the mysterious Mythenweg await you. Both themed trails are part of your hike from Durach to Görisried. You leave Durach and walk along the banks of the river of the same name. There are various stations on the waterway, such as a suspension bridge - an entertaining path that is not only fun for children. The Mythenweg continues for a moment: along the route you will learn some exciting stories from the region.It continues through the Dürrerbühl natural forest reserve, where nature can develop without human intervention. The last few kilometers you walk relaxed down through the forest until you reach your stage goal Görisried. In the small town you have a few accommodations to choose from as well as shopping opportunities.
The 21st stage of the hiking trilogy is absolutely fair for both meadow walkers and water runners: you hike the first part of the 20-kilometer route from Görisried to Leuterschach across lush meadows through a hilly, green landscape. Then you will soon meet the Wertach, which you will then follow for the rest of the hike.The tributary of the Lech meanders through the beautiful Allgäu landscape and always offers you nice places to rest on the shore. This way, you can relax along the water until you reach your destination in Leuterschach. In the village you have a small selection of inns for refreshments and overnight stays.
The 22nd stage of the hiking trilogy is also the final stage for all meadow goers. With its almost twelve kilometers in length, it offers a very relaxed end to the long-distance hiking trail that ends in Marktoberdorf. Around half-time you reach the cowshed pond, on whose banks you can treat yourself to an extensive break.You will soon see the first houses in Marktoberdorf in front of you. Then you walk into the city via Kurfürstenallee. The state-recognized resort in the Allgäu Alps is one of the highest cities in Bavaria. Treat yourself to a creamy piece of cake at the end of the stage - or maybe even at the end of the mastered long-distance hike - or enjoy the regional cuisine in an inn. You also have a good selection of accommodation in the city. If your hiking adventure ends here, you can get on the train in Marktoberdorf.