Best hikes in Bavaria – my favourite ones of 2018

As most of you know, I live in Munich which turned out to be the perfect location for day-trips of hiking. Both Austria and the mountains of Bavaria are quite close and the choice of hiking destinations is huge. Therefore many of my hikes this year were in Bavaria instead of Austria, as it is a bit closer. Mainly in the area of Garmisch-Patenkirchen. In this blog post, I want to show you my personal best hikes in Bavaria which I’ve done this year. Of course, this is a very subjective perspective as there are so many places to go to.

Therefore I’ll give you a little insight in how I select my hikes. It is basically very easy and there are mostly two criteria. Number one and the most important one is the view from the top. The view is my motivation and greatest driver to do an exhausting hike. Therefore the view must be extraordinary. And the second criteria is the distance: the longer the drive the shorter the night of sleep. Therefore I prefer destinations which are close to Munich.


Best hikes in Bavaria: Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Lake Eibsee is my favourite lake in the world. Therefore it must be on my list of the best hikes in Bavaria. This is not a big hike, but more a round tour around the lake. But I promise it is so worth it, every time of the year.

The special thing about this lake are the little islands in the lake, and the super clear turquoise water. In summer you can swim and in winter it is a huge winter wonderland.

Some impressions from summer:

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

And some from winter:

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Lake Eibsee

Summary of the hike

Distance: approx. 7 kilometres
Difference in Altitude: approx. 50 meters; very easy
Duration: 2 hours
Parking: Am Eibsee 1, D-82491 Grainau

Description of the hike

From the parking, you can go either on the right or the left around the lake. Whatever your preference is. You can read my article about the best picture spots at Eibsee, in order to choose your direction in case you are not planning do walk around the whole lake. If you don’t want to do the whole walk, I recommend to go from the parking to the right and follow the path in the North direction. After leaving the parking, you pass the Hotel Eibsee and the actual path which leads around the lake will start. On this side of the lake are most of the islands.

How to get to Lake Plansee

The only way to get there is by car. Drive to Hotel Eibsee and use the public parking (Am Eibsee 1, D-82491 Grainau).


Best hikes in Bavaria: Mount Wank

HAHAHA yeah, we all laughed about the name of this mountain. Well, the truth is, in German the word Wank is an old Bavarian word for „hillside“, so nothing kinky at all 😉

Mount Wank is a very typical hike in the area of Garmisch-Patenkirchen and the first hike of my list of the best hikes in Bavaria without a lake 😉 But this view at the town Garmisch-Patenkrichen and the Wetternstein mountains really deserves being on the list, right?

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

The hike was actually quite exhausting for us. Because it is quite steep and in summer really hot because there is no shadow during most of the hike. What I especially like about this hike is the mountain pasture area on top. It is spacious, there is some sun deck, some sun loungers, two restaurants to choose from. But don’t get me wrong it is not super busy up there (at least not when we were there).

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

And for the lazy ones: a cable car to go down.

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

Summary of the hike

Distance: approx. 7 kilometres
Difference in Altitude: 950 meters
Duration: 6 hours
Parking: Wankbahnstraße, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Description of the hike

From the parking, you have to pass the high ropes course and then turn right and always follow the signs „Wank“. Always follow this path which is partly quite steep till you reach the sign „Sonnaweg“. Follow this path all the way to the top.

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

If you do the hike in summer, make sure to bring a lot of water and a cover for your head because the whole way is quite sunny. When arriving at the top you can choose between two restaurants, Sonnenalm or Wankhaus. We ate at Sonnenalm which I can recommend.

And if you are lucky and it is a clear day you can even see the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. The peak area invites to chill in the sun loungers and enjoy the view, so bring some time to stay up there. It is very pleasant and not too windy and the perfect reward for an exhausting hike.

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Mount Wank

For the way down you can take the cable car or take another (easier) walk down. Always follow the signs to „Esterbergalm“ on the other side of the peak. At one point the sign changes and you have to follow „Partenkirchen über Estermahd, Esterbergalm“. And you will arrive back at your car.

How to get to Mount Wank

The easiest way to get to the starting point of this hike is by car. However, it is possible by public transportation: You can take the regional train to Garmisch-Patenkirchen. From there it is 2.7 kilometres to the starting point of the hike – a good warm-up 😉

Further information and a detailed description of the hike

See my more detailed blog post about the whole hike: http://ready-steady-travel.com/hike-to-mount-wank/
Or get some description of the route here:
https://www.bergtour-online.de/bergtouren/bergwanderungen/leicht/wanderung-wank/ (German)


Best hikes in Bavaria: Tegernseer Hütte

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Tegernseer Hütte

The location of this hut is unique and very spectacular. And therefore this hike made it to my personal best hikes in Bavaria. This hike is the closest to Munich and can easily be reached by public transportation. The hike itself is diversified and your eyes won’t get bored. And I didn’t even mention the view from the top. The hut which you saw on the picture above is located on a ridge between the two peaks of Roßstein (1698m) and Buchstein (1701m)

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Tegernseer Hütte

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Tegernseer Hütte

Summary of the hike

Difference in Altitude: 800 meters
Duration: 5 hours
Parking: Bayerwald 8, 83708 Kreuth

Description of the hike

In the back of the parking lot starts the path next to a little stream, always follow the signs to „Tegernseer Hütte“ and „Roßstein“. The path leads through a forest at first and then directly goes steeply up. After around 1.5 house you can already see the spectacular hut and you can decide if you take the climbing option, then stick to the right, or the easier option on a normal path, then stick to the left. People tend not to use a via ferrata set at the climbing option, which makes you climb up to the peak of Roßstein mountain, but if you are not an experienced climber, I would recommend to take your via ferrata or choose the climbing option. We chose option 2 (stick to the left), which represents a gently inclined way and leads a bit around the peak and doesn’t require any climbing.

At the peak, you should, of course, have at least a drink at the hut and enjoy its excellent location. After you can go further to the summit cross and you will be rewarded with another amazing view of the mountains.

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - Tegernseer Hütte

How to get to Tegernseer Hütte

The easiest way is driving by car directly to the parking lot where we started the hike: Bayerwald 8, 83708 Kreuth

But public transportation is an option. Take the regional train to Kreuth, Bayerwald and start your hike from there. The starting point it just 300 meters further down the street.

Further information and detailed description of the hike

https://www.bergtour-online.de/bergtouren/bergwanderungen/mittel/wanderung-tegernseer-hutte-ross-buchstein/ (German)

https://www.outdooractive.com/en/hiking-trail/tegernsee-schliersee/tegernsee-huette-loop/109837780/ (English)


Best hikes in Bavaria: Kings’s lake

After mentioning two classical Bavarian hikes (Mount Wank & Tegernseer Hütte) I have another special hike for you on my list of the best hikes in Bavaria – actually my highlight this summer – and it is this spectacular natural pool at Lake Königssee:

This pool is formed naturally and is part of a huge waterfall which runs into a very famous and touristic lake, Lake Königssee or Kings lake. Nevertheless, this hike is not touristy at all because it is also an unofficial one.

I wrote a whole blog post about it, so just go click on the following link for all details including description of the way and a warning: http://ready-steady-travel.com/how-to-get-to-the-natural-pool-at-konigssee/


Best hikes in Bavaria: Zugspitze

Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany (2962 meters) and it is not an extraordinary beautiful hike, but a very challenging one, and very diversified. I especially liked this hike because it was my first hike of more days and felt kind of like a big adventure, to carry all the stuff you need for the night and so on. What I especially loved was the view from the top. Because you can see my favourite lake of the world, Lake Eibsee, from above, which is breathtaking.

Summary of the hike

Distance: 21 kilometres
Difference in Altitude: 2270 meters
Duration: 13 hours in 2 – 3 days
Parking: Karl-und Martin-Neuner-Platz, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Description of the hike

Find a detailed description of the hike to Zugspitze in my full guide: http://ready-steady-travel.com/hike-zugspitze-all-you-need-to-know/

And some first impressions here:

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

Look at these views, the 2 days of sweating were totally worth it:

Best hikes in Bavaria, Germany - hike Zugspitze

I would say it deserves a spot on the list of my personal best hikes in Bavaria, what do you say?

How to get there

Start of the tour is at the Olympic Ski Jump stadium in Garmisch-Patenkirchen (address: Karl-und Martin-Neuner-Platz, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen). The best way is to come here by car. But public transportation is an option if you don’t have a car (see my blog post about it). 

Further information and detailed description of the hike

https://www.auf-die-zugspitze-wandern.info/tour-1-durch-die-partnachklamm-und-das-reintal/ (German)
https://www.theoutbound.com/germany/hiking/hike-zugspitze-via-reintal (English)

Do you want to know more about our experiences during the 2 days hike to Zugspitze? Let me know in the comments and I will publish a blog post about it.

I hope you liked my list of the best hikes in Bavaria? Don’t forget to go outside sometimes and enjoy the beauty of nature, ok?
And also don’t forget: Never stop exploring!


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