Panoramic Bavarian Alpine Walk: Self-Guided

Idyllic, mystic and singular the blue-green lake Konigssee is imbedded into grand mountain scenery. The mountains are very high, but there are beautiful crosses to the next valleys. To see the sun rising over the steep rocks of the Stony Sea is really worth the effort. Alpine pastures are on the edges of the mountains and you will walk from mountain hut to mountain hut with exciting views to the Alps and glaciers. Some of you may know the city of Berchtesgaden where you find the “eagles nest”, and also a very interesting information center about the sad time and history of “Obersalzberg – Hitler’s Mountain Resort”.

Daily Itinerary

Day 1 – Individual arrival at Berchtesgaden/Schönau
You can take the train from Munich or Salzburg to the Berchtesgaden train station. From there you can take a taxi to the starting hotel. Arrive at your leisure!

Day 2 – National Park of Berchtesgaden – Seisenberg Gorge – Village of Weißbach
Your guide will meet you in the morning of the starting hotel to welcome you and introduce the tour. Then we will transfer to the entrance of the national park of Berchtesgaden where the walking portion starts for the day. A beautiful trail leads you up to the former miners hut and on over an alpine pasture down to the Saalach Valley. Along the way you will pass the impressive Seisenberg gorge. You will also visit the nice village of Weißbach.
• 11.5 miles (18.5 km) to walk and approx. 5.5 hours walking time, +550 meters -500 meters

Day 3 – Grass Mountains to the Mountain Village of Dienten
We’ll start the day with a transfer to the edge of the Grass Mountain where you will start your tour up to the alpine pastures. Today there is also the possibility to walk up to a small summit with a wonderful view of the Alps and glaciers and perhaps of the lake “Zellersee”. Passing mountain huts you will walk downwards to the mountain village of Dienten.
• 8 miles (12.5 km) to walk and approx. 5 hours walking time, + 930 meters – 750 meters

Day 4 – Dienten – mountain hotel Mühlbach – From hut to hut to the mountain hotel
One of the most beautiful alpine pasture hiking tours in Austria. Walking along the steep walls of the Hochkönig you will trek from mountain hut to mountain hut over alpine pastures. A pastoral idyll as if freshly painted for a picture book.
• 11.5 miles (18.5 km) to walk and approx. 5,5 hours walking time, + 640 meters – 210 meters

Day 5 – Rest day around the mountain hotel in Mühlbach
Take the bus down to the valley or just relax in the hotel. With the local guest card you may use the bus for free!

Day 6 – Mühlbach – Arthurhaus – Werfen – Train to Golling
In the morning we will walk up to the Mitterfeldalm with a splendid view to the summit of the Hochkönig. We will then descend gently down along the old miner’s path to the Salzach valley, where you will see the fantastic fortress of “Hohenwerfen.” It’ s up to you if you would like to walk up the castle hill and see the bird-of-prey flight demonstrations, the collection of weapons, etc. Afterwards we will go by train to Golling.
• 8 miles (13.5 km) to walk and approx. 4.5 hours walking time, + 120 meters – 950 meters

Day 7 – From Salzburg to Bavaria: The Frontier Trail
Today we will walk up to the peak of the Jenner with a panoramic view of the whole tour. A beautiful trail leads you through the former arch bishop hunting valley to the “wall”. Steep stone walls left, right and in front of you. You may not see the trail at first but it’s going up and up to the alpine pastures and to the frontier of Austria and Germany. Again incredible scenery and a very comfortable ride down into the valley by cable car. When you look right, who will see the “eagles nest”?
• 9 miles (15 km) to walk and approx. 6.5 hours walking time, + 1320 meters – 90 meters

Day 8 – Individual departure or extended stay on the lake Königssee

Getting There

You can take the train from Munich or Salzburg to the Berchtesgaden train station. From there you can take a taxi to the starting hotel.

Meals

5 three-course dinners and 7 breakfasts are included. Lunches are on your own.

Prices and Dates

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Tour Length

8 days/7 nights

Included
      – 7 nights of lodging in charming 3-star hotels and guest houses with private facilities
      – 5 three-course dinners and 7 breakfasts
      – Luggage transfer
      – Transfer Schonau – Ramsau, Weiflbach – Hintermoos
      – Train Werfen – Golling
      – Cable car fare on Mount Jenner
      – Route book
    – All taxes and gratuities for the hotel and restaurant portions of the tour
Level of Difficulty

This tour is rated moderate to difficult; there are steep inclines and declines. Demanding walking days consist of 3 to 6 hours of walking. You are crossing from valley to valley by using former salt trails or walking over beautiful alpine pastures. Your trails are running close to the edge of the mountain walls and you will have spectacular views. You will walk in low alpine areas and a good fitness and equipment is expected. There are public busses (going around the mountains) and you may use them to go to the next hotel (on rainy days). Well fitting, supportive, “broken in” hiking boots are very strongly recommended for this tour. Walking sticks are also recommended.

Excluded

– Air fare
– Alcoholic and bar beverages
– Lunches
– Two dinners
– Transportation other than scheduled VGT transfers

Weather

Austria has a land climate. Average High and Low Temperatures in Salzburg: April: 58/39, May: 68/47, June: 72/53, July: 76 / 56, August 76 / 56, September: 68/50, October: 59/42. Average rainfall is about 8 days per month, with less rain in the spring, and more in the summer and early fall.

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