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Van Gogh Tours - Bavaria walking tour - Austria and Germany

Bavarian Alpine Walk

From: $1,690 USD

8 Days / 7 Nights
Type: Self-Guided
Level of Difficulty: Moderate to Challenging

Imagine Yourself…

  • Watching the sun rising over the steep rocks of the Stony Sea
  • Trekking through alpine pastures straight from a picture book
  • Taking an old miner’s path to the Salzach valley and its impressive fortress
  • Enjoying hearty Bavarian fare after a long day’s walking

Overview

Van Gogh Tours - Bavarian Alpine Walk Tour - Germany and AustriaIdyllic, mystic, and singular, the blue-green lake Königssee is imbedded into grand mountain scenery. The mountains are very high, but there are beautiful routes across 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’ll 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’ll find the “eagle’s nest,” and also an 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 - 11.5 miles (18.5 km, 5.5 hours) +550 meters, -500 meters

    We will meet you in the morning of the starting hotel to welcome you and outline the tour. Then we’ll transfer to the entrance of the national park of Berchtesgaden where the walking portion will start for the day. A beautiful trail will lead you up to a former miners hut and on over an alpine pasture down to the Saalach Valley. Along the way you’ll visit the nice village of Weißbach and pass the impressive Seisenberg Gorge.

  • DAY 3 – Grass Mountains to Dienten (or Hintermoos)- 8 miles (12.5 km, 5 hours) +930 meters, -750 meters

    We’ll start the day with a transfer to the edge of the Grass Mountain where you’ll start up to the alpine pastures. Today there’s 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 (or Hintermoos).

  • DAY 4 – Dienten/Hintermoos – mountain hotel Mühlbach - From hut to hut to the mountain hotel - 11.5 miles (18.5 km, 5.5 hours) +640 meters, -210 meters

    Today you’ll take one of the most beautiful alpine pasture hiking routes 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.

  • DAY 5 – Rest day around the mountain hotel in Mühlbach

    Take the bus to the valley or just relax in the hotel. Use the bus for free with local guest card!

  • DAY 6 – Mühlbach – Werfen – Train to Golling - 8 miles (13.5 km, 4.5 hours) +120 meters, -950 meters

    In the morning you will take the bus upwards to Arthurhaus, where you start with your walking tour gently down along the old minders path to the Salzach Valley. Here you will see the fantastic fortress of Hohenwerfen. It’s up to you if you would like to walk up the hill and see the bird-of-prey flight demonstrations and the collection of weapons. Afterwards you’ll take the train to Golling.

  • DAY 7 – From Salzburg to Bavaria: The Frontier Trail - 9 miles (15 km, 6.5 hours) +1320 meters, -90 meters

    Today you’ll walk up to the peak of the Jenner with a panoramic view of the whole tour route. A beautiful trail will lead us through the former archbishop hunting valley to the “wall.” There will be steep stone walls to the left, the right, and in front of you. You may not see the trail at first but it goes up and up to the alpine pastures and to the frontier of Austria and Germany. Again, it’s incredible scenery, and a very comfortable ride down into the valley by cable car. When you look right, you may just see the “eagle’s nest.”

  • DAY 8 – Tour Ends

    Your tour ends today. Or have an extended stay at the lake Königssee.

Dates & Prices

Green = Open | Yellow = Limited | Red = Full

Dates

Accommodation

Double

Single

June 14 – Sept 22

3* Hotels

$ 1550

$ 1890

  • Prices are per person in US Dollars
  • Starts any Friday, Saturday and Sunday
  • This tour can be guided upon request
  • What's included

    • 7 nights of lodging in charming 3-star hotels and guest houses with private facilities
    • 7 breakfasts 
    • Luggage transfer
    • Transfer: Schönau – Ramsau
    • Transfer: Weißbach – Hintermoos
    • Train: Werfen – Golling
    • Cable car fare on Mount Jenner
    • Route book
    • 24 hours emergency number
  • Meals

    Included in the tour price you’ll receive daily buffet breakfast. For the buffet breakfasts there’s an assortment of cold meats and cheeses, eggs, bread, jams, cereal, yogurt, fruit, coffee, and tea.

    For lunches you will be in a town so you can find lunch at a restaurant on your own.

    Dinners* will be on your own,  you can choose one of many delicious restaurant options within easy walking distance from our hotel. 

    *Half board (5 dinners) $150 per person on request. 

  • Not included

    • Airfare
    • Alcoholic and bar beverages
    • Tourist Tax (€1.50 – €2 per person will need to be paid upon arrival at each hotel)
    • Lunches and dinners
    • Trip cancellation insurance

Accommodations

The accommodations listed below are examples of those usually used on the tour. Depending on availability, you may be booked in a different accommodation of equal quality.

Hotel Alpenhof Schwaiger

Hotel Alpenhof Schwaiger

  • Mühlbach am Hochkönig
  • Sun terrace with panoramic mountain views
  • Breakfast with regional products

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