Walking Holidays in Bavaria
Famous for its fairy-tale castles, picturesque mountains and lively beer halls, Bavaria is an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Our walking holidays in Bavaria focus on the foothills and mountains to the south of Munich, where you can enjoy the King Ludwig Way or cross the Alps on the Trans Tyrol Route. When walking in Bavaria it is plain to see that Germany is proud of its rural heritage. It is a stronghold of the green movement and the country’s wealth has helped it to conserve its beautiful landscape and historic monuments.
Highlights of Walking in Bavaria
Although it can be a bit touristy Fussen makes a great base for visiting the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles, which are a must see when travelling to Bavaria.
- Andechs Monastery
Seen from miles around atop Holy Mountain above the eastern bank of Ammer Lake, Andechs Monastery is the oldest pilgrimage church in Bavaria and is also famous for its brewery, which has been a monastic tradition here since 1455.
- Weis Church
Bavaria’s most beautiful pilgrimage church, built in 1745-54 under the supervision of Dominikus Zimmerman. The name means ‘meadow’ or ‘meadow church’, and the incongruously surrounded by hay meadows.
- Wetterstein Mountains
Home to Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany (2,962 m), the Wetterstein mountain range offers spectacular alpine walking. It is also home to Castle Schachen, King Ludwig II’s mountain cabin.
Best Time of Year to Walk in Bavaria
Germany is a fine destination year-round, but sunny weather is more likely between May and September. Remember that rain is a possibility in any month. In April and May, when flowers and fruit trees are in bloom, it can be mild and sunny. If you would like a taste of the famous Oktoberfest without the crowds late April/early May is a great time to visit and enjoy the Fruhlingsfest (Munich Spring Fest) on the famous Oktoberfest grounds. This family-friendly festival is a great place to meet locals who will often dress in traditional lederhosen (men) and dirndl (women). Between November and early March weather tends to be gloomy and it often drops below freezing. In December there are also only six to eight hours of daylight, with the sun setting around 3:30pm.
Food and Drink in Bavaria
With its staunch rural heritage Bavaria is known for its hearty cuisine and of course its beer! Breakfast usually consists of various breads, cold meats, cheese and pastries; and offers enough energy to get you motivated for a good days walk. Lunches would traditionally be the main meal of the day, which you can enjoy at a gasthof (inn/tavern) or grab a chunky sandwich from a local Bäckerei (Bakery). In more modern times the main meal is eaten in the evening and there is a plethora of choice, from snitzels to schupfnudel (dumplings) and stroganoff to sauerkraut. Pork knuckles are also a specialty and certainly worth trying.
Such hearty food calls for a good helping of beer and Bavaria has a plethora of breweries and styles to choose from. Lagers (‘helles’), bocks, wheat beers ‘wiessbier’, pils and radlers are all worth a try. Bavaria also offers a delicious selection of wines (mostly whites) that are grown locally in the Franconia region, in the north near Bamberg.
POPULAR WALKING ROUTES IN Bavaria
Our two self-guided walking holidays in Germany focus on the rural and rugged state of Bavaria, where the plains south of Munich give way to the gentle rolling hills that increase in size as we hike towards the higher rocky mountains that mark the start of the Alps. Two of the most popular long distance walking routes in Bavaria include the King Ludwig Way and the Trans Tyrol route.
King Ludwig Way
Our King Ludwig’s Way walking holiday takes in two of Bavaria's most scenic lakes and through charming villages of geranium-bedecked chalets and characteristic onion-shaped church spires. There are masterpieces of baroque architecture, monasteries churches and a cathedral, to be seen on the way and not forgetting King Ludwig's extraordinary castles at the end. Find out more about walking the King Ludwig Way >>
Trans Tyrol Route
The Trans Tyrol Route is a challenging walking holiday that takes you through the breathtaking scenery of the Wetterstein and Karwendal mountain ranges as you walk from Garmisch to Innsbruck. Find out more about walking the Trans Tyrol Route >>
Getting There and Away
Munich, Bavaria’s capital is well served by international airlines and domestic/international trains. From Munich there are frequent rail connections for Strarnberg (1.5 hours), Garmisch (1.5 hours) and Fussen (2 hours).
For more information on visiting Bavaria we have put together a blog article 'Walking the King Ludwig Way' written by one of our guides, Will Copestake. Visit our blog >>
Our Self-Guided Walking Holidays in Bavaria