Walking Holidays in Germany
Germany’s landscapes and towns are as diverse as anywhere else in Europe, making it an ideal location for walking holidays. It’s northern lowlands stretch from the Netherlands to Poland, past southern Denmark where it bridges the North and Baltic seas. The magnificent Rhine and Main Rivers, cut through the Central Uplands. To the south, the infamous Danube River runs from the Black Forest, near France & Switzerland, to Munich.
German forests are studded with beech, oak, birch, chestnut, lime, maple and ash trees. They are beautiful places to escape the crowds and walk or hike and relax. Alpine regions are home to wildflowers – orchids, cyclamen, gentians, pulsatilla, alpine roses, edelweiss and buttercups. The south of the country is the more traditional, with many a foaming Stein of wheat beer being consumed in the beer cellars of Munich, and Lederhosen often worn by hikers in the Alpine region of Bavaria.
WHEN TO WALK & CYCLE IN GERMANY
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. 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.
POPULAR WALKING ROUTES IN GERMANY
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 >>
Our Self-Guided Walking Holidays in Germany