Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria

Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria

Start: Oberammergau Finish: Oberammergau

Visiting: Oberammergau, Pulvermoos, Zugspitze, Staffelsee, Neuschwanstein Castle, Kolben - Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace, Neuschwanstein, Munich


Duration: 7 Nights

Physical rating: Leisurely / Moderate

Special diets catered: Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour code: W07OB

Tour operator: Exodus

Group size: 2 - 40

Age range: 8 to 99

Tour operated in: English


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Tour Overview

Better known for its famous Passion Plays, the 'chocolate box' village of Oberammergau is the perfect base for a week of walking. From exhilarating mountain hikes to strolls through valleys and wetland reserves, Oberammergau’s wealth of well sign-posted trails makes it an ideal walking destination. Choose from easier or harder walks each day, and take advantage of the easily accessible local buses and mountain lifts. You can relax on the hotel’s terrace on your return.

Highlights

  • iconFriendly, family-run 3-star hotel with beautiful frescoes and a contemporary restaurant
  • iconWell-signed paths and trails with a choice of walking levels every day
  • iconChairlifts and cable cars leading to panoramic mountain restaurants
  • iconCentre-based walking in one of Germany's most picturesque regions
  • iconFriendly, family-run 3-star hotel with steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzis
  • iconImpressive monasteries, regal palaces, onion-domed churches and pretty frescoed houses

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Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria
Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria

Itinerary

icon Day 1 : Start Oberammergau

Location: Oberammergau

Meals: Dinner

A transfer (90 mins) is provided from Munich airport to your hotel in
Oberammergau (subject to a minimum of 2 people booked on a departure in
total).

icon Day 2 : Explore Ammer Valley villages; walk to Pulvermoos Wildlife Sanctuary

Location: Pulvermoos

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A perfect introduction to your walking week starts with a short (15 mins)
ride on the little red train to Bad Kohlgrub. From here, you walk through the
rolling Ammer Valley's string of sleepy farming villages. Unterammergau, in
particular, has a splendid Rococo church. Then walk across to the Pulvermoos,
a wildlife sanctuary and habitat for 60 bird species including Corncrake,
Dipper, Whinchat and Snipe.

2 options: walking time 2.5hr, distance 9km/5.5km or walking time 4hr,
distance 16km/10mi.

icon Day 3 : Cable car up Laber; walk down to Ettal village with its Benedictine monastery

Location: Zugspitze

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Start with a cable car ride to the top of the Laber (1685m) for panoramic
views of Germany's highest mountain - Zugspitze (2962m) - and the Austrian
Alps beyond. You then wind your way down through cool pine forests to the
village of Ettal. After lunch, visit the amazing 14th Century former
Benedictine monastery, an outstanding example of Bavarian Baroque
architecture. Return on an easy path along the pretty valley, passing the
Barenhohle cave where there's a figure of the resurrected Christ. Walking
time 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time 4.5hr, distance 14km/8.5mi.

2 options: walking time 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time 4.5hr,
distance 14km/8.5mi.

icon Day 4 : Follow the shore of Staffelsee; afternoon optional boat cruise

Location: Staffelsee

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Staffelsee is one of the larger of the many picturesque blue lakes dotted
around this part of Bavaria. This beautiful stretch of water offers easy
walking along the shoreline with plenty of swimming opportunities. Stop off
in the attractive riverside village of Uffing (the boat landing station is a
fantastic place for lunch and offers magnificent views of the lake backed by
mountains). In the afternoon, either relax in the sun on the panorama deck of
the little lake cruiser (pay locally), passing hidden coves and the lake's 7
islands (one even has its own tiny chapel), or return on foot along the quiet
side of the lake. Walking time 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time
5hr, distance 18km/11mi or walking time 6hr, distance 22km/13.5mi.

3 options: walking time 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time 5hr,
distance 18km/11mi or walking time 6hr, distance 22km/13.5mi.

icon Day 5 : Free day

Location: Neuschwanstein Castle

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

A day off from walking today. Maybe take the local bus to Mad King Ludwig's
fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein with its breathtaking setting on a rocky
outcrop. Or take the funicular to the top of Germany's highest mountain, the
Zugspitze, and discover a 360 degree panorama of endless peaks spanning
Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany. Or, if you prefer to stay closer to
home, spend the afternoon by the Wellenberg outdoor pool, where there is also
a sauna, Jacuzzi and spa.

icon Day 6 : Kolben chairlift; various walks along Sonnenberg Ridge available

Location: Kolben - Oberammergau

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

The Kolben chairlift whisks you up to 1270m, from where there's a choice of
routes up to the spectacular Sonnenberg ridge. Your route down passes a
succession of crashing waterfalls and the reconstructed 19th Century
whetstone mill at Schleifmuhle, followed by a pretty path through the
meadows. Walking time 4hr, distance 13km/8mi or walking time 6hr, distance
17km/10.5mi.

2 options: walking time 4hr, distance 13km/8mi or walking time 6hr, distance
17km/11mi.

icon Day 7 : Walk to Linderhof Palace; return via the Linder Valley

Location: Linderhof Palace

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Today's walk includes an unmissable visit to Schloss Linderhof, the
gloriously over-the-top Rococo palace built by Mad King Ludwig in 1878,
inspired by Louis XIV's chateau in Versailles. There are gorgeous French and
Italianate terraced gardens and a golden fountain which erupts once every
hour with a 30m plume of water. Return to the hotel along a tranquil path
which winds back down the Linder Valley, through the village of Graswang with
its beautifully preserved old farmhouses and pretty 17th century frescoed
church. Walking time 1.5hr, distance 6km/4mi or walking time 3.5hr, distance
13km/8mi.

2 options: walking time 1.5hr, distance 6km/4mi or walking time 3.5hr,
distance 13km/8mi.

icon Day 8 : End Oberammergau

Location: Oberammergau

Meals: Breakfast

The tour itself ends here after breakfast. A transfer back to Munich Airport
is included (subject to a minimum of 2 people booked on a departure in
total).

What's Included

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    Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 passengers traveling

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    All accommodation (see accommodation section)

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    All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners

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    Route directions and maps

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    Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

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    Guest card for free local bus travel and discounts on the cable cards, museums and other local attractions

What's Not Included

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    Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)

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    Visas or vaccinations

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    Solo traveller supplements

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    Travel insurance

Food

All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners are included. Bavarian cooking is hearty and rustic, well-known for its wide variety of wurst (sausages), pretzels (breads), Knodel (dumplings), meat dishes, and of course its world-famous beers. The hotel can cater for vegetarians; please let us know in advance so we can notify the hotel. Before June, some mountain restaurants are open only at weekends.

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Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no specific healt

Do you require a visa for this holiday?

No visa required for British passport holders.

Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

Minimum 8 years people can go on this tour.

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

There are no specific health risks.

Are vaccinations required for this tour?

No visa required for British passport holders.

    Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Yes,Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 passengers traveling

    Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

Reviews

WALKING IN OBERAMMERGAU
A charming and well organised centre full of alpine houses beautifully painted with frescoes , Oberammergau is ideal for walking and other activities. The abundance of well signposted walking and ....more A charming and well organised centre full of alpine houses beautifully painted with frescoes , Oberammergau is ideal for walking and other activities.

The abundance of well signposted walking and cycle paths give a huge variety of options.

Everything looks immaculately tended and cared for.

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WALKING IN OBERAMMERGAU
This trip gives you the opportunity and freedom to set your own itinerary, use your own initiative and have more contact with locals. A delightful destination that may be quieter ....more This trip gives you the opportunity and freedom to set your own itinerary, use your own initiative and have more contact with locals.

A delightful destination that may be quieter than at first supposed.

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Bavaria at its best.
A spectacularly picturesque area with soaring mountains, lush green valleys, forests, lakes and pretty villages. A spectacularly picturesque area with soaring mountains, lush green valleys, forests, lakes and pretty villages.

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