Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria

Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria

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Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria

8 Days Starting and ending in Oberammergau

Visiting: Oberammergau, Pulvermaar, Zugspitze, Murnau am Staffelsee, Neuschwanstein castle, Kolben - Oberammergau, Linderhof Palace

Tour operator:

Exodus

Tour code:

W07OB

Group Type:

Independent

Guide Type:

Self Guided

Physical rating:

Leisurely / Moderate

Age range:

8 to 99

Special diets catered:

Please inform Exodus of specific dietary requirements

Tour operated in:
English
Interests:

Cultural, Photography

Activities:

Trekking, Walking

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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

  • Friendly, family-run 3-star hotel with steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzis

  • Well-signed paths and trails with a choice of walking levels every day

  • Impressive monasteries, regal palaces, onion-domed churches and pretty frescoed houses

  • Chairlifts and cable cars leading to panoramic mountain restaurants

  • Centre-based walking in one of Germany's most picturesque regions

  • Friendly, family-run 3-star hotel with beautiful frescoes and a contemporary restaurant

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Start Oberammergau
Location: Oberammergau
Meals Included: 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).

Day 2 : Explore Ammer Valley Villages; Walk To Pulvermoos Wildlife Sanctuary
Location: Pulvermaar
Meals Included: 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.

Day 3 : Cable Car Up Laber; Walk Down To Ettal Village With Its Benedictine Monastery
Location: Zugspitze
Meals Included: 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.

Day 4 : Follow The Shore Of Staffelsee; Afternoon Optional Boat Cruise
Location: Murnau am Staffelsee
Meals Included: 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.

Day 5 : Free Day
Location: Neuschwanstein castle
Meals Included: 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.

Day 6 : Kolben Chairlift; Various Walks Along Sonnenberg Ridge Available
Location: Kolben - Oberammergau
Meals Included: 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.

Day 7 : Walk To Linderhof Palace; Return Via The Linder Valley
Location: Linderhof Palace
Meals Included: 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.

Day 8 : End Oberammergau
Location: Oberammergau
Meals Included: 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

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

  • All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners

  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)

  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)

  • Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 passengers traveling

  • Route directions and maps

What's Not Included

  • Travel insurance

  • Visas or vaccinations

  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)

  • Solo traveller supplements

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.

Accommodation

The Hotel Alte Post is a family run hotel located within the heart of Oberammergau's town centre. Dating back to 1612, it is one of the oldest inns in the town and has been run by the Preisinger family since the end of the 1900s. It is a traditional Bavarian style building, with white washed walls and beautiful frescoes painted on its outside walls.

The rooms are ensuite, comfortable and of a good size and most rooms come with views onto the village. The hotel's dining areas are rustic yet cosy, with wooden pannelled walls and even an old tiled stove, whilst the newly renovated Kofel Blick café is stunningly modern with a nod to its traditional past. The hotel's terrace is also perfect for dining, whilst watching the goings on in the village square and admiring the view of the Kofel mountain.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

Check out our Q&As

  • 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

  • What happens if I need to change my holiday date once I’ve booked?

    If you wish to make any changes to your booking, particularly if you need to alter any flights booked through us, please let us know as soon as possible. There is a booking or flight amendment fee of £40 per change and flight amendments often incur extra airline costs depending on the changes to be made and if the ticket has been issued or not.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Exodus has been trading since 1974

  • What documents will I receive before I travel?

    Your final joining instructions and flight details, if booked with us, will then be sent out 2 to 3 weeks before departure. If you would like a hard copy posted, or if you require these any earlier, please contact the customer operations team. We advise that if you are booking connecting travel before receiving these, please ensure you leave plenty of time.

  • Do you operate a “single share” option and how does it work?

    Travellers are welcome to opt to share a room with a tour member of the same gender for no additional charge. If you'd like your own room, we can request a single supplement so that you will have your own room throughout.

  • Can I join the tour once it has departed?

    You are welcome to meet the group after the tour has departed however there is no reduction in rate for joining a tour after the departure date.

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

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 cycle paths give a huge variety of options. Everything looks immaculately tended and cared for.

Bavaria at its best.

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

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 than at first supposed.

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    Exodus requires a minimum deposit of 25% or the full booking value, whichever is less, with the final balance not due until 90 days before departure.

  • Cancellation Policy

    We don't charge a cancellation fee, here is a summary of exodus charges.

    Up to 42 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of deposit.

    At 20 days before tour starts: Forfeit 100% of booking price.

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