Itinerary

9 Day Tour

Day 1

Arrive at Munich airport. Transfer by minibus, taxi or train to our base hotel in Wallgau.

Day 2

Wallgau. Set in spectacular alpine scenery, this picturesque village is a popular holiday destination for walkers of all levels of fitness. Wallgau lies in a broad glaciated valley formed by the River Isar. 2000m peaks rise up on all sides providing a rich variety of interesting day walks. Bathing lakes, waterfalls, narrow gorges and mountain summits are all within reach.

Day 3

Wallgau to Mittenwald: 7 miles (11km). These two villages are linked by the Isar Valley. The route meanders through the foothills, with views to the fertile farmland below. Nearing Mittenwald, the valley narrows at the meeting of two majestic ranges, the Wetterstein and Karwendel Gebirge.

Day 4

Mittenwald. Though one of Bavaria’s premier resorts, Mittenwald retains a tranquil atmosphere. Visitors are attracted by the clear mountain air and the extensive range of hill-walking available in the area. Towering over Mittenwald to the east is the imposing Karwendel west summit, whose sheer wall rises to 2385m. A cable car ride to the top provides dizzy views across the Alps. Other temptations include the Leutasch Gorge and Valley, a beautiful and little-explored tributary of the Isar; two nearby bathing lakes, the Ferchensee and Lautersee; and the excellent violin-making museum.

Day 5

Mittenwald to Garmisch-Partenkirchen: 10 miles (16km). The route skirts the lower slopes of the Wettersteingebirge, alternating between alpine meadows and pine forests, with superb views of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. At either end of the day, a chair lift and gondola are available to shorten the distance and even out the ups and downs.

Day 6

Garmisch-Partenkirchen. An internationally renowned resort, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an amalgamation of two distinct and very different towns. Garmisch, chic and cosmopolitan, contrasts with Partenkirchen’s old world Bavarian charm. Each is appealing, and a day can easily be absorbed exploring the museums, shops and back streets. Again, the main summer activity is walking. Well-marked paths radiate from the town, leading to idyllic lakes and spectacular gorges lying concealed in the surrounding mountains. On a clear day, an excursion to the Zugspitze summit by mountain railway and cable car offers panoramic views of the Alps.

Day 7

Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Grainau: 6 or 8 miles (10 or 13km). Today there’s a choice of two routes. One follows the valley, winding through lush meadows below the magnificent Wettersteins. The trail passes the pretty Riessersee, with views to the Zugspitze reflected in its crystal waters. The other option leaves the valley shortly after passing the Riessersee. Here the Kreuzeck cable car is available to lift you high into the mountains. A well marked path contours around the Waxenstein Mountain, before descending through some of the best scenery the Bavarian Alps has to offer. The route continues through a narrow gorge to Grainau.

Day 8

Grainau. Known as the Zugspitze village, Grainau is a wonderful blend of natural grandeur, enhanced by the legacy of beautiful buildings left by farmers through the ages. Window boxes burst with colour against weathered timber walls, with the sheer face of the Zugspitze rearing behind. Nearby are two picturesque lakes: the Badersee and the Eibsee. The former is emerald green and has a statue of a mermaid hidden in its depths. The latter nestles high above Grainau and makes an excellent focus for a day out walking. Grainau is also a stop on the Zugspitze train and offers another opportunity to enjoy the spectacular views from the top of Germany’s highest mountain.

Day 9 

We say “Auf Wiedersehen” before transferring you direct from Grainau to Munich airport by train or minibus.

One Night Or Two?

Most of our holidays are available in two formats: BSpoke Original (two-night stays at each hotel, moving on alternate days), and BSpoke One Night Stops (two nights in your first hotel, followed by just one night in each subsequent hotel, for those who want to cycle a distance every day).

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