Walk your way through the Wettersteins

Posted 13 Mar 2015

Situated along the border of Bavaria and Tyrol in the Eastern Alps, the compact mountain range of the Wettersteins is a popular year-round destination for lovers of the great outdoors. During spring and summer it’s a hotspot for walkers and hikers and, during the winter, skiers and snowboarders flock to the quaint resort villages nestled in valleys across the range.
Our flexible walking tours in the Wettersteins feature up to nine days of wandering through the range, and give you the option to spend a couple of nights in each town or get back on the trail quickly, depending on preference. The BSspoke walking route brings you through some of the region’s loveliest destinations, meandering through Bavarian villages and culminating at the foot of Germany's highest peak, The Zugspitze.

Breathtaking scenery

The path around Waxenstein mountain affords views of some of the most stunning scenery in Bavaria. Over a relatively short distance, you'll gaze at soaring peaks and narrow gorges, fertile farmlands and pine forests, crystal clear bathing lakes and gushing waterfalls. If you choose to spend two nights in each destination you can enjoy rambling off the beaten track to see some of the hidden gems which lie further afield, such as the little-explored Leutasch Gorge and Valley. 
The Wettersteins have an extensive network of cable cars, so even if you haven’t attained your mountaineering qualifications, you can still enjoy the views from some of Germany’s most impressive peaks, including the Zugspitze, its highest mountain. The Western summit of Karwendel, which towers imposingly over Mittenwald, is also accessible by cable car. On a clear day you'll see exhilarating panoramas of the mountain range and a trace of the Isar river snaking into the horizon.

Quaint hamlets and folk culture

Due to its half-timbered houses, lederhosen, bratwurst and beer, Bavaria is often seen by international visitors as the region that offers the most quintessential German experience. Our walking tour through the Wettersteins uses some of the prettiest picture postcard villages as landmarks along the way. Decorating the outsides of the family home with religious iconography and historic paintings is a traditional Bavarian custom, reflecting the region's devout catholic roots.
The charming town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a great place to see examples of this, and it's also home to the Richard Strauss museum which gives travellers an insight into the life of the fascinating German composer. In Mittenwald you'll find higgledy-piggledy streets lined with craft shops, and further of evidence of the rich musical heritage of the region at the town's violin-making museum.

Aromatic Bavarian specialities

There's nothing quite so appealing as a hearty evening meal after a long day's trekking in the pure mountain air. Bavaria is known for its strong culinary traditions, and there are several quaint family-run eateries along the tour where local chefs will be happy to treat you to generous portions of traditional fare in a homely, welcoming setting.
Schnitzel, sauerkraut and bratwurst are a given, but visitors should also sample wiesswuerst: a delicate, melt-in-the-mouth white sausage made from minced veal and seasoned with parsley and lemon. Freshly baked pretzels, cheeses, pickles and slices of cured meat are all components of the traditional breakfast here, giving you more than enough energy to set out on the mountain trail.

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