Hiking Bavaria and the Tyrolean Alps

Edelweiss, Traditional Villages, and Soaring Peaks

Overview

Gleaming limestone summits, turquoise glacier lakes, and tidy mountain farms nestled in green pastures make Bavaria and the Tyrol a hiker’s paradise. Our journey through this classic mountain realm cuts a swath from charming Garmisch-Partenkirchen, nestled at the foot of the mighty Zugspitze in the heart of Bavaria, to Austria’s historic city of Innsbruck. Our team of Trip Leaders will show you all the best trails, from classics to little-known gems—and we’ve designed the journey so that all the hikes are truly unique, with no two alike! Cable cars provide us with easy access to wonderfully high ridgelines to start each hike, and overnights are in welcoming hotels.

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-3
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany / Hollentalklamm Gorge

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen, superbly situated beneath the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak, we ride a cable car to a high ridge for panoramas across more than 400 of Bavaria’s alpine summits, with a hike back down through wildflower-covered meadows, stopping at chalet-style alms for refreshments along the way. Another trail leads us through the riverside paths of the glacier-carved Hollentalklamm Gorge, with lunch at a lodge tucked below the massive northeast face of the Zugspitze.

Werdenfelserei
Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Days 1 to 3 (3 nights)
Days 4-5
Seefeld, Austria / Heimgarten / Leutasch Valley

After a forest hike up to Hoher Kranzberg, we’ll visit a traditional lakeside beer garden on our descent to Mittenwald, an old market town on the Isar River. Heading into Austria, we hike into Leutasch Klamm, the gorge Napoleon traveled to invade the Tyrol in 1805. The gorge brings us into Austria’s exquisite Leutasch Valley, a bit of a “best-kept secret” with its traditional farms, fresco-painted wooden chalets, and onion-domed church of St. Mary Magdalene, built in 1190 and reconstructed in 1820.

Hotel Klosterbrau
Seefeld, Austria
Days 4 to 5 (2 nights)
Days 6-8
Innsbruck / Wetterstein and Karwendel

In the impressive Wetterstein and Karwendel Mountains, long a haunt for rock climbers, our hike is an exhilarating traverse of a ridge high above Seefeld, with fantastic 360-degree panoramas. Hiking the Zirbenweg (“Eagle’s Walk”) Trail leads us through the oldest stone-pine forest in the Alps to the summit of the Viggarspitze, with incredible views back down into Innsbruck. Depart on Day 8.

Penz Hotel
Innsbruck, Austria
Days 6 to 7 (2 nights)

Highlights

Highlights

Hike into the exquisite Leutasch Klamm Valley, with its traditional farms and authentic Tyrolean culture
Ascend by cable car to start spectacular hikes along airy ridgetops
Choose easy or challenging options on four of our six hiking days
Enjoy trailside lunches and at welcoming mountain farmhouses called “alms”

Details

Length: 8 days
Cost From: $5895  
Arrive: Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany
Depart: Innsbruck, Austria
Lodging: 7 nights hotels
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Hiking / Trekking
Trip Level:

6 hiking days on moderate to steep trails, 4-7 hours a day (depending on option), altitudes between 4,000-8,650 feet, van support, team of up to 3 Trip Leaders

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