Group Tour Operator and DMC for the Bavaria, Germany
Walking and Wandering in Bavaria
Embark on hikes around beautiful Bavaria where pristine scenery and incredible views await
Walking here is simply wonderful, with charming little villages nestled in verdant countryside. The village of Oberammergau is the perfect base for a walking holiday. There’s a whole host of walks starting right on your doorstep. Take cable cars up the surrounding mountains for spectacular views and then follow the forested mountain paths to neighbouring villages.Read More
Oberammergau; Your base & home to the most famous Passion Play in the world
When we’re not out and about exploring the Bavarian landscape, be sure to explore the town of Oberammergau. For centuries, the German village Oberammergau has staged its depiction of the betrayal and suffering of Jesus Christ. Revisited and refined every ten years, the passion play has grown into a must-see event. Perhaps, see the town on a walking tour and learn about this grand tradition and take a backstage tour of where the play is held.
Rural Bavaria; Quaint Villages and Sublime Nature Parks
Wander through areas of Spruce and Fir and stumble upon crosses and shines, isolated except for nature. Furthermore, explore the Ammergau Nature Parks, where you have the chance to see many different species of native animals. Birdsong will accompany your walks and there are also plenty of opportunities for birdwatchers. There’s an unbelievable range of interested walks to undertake, accommodating a range of levels. Mountain inns and village restaurants make for wonderful rest stops during your walks. They’re full of character and local heritage – a taste of rural Bavaria.
Explore more of the region with visits to the nearby palaces and castles
Kind Ludwig II may have been mad, but he created some spectacular buildings. We recommend a day combining Linderhof Palace with a valley walk. Neuschwanstein Castle, the region’s most recognisable castle, is well worth a visit. Füssen, the town by the castles, is a beautiful little place and has plenty of opportunities for a great traditional meal. Additionally, you can pop to Munich to discover Bavaria’s capital. Known for its beer and hearty cuisine, Munich is also bursting with history. Explore the city’s past in its wonderful old churches and traditional beer halls.
Discover more of Bavaria and wander through this awe-inspiring countryside.
Dates throughout 2021
Arrive in Germany and travel to Oberammergau. This charming village, nestled in the lush Bavarian countryside, is famous for its painted houses and its wood sculptures.
Laber Mountain Cable Car
This morning, take the cable car from Oberammergau, up to the top of the Laber Mountain (payable locally). There, you will be treated to magnificent panoramic views. From the station at the top, follow the path to Ettaler Manndl. This impressive rock formation is crowned with a cross. Experienced climbers can use the chains to ascend, or less experienced hikers can avoid this challenging part of the route by taking the path around the Ettaler Manndl.
From here, you can either proceed along the descending path to lake Soila. Follow a forest path and eventually you’ll loop back into Oberammergau where you can spend the afternoon at leisure, getting to know this lovely village (approx 3.5 hrs). Alternately, you can retrace your steps slightly and rejoin the path to Ettal. The path winds through pine forests to this village, featuring a Benedictine Monastery. Stop for lunch in the village, perhaps visit the monastery, then head back to Oberammergau through the valley (approx 4.5 hours).
Today, explore the only one of mad King Ludwig’s palaces to have been completed! Travel by bus or, if you prefer we can arrange a transfer, to this beautiful palace. Although the smallest of his palaces, it is ostentatious and boasts spectacular chandelier-filled rooms. Take a guided tour to see the opulent furnishing of the rooms, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Peacock Throne and an artificial grotto with a wave-making machine.
When you’ve finished exploring the palace gardens, walk through the Castle Park following signs for the ‘Kohlbachweg’ and the village of ‘Graswang’. The path descends through forests, past a small fish pond and Graswang. Walking alongside a lively creek, you will reach Weidmoos, a nature reserve. During the latter part of the walk, follow the river Ammer back into Oberammergau.
Pürschling Mountain and Grind Mill Gorge
Begin today flying over the beautiful Bavarian landscape. The Kolben chair lift will whisk you up over Oberammergau (payable locally). At the top, having taken some time to admire the view, follow the signs for ‘Pürschling-Mountain’. This road is initially fairly even, until after a couple of kilometres it becomes steep. After just over a kilometre of steep terrain, you’ll reach the August-Schuster Haus where you can stop for refreshments.
You then descend through forests as you approach the Schliefmühl Gorge (Grind Mill Gorge). First, you’ll pass St Joseph’s Chapel which is decorated with frescos and then you’ll pass a succession of waterfalls. You will also come across the former workplaces of the whetstone makers of the region – the grinding mills. The inhabitants of Unterammergau mined in the mountains for these stones, used until the last century to sharpen blades such as knives and scythes. It’s a gentle walk from Unterammergau back to Oberammergau. Alternately, use the local bus to return.
Incredible Castles or Munich Day Trip
Have a day off from walking to day to discover some of the area’s other highlights. Perhaps head to Füssen to visit the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle. This fairytale castle, the inspiration for Disney’s sleeping beauty castle, sits at the top of a hill on a rocky outcrop overlooking beautiful scenery.
Alternately, we can arrange an excursion to Munich, the capital of Bavaria. The city has a compact centre full of cobbled streets, beautiful buildings and historical significance. Perhaps begin your visit with a walking tour to learn more about the beautiful buildings around you.
Old Men’s Path and Hörnle Alm
From Oberammergau, walk along the Altherrenweg (Old Men’s Path) as you move on towards the Romanshöhe. This path offers fantastic views over Oberammergau and the surrounding area. The route rises gently along the meadow slopes and becomes steeper as it leads up to our first summit – the Stierkopf at 1535 metres. Continue on to your second summit, the nearby Hinteres Hörnle. This mountain is renowned for its fantastic 360-degree panoramic views, which reach as far as the Alpine foothills and Munich to the North. Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze, is clearly visible to the South. Descend through attractive mountain forest towards Unterammergau. The oldest church in the Ammer Valley, the Kappel, lies on your route and is well worth a visit before proceeding back to Oberammergau via the Pulvermoos nature reserve.
The time has come to leave beautiful Bavaria and begin your homeward journey.
Suggested hotel – inspected by Greatdays staff in November 2017
Hotel Wittelsbach, Oberammergau ***
The traditional family run hotel is located in the centre of the charming town of Oberammergau and only 6 minutes’ walk from the train station. It offers comfortable accommodation with modern rooms and a cosy atmosphere. The hotel’s restaurant offers a choice of Bavarian specialities and international favourites. Public coach parking nearby.
|9 days in Oberammergau|
|2021 dates||Prices available on request|