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Excursions in Bavaria: 10 of the most beautiful hiking trails

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Do you live in Bavaria? Or are you in Bavaria? Bavaria offers a lot of trails for beginner and advanced hikers! It’s so easy to just escape the stress of everyday life. Below are 10 of the most beautiful hiking trails along mountains and valleys in Bavaria with breathtaking views.

Spectacular views of high peaks in the Alps, the smell of alpine herbs in your nose and an idyllic landscape with lakes, cow pastures and rustic alpine huts – the hiking trails in Bavaria offer all of this. Each region has its own charm.

If you are looking for relaxation in nature, there are over 40,000 kilometers of hiking trails waiting to be discovered by you. We present ten of the most beautiful hiking trails that are good for hiking in Bavaria. Below are 10 beautiful hiking rails in Bavaria that are ideal for beginners as well:

1. Hiking on the Goldsteig

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The Goldsteig long-distance hiking trail is one of the better-known routes for hikers. It begins in the Upper Palatinate Forest, more precisely in Marktredwitz, and ends after more than 600 kilometers in Passau. The Goldsteig is therefore divided into 37 stages. A particularly beautiful stage is part six of the route that begins in Leuchtenberg. It leads you along a length of 22 kilometers along a multitude of historical and adventurous castles and picturesque fields.

At the end of the hike you stand on a hill in the Bavarian Forest and can reward yourself with a breathtaking panoramic view.

2. Altmühltal-Panoramaweg: ideal for a day trip

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The Altmühltal-Panoramaweg leads you for a total of 200 kilometers through the nature park of the same name in Bavaria. It does what it promises: a picturesque panoramic view. In addition, you can discover the most beautiful corners of the hiking trail in just one day, because stage three, with a length of 15 kilometers, is perfect for a day trip.

It starts in the Treuchtlingen district of Dietfurt. From there you hike up a steep forest path and finally downhill again in the direction of Pappenheim. Then follows an idyllic hiking trail along the Altmühl.

3. Mountain hiking tour on the Heilbronner Höhenweg

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You also have a breathtaking view on the Heilbronner Höhenweg in the Allgäu Alps. Because: It is the highest altitude hiking trail in Germany. The hiking trail is located at an altitude of around 2600 meters in the middle of the Allgäu mountain landscape. The start and finish point on the approximately 18-kilometer route is the Fellhornbahn car park. But there are also variants that take you across the border to Austria.

Since the mountain hike is sometimes very steep, you should be sure-footed, have a head for heights and be in good physical condition. You also need climbing equipment. And above all: experience. If you do not trust yourself to do the inspection on your own, there is also the possibility of taking part in a guided tour – of course as soon as the Corona rules allow it.

4. Jungle path near Volkach: hiking in wild nature

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The jungle path near Volkach in Bavaria lives up to its name: the 10.6 kilometer circular route leads you through almost wild nature. The three-hour tour on the Volkacher Mainschleife is very varied: forest, meadows, adventure, water, shade and sun are all represented on your hike. 

Initially, the path runs through quince groves a little away from the Main. Then the jungle path begins, which not only leads through forest, but also has small sandy beaches on the banks of the Main.

5. Hiking on the Alpsee circular route

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The Alpsee circular route leads around the crystal clear Alpsee in Ostsallgäu. Over a distance of 5.2 kilometers you have a great view of the castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Numerous benches invite you to linger. The starting point is the Museum of the Bavarian Kings. During your two-hour hike you will pass footbridges and small bridges again and again – that makes the route varied.

Afterwards, a small boat trip on the lake is also possible, provided that the boat rental is open. On warm summer days you can also take a swim in the Alpseebad.

6. Hiking in the Berchtesgaden National Park

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You will also find a fairytale alpine landscape in the Berchtesgaden National Park in Bavaria: high mountains, deep valleys and picturesque lakes that you can explore on around 400 kilometers of hiking trails. Probably the most popular hiking destination and the most beautiful photo opportunity is the Königssee.

The Malerwinkel circular route is a comfortable walk for beginners that still offers you an impressive view of the Königssee. With a total length of 5.6 kilometers, you will be on the road for around two hours and 15 minutes. The starting point and destination is the Königssee car park. At the highest point you can see the St. Bartholomä Church about four kilometers away.

7. Hiking trails in the Bavarian Forest National Park

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Founded in October 1970, the Bavarian Forest National Park is Germany’s first national park. On the 24,000 hectare area there are mountain streams, natural spruce forests, high-altitude clearings that were previously used as pastureland, and 300 kilometers of marked hiking trails. There is something for every hiking fan. 

For example, a tour to the Riesloch Falls, the largest waterfalls in the Bavarian Forest, takes around four and a half hours. You cover 15.5 kilometers. However, the route with an ascent of 826 meters is more for advanced skiers. If you want to see the waterfalls, you can park for the hiking tour at the Hotel Waldhaus at Rißlochweg 56 in Bodenmais.

8. Hiking on the Frankenwaldsteig

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“Bavaria’s rich corner” – that’s what the Franconian Forest and Fichtel Mountains are called. No wonder: There is hardly a place in Europe where there are so many different rock formations in such a small area. This is why the 242-kilometer-long, certified circular hiking trail Frankenwaldsteig is on the bucket list of many nature lovers.

On 13 stages, hikers get to see granite with limestone and slate as well as cultural sights such as old village churches and fortifications. You can find out the historical background on boards at 22 of the more than 40 highlights along the way.

9. Danube Forest hiking trail: 60 kilometers, five stages

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The Danube Forest hiking trail is perfect for multi-day tours. The almost 60 kilometer long route between Günzburg and Schwenningen is known as “the flattest premium route in Germany”. Because hikers only overcome 68 vertical meters on the route along the eponymous river. This makes this hiking trail in Bavaria ideal for beginners. 

Classically, five stages lead through Günzburg, Offingen, Gundelfingen, Dillingen, Höchstädt and Schwenningen, all of which can be run in half a day. If you don’t want to hike continuously, you can simply take the train home or to your accommodation – if this is possible during the corona pandemic. Because all stages are connected to the rail network.

10. Hiking on the Burgensteig in the valley of the Schwarzen Laber

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The Schwarze Laber is a 77 kilometer long tributary of the Danube that meanders through bizarre rock formations in Bavaria. Numerous castles are enthroned above the river valley and offer hikers breathtaking views over the region. A multi-day tour is also an option here. The route for the Burgensteig hike in the valley of the Schwarzen Laber takes you around 58 kilometers from Sinzing to Beratzhausen. On some narrow trails you hike to the castle ruins of Niederviehhausen, Laaber and Ehrenfels, among other places. The Ehrenfels castle ruin is located in the middle of the forest and, with its partly moss-covered walls, looks almost magical.

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