Allgäu offers rugged mountains and lush mountain pastures from the main Alpine ridge to the foothills of the Alps with pretty villages and towns, with magnificent monasteries, baroque churches and castles.
Colorful flowers dot the alpine meadows in a symphony of colors in spring. Cows graze up to an altitude of 2000m. The Viehscheid, the drive from the ›Alps‹, is celebrated in a big way at the end of September.
Why are the Allgäe so popular with tourists?
The Upper Swabian region attracts holidaymakers with hiking trails, panoramic peaks and famous health resorts such as Oberstdorf, which also offers cycling and hiking trails, ski areas on the Nebelhorn and opportunities for winter hiking.
Everywhere in the Allgäu, active vacationers can realize themselves thanks to high ropes courses, via ferrata, bike parks and numerous ski areas. Families with children look forward to the rides in the Allgäu Skyline Park * with its rides and the year-round toboggan runs in the Alpsee mountains. Those who want to swim, row or surf can stay at the Großer Alpsee or move on to the Hopfensee and Forggensee.
Architectural highlights of the Allgäu are the royal castles, Hohenschwangau, the childhood residence of Ludwig II, and Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle he designed himself as a young king. Füssen, the city on the Lech, presents Ludwig as a musical in the modern festival hall, but also offers older highlights such as the High Castle and the baroque Sankt Mang monastery.
The 10 popular sights in the Allgäu
1. St. Jodokus, Bad Hindelang
The little church of St. Jodokus contains a Gothic carved altar (1519) by Jörg Lederer and on the left in a chapel niche a picture of Mary (1493) by Hans Holbein the Elder.
The municipality of Wolfegg is a climatic health resort and is located directly on the Upper Swabian Baroque Road. The renaissance castle of those von Waldburg zu Wolfegg and Waldsee rises impressively above the beautiful village.
3. Sebastian Kneipp Museum, Bad Wörishofen
The Sebastian Kneipp Museum in the east wing of the Dominican convent provides detailed information about the life and work of the now world-famous clergyman, who developed other natural healing methods beyond the teaching of healing water applications.
The museum shows around 2000 objects in the exhibition, including clothing, personal Kneipp items, furniture and books. In the garden there is a Kneipp facility with a water basin, which lets you experience the Kneipp teachings first hand: a facial or knee bath or a cold arm bath increase vitality!
The exhibition also provides information about the city history of Wörishofen and the history of the monastery.
4. Immenstadt im Allgäu, Immenstadt
The spruced-up little town advertises with an ideal location: the mountains not far, Kempten with a rich cultural offer around the corner and the Alpsee in front of the door.
Marienplatz is characterized by the town hall adorned with bay windows, the former count’s office building (17th century) and the city palace. The center of the square is marked by the Marian column (18th century).
The bronze figures at the fountain – shepherd boy, stocking shaper, carpenter and weaver – date from 1988. The Hofmühle local history museum spans the ages from the Middle Ages to the computer age. The Capuchin Monastery Church of St. Josef (17th century) in the city park surprises with its light-flooded interior in red, gold and emerald green.
5. Isny im Allgäu, Isny
The smallest of the Upper Swabian imperial cities achieved considerable prosperity in the Middle Ages as a center of linen weaving and the linen trade. Today Isny has made a name for itself as a climatic health resort. The city wall and the alleys with the cloth house, water gate tower, blower tower and hospital for the Holy Spirit date from the Middle Ages.
The Catholic parish church of St. Georg, with its cheerful stucco work and colorful frescoes, is considered the rococo pearl of the Western Allgäu.
6. Breitachklamm, Tiefenbach / Oberstdorf
Around 300,000 visitors cross the Breitachklamm every year on secured footbridges. Vertical cliffs limit the up to 90 m deep gorge with its wild whirlpool holes and thundering rapids.
From the gorge parking lot near Tiefenbach it goes to the upper end of the gorge, then descends via Dornach and Stuhlalpe back to the parking lot. The circular route (approx. 1.5 hours) offers ice magic in winter when it is frosty.
7. Wangen in the Allgäu
Towers and archways, narrow streets and picturesque squares, colorful house facades and ornate gables – the old town of Wangen is shaped by the Middle Ages. The center is the market square, to which the town hall, which is essentially Gothic, shows its baroque facade with volute gable. Many artfully forged guild signs and pub signs stand out in the old streets.
There are fountains everywhere, old stone ones, younger cast iron ones and, since the 1980s, funny figure fountains. Be careful when you come to the Six printed Allgäuers: the masked figure spits water at intervals.
8. Neuschwanstein Castle, Neuschwanstein
The fairytale castle with playful turrets and battlements stands in a breathtaking location above the Alpsee. It fits perfectly into the wooded hills and offers a wonderful view of the Tannheim mountains. The interior with the richly decorated throne and singers’ hall can only be visited with a guided tour (30 min., Time-bound tickets, also online). The journey by horse-drawn carriage from the ticket center is in proper style.
The castle is particularly photogenic from the circular hiking trail (2 hours) around the Alpsee.
9. Alpsee, Hohenschwangau
Neuschwanstein Castle is particularly photogenic from the shores of the Alpsee. A shady circular hiking trail (2 hours) leads around the lake, which branches off from the tarred Fürstenstraße immediately behind the lower parking lot, the driveway to Hohenschwangau.
10. Panoramastraße-Jochstraße, Oberjoch
The B308, the Jochstraße, winds its way in nine tight serpentines from Bad Hindelang to Oberjoch. Halfway through the “Kanzel” gives a fantastic view over the Ostrachtal. The Oberjoch Pass (1178 m), in a bend just before the border into the Austrian Tannheimer Valley, is rather unspectacular.
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