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7 of the most beautiful mountains to hike in Bavaria

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As an Expat living in Bavaria, you will love hiking! If you live outside Bavaria, you have to make it a point to visit, even if it just for the hiking! Bavaria offers mountains with panoramic views and the right nature experience for every hiker. Below is an introduction to seven of the most beautiful mountains in more detail.

Whether for hikers or mountaineers – the mountains in Bavaria are not only promising, but also varied. The high mountains offer numerous hiking routes for beginners and professionals and the rugged mountain landscape in the Berchtesgaden Alps offers perfect conditions for climbers.

All tourists can take the cable car to the top without much effort – for example to the Zugspitze. So you are spoiled for choice when it comes to the ascent. Here we present the most beautiful mountains for us with panoramic hiking trails in Bavaria.

1. Zugspitze

Zugspitze

The summit of the Zugspitze rises an impressive 2962 meters – making it the highest mountain in Germany. The Zugspitze massif is located southwest of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria and in the north of Tyrol.

You can either walk comfortably over the Reintal valley. However, you then have to walk longer. Or you hike over the Höllental. Then your path is shorter, but also more demanding. Alternatively, you can of course also use the cable car. You then have a spectacular view of the Alpine peaks of the four countries Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. So it’s no wonder that the Zugspitze ranks second among the most popular mountains in and around Germany

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2. Watzmann

Watzmann

In the Berchtesgaden Alps, the Watzmann towers over the valley at a height of 2713 meters. It is also one of the most popular mountains in the country, because hikers and mountaineers can choose from different levels of difficulty when climbing the mountain range. 

The routes range from simple hikes, for example on the Grünstein, to high-alpine mountain tours such as the Watzmann crossing. The ridge walk over the three peaks is one of the most famous mountain tours in the Bavarian Alps. 

For this hike, you need a very good physical condition and surefootedness, it is very demanding. The tour to the Watzmannhaus can be walked in four hours at a good pace. It’s a great spot for an overnight stay!

3. Herzogstand

Herzogstand

You have a fantastic panoramic view of both the Kochelsee and the Walchensee from the 1731 meter high Herzogstand – you can  check the weather situation in advance  via webcam . With the Herzogstandbahn you can reach three peaks in a row: the Fahrenberg, the Martinskopf and the Herzogstand. 

Immediately after the mountain station you can climb the Fahrenberg with its memorial chapel. One path leads you over the mountain inn to the Martinskopf, another to the Herzogstand. Due to the corona pandemic, the  Herzogstandbahn is temporarily closed . If you still want to go up, you can hike up from Walchensee, among other places. The hike takes about four hours. The view of the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains is worth the effort. 

4. Krottkopf

Krottkopf

At 2086 meters, the Krottenkopf is the highest mountain in the Bavarian Prealps and therefore an excellent mountain with a view. To climb it, you need a good level of fitness and surefootedness, because the approach is quite long. In addition, the path can be slippery after rain or thaw. From the parking lot in Oberau you are on the road for about three hours and 30 minutes.

The Krottenkopf can also be reached from Eschenlohe or Wallgau, but then the walking times are even longer. The Weilheimer Hütte (Krottenkopfhütte) is located directly below its summit and is normally open from mid-May to mid-October.

5. Kampenwand

Kampenwand

In the Chiemsee-Alpenland region, the Kampenwand is one of the highest mountains with a height of 1669 meters. The jagged ridge with the light gray limestone is a popular photo motif with hikers. You can reach the mountain summit on foot via the extensive network of paths from Aschau im Chiemgau or with the Kampenwandbahn.

Once at the top you have a great panoramic view of the Stone Sea of ​​the Berchtesgaden Alps. You will also find the largest summit cross in the Bavarian Alps at a height of twelve meters. It was erected in 1950 to commemorate the victims of the two world wars. 

6. Benediktenwand

Benediktenwand

You have to be sure-footed and have a head for heights when climbing the 1801 meter high ridge of the Benediktenwand. Initially, the ascent from the parking lot near Petern in the Jachenau via forest paths to the Bichler Alm is still easy, but it gets very steep towards the summit.

The route that leads you over the south side of the Benediktenwand to the summit is one of the less used routes, so that you have peace and quiet while hiking. On your approximately five-hour hike, you can enjoy the rural idyll and then the fantastic view from above.

7. Staffelberg

Staffelberg

The Staffelberg is a landmark of Franconia. Due to its prominent rock crown, the mountain, which is only 539 meters high, is visible from afar. From the summit you have a beautiful view over the Upper Main Valley, Bad Staffelstein, Banz Monastery and Vierzehnheiligen. You come up on different paths, the standard route starts at the Bad Staffelsteiner Friedhof. You hike over dirt roads and through a long hollow alley. 

Check out this virtual climb of Staffelberg on a virtual  panorama tour – 360-degree recordings make it possible.

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