From Lake Koenigssee To Lake Chiemsee

From Lake Koenigssee To Lake Chiemsee

Germany, Austria » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Impressive hiking trek in the Chiemgauer Alps
  • Soft mountains, alpine pastures, cosy holiday resorts
  • Self-guided walking tour from Austria to Germany
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From 630 €

Duration (days): 8

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The Chiemgauer Alps occupy the border region between Salzburg, Tyrol and Bavaria. An area of soft mountains, spacious alpine pastures and well known holiday resorts. The views onto intimidating High Alps and across the lovely foothills of the Alps also contribute to this varied walking week. See pretty places on your way as e.g. idyllic Lake Koenigssee, picturesque mountain town Reit im Winkl and finally Lake Chiemsee, so called “Bavarian Sea”.
A spectacular alpine experience, the Königsee area of Germany is among the finest in the country. The Königssee is a glacier lake formed by the last ice age and located in the extreme southeast of the German State of Bavaria (Bayern), near the German-Austrian Border.

Day 1: Individual journey to Schoenau/Koenigssee
Day 2: Schoenau/Koenigsee – Weißbach/surroundings, „National Park Berchtesgaden“
Relaxed walking tour past Lake Hintersee penetrating deep into National Park Berchtesgaden. Impressive scenery along the way. To the right the summits of Reiter Alpe and to the left mighty Hochkalterer. Cross alpine pastures and pass the border at Hirschbichl, then down through white water gorge Seisenbergklamm into Saalach valley. Walking time: approx. 5-6 hrs. (uphill hiking: 500m and downhill hiking: 500m, 19 km)
Day 3: Weißbach/surroundings – Lofer, „Gorges and Pilgrim paths“
Follow the Saalachtal valley to Lamprechts cave (longest passage cave of Europe) and continue to Vorderkaser gorge where you find a natural swimming pool. St. Martin with pilgrim church „Maria Kirchtal“ is the objective of today. Walk up to the church in an idyllic branch valley on the walls of Loferer Steinberge. On this beautiful trail you will soon reach the town Lofer, surrounded by numerous impressive mountain ranges. Hiking time: approx. 4 hrs. (uphill hiking: 310m and downhill hiking: 360m, 14 km)
Day 4: Lofer – Reit i. Winkl, „Loferer Alm“
Take the cable car up to Loferer Alm, where a high altitude path to Steinplatte massif starts. Walk across alpine pastures and a lovely mountain forest to Loferer Steinplatte. The idyllic alpine pasture Winkelmoos Alm is an ideal stop for a Bavarian „Brotzeit“. Well sustained you take the coach to Reit im Winkl. Walking time: approx. 5.5 hrs. (uphill hiking: 700m and downhill hiking: 600m, 16 km)
Day 5: Rest day in Reit im Winkl
Enjoy a tranquil rambling day in well known holiday resort Reit im Winkl. Tipp for a hiking tour: A classic mountain tour starts in Reit im Winkl up to Fellhorn. The name hints to the fact that the wide summit is free of wood and covered by a “field” of meadows and alpine roses. Very tempting is a comfortable walk to the swimming lake Weitsee where you can relax.
Day 6: Reit i. Winkl – Unterwössen/Marquartstein, „Alpine pastures“
The „Eye of Lake Chiemsee“ is the poetic name of Lake Taubensee. This is easily understood when you see this idyllic mountain lake, nestling in a little basin of Rauhe Nadel on 1.138 m. This sight is a reward for an ample walk from alpine pasture to alpine pasture. Descent into the valley of Achental. Walking time: approx. 5-6hrs. (uphill hiking: 690m and downhill hiking: 830m, 16 km)
Day 7: Unterwössen/Marquartstein – Prien/surroundings, „Kampenwand“
Short uphill fare, afterwards you walk threw the forests up to the alpine pastures on Hochplatte and then to Kampenwand with views over the Lake Chiemsee. Continue on a trail from cabin to cabin beneath Kampenwand, which has a beautiful 12-meter high iron cross at the top. You will take the comfortable cable car down to Aschau, where you take a short train ride to ‘Prien’, located at lake Chiemsee. Hiking time: approx. 4-5 hrs. (uphill hiking: 750m and downhill hiking: 200m, 12 km)
Day 8: Individual journey home or extra days.

Accommodation and luggage transportation:
Pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels on bed & breakfast (supplement for dinner is extra - see the "Dates, prices & remarks" tab for details); Luggage transfers included;

Price: 630 Euro (+ 40 Euro/person for all July and August arrivals)

Halfboard supplement (min 3-course dinner): 150 Euro
Single room supplement: 140 Euro

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes:
Accommodation and meals as mentioned under Itinerary; Luggage transfer; Transfer on Day 2; Uphill fare cable car from Lofer; Uphill cable car fare Hochplattenbahn; Downhill fare cable car Kampenwand; Carefully elaborated route; Detailed route instructions in English; Service-Hotline

The price does not include:
Other meals; Fares for public transport (train fare from Aschau to Prien/Surroundings, approx. EUR 3 per person); Entrance charges; Visitors' taxes (payable locally);

The trek is available for Saturday and Sunday arrivals only between June until mid-September. To get to the starting point take a train to Berchtesgaden then bus or taxi (short ride) to Schoenau/Koenigssee (appox. 15 min., according to starting hotel). Return to Koenigssee by train/bus, duration approx. 2.5 hrs. (1 change). Organized return transfer to Schoenau/Koenigssee EUR 75 per person (min. 2 persons). Reservation is only payable in advance at the time of booking the tour and valid for Saturday/Sunday rides. Daily walking tours between 4 to 6 hours with some short but steep climbs. Easier alternatives to the high altitude paths are given. You walk on good walking paths and forest lanes. Sometimes surefootedness is required.