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Hiking break at the Leutascher Ache

From Garmisch to Merano

By foot across the Alps: Alpine cross "light"

8 Days / 7 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Hiking break at the Leutascher Ache

Eight days full of unforgettable mountain adventures - that's what our mountain hiking tour from Garmisch to Merano guarantees. On foot you will discover wonderful hiking trails between Bavaria, Tyrol and South Tyrol. The routes lead past traditional alpine huts, tranquil mountain landscapes, as well as impressive gorges and high areas. The enjoyment of these three countries will also win you over, and there will certainly be time to taste the Bavarian, Austrian and South Tyrolean cuisine.

You start your cross-border hiking tour in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After a leisurely exploration of the town and a typical Bavarian meal, you will hike on the first day through the impressive Partnachklamm, over the Wamberg to the Elmauer Alm and finally to the day’s stage destination in Mittenwald. On the following day, the route takes you across the state border into the wonderful mountain world of Tyrol. After a restful night in Leutasch, on the fourth day you hike through quiet forests to the Buchener Höhe and down into the Inntal valley. After this stage, you will spend the night in Landeck. After a short transfer to the Reschenpass and a cable car ride to the Mutzkopf, your fifth hiking day can begin. Today's tour takes you to the three-country border stone of Austria, Italy and Switzerland. The tour continues to the picturesque Lake Resia with the sunken church in South Tyrol. The last two days of hiking have plenty of nature and culinary delights in store for you. The route leads on foot along varied hiking and irrigation channels from Resia to Naturno and on the last day to the spa town of Merano. 

  • The sunken church of Lake Resia: The Lake Resia in Vinschgau is six kilometres long. It sits in the mountain scenery of the quaint Langtauferer Valley. And in the middle of the crystal-clear water you will find a sunken church tower. It’s worth a visit to find out about the tower in the lake!
  • The Sissi city of Merano: A magical little spa town that was once considered a luxury resort. The reason: Austrian Empress Sisi paid a visit to the pretty city in 1870.
  • Three countries in one tour: From Germany to Austria and Italy, you are travelling through three countries, and each is more impressive than the last.

Have you always wanted to cross the Alps by foot, but without sacrificing any comfort? Then our mountain hiking tour with luggage transport is just right for you. The hiking routes between Garmisch and Merano run along good mountain and hiking trails. With a good basic level of fitness, endurance and surefootedness, the daily hikes of up to five hours will be an enjoyable adventure in nature in Bavaria, Tyrol and South Tyrol. Note: Some of the routes can also be shortened using public transport. Experience even more comfort on our hiking holiday from Garmisch to Meran with Charm.

Our hiking tip: This hiking tour is also ideal for hiking with a dog.

Itinerary at a glance

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you will travel over valleys and gorges into the mountain world of Tyrol. Over the Resia Pass you reach Italy and catch sight of the famous church in the lake. Arriving in Merano, you will enjoy the flair of the Sissi city.

The famous olympic town Garmisch-Partenkirchen beckons you to explore: discover the beautiful pedestrian zone, the traditionally painted houses and cozy beergardens.

Hotel example: Riessersee Hotel

Walk past the renowned ski-jumping hill and through the imposing Partnachklamm-ravine, where a roaring mass of water has dug deep into the rock. Via Mount Wamberg you walk to the Elmauer Alp and continue through blooming meadows and valleys to Lake Lauter- and Lake Ferchensee. You stay overnight in Mittenwald, renowned for violin making and ‚Lüftlmalerei‘ (a kind of trompe l’oeil on houses).

Hotel example: Bichlerhof

Today you leave Bavaria and head for the Tyrolean mountain world! The Geisterklamm-ravine situated high above a gorge awaits for you to walk through it on bridges and footbridges. After that you hike through a splendid high mountain valley, which is also the location of the popular holiday destination Leutasch, surrounded by mountain chains.

Hotel example: Weidacherhof

Remote hill moor areas and forests lead you to the crossover onto the ‚Buchner Höhe‘. Past walls of rock of the ‚Hohen Munde‘ along a beautiful hiking trail downhill into the green Inn-river valley. From the historic market town Telfs you take the train, which takes you to your Day Finish Landeck with views onto the famous mountains with glaciers of the Ötztaler and Pitztaler Alps.

Hotel example: Schrofenstein

Transfer onto the Reschen-pass and by cable car to Mutzkopf, where you start your hike to Lake Schwarzsee and Lake Grünsee. You ascend as far as the three-nation border stone, where you get to stand exactly on the border between Italy, Austria and Switzerland. You descend via alps to the giant Lake Reschensee, with your same-named Day Finish Reschensee. Welcome to Italy!

Hotel example: Villa Claudia Augusta

Short bus journey along Lake Reschensee with a view onto the sunken church of Graun to the trailhead. The hiking tour in the nature reserve on Lake Haidersee leads you downhill into the Alpine dairy village of Burgeis and then via diverse paths across meadows and ‚Waalweg‘-paths (ancient water channels) to Schluderns and by train through vineyards and orchards to Naturns.

Hotel example: Kleinkunst

You walk along a panorama-trail with great views all the way to the streams of the ‚Sagenweg‘-path. Along the many Waalweg-paths traditional wine taverns invite you again and again to have a break. In the afternoon you reach the ‚Tappeiner Promenade‘, whose exotic floral splendor you follow as far as the cathedral square of Meran. Now you have reached the end destination of your impressive hiking week and get to toast to your experiences in the pretty centre of Meran.

Hotel example: Flora

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Itinerary at a glance

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you will travel over valleys and gorges into the mountain world of Tyrol. Over the Resia Pass you reach Italy and catch sight of the famous church in the lake. Arriving in Merano, you will enjoy the flair of the Sissi city.

The famous olympic town Garmisch-Partenkirchen beckons you to explore: discover the beautiful pedestrian zone, the traditionally painted houses and cozy beergardens.

Hotel example: Rheinischer Hof

Walk past the renowned ski-jumping hill and through the imposing Partnachklamm-ravine, where a roaring mass of water has dug deep into the rock. Via Mount Wamberg you walk to the Elmauer Alp and continue through blooming meadows and valleys to Lake Lauter- and Lake Ferchensee. You stay overnight in Mittenwald, renowned for violin making and ‚Lüftlmalerei‘ (a kind of trompe l’oeil on houses).

Hotel example: Bichlerhof

Today you leave Bavaria and head for the Tyrolean mountain world! The Geisterklamm-ravine situated high above a gorge awaits for you to walk through it on bridges and footbridges. After that you hike through a splendid high mountain valley, which is also the location of the popular holiday destination Leutasch, surrounded by mountain chains.

Hotel example: Weidacherhof

Remote hill moor areas and forests lead you to the crossover onto the ‚Buchner Höhe‘. Past walls of rock of the ‚Hohen Munde‘ along a beautiful hiking trail downhill into the green Inn-river valley. From the historic market town Telfs you take the train, which takes you to your Day Finish Landeck with views onto the famous mountains with glaciers of the Ötztaler and Pitztaler Alps.

Hotel example: Schrofenstein

Transfer onto the Resia-pass and by cable car to Mutzkopf, where you start your hike to Lake Schwarzsee and Lake Grünsee. You ascend as far as the three-nation border stone, where you get to stand exactly on the border between Italy, Austria and Switzerland. You descend via alps to the giant Lake Resia, with your same-named Day Finish Lake Resia. Welcome to Italy!

Hotel example: Hotel am Reschensee

Short bus journey along Lake Resia with a view onto the sunken church of Graun to the trailhead. The hiking tour in the nature reserve on Lake San Valentino leads you downhill into the Alpine dairy village of Burgeis and then via diverse paths across meadows and ‚Waalweg‘-paths (ancient water channels) to Schluderns and by train through vineyards and orchards to Naturno.

Hotel example: Kleinkunst

You walk along a panorama-trail with great views all the way to the streams of the ‚Sagenweg‘-path. Along the many Waalweg-paths traditional wine taverns invite you again and again to have a break. In the afternoon you reach the ‚Tappeiner Promenade‘, whose exotic floral splendor you follow as far as the cathedral square of Merano. Now you have reached the end destination of your impressive hiking week and get to toast to your experiences in the pretty centre of Merano.

Hotel example: Flora

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Departure or extension

Route information

Mountain Hiking

Good stamina and a good basic fitness level are required for the daily hiking tours of up to a maximum of 5 hours walking time. Daily routes run along well-maintained and most of all diverse mountain paths, where in parts surefootedness is required. Sometimes routes can be cut short by public transport.

Prices & Dates

Category: beautiful 3***-hotels and inns

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Train journey Telfs – Landeck
  • 1 Bus ride Landeck – Nauders
  • 1 Cable car ascent Mutzkopf
  • 1 Train journey Schluderns – Naturns
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Collective transfer from Meran to Garmisch (with a central located get-on and get-off stop), daily from 01.06. to 30.09. (min. 2 persons, change in Bolzano) , costs EUR 65 per person, EUR 29 per dog, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Arrival by train at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a short walk or a short bus ride to the start hotel.
  • Munich airport.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible. Plenty of parking options free of charge near the hotel.
  • Return journey from Meran to Garmisch by train in approx. 4.5 hours (2x change of trains)

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus journey from Reschen to St. Valentin, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Train journey Telfs – Landeck
  • 1 Bus ride Landeck – Nauders
  • 1 Cable car ascent Mutzkopf
  • 1 Train journey Schluderns – Naturno
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Collective transfer from Meran to Garmisch (with a central located get-on and get-off stop), daily from 01.06. to 30.09. (min. 2 persons, change in Bolzano) , costs EUR 69 per person, EUR 35 per dog (dogs over 8kg EUR 69), reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Arrival by train at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a short walk or a short bus ride to the start hotel.
  • Munich airport.
  • Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible. Plenty of parking options free of charge near the hotel.
  • Return journey from Merano to Garmisch by train in approx. 4.5 hours (2x change of trains)

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus journey from Resia to San Valentino, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!

Join us in achieving greater sustainability by choosing our digital route book, rather than the printed version. As a small thank you we will give you a discount of €20 per room.

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