Hiker at the Andechs Monastery
Hiking trail to Neuschwanstein Castle
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King-Ludwig-Way

On the Trail of the Fairytale King.

The King Ludwig Way starts at the idyllic lake Starnberg, where the fairytale king died so tragically, and leads through the Alpine foothills over to the castles of the Allgäu region, where he spent his youth. You walk past scenic highlights and Bavarian cultural treasures across a landscape, very much adored by this Bavarian monarch King Ludwig II which ultimately inspired him to have several castles and palaces built. On your tour little monastery towns, tranquil villages, paths past lakes and moors await you. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic views onto the Ammergauer Alps, the Zugspitze summit and the Allgäu mountains just like King Ludwig used to.

Walking

Walking
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Itinerary

Hotel (example): Seeblick

The tour leads you through the nature reserve along the banks of Lake Starnberg via the Ilka cave with its stunning view onto Lake Starnberg all the way to the Deixfurter pond. Along pretty Bavarian villages with inviting beergardens you head for Andechs monastery with its own brewery. Then a short bus ride to  Herrsching and a cosy boat trip to Dießen.

Hotel (example): Seefelder Hof

approx. 5 to 6 hours
21 km
270 m
170 m

From Dießen the path leads you across beautiful meadows and past the castle chapel and after that into the stunningly peaceful Stiller forest. Via hilltops with marvellous views you reach Wessobrunn, home of the well-known ‚grey duke’ (historic belfry) and the natural landmark ‚Tassilolinde’. In the distance you get a glimpse of the Zugspitze summit.

Hotel (example): Gasthof Post

approx. 4 to 5 hours
13 km
240 m
80 m

Today you explore the Alpine foothills, very typical for Bavaria with its sleepy little villages and the remote moor areas. Prepare for a steep ascent onto the Hohen Peissenberg mountain, a magnificent spot with weather station and breathtaking panoramic views over the Alps from the Großvenediger all the way into the Allgäu region. Onwards now downhill to Hohenpeissenberg and your tour continues through forests and across fields all the way to Peiting.

Hotel (example): Pfaffenwinkel

approx. 4.5 to 6 hours
20 km
410 m
400 m

From Peiting onwards to the untamed and romantic Ammer ravine. Several little bridges and footbridges take you through a ravine above the river Ammer all the way to Rottenbuch. There an especially ornate monastery church awaits you. Then across hills and meadows with glorious views onto the Alpine mountain range, you arrive at Wildsteig.

Hotel (example): Zum Strauß

approx. 4 hours
14 km
270 m
110 m

From Wildsteig through idyllic moor regions onwards to the world famous UNESCO world heritage ‚Kirche in der Wies’ (church in the meadow). Via soft hilltops, through forests and meadows covered in colourful flowers and distant views onto the Allgäu Alps and the King-Ludwig-country on Lake Forggensee to your Day 6 finish Buching.

Hotel (example): Alpchalet Schwanstein

approx. 4 to 5 hours
19 km
150 m
220 m

Across nature reserves along and past Lake Hegratsried and then either continue on the path along Lake Forggensee to Füssen or uphill to the most stunning castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau on Lake Schwansee. Then along the Kalvarienberg into the historic market town of Füssen.

Hotel (example): Hirsch

approx. 4.5 hours
17 km
300 m
300 m

Characteristics of the route

You walk on walking paths or forest trails as well as on asphalted paths. For tours through the Alpine foothills with a walking time of 4 to max. 6 hours, stamina and a good basic fitness level is required.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Apr 5, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Sep 20, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 2
Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019
Aug 23, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
Season 3
Jun 28, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Monday
King-Ludwig-Path 8 days, DE-MUWSF-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room
549,00
179,00
579,00
179,00
629,00
179,00

Category: lovely 3***-hotels and country hotels

Season 1
Apr 5, 2019 - May 31, 2019
Sep 20, 2019 - Oct 6, 2019
Season 2
Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 27, 2019
Aug 23, 2019 - Sep 19, 2019
Season 3
Jun 28, 2019 - Aug 22, 2019
Bernried
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
Füssen
Extra night p.p. dbl/bb
Extra night sgl/bb
69,00
104,00
80,00
125,00
69,00
104,00
80,00
125,00
69,00
104,00
80,00
125,00
Price
Transfer: Füssen - Bernried up to 4 persons
Transfer: Füssen - Bernried up to 8 persons
80,00
120,00

Services and infos

Included:

  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Boat fare from Herrsching to Dießen
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • GPS-data is available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Organised transfer from Füssen to Bernried available, cost EUR 80 per fare (up to 4 persons, EUR 120 up to 8 persons). Booking in advance required, payable on-site.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Arrival in Munich and then a 45 mins train journey to Bernried on Lake Starnberg.
  • Parking: hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation required.
  • Return train journey from Füssen to Bernried, duration approx. 3 hours (2x change trains).

Things to note:

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Bus fare from Andechs to Herrsching, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Special dates on request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
"I will help you with the planning of your holidays with advice and action"
Martina Platz, Costumer service

Ratings

4.9 of 5 Stars (14 Ratings)
5 stars
Robert Bullock AU | 28.09.2018
Great Walk. Can't wait to do another one.
I wanted to combine 2 things I love. Walking and Europe. This holiday did both. Having both paper maps and also the GPS map on the phone was a great combination.
5 stars
Sally Webb-Jones GB | 13.07.2018
Relaxing walk, thanks to Eurohike's organisation
Gentle walking through lovely pastoral scenery, well marked routes and easy to follow walking guide. Being on the St James Way was an unexpected bonus. Well paced for points of interest and options for watering holes. Variety of landscapes.
4 stars
Monika Krächan DE | 05.07.2018
Schöne Wanderungen bei teilweise Regen
Unsere Wanderung auf dem König-Ludwig-Weg vom Starnberger See nach Füssen war angenehm. Wir hatten überwiegend trockenes Wetter bei angenehmen Wandertemperaturen. Lediglich an einem Tag hat es bei nur 11° Außentemperatur fast den ganzen Tag geregnet. Die Wege waren gut zu gehen, ich persönlich hätte mir mehr Wald- und Wiesenpfade gewünscht. Viele Passagen gingen über asphaltierte bzw. geschotterte Wege. Wir konnten die Ruhe und den Weitblick auf die Ammergauer Alpen, die Zugspitze und die Allgäuer Berge genießen und werden bestimmt wieder eine Wanderreise mit Eurohike unternehmen.
Madlene Reischl
Madlene Reischl answered:
Dankeschön für Ihre Bewertung! Wir freuen uns, dass Sie auch trotz Regenwetters, die Wanderreise vom Starnberger See nach Füssen genossen haben! Die von uns beschriebene Route ist der offizielle ausgeschilderte König-Ludwig-Weg. Die Wegführung verläuft somit teilweise auch auf aslphaltierten Straßen. Hier können wir allerdings wenig Alternativen beschreiben, da diese sonst von der Originalroute abweicht.
5 stars
Ralph Eckard US | 10.06.2018
Very good
Greeting livestock along the way, listening to cowbells, open meadows nestled among the mountains, reaching each hotel after a day's hike, joining up with other hikers at supper and breakfast meals, and finally seeing Neuschwanstein in the distance as we were hiking our last day were the highlights.
5 stars
Chris Shinners AU | 13.10.2017
Excellent walk and organisation by Eurohike.
Easy booking, great organisation and travel documents. Accomodation very good. The walk itself was terrific - tracks/paths, scenery, variation .... very pretty countryside, especially enhanced by the oncoming Autumn colours.
5 stars
Lisa L. CA | 03.10.2017
Wonderful trip!
We thoroughly enjoyed the King Lugwig Way hike. Eurohike did a great job! This hike takes you though beautiful, lush Bavarian landscapes. The people were friendly wherever we stopped. It's approximately 20KM of walking per day but flat terrain so you have lots of time to visit and explore the local towns and villages.
5 stars
Roger Lawrance AU | 20.09.2017
Relaxing and beautiful walk.
Great walk. Well organised. Everything went smoothly. GPS coordinates were particularly useful. Trip notes giving alternatives and detailing public transport options was very helpful. All my enquiries both before and after I booked the trip were answered promptly and well. Fantastic service - thanks Elisabeth and crew.
5 stars
Hayley Mace GB | 20.07.2017
Lovely way to see Bavaria
Hike goes through lovely countryside. Days are a good length, all day walks but not too much. It was well organised, documents were very clear and informative. Luggage was waiting for us every day at our destination.
5 stars
Christine Gross CH | 05.06.2017
Vorzüglich
Die Reise war in jeder Hinsicht vorzüglich organisiert. Genossen habe ich die Schönheit, die Weite und Ruhe der Landschaft, die wunderschönen Häuser und Kirchen, das feine Essen in den gemütlichen Gasthöfen, die netten Begegnungen mit Einheimischen. Alles perfekt, um Körper und Seele wieder in Einklang zu bringen. Bewegung/Ernährung/Entspannung in der richtigen Dosierung. Ein großes Stück heile Welt!
4 stars
Mario Carniel IT | 14.05.2017
Good hiking tour
Good travel and good documentation. Wonderful to get the GPS-track files, they helped me a lot.
Elisabeth Stadler
Elisabeth Stadler answered:
Dear Mr. Carniel, thank you for your feedback! It is good to know you had a nice time on the King Ludwig Trail. We always seek to provide written route notes as detailed as possible so you can focus completely on your hikes. However, it is always handy to have GPS-tracks with you when it comes to difficult decisions or directions are not 100% clear. We are happy to provide free GPS-tracks for all our Eurohike-Original trips by now!
5 stars
Isabelle Halleux BE | 13.09.2016
You have to walk it!
We enjoyed very much this trip, mixing nice alpine landscapes, crop fields, ponds, baroque churches and a nice history. Excellent choice of gasthausen. Very good balance of walk length and duration.
5 stars
Les Hereward GB | 29.08.2016
Bavarian Dreamscape
This was the high point of my summer holidays. A well organised route through some lovely Bavarian countryside and forest. The overnight stops were varied and interesting almost invariably of a high standard.
5 stars
Paul Wickham GB | 16.08.2016
Very content
A nice walking tour, well documented with comfortable hotels. Organisation was unobtrusive and faultless. Very pretty countryside.
5 stars
Stephen Jones US | 13.07.2016
Nice walk through Bavaria!
The walk was a nice fairly walk through Bavaria. The hotels that were selected were friendly, comfortable and clean. The breakfast was a typical German breakfast with good fresh bread, yogurt, cheese and meat. More than enough food to get you going in the morning. The luggage transfer was flawless and at most hotels was delivered to our room which was appreciated at the end of the day. The travel pack direction was easy to use and the descriptions were the best we have used. We enjoyed the walk and the area!

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