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Hiking couple on panoramic path above Reit im Winkel with flower meadow in the foreground and mountains in the background

From Lake Königssee to Lake Chiemsee

Summits, pastures & lakes in the Chiemgauer Alps

8 Days / 7 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Hiking couple on panoramic path above Reit im Winkel with flower meadow in the foreground and mountains in the background

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 such as idyllic lake Königssee, picturesque mountain town Reit im Winkl and finally lake Chiemsee, the so called ‘Bavarian Sea’.

One of the highlights of the eight-day tour is definitely Lake Königssee situated in the Berchtesgadener Land. The mountain lake is embedded in the impressive rock formations almost like a Scandinavian fjord. But not only Lake Königssee, also the numerous alpine pastures make the hiking holiday incomparable. The relaxed Bavarian attitude to life is free on top of it all!

  • Bavaria’s enchanting lakes: Hiking along Lake Königssee is one of the absolute classics! The route planning for this holiday also includes the “Bavarian Sea”, Lake Chiemsee.
  • By cable car to magnificent views: On the Loferer Alp and the high plateau you can enjoy wonderful views of the surrounding area such as the Chiemsee region. Three cable car rides are included.
  • Hiking with a dog: Dogs can also have fun on this hiking tour on the wonderful forest paths and in the refreshing water of the lakes. Find out more about hiking holidays with dogs.

In Schönau on Lake Königsee, the first day after your individual arrival could not start any better! The choice between a walk through the village or a boat ride on Lake Königssee is definitely not easy – or maybe you fancy something completely different? The next few days you can devote yourself entirely to the bliss of mountain hiking. Every day you embark on varied hikes covering a distance between 12 to 19 kilometres, with walking times of around four to six hours. The smaller, steep climbs require a certain level of fitness. If you want to take it easy, you can choose easier alternatives to the high-altitude trails.

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Itinerary at a glance

Great lakes and sublime mountain peaks - from Berchtesgadener Land via Salzburg, you hike to the Bavarian "sea," Lake Chiemsee. At the picturesque Königssee, the boat trip to St. Bartholomä is worthwhile, and the Loferer Alm is reached by cable car.

Hotel example: Brandtnerhof

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 mountains. Across alpine pastures and past the border at Hirschbichl, then down through white water gorge Seisenbergklamm into Saalach valley.

Hotel example: Seisenbergklamm

 

Follow the Saalachtal valley to Lamprechts cave (longest passage cave of Europe) and continue to St. Martin home of the pilgrim church ‘Maria Kirchtal’ is the apex of today. Walk up to the church in an idyllic side valley closely along the walls of Loferer Steinberge. On this beautiful trail you will soon reach the town Lofer, surrounded by numerous impressive mountain ranges.

Hotel example: Dankl

 

 

Take the cable car up to Loferer Alm, where a high altitude path to the Steinplatten massif starts. Walk across alpine pastures and a lovely mountain forest to Loferer Steinplatte. The idyllic alpine pasture Winklmoos Alm is an ideal stop for a Bavarian ‘Brotzeit’. Well sustained you take the bus to Reit im Winkl.

Hotel example: Nuihausa

 

 

 

Enjoy a quiet day in the well-known holiday resort of Reit im Winkl. Take a circular hike and follow our hiking tip through the Klausenbachklamm gorge. In the afternoon, a visit to the schnapps museum and a stroll through the tranquil Bavarian town are worthwhile.

Hotel example: Nuihausa

 

 

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 1138 m. A fantastic walk from alpine pasture to alpine pasture and downhill into the valley Achental awaits you.

Hotel example: Weßner Hof

 

 

After a short ascent you walk through 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 the lake Chiemsee.

Hotel example: Bayerischer Hof

 

 

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Itinerary at a glance

Great lakes and sublime mountain peaks - from Berchtesgadener Land via Salzburg, you hike to the Bavarian "sea," Lake Chiemsee. At the picturesque Königssee, the boat trip to St. Bartholomä is worthwhile, and the Loferer Alm is reached by cable car.

Hotel example: Brandtnerhof

Transfer to the starting point. 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 mountains. Across alpine pastures and past the border at Hirschbichl, then down through white water gorge Seisenbergklamm into Saalach valley.

Hotel example: Seisenbergklamm

Follow the Saalachtal valley to Lamprechts cave (longest passage cave of Europe) and continue to St. Martin home of the pilgrim church ‘Maria Kirchtal’ is the apex of today. Walk up to the church in an idyllic side valley closely along the walls of Loferer Steinberge. On this beautiful trail you will soon reach the town Lofer, surrounded by numerous impressive mountain ranges.

Hotel example: Dankl

Take the cable car up to Loferer Alm, where a high altitude path to the Steinplatten massif starts. Walk across alpine pastures and a lovely mountain forest to Loferer Steinplatte. The idyllic alpine pasture Winklmoos Alm is an ideal stop for a Bavarian ‘Brotzeit’. Well sustained you take the bus to Reit im Winkl.

Hotel example: Nuihausa

Enjoy a quiet day in the well-known holiday resort of Reit im Winkl. Take a circular hike and follow our hiking tip through the Klausenbachklamm gorge. In the afternoon, a visit to the schnapps museum and a stroll through the tranquil Bavarian town are worthwhile.

Hotel example: Nuihausa

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 1138 m. A fantastic walk from alpine pasture to alpine pasture and downhill into the valley Achental awaits you.

Hotel example: Weßner Hof

After a short ascent you walk through 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 the lake Chiemsee.

Hotel example: Bayerischer Hof

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Departure or extension

Route information

Mountain Hiking

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 well-maintained walking paths and forest lanes. Sometimes surefootedness required.

Prices and dates

Category: pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation al already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Transfer on day 2
  • 1 Uphill cable car fare from Lofer
  • 1 Uphill cable car fare Hochplattenbahn
  • 1 Downhill cable car fare Kampenwand
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data available
  • Service hotline

Optional extras

  • Half-board evening meal (often multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Return transfer by minibus to Koenigssee/Berchtesgaden every Saturday and Sunday (min. 2 persons), costs EUR 95 per person, EUR 29 per dog, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train to Berchtesgaden, short transfer to Schoenau/Koenigssee by bus or taxi (appox. 15 min., depending on starting hotel).
  • Munich or Salzburg airport.
  • Car parking: Public parking (Berchtesgaden) near the hotels for approx. EUR 8 per day or EUR 40 per week. No reservation necessary.
  • Return to Koenigssee/Berchtesgaden by train/bus, duration approx. 2.5 hrs. (1 change).

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Special dates on request
  • Fares for public transport, for example from Winklmoos Alm to Reit im Winkl, approx. EUR 10 per person.
  • Train fare from Aschau to Prien/surroundings, 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.

Services & Information

Further details about this tour

Included

  • Accommodation al already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage transfer
  • Welcome briefing (German, English)
  • 1 Transfer on day 2
  • 1 Uphill cable car fare from Lofer
  • 1 Uphill cable car fare Hochplattenbahn
  • 1 Downhill cable car fare Kampenwand
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel documents 1x per room (German, English, French)
  • App for Navigation and GPS-data
  • Service hotline

Optional

  • Half-board evening meal (often multi-course, sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)
  • Return transfer by minibus to Königssee/Berchtesgaden every Saturday and Sunday (min. 2 persons), costs EUR 99 per person, EUR 29 per dog, reservation is necessary, to be paid for in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • By train to Berchtesgaden, short transfer to Schönau/Königssee by bus or taxi (appox. 15 min., depending on starting hotel).
  • Munich or Salzburg airport.
  • Parking: Public parking spaces near the hotel, cost approx. EUR 40 to EUR 80 per week. No reservation in advance.
  • Return to Königssee/Berchtesgaden by train/bus, duration approx. 2.5 hrs. (1 change).

Things to note

  • Tourist tax, if due, is not included in the price
  • Special dates on request
  • Fares for public transport, for example from Winklmoos Alm to Reit im Winkl, approx. EUR 10 per person.
  • Train fare from Aschau to Prien/surroundings, 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 EUR 20 per room.

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