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Happy travellers on a hiking trail with a view of the lake

From Lake Tegernsee to Sterzing

Crossing the Alps from Bavaria to South Tyrol

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9 Days / 8 Nights
Mountain Hiking
Happy travellers on a hiking trail with a view of the lake

Immerse yourself in an unforgettable hiking experience through a picturesque landscape that stretches from the idyllic Lake Tegernsee to the glittering Lake Achensee, through the enchanting Zillertal and all the way to Sterzing. Every step reveals new breathtaking views and fascinating landscapes that are constantly changing. Experience traditional Bavarian culture up close, feel the warm hospitality of Tyrol and indulge in the culinary delights of South Tyrol, accompanied by delicious wines from the region. Make your dream of hiking across the Alps come true and embark now on an incomparable experience.

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Itinerary at a glance

Whether refreshing lakes, idyllic alpine regions or impressive mountain panoramas - enjoy the beauty of nature on your way across the Alps. Experience cultural highlights on a guided tour of Sterzing.
Arrival in Gmund

Your Alpine crossing adventure begins in Gmund with a first half-day hike on the Tegernsee High Trail, which runs around 100 meters above the northern shore, to the intermediate destination of Tegernsee (town). Fantastic views await you on this easy introductory stage - a visit to the brewery directly on the lake is also a must. After a short crossing with the unique rowing ferry to Rottach-Egern, you walk along the lake to your overnight stay in Bad Wiessee on the south side. Alternatively, you can use the boat trip to shorten the hike.

Transfer to the starting point of your hike to Kreuth-Siebenhütten. Through lush mixed forest to the first mountain pasture region of the unmanaged Gaisalm. Over a gentle ridge you finally reach the border ridge between Bavaria and Tyrol, surrounded by the characteristic mountain pine vegetation. Impressive panoramas open up from the foothills of the Tegernsee to the Karwendel and Zillertal Alps. After around three hours, you can enjoy a welcome refreshment stop at the rustic Blaubergalm, the only refreshment stop on this stage. On easy paths through the former Habsburg hunting grounds, you hike down into the valley to Achenwald and Achenkirch.

Often called the most beautiful hiking trail in Tyrol, today's stage on the western shore of Lake Achensee is enchanting. You hike along the well-maintained trail with easy up and down sections to the Gaisalm. The path to the only alpine pasture in Tyrol that is only accessible on foot or by boat impresses with a fascinating mix of landscapes with waterfalls, varied vegetation and moraine cones almost at close quarters above the Tyrolean fjord. Via Pertisau along the lakeside path to Maurach, also the departure point of the nostalgic Achenseebahn. You then leave the Achensee region and reach Fügen in the Zillertal valley by train and bus.

Float effortlessly by cable car up to the Spieljoch at an altitude of almost 1,850 m and enjoy a fantastic panoramic view of the mountains of the Zillertal, Karwendel and Rofan mountains and even as far as the Kitzbühel Alps and the Kaiser Mountains. A wonderful trail between mountain pines, alpine roses, Swiss stone pine trees and granite stones takes you via the Gart Alm, where you can enjoy a delicious Kaiserschmarren, to the Loassattel and finally on to the Alpengasthaus Loas. After a rest and refreshment stop, the route takes you comfortably along a partly shady hiking trail to the famous winter sports resort of Hochfügen.

Accompanied by rocks polished by the glacier, you finally reach the Sidanjoch. The nearby Rastkogelhütte rewards you with a breathtaking panoramic view over the Inntal valley, the Karwendel mountains and the majestic Tux Alps. After a short ascent to the Mitterwandskopf, you follow a picturesque path that leads you past impressive relics of the Ice Age and small lakes to the Melchboden. From here, you can take a comfortable bus ride down the picturesque Zillertaler Höhenstraße. Depending on where you stay overnight, continue by bus or Zillertalbahn to Aschau or Mayrhofen.

In the morning, a comfortable bus ride takes you to the Schlegeis reservoir at 1,800 m. Along a well-maintained hiking trail, a moderate ascent to the Pfitscherjoch through a landscape characterized by scree and stone moraines, accompanied by rushing streams and waterfalls. Before reaching the Pfitscherjochhaus, you cross the border into South Tyrol and reach the high point of the day at 2,275 m - the crossing of the main Alpine ridge. You hike through gentle alpine pastures and later shady mixed forests down into the Pfitschtal valley, where you finally reach your accommodation in St. Jakob.

Along the valley floor of the Pfitsch Valley and a gently sloping path, always accompanied by the soothing sound of the Pfitsch stream. Shady forest sections, lush meadows next to idyllic farmhouses and picturesque stone churches await you along the way. To round things off, you will tackle a small climb near Flains, which then leads you directly to the picturesque center of Sterzing.

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Route information

Mountain Hiking

The tour requires a good basic level of fitness and surefootedness. You hike on very well-maintained hiking trails, forest roads and paths. On the Achenkirch-Fügen stage, a head for heights is an advantage for the somewhat narrower climb along the lake. However, if in doubt, this can also be avoided or bypassed.

Prices & Dates

Category: beautiful 3*** or 4**** hotels, inns and guesthouses

Prices per person in EUR

Services & Information

Further details about this tour


  • Accommodation as already mentioned
  • Breakfast
  • 6 Dinner (at Lake Tegernsee only breakfast)
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfer Bad Wiessee – Kreuth-Siebenhütten
  • Transfer Mayrhofen/Aschau – Schlegeis reservoir

  • Return transfer Sterzing – Lake Tegernsee
  • Guided city tour in Sterzing
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German)
  • GPS data available
  • Tourist tax, if due, is included in the price
  • Service-Hotline

Arrival / Parking / Departure

  • Train journey to Gmund
  • Munich airport.
  • Parking: paid parking spaces, approx. EUR 35 per week, reservation necessary.
  • Organized return journey to Lake Tegernsee by shuttle bus in approx. 3 hours. Transfer included in the price.

Things to note

  • Travel by public transport, approx. EUR 60 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
  • This tour is a partner tour.
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