Walker on dirt roads towards Füssen
Walkers on good paths through the colorful forests
Walkers on the Maximilian's Trail from Lindau to Füssen

Maximilian’s Trail

Alpine Crossing 1: from Lindau to Füssen.

The Maximilian’s Trail is one of the most beautiful long-distance hiking trails in Germany. The path leads from west to east exactly along the borderline of Bavaria and Austria. The approximately 360 kilometers between Lindau at Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden were discovered about 160 years ago by King Maximilian II. as he wanted to get to know his country as well as his subjects. Within seven days on the long-distance hiking trail, you will experience the diversity of the regions. From Lake Constance, the Staufner Haus and Sonthofen to Füssen with the highlight of this tour: Neuschwanstein Castle.

Mountain Walking
Mountain Walking
  • 7 Days / 6 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
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Arrive individually at Lake Constance and the charming city of Lindau.

In the morning, you take the bus and train from Lindau to Wolfurt. The hiking path leads you over the Alberschwende to Brüggelekopf (1,150 m). From there, you hike on to the Lingenauer Hochbrücke (610 m) until you reach todays destination. At Lingenau, we recommend visiting the "Quelltuff-Naturlehrpfad".

approx. 7 hours
23 km
1.150 m
870 m

Most of today’s stage of the Maximilian’s Trail I guides you through the valley of Leckenbach, which is truly picturesque with its alpine pastures. Due to the situation in the valley, the first part of the trail is only slightly going uphill. With the last two hours, the trail leads quite tightly uphill to the Staufner Haus. After arriving at the Staufner Haus, you take the cable car ‘Hochgratbahn’ down to the valley and following the bus to Oberstaufen, where you spend the night.

approx. 6 hours
17 km
1.120 m
160 m

The day starts with a bus ride to the Hochgratbahn again and uphill to the Staufner Haus. From there, follow the long-distance hiking trail to the Nagelfluh chain. There are two options: the easier option runs via the Gündlesscharte and Gundzesrieder Säge to Gunzesried and then on to Sonthofen. The more challenging, but also more attractive option is hiking a part of the famous Nagelfluh ridge hike. You pass the Hochgrat, the Rindalphorn and the Burlakopf. Your overnight stay is in Sonthofen.

approx. 4 hours
12 km
350 m
1.120 m

On today's diverse stage, you have remarkable views of the Allgäu Alps and the Tannheimer mountains. The highest point of today’s stage is the summit of Spieser (1.651 m). The first part of the hike runs on asphalt; at the Spieser you will find steep mountain paths. The stage ends with more comfortable paths and asphalt roads.

approx. 6 hours
16 km
1.030 m
760 m

Prepare yourself for a long, but also a more relaxed hike. Along the Vils to Pfronten, over the castle ruins of Falkenstein and on a beautiful ridge path down to the Alatsee. The last part of your hiking tour takes you to today’s destination Füssen. If you want to shorten this day, you can also take the bus from Pfronten to Füssen.

approx. 8 hours (approx. 3,5 hours by train)
27 km
580 m
790 m

Characteristics of the route

The stages of the Maximilian’s Trail rank among the longer hiking stages. From 18 to 26 km and partly up to 1.200 meters in altitude, you should have mountain experience and surefootedness. Single stages or sections can be shortened by public transport.

Prices and events

All data for 2019 at a glance
Season 1
Jun 1, 2019 - Jun 28, 2019
Sep 1, 2019 - Sep 7, 2019
Season 2
Jun 29, 2019 - Aug 31, 2019
Maximilian’s Trail 7 days, DE-ALWLF-07X
Base price
Surcharge single room

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

Transfer: Füssen - Lindau from 2 persons
Transfer: Füssen - Lindau from 3 persons
Transfer: Füssen - Lindau from 4 persons

Services and infos


  • 6 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • Transfers according to program
  • Carefully elaborated route description
  • Detailed travel and tour documents 1x per room (German, English)
  • Tourist tax, if due, is included in the price
  • Service hotline

Optional extras:

  • Organised transfer from Füssen to Lindau, cost EUR 115 per person (from 2 persons), EUR 75 per person (from 3 persons) and EUR 55 per persons (from 4 persons). Booking in advance required, payable in advance.

Arrival / Parking / Departure:

  • Arrival by train to Lindau.
  • Parking: limited number of car parks near the hotels, no reservation necessary.
  • Return journey by train from Füssen to Lindau, approx. 3 hours (1x change of train).

Things to note:

  • Number of participants: min. 2 persons
  • Travel by public transport, approx. EUR 30 per person
  • Cabel car “Hochgratbahn” fare, approx. EUR 17 per person
  • Special dates on request
  • Extra nights in Lindau and Füssen upon request
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
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