Nice walking paths with mountain panorama
Nice forest paths on Maximilian's Trail
Hikers enjoy the break amidst the beautiful landscape

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 eight 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
  • 8 Days / 7 Nights
  • Self-guided tour
  • Minimum of participants: 2 persons
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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

Today a short part of your route takes you through Austrian territory, before you pass an idyllic alpine landscape with lush green pastures along the Vils until you arrive in today’s day finish Pfronten.

approx. 5 hours
14 km
900 m
250 m

Your last stage first leads you to the castle ruins of Falkenstein, Germanys highest castle ruin. Wonderful panoramic views onto the seascape of the Hopfensee, the Illasbergsee, the Lechsee and the Forggensee await you. Uphill the Zirmengrat you walk through a beautiful landscape full of mountain pine until you reach the picturesque Alatsee. The last part of your walking tour today takes you to your day finish Füssen.

approx. 4 hours
13 km
490 m
540 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 2020 at a glance
Season 1
May 16, 2020 - Jun 30, 2020
Sep 1, 2020 - Oct 3, 2020
Season 2
Jul 1, 2020 - Aug 31, 2020
Maximilian’s Trail 8 days, DE-ALWLF-08X
Base price
Surcharge single room

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

Extra nights upon request in Lindau and Füssen

Special dates on request

Services and infos


  • 7 overnight stays as stated, breakfast included
  • Luggage transfer
  • 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 56 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:

  • Travel by public transport, approx. EUR 30 per person
  • Cabel car “Hochgratbahn” fare, approx. EUR 17 per person
  • Further important information according to the package travel law can be found here!
Julia Winklhofer
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