Germany - Bavaria - Lakes, Mountains & Fairytale Castles
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Germany - Bavaria - Lakes, Mountains & Fairytale Castles

Introduction

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Bavaria, Germany's largest federal-state, covers an area larger than its neighbor, Austria. We explore a small part of this historic region with an itinerary that reflects the wide variety of landscape and culture.

We hear the story, of King Ludwig ll, sometimes known as The Dream King and sometimes as The Mad King. We visit two of the great fairytale palaces that form his legacy, take a private boat on Lake Chiemsee to the colossal palace of Herrenchiemsee and walk to the more modest, but nonetheless opulent, jewel of Linderhof.

We stay in lovely lodgings in contrasting surroundings at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, in a sleepy spa town and on the shore of Lake Chiemsee.

Walk Summary

Dates

21-SEP-14 - 27-SEP-14

Trip

6 nights

Moderate to Energetic Walking Grade

Terrain Walk Rating: Moderate to Energetic. Easy to moderate with occasional challenges, walking on firm ground. Forest trails, palace gardens, colorful village streets. 8-12 miles walking per day.

Price

US$4095.00 per person double occupancy
(single supplement US$565.00)

Walk begins in Grainau with arrival at Garmisch-Partenkirchen and ends at Prien am Chiemsee with departure from there. Nearest international airport is Munich.

Walk Itinerary

Sunday

We meet at the Railway Station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and take the mountain railway, the Zugspitzbahn, to the charming alpine village of Grainau. We walk to the lovely Hotel Waxenstein where, after time to enjoy the stunning mountain views from the balcony of our rooms or a swim in the indoor pool, we meet for an Introductory Talk and a Welcome Dinner.
 

Overnight: Grainau

Monday

We set off after breakfast and walk above the village of Grainau to Lake Eibsee facing the Zugspitze.  Continuing around the lake, we then tackle the lower slopes of the highest mountain in Germany. Later in the afternoon we reach a little mountain railway which will take us up to the peak at nearly 3000 meters. After absorbing the breathtaking views across Bavaria and into Austria, we return over the glacier by cable car to the middle-station and walk back to the hotel after a long but satisfying day on the hills.

Overnight: Grainau

Tuesday

We bid Farewell to the Zugspitze as we embark on our exciting walk through the mountains to the valley of Ettal, where we will visit the Schloss Linderhof, one of the palaces built by the Dream King, Ludwig ll. We continue to our hotel in the village of Ettal, belonging to one of the largest of many monasteries in Bavaria (where they still make their own beer), for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Ettal

Wednesday

We visit the beautiful monastery church next to our hotel and then we set off from Ettal to the village of Oberammergau, famous for the Passion Play performed every 10 years. We continue our journey along the valley to the village of Unterammergau in the Ammertal Alps. Later in the afternoon we travel on to a more westerly part of Bavaria and arrive in the spa town of Bad Aibling, to stay at our pretty hotel.

Overnight: Bad Aibling

Thursday

We spend the day in the Bad Aibling area, walking in the Voralps with panoramic views of the Austrian Alps in the distance. We return to Bad Aibling with time to enjoy this pretty Bavarian town before dinner.

Overnight: Bad Aibling

Friday

King Ludwig is our theme for today and we cannot leave Bavaria without visiting the fulfilment of his life-long dream, his Royal Palace, the fabulous Herrenchiemsee, the Bavarian Versailles. It is built on an island in the lake, which we reach by private boat, but it is here that tragedy turned his life full circle. Today we will also savour all the best of the Bavarian countryside, walking by the lake, with the mountains almost within arm’s reach.

Overnight: Prien am Chiemsee

Saturday

After breakfast we set off for the railway station at Prien where we must say ‘Auf Wiedersehen’.
 

This itinerary represents a typical Walk. We prepare itineraries well in advance of the trip and therefore we reserve the right to make changes due to weather, local events or other circumstances - but always to improve the experience of our guests.

Hotels

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Yachthotel Chiemsee - Friday

Yachthotel Chiemsee

Harrasser Strasse 49
83209 Prien am Chiemsee

T: +49 (0)8051 6960
F: +49 (0)8051 5171
E: info@yachthotel.de
W: www.yachthotel.de

The Yachthotel is situated directly on the western shore of the Lake Chiemsee with magnificent views of the lake, islands and Alps. The region Chiemgau is one of the oldest and most beautiful cultural regions in Germany - especially the Dhiemsee with its islands "Herrenchiemsee" and "Frauenchiemsee".
The well-appointed bedrooms include hairdryer, telephone, radio, TV and Wi-Fi internet access and there is also an internet cafe on site. The hotel has a spa and fitness center with indoor swimming pool, sauna and outdoor hot tub. Guests can enjoy breakfast on the terrace of the lakeview restaurant and the dinner menu specializes in regional dishes using local Bavarian produce.

This hotel list is a provided as an example. We may use different hotels of the same quality and style on specific trips. The Wayfarers will notify confirmed travelers of any changes to the hotels.

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