• Panoramic views from Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain
  • King Ludwig II's palace
  • Sample Bavaria's legendary beer
  • Oberammergau, home of the Passion Play
  • Dine in Europe's oldest restaurant

Explore this historic region where Bavaria meets Austria - mountains in all directions, sparkling sapphire lakes, fairy-tale castles and storybook villages - and food, delicious food! Our itinerary reflects the wide variety of landscape and culture of these intriguingly similar, but different, neighbours, where the old traditions are still very much a part of daily life.

We hear the story of King Ludwig ll, sometimes known as The Dream King and sometimes as The Mad King. We visit the opulent jewel of Linderhof, his favorite palace. In Austria's Tyrolean Alps we stay in a family-run hotel in charming St Jakob in Haus and dine in Salzburg in St Peters Keller, Europe's oldest restaurant.

Sunday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

Meet near the Munich rail station, then transfer to Garmisch-Partenkirchen where we take the mountain railway to the charming alpine village of Grainau. Walk to Hotel Waxenstein where we'll meet for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

Walk above Grainau to Lake Eibsee before tackling the lower slopes of the Zugspitze. A mountain railway takes us up to the peak at nearly 10,000 ft. After absorbing the breathtaking views across Bavaria and into Austria, we return over the glacier by cable car and walk back to the hotel.

Tuesday Overnight: Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer

Walk through the mountains to the valley of Ettal, stopping to visit the stately palace and gardens of Schloss Linderhof, built by King Ludwig II. Our hotel, in the village of Ettal, belongs to one of the largest monasteries in Bavaria (where they still make their own beer).

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Kaiserhof

Visit beautiful Ettal Abbey before leaving town for Oberammergau, famous for the Passion Play performed every 10 years. After lunch, we cross the border into Austria.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Unterlechner

After a short tour of Kitzbhel, its elegant shops and the Frauenkirche with its massive square tower, we walk the peaceful Kitzbhel Alps along the old Roman Way, stopping for a late lunch in Hirschberg. Then we'll board the train to Fieberbrunn and walk to our lovely family-run Hotel Unterlechner.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Unterlechner

Take the chairlift up to the extraordinary Jakobskreuz Cross and admire the spectacular view, before continuing to Fieberbrunn for lunch at Elisabeth's Konditorei (leave room for the irresistible cakes!) and back over the hill to our hotel.

Saturday Overnight: Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt Salzburg

Walk to the village of Waibring for lunch, then to magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and home to ˜The Sound of Music'. Our Farewell Dinner is in the St Peter Stiftskeller, said to be Europe's oldest restaurant.


You may wish to explore Salzburg on your own. Contact our Travel office for assistance with planning and reservations.
Our Walk Leaders "had a passion for the area which was contagious." K&JG

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


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Arrival: Munich
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Hotels - Where we stay

Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

The hotel has 100 years of history of hospitality from its beginnings as a simple tavern frequented by both smugglers and toll keepers, to the last 30 years when it has been managed by the Toedt family. The hotel is famous for its restaurant which serves fresh and seasonal cuisine and the current owner enjoys sharing his collection of art and sculpture on display in the individual rooms as well as the public areas. All bedrooms have been renovated, individually furnished and include TV, DVD, telephone and hairdryer. Guests have free Wi-Fi access, telephone calls to German landlines and use of the wellness area. The hotel has a full service spa with a wide range of treatments available.

Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer

Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer

The "Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer" and the Ettal Monastery are nestled in the heart of the Ammergau alpine region. It is part of Germanys largest nature-preserve, replete with impressive mountains, picturesque lakes, serene and colorful meadows and fresh, healthy mountain air. This place of stunning natural beauty also a place of custom and tradition, of art, culture and culinary delights that will make our stay an unforgettable experience. Rooms are tastefully and comfortably appointed, with satellite TV, telephone, shower or bathtub, hairdryer and internet access. The hotel has a swimming pool and a full-service beauty and health spa.

Hotel Kaiserhof

Hotel Kaiserhof

Nestled within the Austrian Alps, this lovely hotel has been completely rennovated over the last year by the family who have owned and run it for the last 30 years. It now combines fresh, comtemporary-designed rooms with the traditional style of the area and a very friendly atmosphere.

All rooms offer ensuite bath/shower, phone, cable TV, hairdryer, radio, safe and broadband internet access. The charming restaurant offers both local and international cuisine, always using fresh ingredients. Guests can indulge in the hotel's superb Wellness centre which offers an indoor pool surrounded by comfortable deck chairs, a fitness area, relaxing sauna & steam rooms, the stimulating light of a Sanarium, massages and a solarium.

The location has an added bonus for golfers as there are several excellent golf courses nearby, including the 18 hole championship Urslautal course on a high plateau with unique mountain scenery.

Hotel Unterlechner

Hotel Unterlechner

Situated in a sunny spot with a magnificent mountain backdrop and breath taking views in every direction the Hotel Unterlechner is the smallest four-star hotel in the Tirol. Intimate and family-run, it promises the ultimate alpine experience with ski-loops and hiking trails running from the hotel. A luxury spa provides an indoor pool, sauna and steam bath, a selection of massages and beauty treatments and a revitalising herbal whirlpool bath. Every room has a shower/WC, a basket containing a large bath towel, bathrobes and slippers, bath toiletries, cosmetic mirror, radio, satellite TV, room safe. Head chefs Manfred Rainer and Stefan Riepl promise a gourmet dining experience in the lovely restaurant of the hotel offering authentic, traditional, menus drawing inspiration from perennial favorites and adding a creative twist to classic tried-and-tested recipes.

Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt Salzburg

Radisson Blu Hotel Altstadt Salzburg

Located in the heart of the Old Town, the hotel is based in what was one of the oldest inns in the city, dating from the 14th century. The rooms are decorated in traditional Austrian style, but with all modern conveniences, including direct-dial telephones, free high-speed WiFi, minibar and safe. Each room overlooks either the Old Town, Hohensalzburg Castle, the Salzach river or the Kapuziner monastery. Dine on classic Austrian cuisine, prepared with locally-sourced ingredients under the glowing Symphonie restaurants stained glass ceiling of the Symphonie restaurant, with a view of the mountains.

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What Is Included in the Price of My Vacation

  • Full-time services of two staff - a Walk Leader and Walk Manager
  • A backup vehicle for resting walkers and moving luggage
  • Comprehensive Travel Information Package and Reading List
  • Diverse itineraries with an emphasis on history, geography, culture, peoples, flora and fauna
  • Demonstrations, wine tasting, admissions to museums and historic sites
  • All ground transfers (ferries, cable cars, trains, etc.)
  • Maps and unique souvenirs to commemorate your trip
  • First-class accommodations with cultural and historical interest
  • All meals - with choices - (Special dietary requirements? No problem!)
  • Wine with dinner
  • On-trail snacks and refreshments
  • All gratuities at hotels and restaurants