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

Explore this historic region where Bavaria meets Austria - mountains in all directions, sparkling sapphire lakes, fairytale 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 Austrias Tyrolean Alps we stay in a family-run hotel in charming St Jakob in Haus and dine in Salzburg in St Peters Keller, Europes oldest restaurant.

Sunday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

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 or a swim in the indoor pool, we meet for an Introductory Talk and Welcome Dinner.

Monday Overnight: Romantik Hotel Waxenstein

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 3,000 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.

Tuesday Overnight: Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer

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.

Wednesday Overnight: Hotel Kaiserhof

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. After lunch and time to wander in the village, we drive across the border into Austria and fashionable Kitzbuhel for dinner and overnight.

Thursday Overnight: Hotel Unterlechner

After a short tour of the lovely town, its elegant shops and the Frauenkirche with its massive square tower, we walk the peaceful heights of the Kitzbuhel Alps along the old Roman Way, for a late lunch in Hirschberg (where the specialty is Mummy's Cakes!). We take the train from St Johann to Fieberbrunn and walk to our lovely family-run hotel in St Jakob in Haus.

Friday Overnight: Hotel Unterlechner

We ascend to the top of the mountain by chairlift to visit the extraordinary Jakobskreuz Cross and admire the spectacular view. We walk on 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

We walk to the village of Waibring for lunch and continue beside the babbling Salzach River to magical Salzburg, birthplace of Mozart and home to the Sound of Music. Our Farewell Dinner is in the St Peter Keller, reputedly the oldest restaurant in Europe.


You may wish to have breakfast at leisure before exploring more of Salzburg on your own. Departure this morning is based on individuals own arrangements.
Our Walk Leaders "had a passion for the area which was contagious" K&JG
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: Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Departure: Salzburg


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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