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Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley Self Guided Walking Holiday
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Highlights

  • Idyllic landscape with fantastic views to Mount Zugspitze
  • Wild colourful alpine flowers and mountain ponies
  • Gorge crossings with spectacular waterfalls
  • Local cuisine including Knodel dumplings and home made schnapps!
  • The tranquil sound of the ringing bells from alpine cows.

This idyllic Alpine trail meanders through the tranquil and colourful Leutasch Valley abundant with wild flowers and green pastures. Marvel at the spectacular mountain views towards Zugspitze - Germany’s highest mountain, breathe in the clean, crisp alpine air and listen out for cowbells in the distant mountains above. This beautiful and peaceful Leutasch Valley area on the Bavarian and Austrian border will be yours to explore, with spectacular views all around you will impressed by the wonderful natural rugged peaks of the mountains above.

Your journey begins in Garmisch Partenkirchen in South East Germany, where we have chosen a wonderful walking route through the green alpine pastures into the Tyrol region of Austria. Walking in the delightful Leutasch Valley with its pretty chalets surrounded by magnificent Alps will leave you feeling refreshed and invigorated. We have carefully planned the walking routes so you experience the best that the area has to offer with spectacular views of Zugspitze all around.

DAY 1: Arrive Garmisch Partenkirchen

Garmisch is located in Bavaria, South Germany and is easily accessible by train from both Munich (2hrs) and Innsbruck in Austria (1hr 45mins). There are many flights to Munich from Europe and some charter flights from Europe to Innsbruck.


Garmisch Partenkirchen is a beautiful mountain resort on the border of Germany and Austria, at the foot of the Alps. It has fantastic views over Zugspitze - the highest mountain in Germany. Our local partner will meet you at your Hotel in Garmisch at 6pm for a welcome meeting. They will provide maps and answer any last minute questions you have.


Overnight: Garmisch Partenkirchen


Hotel: Vier Jahreszeiten*** or Garmischer Hof


DAY 2: Walk from Garmisch to Mittenwald/Klais

You start today's walk by heading through Partnach Gorge with its wild waterfalls and tranquil water holes. As you head up to Eckbauer the mountain range - ‘Wetterstein’ can be seen all around where the views are spectacular. You continue onward through alpine pastures and through forests to Klais or alternatively a short train ride to Mittenwald.


Walk: 16km, 5.5 hrs, 640m ascent, 430m descent


Overnight: Klais/Mittenwald


Hotel in Klais: Casthof Post Klais or in Mittenwald: Jagerhof or Alpenrose***


DAY 3: Walk from Mittenwald to the Leutash Valley in Austria

An easy walk today with some slight up and downs. You start by walking to the gorge of ‘Leutascher Geister-klamm’ where wooden paths have been cut into the stone to provide walking routes 40m above the water! Following the path you enjoy spectacular views of the Alps as you head down to Austria where you will find the delightful Leutasch valley.


Walk: 14km, 4 hrs, 220m ascent, 30m descent


Overnight: Leutasch Valley


HotelTiroler Hof


DAY 4: Rest day/half day walk to Seefeld

The Leutasch Valley is a perfect place to enjoy a rest day, it is an idyllic spot with dramatic mountains views. The clean, crisp alpine air and the beautiful colours of the summer flowers will impress. An optional walk to Seefeld is highly recommended where there are many streets and wander through and shops to browse in. You can catch the local bus back to Leutasch for your overnight stay.


Walk: 9km, 3 hrs, 300m ascent, 220m descent


Overnight: Leutasch Valley


DAY 5: Walking in the Gaistal Valley up to Ehrwald Alm then down to Ehrwald

You start today with a short transfer from the Hotel bus to the start of the trail. Fantastic views over alpine pastures and mountains await today. Austrian mountain ponies are in abundance in the pastures of Gaisdal and as you head up to Ehrwalder the scenery is really impressive with fabulous views of the Alps. Take the cable car down to the valley and shortly after enter Ehrwald where your spend your overnight.


Walk: 17km, 5 hrs, 440m ascent, 290m descent


Overnight: Ehrwald
Hotel - Stern***


DAY 6: Walk to the foothills of Zugspitze and down to the Alpine Lake Eibsee

Gentle walking uphill through forests and alpine pastures with the sound of cow bells all around. You soon reach the viewpoint Eibseeblick with fabulous views down to Lake Eibsee. The walk continues down and enters back into Germany. An optional walk around lake is recommended - add an extra 1.30hr for this. Take the train back to Garmisch for your last nights stay.


Walk: 12km, 4 hrs, 540m ascent, 510m descent


Overnight: Garmish Partenkirchen
Hotel - Vier Jahreszeiten*** or Garmischer Hof


DAY 7: Onward Travel

If you have time today before your departure why not take the mountain railway up to The Zugspitze which is the highest mountain in Germany, the mountain railway is right next to the railway station.

Accommodation

We specifically select your accommodation to ensure that you enjoy every minute of your stay. They all offer a warm welcome to walkers, traditional hospitality and delicious local food. We aim to give you an authentic experience and use local family run accommodations in 3* traditional hotels. The hotels are generally chalet types with wooden interior which are typical of the region.


Alternate Accommodation

During high season, you might be booked into a different accommodation which is not listed in the description, and the start or end of some of your walking routes may be slightly altered. Any alternative accommodation will be of the same standard as those described.


Single Rooms

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


Solo Walkers

This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Meals

A delicious breakfast is included each morning. Lunch and dinner are not included. Most accommodations are happy to provide a packed lunch - this should be requested on arrival. Or you can pick up lunch in the village or stop along the trail. Your route notes have details for each day. Dinner is available either at your accommodation or nearby bars, cafes and restaurants and we can add on a half board option if required. This will show up as part of the booking process.

This holiday is available to start on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from Mid June - Mid September.  You can start on other days of the week only if there are 4 or more people in your party.


Please note that this area of Germany is very busy on the 2nd, 7th and 8th July 2017 due to the Garmisch Bike Festival and therefore these dates are unfortunately unavailable.


Time of Year

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is fair.


Single Rooms & Solo Walkers

If you require single rooms within your party we would be happy to accommodate you although there is a single room supplement payable.


This holiday is available for solo walkers but we would recommend that you are experienced in walking and navigating alone. If you are travelling solo the holiday is slightly more expensive as some costs are not shared.


Grade & Terrain

The walking is graded moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle.  Perfect for regular walkers, some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths. More ascent and descent involved so a good level of fitness will be required.


Navigation

The routes on this holiday are not way marked so you will need to follow the route notes with maps that we provide. The notes are in picture form which makes it easy to navigate and if you are unsure of a turn then you can always go back to the last picture to make sure you are on the right track.


Baggage Transfer 

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.


Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Macs Adventure that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the activity and emergency evacuation and hospital care


General Information

The distances and ascent/descents are approximations of the recommended routes. Please be prepared by packing all necessary items, for example, proper rain gear (jacket and pants), sun hat, sunscreen. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes for the cooler months and lightweight clothing for summer, and a day pack.

Getting to/from Garmisch Partenkirchen

Garmisch Partenkirchen is located in Bavaria, South Germany, it has a railway station and is easily accessible by the following:


By Air: You can either fly into  Munich Airport (Germany) or Innsbruck Airport (Austria). Munich serves many airlines both internationally and local and Innsbruck which is a smaller airport mainly serves charter flights.


From Munich Airport: You can take a train directly from the airport to Munich and then a direct train to Garmisch (2hrs 30mins). Please visit the DB Bahn Website to check times.
From Innsbruck Airport: You can catch a direct train to Garmisch from Innsbruck (1hr 20mins). Please visit the DB Bahn Website to check times.

Included

  • Accommodation for 6 nights in comfortable 3* hotels
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers as per itinerary
  • Welcome meeting at 6pm on day 1 by our local partner
  • Detailed picture route descriptions and maps
  • Downhill cable car ticket for Ehrwald
  • Ticket from Eibsee to Garmisch
  • Pre-departure information pack
  • 24-hour assistance by phone

Excluded

  • Flights and transfers to first / from last accommodation
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses such as drinks, phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Any items not specifically mentioned in the program

Extras

  • Single room supplement(s) if applicable
  • Solo walker supplement if applicable
  • Additional nights during the walk.
  • Half board supplement (to include evening meals)

Frequently Asked Questions

We are often asked the following questions and I hope that you will find the answers useful. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any further queries.

How fit do I need to be?

The walking is graded moderate so you will enjoy the holiday more if you already enjoy an active lifestyle.  Perfect for regular walkers, some days will be more challenging than others and the terrain will be varied with some rough and rugged footpaths. More ascent and descent involved so a good level of fitness will be required. 

How do the baggage transfers work?

Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person.

Which is the best airport to fly to?

You can fly into either Munich Airport in Germany or Innsbruck Airport in Austria, check out the travel details for more detailed information.

How far in advance do I need to book?

We suggest you book as soon as your plans are finalised as this holiday is extremely popular especially as the season is short (June - Sep).  Please note you can start this holiday on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the season.  This is due to baggage transfer restrictions.  You will find up to date availability on our website and we will always try and accommodate your plans.

What personal equipment do I need?

You will need good walking shoes/boots, comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers, a daypack, warm clothing in the early/late part of the year and hats etc during the summer. We supply a detailed packing list with your information pack.  

When is the best time of year?

The best months for walking are in the summer months between June and September when the wild flowers are in bloom and the weather is fair.

What happens if I can't walk a stage?

You can use public transport or local taxis to continue to your next overnight stop.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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4.3

(based on 10 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun (9)
  • Great accommodations (6)
  • Well organised (6)
  • Once in a lifetime experience (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Holiday (9)
  • Relaxation (7)
  • Trying something new (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • World traveller (6), Occasional traveller (5), Avid adventurer (3)

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5.0

Extraordinary!

By Isaac

from Germany

About Me World Traveller

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun
  • Great Accommodations
  • Once in a Lifetime Experience
  • Well Organised

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation

    Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

    This was an incredible and straightforward trip with enough guidance to feel confident and enough freedom to be able to do what we wanted. Great views, fun places, cool people, amazing food, all at little work on my part (besides the beautiful hikes).

     
    4.0

    Lovely week's walking

    By Pedestrian

    from St albans

    About Me Occasional Traveller

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Well Organised

    Cons

    • Two of the hotels didn't have restaurants

    Best Uses

    • Holiday
    • Relaxation

    Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

    Four of us (three teenagers and a ? Aged mother) had a great time. The organisation was good, and the accommodation clean, friendly and comfortable. The weather was mixed but still enjoyable. A lovely introduction to walking holidays

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I would recommend this trip to anyone seeking an adventure

    By Nellie the adventurer

    from Houston, Texas, USA

    About Me First time on a self-guided walking tour

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun
    • Great Accommodations
    • Nurtured by nature
    • Once in a Lifetime Experience
    • Well Organised

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Holiday
      • Relaxation
      • Thrill Seeking
      • Trying Something New

      Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

      As a fist timer on a self-guided walking tour, I had the best adventurous week of my life! I enjoyed the beauty of nature, the clean alpine air and the friendly people in the mountain towns. I appreciated the clarity of the walking instructions in the Eurohike guidebook and how very well organized the whole trip went. I wish the there was an option to spend an extra day in a town as I was particularly charmed by Mittenwald. I imagine if you start on a Friday, that may be possible
      to continue with those who start on Saturday or Sunday. A great holiday to recharge and refresh!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley -- Breathtakingly Beautiful!

      By Buggs

      from Arizona

      About Me Avid Adventurer, Occasional Traveller, World Traveller

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun
      • Great Accommodations
      • Once in a Lifetime Experience
      • Well Organised

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Relaxation
        • Thrill Seeking
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

        This was an outstanding trip. My contact with Mac's, Minna, was great and very helpful in getting my trip planned and booked. The physical challenge of the walking tour was perfectly suited to me and my level of fitness, and it was a great deal of fun – I was smiling every step of each glorious day. The views on every section were spectacular and extremely varied, and each new town was more picturesque than the last one. Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald, Wiedach, Seefeld, and Ehrwald were each uniquely beautiful and friendly little towns. I loved having time each afternoon to explore each town. I had a couple days that included rain, but I had my rain gear and kept dry and warm and comfy. The gorges on the first 2 days are spectacular. Some of the views and scenery were extremely moving. The history of the 1936 and 1964 winter Olympics at Garmisch and near Seefeld were very special to me. The top of the Zugspitze on a clear day is really something unique to experience. There are plenty of places along the way to stop for lunch or liquid refreshment, and the inns are all great and staffed with helpful, friendly people. Plenty of options to pick from every night for dinner in each town, and the breakfasts were all more than adequate. My only minor nit or pique had to do with some deficiencies in the guide book and how certain sections were described, which I will communicate directly to Macs. I am still rating this a full 5 stars, as it really was the perfect trip for me.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Beautiful scenery - worth the effort!

        By Ali

        from Australia

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clear route notes
        • Fun
        • Local food

        Cons

        • Lots of public transport

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Relaxation
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

        The trip got off to a poor start when we nearly missed our pre-departure meeting as we were told the meeting was at our hotel, when it was actually at another hotel 10 minutes away. The route notes were very helpful - photos were great! We found the walks challenging enough that we felt we had earned our dinner each night but short enough that we had time to explore the villages we stayed in along the way. Beautiful scenery, and there were plenty of places to stop along the way for food an d refreshments as needed. We didn't realise there would be so many trains/buses/cable cars involved - the public transport timetables meant we had less flexibility with when we started our walk each day. Not recommended for people who don't like heights - the walk through the gorge and the cable car ride could both be unpleasant!
        Overall a beautiful walk and a great way to explore the German-Austrian border.

        (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Overall, well worth doing

        By JRHR

        from Scotland

        About Me Occasional Traveller

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Scenery
        • Optional Extras

        Cons

        • Avgpoor Accommodation
        • Very Seasonal

        Best Uses

        • For Scenery Lovers
        • Holiday
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

        As the title suggests, looking back on the trip the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.

        Getting to Garmisch-Partenkirchen from Munich was a breeze, there is a regular and, of course, efficient train service. Our first night's accommodation was pleasant if a little dated and the staff were friendly. Just to note our German was poor and for the most part we managed fine, minus a few awkward moments ordering food etc.
        The rep met us on our arrival evening. She turned up seeming very rushed and announced she was in the middle of a dance class and would need to be getting back there after the meeting. Her English was quite poor and she just generally didn't fill us with confidence about the whole trip. More, here's your pack, do what it says, I'm off to go dancing.
        After receiving our travel packs, which really do contain everything you need to know along with pictures of all deviations on the route, we were a little surprised to be starting our first day with a bus connection to the start point. If you're organised however, the route to the starting point is perfectly walkable and won't add much on to your day.
        Without going into detail of every day of our trip I'll note a few positives and some negatives we encountered along the way:

        - The scenery really is worth it
        - The walking is sufficiently varied/interesting
        - The rooms were adequate and all were clean
        - Trip up the Zugspitze is expensive so make sure its a clear day, definitely worth the money if it is.

        - Be prepared for a surprise tax charge at each of the hotels. We may have missed this in the trip notes and so were confused when asked for more money. This only amounts to a couple of euros pppn.
        - We walked quite early in the tourist summer season and many of the restaurants and shops were closed. You can see how the towns would be buzzing during the winter and peak summer but otherwise they really are ghost towns. Which is nice in a way, less so for finding things to do/places to eat.
        - Not the trip if you're looking for a culinary adventure. Pasta and Pizza seem to be a staple. But the flies buzzing around the uncovered hams at morning breakfast do add some zing.
        - Seriously, surprising amount of flies.

        We took an extra day at the end and walked up Mount Wank, located right next to Garmisch. There is cable car access to the top but the walking route is very fun even though it's steep (no need for a map once on the route, very well marked). The view at the top was the best part of the whole trip for us. Highly recommended. There are many other routes available from Garmisch, too.

        Overall, spectacular views, nice people and reasonably well organised by Eurohike on behalf of Macs Adventures but just don't get worried if pieces don't match up, they will as you go along.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        A truly brilliant experience

        By Harry the Hiker

        from North Yorkshire

        About Me Occasional Traveller

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

        • NONE

        Best Uses

        • Holiday
        • Relaxation
        • Trying Something New

        Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

        The information provided was really very excellent. In addition to the route book provided we were provided with train timetables, bus timetable etc that were explained to use by our tour representative. On Day 1 we met our representative at the hotel who provided us with the materials that we would need for our stay. The guide book is very simple and easy to use. The main problem was not being distracted by the wonderful scenery so that we kept up with the pictures in the route book. All the walking is along well marked trails and the signage along the walks was so good that we often didn't need to refer to the book. I would rate the walks as modest and accessible to people with reasonable level of fitness. They were no more difficult that the walks I do at home in Yorksher and the Peak District. There were some steep climbs but the walks are structured in such a way as to get the climbs out of the way early.
        The hotels were all of a very high standard and you are provided with vouchers to give to each hotel when you arrive in lieu of payment. All the staff at the hotels were really used to dealing with hikers so were expecting us. The baggae transfer was excellent. We were told by the hotel staff where our bags should be left and they were always waiting for us at our destination. I would say that it is best to take a map case as the route books are paper and if you get adverse weather the book very quickly deteriorates. Also I advise anybody doing this tour to invest in the German Kompass map as the ones provided are small and not as easy to follow the terrain on as a Kompass map. Finally, the rest day activity was a trip to the lake at Seefeld. We didn't do this as the rain was ver heavy on the rest day so we got the train from Seefeld to Innsbruck and had a few hours walking round Innsbruk. This seemed to be an excellent excursion if the weather is poor and I would recommend the organisers of this tour to provide information on train times to Innsbruck from Seefeld in the information pack.

         
        3.0

        Check the weather forecast

        By BFS

        from Kentucky, USA

        About Me Avid Adventurer, World Traveller

        Pros

        • Spectacular scenery

        Cons

        • Too Complicated

        Best Uses

        • Holiday

        Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

        Overall, it was a great hike. There were some bugs, though. The trail is very complicated and the trail guide is not as clear as it could be (read that - missed turns and extra mileage). There were a surprising number of connections - buses, trains and shuttles. And then there is the weather. We went in late June, which averages 6" (15cm) of rain. And it rained on 3 of the 5 days of hiking. It's hard to see the Apls when they're shrouded in fog.

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Marvellous Mountains and Meadows

        By Paraffin Pathfinder

        from London

        About Me Keen walker, World Traveller

        Pros

        • Fun
        • Great Accommodations
        • Well Organised

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Holiday
          • Relaxation
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

          This is a great way to share time with friends and family as well as exploring this beautiful region of Southern Germany and Northern Austria. The variety, from mountains to gorges, from alpine meadows to cable cars, maintains the interest every day whilst the self guided format of the holiday allows the walker to set their own pace and choose how to use thier spare time.
          The views were stunning, the tranquility was wonderful and the winter rewarded the hardy explorer with an exceptional display of spring flowers.
          On a good summers day, the weekend trippers do swell the numbers of visitors at the more accessable lakes, but elsewhere this region just swallows the crowds.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          The Hills are Alive with the Sound

          By J and J the walkers

          from Lancashire

          About Me Occasional Traveller, Walking tourist, World Traveller

          Pros

          • Friendly Locals
          • Fun
          • Great Accommodations
          • Majestic views
          • Once in a Lifetime Experience

          Cons

          • No scale map provided
          • Up dated guide

          Best Uses

          • Get away from it all
          • Trying Something New

          Comments about macs adventure Bavaria & The Leutasch Valley:

          The great things are:
          It is exactly as it says on the tin

          In fact it exceeded our expectations

          Travelling at your own pace suited us down to a 'T'and knowing your bags were there at the end of each day helped as well

          A couple of little improvements:

          Provision of a scale map of the whole route would be useful maybe instead of a hat

          The photo guide also needs a little bit of an update as some of the photos were a bit out of date and perhaps a bit more of an explanation of the route on the first night

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