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Best Hiking Trails in Germany

Overview

Germany is a large European nation (straddling western and central Europe) that offers so much in terms of arts and culture, but also has excellent hiking in the very south of the country as well as in the Black Forest, and the hiking infrastructure to match. The main hiking regions in Germany are the Bavarian Alps in places such as Berchtesgaden National Park and near towns such as Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Mittenwald; Bavarian Forest National Park; Black Forest.  As well, there low altitude mountain areas such as the Harz Mountains and the Saxony region.  Hiking is a national pastime in Germany and there are no shortage of well established trails to embark on here.  The best months to hike in Germany are June to September for the Alps but a longer period for other regions.  Read on for more information on where and when to hike in Germany. 

Capital: Berlin

When To Hike in Germany?

April – October: The best months in the Bavarian Alps is June – September but other areas can be hiked earlier and later in the year
May; October: Some parts of the Alps
November – April: Cold; snowy

Climate: Moderately continental (hot summers, cold winters); the Alps have typical Alpine weather  Afternoon thunderstorms are common.

 

Germany Monthly Weather

Accessibility of Hiking

Very Easy: Marked trails, mountain huts, lots of resources available for hiking trip planning.  Hiking is a national pastime here so it is very easy to get out onto the trails. 

Transportation required: Public transit (excellent infrastructure); car for more remote regions

Where to stay in Germany for hiking:

  • Mittenwald
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Bad Schandau
  • Baden-Baden

Most popular hikes in Germany

There are low mountain ranges in the central part of Germany (known as the Uplands), but the real mountainous areas are in the very south where edges of the Alps creep into Germany from Switzerland and Austria. The two main mountain hiking areas are in the Bavarian Alps (in the very south of the country bordering Austria) and the Black Forest. There’s a few other minor regions such as Harz Mountains (low altitude) and Saxony region (low altitude). Highest Mountain: Zugspitze (2962 m) in the Bavarian Alps.

Filter out hiking places of Germany by month

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Black Forest

  • Apr – Oct
  • Nationalpark Schwarzwald – Black Forest National Park – lots of hiking trails; very close to France
  • Baden-Baden – ritzy town but a good base for the mountains in the Black Forest area; spa town

Harz Mountains

Saxony Region

  • Apr – Oct
  • Very low mountains, highest peak in the region is 723 m
  • Saxon Switzerland National Park – lots of hiking here Saxon Switzerland National Park and the whole Saxon Switzerland area; Bad Schandau is the main town in this region – Bad Schandau; tourist office can help with hiking info

Bavarian Forest National Park

  • May – Sept
  • Nationalpark Bayerischer Wald – Bavarian Forest National Park
  • To the east of the Alps, quite remote/wild, with bears, lynxes, but lots of well-marked hiking trails

Mittenwald

Garmisch-Partenkirchen

  • June – Sept
  • Popular ski resort town
  • Garmisch-Parktenkirchen Hiking
  • Near Zugspitze, highest peak in Germany
  • Tourist office here can offer lots of hiking advice

Berchtesgaden National Park

  • June – Sept
  • In the Bavarian Alps 
  • Nationalpark Berchtesgaden Nationalpark Berchtesgaden – offers some of the best hiking in Germany 
  • Also visit Könnigsee – beautiful alpine lake 
  • Eagle’s Nest – Hitler’s mountain retreat

Long Distance Trails of Germany

There are many long distance trails in Germany, these are just a few:

Germany's Walking & Hiking Resources

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Germany Hiking Books: Lots of books

 

Germany Hiking Associations/Clubs:

 

Best Hiking Trails in Germany:

You can find more details on hiking these trails from hiking guidebooks, official hiking websites, trail maps/apps, websites, and tourist offices:

  • Zugspitze – Bavarian Alps
  • Hike to Konigssee – Berchtesgaden National Park
  • Eagle’s Nest – Berchtesgaden National Park
  • Kramerspitz – Bavarian Alps
  • Herzogstand and Heimgarten – Bavarian Alps
  • Jochbergweg – Bavarian Alps
  • Hollental Loop – Bavarian Alps
  • Rennsteig

Easy Hiking Trails in Germany:

  • Partnachklamm (Partnach Gorge)
  • Triberg Waterfalls
  • Neuschwanstein Castle

 

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What Else To Do

  • WWII history
  • Arts & culture – classical music, etc – so many authors wrote or set books here
  • Rock climbing in Saxony 
  • Museums
  • Oktoberfest
  • All the Schlosses
  • The Romantic Road
  • Many beautiful non-mountainous hikes

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