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German Alpine Road
A fairytale tour of the Alps

Snowboarder in the Zugspitze region

In this region, local customs and traditions - often of religious origin - are still very much alive. You can still experience the good old-fashioned way of life, including joyful country weddings and colourful local fairs. This is also home to traditional German music, zither ensembles and brass bands. The region's numerous lakes, national parks and countless nature conservation areas are a paradise for holidaymakers and sports fans. There are fabulous facilities for those who enjoy cycling, winter sports or other activities including adventure sports, water sports, wild water sports, rafting, hot-air ballooning and paragliding. The region also offers culture galore, a wide range of wellness breaks and excellent walking terrain with a wide range of flora and fauna. Every season gives the German Alpine region a different hue. In spring it's the fresh new green of the broad-leaved trees; in summer the mountain pastures are in full flower. In autumn the sunlight creates even more intense foliage colours; in winter the whole landscape is covered in a glistening white blanket of snow, like a scene from a landscape painting.

View of Neuschwanstein Castle

The German Alpine Road and the snow-covered landscape are also delightful in winter. A number of ski areas - varying in size - offer a range of difficulty levels. After exertions on the pistes, skiers can enjoy a warm welcome and some hearty refreshment at a traditional mountain hut. On Lake Constance, Lindau awaits with its mild climate, closely packed gabled houses and maze of narrow streets. After Oberstaufen, Germany's only Schroth health resort, the route reaches Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain. We then come to Linderhof Palace, a white jewel surrounded by glorious natural colours, Ettal Abbey, where you must try the famous abbey liqueur, Mount Karwendel with Mittenwald, a famous violin-making town, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle, idyllic Berchtesgaden, Lake Königssee and the Watzmann peak, to mention just some of the places you might like to break your journey. All along this panoramic route there are opportunities to try delicious Bavarian specialities, both in the fresh air at a beer garden or at traditional inns – hearty roast pork with dumplings, oven-fresh veal shanks, aromatic cabbage dishes and, last but not least, the famous "Mass", a litre tankard of beer. A spectacular mountain scenery tour along the German Alpine Road is a totally unforgettable experience.

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  • Themes
    Adventure, culture, fun & sport

Highlights in brief

  • Lindau
    Island town on Lake Constance
  • Ettal
    Linderhof Palace with fountains, Ettal Abbey
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Wintersports venue, Zugspitze mountain
  • Füssen
    Fairytale castles
  • Pfaffenwinkel
    Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church
  • Königssee
    "Eiskapelle" caves
  • Aschau
    Hohenaschau Palace
  • Rottach-Egern
    Ludwig Ganghofer
  • Berchtesgaden
    Watzmann mountain, Lake Königssee, St. Bartholomä chapel, salt mine, "glacier garden", Watzmann spa
  • Ramsau
    Parish church, Zauberwald (magic forest)