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German Alpine Road
A fairytale tour of the Alps

Zugspitze railway against an Alpine backdrop

Driving along the German Alpine Road is an amazing movie-style experience. This is one of Germany's longest-established tourist routes - 2002 marked its 75th anniversary. The German Alpine Road is an exhilarating route full of twists and turns. It covers around 450 kilometres between Lindau on Lake Constance and Berchtesgaden on Lake Königssee close to the border with Austria. This stunning route offers great variety - lush Alpine meadows, gentle hills, craggy mountain peaks, green forests, romantic valleys and sparkling lakes follow one another in a steady rhythm. Traditional farming villages alternate with historical towns against the majestic panorama of the Bavarian Alps. There are no fewer than 25 ancient castles, abbeys and fairytale palaces to visit. Over 20 crystal-clear mountain lakes offer not only thrilling views but also a wide choice of sports and leisure activities.

Waitress in a beer garden

A cycle path running parallel with part of the route enables cyclists to discover the beautiful Allgäu holiday region and put their fitness levels to the test. There are plenty of places to stop en route, including famous historical health resorts and cultural attractions. As the road twists its way along the fringe of the Allgäu and the Bavarian Alps, it opens up a wealth of breathtaking scenery and remarkable natural and cultural riches. You don't have to be a mountaineer to be passionate about the Alps. The area's excellent high-altitude mountain trails are well used by walkers, especially in late summer. The cable cars and chair lifts are also highly appreciated, particularly on the way up. A network of marked footpaths and hiking trails enables visitors to get out into the surroundings and visit local sights, such as impressive castles, magnificent palaces, churches and abbeys. There is plenty of choice - something for everyone. So, relax, enjoy the local hospitality and let the beauties, wonders and mysteries of nature work their magic on you.

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    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)