Watzmann Tour

Duration: 4 days
Trails: T3 trails
Distance: 10 - 15 km per day
Ascent per day: More than 1000 m ascent per day

> Hike through Berchtesgaden National Park and around the Watzmann peaks
> Enjoy panoramic views during a ferry ride on the Königssee
> A tour with varying degrees of difficulty and challenges

South Germany has a rich history and here the Alps are also part of it. 2.5 hours from Munich and right below the Austrian city of Salzburg, you'll find the Berchtesgaden National Park, right next to the town of the same name. Here you overlook the impressive mountain range, the Watzmann. Officially, at 2,962 meters, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, but because it lies right on the border with Austria, some look to the Watzmann as the highest mountain because it does lie entirely in Germany.

In addition to a rich history, this mountain range also has a rich variety of challenges and types of hiking trails. One day you hike leisurely along the Wimbach stream, through the Wimbach Valley and the next day you climb via cables on the Falzsteig towards the Watzmannhaus. The variety results in stages that offer something new every day so you never get bored. During your final stage, you'll even use a local ferry to make your way back to Königssee.

In short, this tour offers you an unforgettable hiking experience through Germany's only Alpine National Park. With varying degrees of difficulty, you'll walk around one of the country's most famous, as well as most beautiful, mountain range. If you have experience in the mountains and want to get away from it all, walk around the Watzmann on a long weekend.



Königssee - Watzmannhaus

Duration: 05:20 h
Distance: 8.9 km
Ascent: 1310 m
Descent: 10 m
Guten Morgen! Today your Watzmann adventure commences. You start in Königssee, a cozy village located next to the eponymous lake. The first 5 kilometers (3 miles) go up steeply on a relatively easy trail before you continue hiking on flatter ground. In addition to the challenge of the many altimeters, you'll also encounter the Falzsteig shortly before the Watzmannhaus. This is where your mountain experience comes in handy as you have to use steel cables, steps and ladders to find your way up. A fantastic challenge that leads to a point that is considered the shoulder of the Watzmann and also your final destination; the Watzmannhaus. From here, true adventurers can climb the Hocheck, one of the highest peaks of the Watzmann Massif.



Watzmannhaus - Wimbachgrieshütte

Duration: 06:15 h
Distance: 14.5 km
Ascent: 620 m
Descent: 1200 m
You start today with the stretch you ended with yesterday and walk back down in the same direction for the first hour. This time you will leave the Falzsteig to the right and continue straight on towards the Falzalm. Here the steep descent continues until you reach the Wimbach. A small stream that flows from the mountains and provides beautiful water features and small waterfalls. Enjoy the view here and possibly a short break before continuing the hike. The last 7,7 kilometers (4,7 miles) you will walk parallel to the Wimbach creek through the Wimbach Valley. This is a relatively easy section, so mainly enjoy the surrounding mountain peaks and the breathtaking views of them. At the end of the valley you can unwind at the Wimbachgries Hütte and exchange your hiking boots for your nice soft hut slippers.



Wimbachgries Hütte - Kärlingerhaus

Duration: 06:30 h
Distance: 10.6 km
Ascent: 920 m
Descent: 630 m
Today offers you everything, making it the longest hiking day of your Watzmann Tour. After a good breakfast at the Wimbachgries Hütte you start with a short section through the valley and therefore on a blue hiking trail. After a short 1.3 kilometers (0,8 miles) you will deviate to the red hiking path and you will walk up steeply. After being on the trail for 4 kilometers (2,4 miles) you will cross the Hundstodgrube. This is a long distance where you will climb steeply over various rocks and stones. Take your time here and be careful to place your feet properly and not slip. This also applies to the section over the Hundstodgatterl because here it goes a bit further and it really starts to look like climbing. When you have passed this part you can leave the biggest challenge behind you and it is only 4 kilometers (2,4 miles) to the Kärlingerhaus, your sleeping place for tonight.


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  • Booking the huts

    We will take care of arranging accommodation on the Watzmann Tour for you. We will also provide you with a detailed itinerary for every stage and instructions on how to get to the trailhead.

  • Full travel guide

    We will send you on your way with a digital travel guide that includes a route description for the Watzmann Tour, interactive hiking maps, and the most important information applicable to your trek

  • Accommodation

    During your Watzmann Tour, you will spend your nights in mountain huts. In the mountain huts we normally only book dormitories, but we can look into private rooms on request. If the private rooms are fully booked or not available in the hut, we automatically book a bed in dormitories for you. Please note that private rooms are more expensive and there will be an additional charge for this.


  • Traveling to and from

    You have to make your own way to the starting point. The total amount does not include personal transport.

  • Transfers

    Should you need any form of (public) transport on location, this is not part of the trekking package. This includes the use of taxi, bus, cable cars, gondolas etc.

  • Travel Insurance

    Your international travel insurance is your own responsibility. Discuss your itinerary with the insurance company before your trek.

  • Personal expenses

    Personal expenses on such as souvenirs, drinks, and other similar expenses are for your own account.

  • Meals

    Meals are not included in the price on the Watzmann Tour unless otherwise indicated in the inclusive list. You can get something to eat at the mountain huts along the way or get food in the towns at the bottom of the route. If you want hot food at the hut, remember to ask for it as soon as you arrive at the hut.


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