Hiking vacation in the Allgau
Your hiking hotel in the Allgau
Mountains seem eternal and unshakeable - but the only eternal thing about them is their constant change. The region around the Neuschwanstein Castle and the city of Fussen, Germany, is a true paradise for hikers.
From Easy Mountain Hikes to Challenging Climbing Tours
From leisurely walks to difficult climbs, the area around the Hotel Zum Hechten near the Neuschwanstein Castle has something for everyone. Mountain fans will love the Ammergau Alps, one of the largest protected natural areas in Germany, as well as the summit tours and high-altitude hiking trails of the Allgau, Lechtal and Tannheim Alps.
For those who don’t want to take on challenging mountain hiking in the Alps, there are plenty of leisurely walks and easy hikes through the hilly Allgau region of Bavaria and lovely flat trails that lead through forests and meadows. Plus, there are more than 10 beautiful picturesque lakes in this region to see on foot.
125 miles of well-groomed and well-signposted hiking trails in Fussen alone are perfect for exploring this area’s beautiful nature.
Hiking Around the Neuschwanstein Castle
Take on day hikes in Bavaria with beautiful views as well as longer, multiple-day tours on the King Ludwig Trail or the Ostallgaeuer Hoehenweg long-distance trail. Go trekking to the area’s most beautiful alpine chalets on the Via Alpina’s newly signposted Purple Trail. Fussen offers more than 32 miles of well-groomed winter hiking trails between Lech, the Faulenbach Valley, the Hopfensee lake and the Weissensee lake.
Lovely Chalets and Cottages
Spending time at an alpine chalet or cottage is a true experience. Rustic rooms and hearty Bavarian food are the signs of these idyllic guest houses which were often used in the past as accommodation for loggers or alpine herders. These chalets’ small rooms are nice and cozy and you can warm up next to a fire in the fireplace. Every hiker will love a hearty meal and something to drink at one of these traditional alpine cottages.
The royal hunting grounds on the Tegelberg mountain
The city of Fussen and the Tannheim and Ostallgau Mountains to the south; the Ostallgau Alpine foothills to the west; and lastly, the Ammergau Alps to the east. It is no wonder that Crown Prince Maximilian, later King Maximilian II of Bavaria, loved the Tegelberg Mountain.
In 1852, Maximilian II had a hunting lodge on the Tegelberg ridge built. From this building, the still-existing Tegelberghaus (at an altitude of 1,707 m), he could enjoy the view of the beautiful valley. Just a few metres away is the Tegelberg cable car station.
He also arranged the trail from the Bleckenau guest house to the Tegelberg Mountain, also known as the "Ahorn-Reitweg", or the "maple riding trail" in English. In the past, most of the trails in the Ammergau Alps were riding trails kept relatively level so hunters could easily roam the area on horseback. A large part of the Ammergau Alps and the adjacent area of Tyrol were royal hunting grounds until 1918.
Their love of nature led the Wittelsbacher royal family to inadvertently set the foundation for tourism in their region. Queen Marie of Bavaria, an enthusiastic alpinist, frequently visited the hunting lodge on the Tegelberg Mountain. It was one of her son King Ludwig II's favourite places and each year, he enjoyed the solitude of the mountains for a few days.
The Tegelberg mountain is an unparalleled paradise for paragliding and hang-gliding.
Visitor information for the Tegelberg mountain, Schwangau
The cable car operates from 9 am to 5 pm
During dry weather, the summer toboggan run is open from 10 am to 5 pm