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From Lake Königssee to Lake Chiemsee

€685 per person

Join us on this self-guided hiking tour exploring the Chiemgauer Alps on the border between Salzburg, Tyrol, and Bavaria. You will be crossing the borders between Austria and Germany in the company of the peaks of the High Alps, across vast alpine meadows and small cozy holiday resorts. Take pleasure in the beautiful landscapes of the serene Lake Koenigssee, the large Lake Chiemsee, playfully called the “Bavarian Sea”. The Koenigssee glacier lake area is without a doubt one of the most beautiful in Germany and is a notable highlight of this independent walking tour.

  • Destination
  • Duration
    8 Days I Difficulty: 3 (of 5)
  • What is included
    3* hotels and country inns incl. breakfast (halfboard supplement upon extra payment (check the Rates&Remarks tab for details); Luggage transfer; Transfer on Day 2; Uphill fare cable car from Lofer; Uphill cable car fare Hochplattenbahn; Downhill fare cable car Kampenwand; Carefully elaborated route; Detailed route instructions in English (1 x per room); GPS tracks upon request; Service-Hotline
  • What is not included
    Other meals; Fares for public transport (for example from Winklmoos Alm to Reit im Winkl, approx. EUR 10 per person; train fare from Aschau to Prien/Surroundings, approx. EUR 3 per person); Entrance charges; Visitors' taxes (payable locally);
  • Best period
    June, July, August, September
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Day 1: Individual journey to Schoenau/Koenigssee
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Day 2: From Schoenau/Koenigssee to Weißbach/Surroundings, 'National Park Berchtesgaden' (19km, 5-6hrs, +500m/-500m)
You begin your hiking tour with a laid-back walk past lake Hintersee and imperceptibly continuing deep into National Park Berchtesgaden. Enjoy breathtaking landscapes along the way, views of the ReiterAlpe and the Hochkalterer mountains. You will move around alpine pastures and through the gorge Seisenbergklamm into the Saalach valley. A truly remarkable start of your independent walking tour.
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Day 3: From Weißbach/Surroundings to Lofer, ‘Gorges and Pilgrims’ paths’ (14km, 4hrs, +320m/-370m)
Today you will have a great chance to walk the longest passage cave in Europe, the Lamprechts cave. You will discover a natural swimming pool in the Vorderkaser gorge and explore the St. Martin home of the pilgrim church ‘Maria Kirchtal’. In the afternoon, your goal is to arrive at the picturesque town of Lofer (Austria).
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Day 4: From Lofer to Reit i. Winkl, ‘Loferer Alm’ (16km, 5,30-6hrs, +740m/-600m)
You will start the day with a cable car ride up to Loferer Alm where the starting point of the hiking trail to the Steinplatten massif is. Enjoy the abundance of changing scenery, from alpine pastures to mystical mountain forests. You will have great opportunities for a pleasant picnic at the picturesque Winklmoos Alm alpine pasture. Rest your feet on a public bus ride to the beautiful Reit im Winkl (Germany) where your next overnight will be.
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Day 5: Rest day in Reit im Winkl
Take a rest day in the famous ski resort Reit im Winkl. You can relax by the Weitsee lake or if are in the mood for a short walk, you can hike along the trail to Fellhorn. The summit is above the treeline, yet covered in grass and flowers. Another option is a walk to the swimming lake Weitsee where you can spend a relaxing day at its banks.
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Day 6: From Reit i. Winkl to Unterwössen/Marquartstein, ‘Alpine pastures’ (16km, 5,30-6hrs, +700m/-840m)
Today your self-guided walking route takes you to lake Taubensee. It is a peaceful unspoiled mountain lake cuddled in a little basin of Rauhe Nade on a 1138m altitude. From there, pasture by pasture, you reach the valley of Achental.
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Day 7: From Unterwössen/Marquartstein to Prien/Surroundings, 'Kampenwand' (12km, 4-5hrs, +730m/- 230m)
You will spend your last hiking day of this tour crossing the alpine pastures on Hochplatte and Kampenwand with views over the Lake Chiemsee. Hop from cabin to cabin following the trail beneath Kampenwand until you reach the cable car which will take you down to Aschau. A short train ride will bring you to the lake Chiemsee.
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Day 8: Departure day.

TOUR LOCATION

Price
685 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (29/05-13/06; 13/09-03/10)
720 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (14/06-04/07; 30/08-12/09)
770 Euro per person in twin/dbl room (05/07-29/08)
* N.B.: If your travel period falls into two periods with different prices, the one with the higher price will be invoiced!
Single room & solo supplement
Single room supplement: 140 Euro
Solo traveler supplement: 220 Euro (incl. sgl. room supplement)
Tips
The trek is available for Saturday and Sunday departures only between June and end of September! To get to the starting point take a train to Berchtesgaden then bus or taxi (short ride) to Schoenau/Koenigssee (appox. 15 min., according to starting hotel). Return to Koenigssee by train/bus, duration approx. 2.5 hrs. (1 change). Organized return transfer to Schoenau/Koenigssee EUR 75 per person (min. 2 persons). Reservation is only payable in advance at the time of booking the tour and valid for Saturday/Sunday rides. Daily walking tours between 4 to 6 hours with some short but steep climbs. Easier alternatives to the high altitude paths are given. You walk on good walking paths and forest lanes. Sometimes surefootedness is required.
Accommodation
Pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels on bed & breakfast
Halfboard supplement
155 Euro (7x dinners; min. 3-course evening meal (sometimes outside the property, payable with voucher)

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