A different kind of drive-in movie: Idyll on the Alpine Route
A route meanders from Lindau at Lake Constance to the Berchtesgadener Land, which is sure to thrill motorcyclists and motorists in equal measure: the German Alpine Route, also known as the Trans-Alpine Route. But don't worry, despite what the name suggests, this Grande Dame of German holiday roads does not climb up steep mountainous slopes. Replete Alpine meadows, glittering lakes and gentle hills are located along the route as well as green forests, rustic villages and romantic valleys. Every few kilometres you will find a pretty place to take a break and enjoy the idyllic surroundings.
Culture, wellness and culinary delights
These delights are provided, for example, by the numerous beer gardens, huts and inns that are located along the route. Those who seek more wellness and relaxation instead will not have to search for long. The route passes through an incredible 60 health resorts – the perfect opportunity to treat yourself to a massage or a relaxing beauty treatment.
A trip along the German Alpine Route is also a special experience for those interested in culture. 25 castles and picturesque palaces as well as numerous cultural monuments are at the fringes of the route and are simply waiting to be explored. And hobby hikers will enjoy the network of well-marked walking and hiking trails, which lead to many of the famous sights.
The highlights of the route
Already the first section of the route between Lindau and Oberreute shows the western Allgäu from its prettiest side. The idyllic Waldsee, Germany's highest situated moorland bathing lake, is located near Lindenberg. Via Oberreute and the so-called "Paradise", an impressive viewing point, the route continues to Oberstaufen and then to Wertach. Here there is a real highlight for the little ones: the Buron Children's Park, with its giant slide and many other attractions, provides a welcome possibility to really let it all hang out. The route continues to Nesselwang, Halblech and Trauchgau, where we finally leave the Allgäu and arrive in Upper Bavaria.
Füssen, Bavaria's highest situated town, is the ideal starting point for a visit to the palaces of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. In the cold season the region also has a large number of winter sport facilities. In the Bavarian "Pfaffenwinkel" (the area between Lech and Loisach) there is a further tour highlight: the Wieskirche, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The tour continues in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Before reaching the town, we pass through the community of Farchant. Here it is worth pulling on your hiking boots and taking a brief hike to the Kuhflucht waterfalls, which are among the highest in Germany. Past the Walchensee and the delightful little settlements of Kochel am See, Bichl and Bad Heilbrunn, we reach Bad Tölz, which with its historic Old Town and picturesque Market Street is perfect for browsing. Via Lenggries, with its rafting tradition, we reach the picturesque Sylvenstein Dam and then Kreuth and Bayrischzell. Here one should visit the Albert Link Hut, around 16 kilometres away, where one can taste hearty specialities like crispy wood-fired oven bread or smoked bacon.
Via the Tatzlwurm road we then pass into the beautiful Inn Valley, where one should definitely visit Nußdorf, the most beautiful village in Germany. The route carried on via Rohrdorf and Frasdorf to Bernau. Now it is best to head towards Chiemseepark-Felden, where one can visit the Herreninsel, with the famous Herrenchiemsee Palace of King Ludwig II. Coming from Bernau am Chiemsee, the route leads through the wonderful Alpine landscape to Rottau and Grassau, as far as Inzell.
The final stage of the German Alpine Route begins towards Inzell. Between Weißbach and Schneizlreuth it is a great idea to hike in the wildly romantic Weißbach ravine. Before the Alpine Route ascends towards Ramsau, we recommend a small diversion to Bad Reichenhall. Finally, at the end of the German Alpine Route we reach Königssee, with its deep blue water and the world-famous pilgrimage church of St. Bartholomew.
All the information on the German Alpine Route can be found here: http://www.deutsche-alpenstrasse.de/de/startseite/