Sightseeing in Munich always includes visits to cathedrals, shopping plazas, and beer gardens. But like many European cities, the popular attractions are swarming with pesky tourists. To escape the hustle and bustle, consider a day trip to hike in the Bavarian Alps.
On a recent trip to Germany, our family did just that. And we had a breathtaking experience.
Our adventure may help you plan your own mountain excursion.
Metropolis to Mountains – A Short Drive
Our family had a variety of ages, so we found a hike with a moderate level of difficulty. The trail was next to Duftbrau, a cozy inn at the foot of the Bavarian Alps, about 50 miles southwest of Munich.
Since no mass transportation was available, the site was best accessible by car.
The ride was approximately one hour, but may vary depending on your driver’s skill on the Autobahn. NASCAR training may be advantageous.
Dress for Success – And Bring Snacks
Three hours were allotted for the hike, which included a one-hour ascent, leisure time for lunch, and an hour to descend.
As with any physical activity, proper clothing should be worn. Hiking shoes would be best, but comfortable sneakers may be a good second option. Certainly, trying to climb in flip-flops or scandals would be a mistake.
As the weather fluctuates in Bavaria, outerwear may be dependent on the season. Loose, comfortable clothing, worn in layers, should allow for a comfortable walk.
Of course water and a few snacks should be on hand to keep the body energized. You wouldn’t want to hallucinate and see the Sasquatch.
The Scenic Trail – Picture Time
The trail up the mountain hugged a crystal clear stream, complete with waterfall. The fresh air, bubbly creek, and mountain foliage were a nature-lovers paradise.
At a few points, the trail wound through a woodsy incline. Caution and sure-footedness were in order.
Exiting the forest revealed a panoramic view of the mountains. A vast expansion of green grass and blue sky allowed for a stunning view of the Alps.
Lunch On Top of The World
Walking along the mountainside, the trail coiled past grazing cattle and to a small restaurant. A perfect spot to rest, and have lunch.
The menu included sausage, hot dogs, and beer. For those looking for a traditional drink, buttermilk was available. A Dairy Queen milkshake it was not.
Back to Reality
On the walk down, we decided to take a paved trail. No sense in over-stimulating a full stomach. The scenery was just as beautiful, and every turn offered a photo opportunity.
Back at the car, we realized how easy it was to experience a humbling walk in nature so close to a major metropolis.