Lake Starnberg and Alpine Foothill
Start: Starnberg

Your Itinerary

King Ludwig Way Self-Guided Walking Holiday
Self-Guided | Individual | 8 days | 7 nights | From £549 per person

Holiday Information Overview

The King-Ludwig-walking path starts at the idyllic lake Starnberg, where the fairytale king died so tragically, and leads through the Alpine foothills over to the castles of the Allgäu region, where he spent his youth.

You walk past scenic highlights and Bavarian cultural treasures across a landscape, very much adored by this Bavarian monarch King Ludwig II which ultimately inspired him to have several castles and palaces built.

On your tour little monastery towns, tranquil villages, paths past lakes and moors await you. Enjoy the fantastic panoramic views onto the Ammergauer Alps, the Zugspitze summit and the Allgäu mountains just like King Ludwig used to.

Luggage transfers: Included
Maps and route notes: Included with picturebook directions
Meal options: Bed and Breakfast. Half board is an optional upgrade.
Difficulty: Easy to moderate. Please see our Difficulty Guide for more information.

Walking Tour Highlights
• Enchanting Alpine foothills & Bavarian lakes
• Monasteries, beergardens & pretty villages
• Marvellous distant views onto the Alps
• Untamed and romantic Ammer ravine
• King-Ludwig castles and palaces

Walking Route Features
You walk on walking paths or forest trails as well as on asphalted paths. For tours through the Alpine foothills with a walking time of 4 to max. 6 hours, stamina and a good basic finess level is required.

The approximate difficulty level for this tour
Difficulty Scale

Day-by-Day Walking Holiday Itinerary

1st Day: Individual journey to Bernried on Lake Starnberg

2nd Day: Bernried – Dießen on Lake Ammer

The tour leads you through the nature reserve along the banks of Lake Starnberg via the Ilka cave with its stunning view onto Lake Starnberg all the way to the Deixfurter pond.

Along pretty Bavarian villages with inviting beergardens you head for Andechs monastery with its own brewery. Then a short bus ride to Herrsching and a cosy boat trip to Dießen.

Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 21 km | Up 260 m / Down 170 m.

3rd Day: Dießen on Lake Ammer – Wessobrunn

From Dießen the path leads you across beautiful meadows and past the castle chapel and after that into the stunningly peaceful Stiller forest.

Via hilltops with marvellous views you reach Wessobrunn, home of the well-known ‚grey duke’ (historic belfry) and the natural landmark ‚Tassilolinde’. In the distance you get a glimpse of the Zugspitze summit.

Details: approx. 4 to 5 hours | 13 km | Up 230 m / Down 80 m.

4th Day: Wessobrunn – Peiting

Today you explore the Alpine foothills, very typical for Bavaria with its sleepy little villages and the remote moor areas. Prepare for a steep ascent onto the Hohen Peissenberg mountain, a magnificent spot with weather station and breathtaking panoramic views over the Alps from the Großvenediger all the way into the Allgäu region.

Onwards now downhill to Hohenpeissenberg and your tour continues through forests and across fields all the way to Peiting.

Details: approx. 4,5 to 6 hours | 20 km | Up 410 m / Down 400 m.

5th Day: Peiting – Wildsteig

From Peiting onwards to the untamed and romantic Ammer ravine. Several little bridges and footbridges take you through a ravine above the river Ammer all the way to Rottenbuch.

There an especially ornate monastery church awaits you. Then across hills and meadows with glorious views onto the Alpine mountain range, you arrive at Wildsteig.

Details: approx. 4 hours | 14 km | Up 270 m / Down 110 m.

6th Day: Wildsteig – Buching

From Wildsteig through idyllic moor regions onwards to the world famous UNESCO world heritage ‚Kirche in der Wies’ (church in the meadow).

Via soft hilltops, through forests and meadows covered in colourful flowers and distant views onto the Allgäu Alps and the King-Ludwig-country on Lake Forggensee to your Day 6 finish Buching.

Details: approx. 4 to 5 hours | 19 km | Up 150 m / Down 220 m.

7th Day: Buching – Füssen

Across nature reserves along and past Lake Hegratsried and then either continue on the path along Lake Forggensee to Füssen or via the Pöllat ravine uphill to the most stunning castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. Then along the path Alpenrosenweg into the historic market town of Füssen.

Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 19 km | Up 300 m / Down 310 m.

8th Day: Individual departure or extra days

Map & Route Information

Route Profile
You walk on walking paths or forest trails as well as on asphalted paths. For tours through the Alpine foothills with a walking time of 4 to max. 6 hours, stamina and a good basic finess level is required.

Where is the starting point of the holiday?

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Tour Information

Holiday Information

The King Ludwig Way tour stays in pretty 3*** hotels and country hotels carefully chosen for their location, hospitality and proximity to your tour route.

Your stay includes the daily transfer of luggage to the next hotel and permanent assistance in case of problems.

Available services

• 7 overnight stays incl. breakfast
• Luggage transfer
• Boat trip Herrsching – Dießen
• Detailed travel and tour documents
• Carefully elaborated route description
• Service hotline

Not included

• Bus fare from Andechs – Herrsching, approx. € 3 per person


Walking ▲▲
Tours are easy however for tours up to 5.5 hours good basic fitness level is required. In parts some sections can be shortened by taking a bus. Walks are on well maintained walking and forest trails as well as asphalted paths. Only minor altitude differences due to walks mainly in valleys.

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King Ludwig Way, 8 days, 7 nights

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Holiday Price: From £549
Single Supplement: £179

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