Bavaria Guided Walking Holiday

Duration: 7 nights
Type: European Centre Based
Walking Grade: 2 & 3

Enjoy walks above the shores of Tegernsee and around isolated Spitzingee with its traditional Bavarian village. Cable cars give access to higher routes, including Wallberg, with remarkable views. Experience a true taste of Bavaria at a nearby brewery or visit a traditional Gasthof. Additionally, the peace and serenity of the lakeside at our carefully chosen resort of Bad Wiessee will provide lasting memories. This area has a vast network of good paths due to its walking heritage as a spa and health resort.

Holiday Highlights

  • Stroll out from the hotel to enjoy Bad Wiessee's music, market and festival events, in areas such as Kreuth, which is only a 15 minute drive away
  • Ascend the summits around Spitzingsee for incredible views of the area
  • Visit the atmospheric Bräustrüberl beer hall for lunch, where uninterrupted conversation has been a tradition since it was built
  • Take a dip in the Iodine Sulphur springs
  • Sample Kaiser Schmarren (sweet pancakes) at the mountain huts

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with two options every walking day
  • All transport to and from walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays’ leaders
  • “With flight” holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • Seven nights’ accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Half Board – continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Terrassenhof. Unpack and settle in.

Today, both walks give an introduction to this pre-Alpine region of stunning peaks and peaceful meadowland.

Option 1 - Easier Walk

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

In summary: The easier walk ascends to Bauer in der Au and visits its large Alm (large area of meadow below the mountain). The descent crosses this meadowland  through a pleasant forest to a lovely viewpoint where most of Tegernsee can be seen. The route we take visits the Aquadome and its aquaria and then follows the lakeside path back to the hotel.

Highlight: Pleasant views of the meadowland and surrounding mountains.

Option 2 - Harder Walk

The harder walk starts and finishes at the hotel following a track along a river to a steep incline and over a ski road, and we can enjoy lunch at Auer Alm Gasthof. Later the descent follows a different route through forest via the lakeside and past some interesting old farm buildings, finally reaching the hotel.

9 miles (14½km) with 1,900ft (570m) of ascent.

Both groups take a boat to Rotach Egern, and then follow a riverside path.

Option 1 - Easier Walk

The easier walk ascends to reach a balcony path offering viewpoints of the lake. Our lunch stop is at a former monastery, now a beer hall! Walking through the older part of Tegernsee, we ascend onto the same balcony path and then descend to the small township of Gmund, famous for its papermaking industries, to catch a bus back to Bad Wiessee.

7 miles (11km) with 900ft (270m) of ascent.

Option 2 - Harder Walk

The harder walkers ascend through forest, glimpsing the lake before a stop for a drink at Galaun Gasthof. The ascent continues to the dramatically perched Riederstein Chapel with spectacular views of the mountain ranges and then continues to reach the pinnacle of the Baumgartenschneid. The steep descent is through woodland, along paths and forestry tracks, making a final drinks stop at the famous Bräustüberl.

7 miles (11km) with 2,100ft (630m) of ascent.

Both groups travel to the Wallberg Cable Car, and ascend to the top station.

Option 1 - Easier Walk

From the cable car station we can visit the tiny chapel or watch the paragliders. This is a good spot to photograph the views of the mountains and lake and relax in the station café. We then descend back down the cable car and begin our walk skirting the base of the Wallberg around to the small settlement of Enterrotach and a lunch stop. There follows a steady ascent, passing a waterfall to the beautiful mountain lake at Suttensee.

6 miles (9½km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.

Option 2 - Harder Walk

Our walk climbs from the top station to the Wallberg summit. We then return, descending to Wallberg Haus and then climb Setzberg pinnacle. The views from here are along the ridge towards the impressive twin limestone towers of the Risserkogel and the Blankenstein. We continue and finish in the pleasant village of Kreuth.

6 miles (9½km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent and 3,900ft (1,170m) of descent.

Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Munich: A popular destination for an interesting day out. There are numerous museums, art galleries, buildings and exhibitions to visit, not to mention shops, markets and parks. One day is not enough to get to know this much visited city but gives an interesting taste of the centre of Bavarian culture and the economic driving force behind its wealth. A visit might include walking to the Marienplatz and the Glockenspiel, the Hofbräuhaus, the Food Market, the Royal Residence, the Opera House or Maximilian Strasse. Bike hire is readily available in Munich and would offer a relaxed day visiting the various parks and green spaces incorporated into the city environs. 

Staying in the lakeside area: This offers many possibilities from cruises on the lake and bike hire to museum visits. Alternatively, spend a relaxing day using the hotel’s pool and spa facilities.

Bad Tölz: Easily reached by bus from the hotel. This is a chocolate-box spa town with its old quarter, beautifully located near the River Isar offers a quieter, relaxed day out.

Local information website: For information on Tegernsee visit

Both groups travel to Spitzingsee, a popular lakeside village surrounded by high mountains, where we ascend by cable car to the summit of Taubenstein.

Option 1 - Easier Walk

Our walk ascends Rotwand, our highest point of the week at 1,884m. This route has views, some of the best in the area, of Grossglockner and Zugspitze (highest mountains of Austria and Germany). We have lunch in Rotwandhaus and then take the cable car back to Spitzingsee.

4 miles (6½km) with 1,300ft (390m) of ascent.

Option 2 - Harder Walk

The harder route climbs to the summits of both Taubenstein and Rotwand for lunch and then makes a lengthy descent over Alm through woodlands to reach a deep limestone gorge full of bubbling waterfalls.

6 miles (9½km) with 1,100ft (330m) of ascent and 3,100ft (930m) of descent.

Both groups visit the cheese dairy at Pförn. 

Option 1 - Easier Walk

We will set out from Kreuth following the river and climbing through woodland, visiting a memorial spring and passing the impressive buildings at Wildbad Kreuth, en route to Siebenhütte for a drink stop. We cross a large Alpine meadow and can stop for lunch with views to the Blue Mountains marking the Austrian border. From there we drop down to a secluded valley, the Wolf’s Gorge, following its stream to a hidden waterfall. After lunch there is an easy stroll back to the bottom of the valley and transport back to the hotel.

7 miles (11km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent.

Option 2 - Harder Walk

Our walk leaves from a little further up the same valley climbing a forestry track, across a meadow and into a natural bowl hiding the charming Königs Alm. We reach a high point and follow a balcony path to the river by a trout farm. From here we pass the buildings of Wildbad Kreuth and a riverside walk back to Kreuth for the bus back to the hotel.

7 miles (11km) with 1,500ft (450m) of ascent.

We hope to see you again soon.

Hotel Terrassenhof - Bavaria

The friendly 4-star Hotel Terrassenhof occupies a commanding position on the lake front in a quiet part of Bad Wiessee. The hotel has a popular restaurant, which offers open lake views and a warm welcome from its staff. The hotel has its own bakery and is well known for its cherry and apricot streusel cakes.


The hotel has 72 well-appointed rooms with:

  • En-suite
  • Balcony or terrace
  • Many of which superb lake views
  • Mini-bar
  • Free internet access via WLan
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Bath towels and bathrobes


There is a garden and seating area on the lake front offering wonderful views of the peaceful lake shore and small boats.

There is a small bar area.

Guests can use the indoor swimming pool, spa facilities and fitness room. Beauty and massage facilities are also on offer as well as physical therapy.

Food & Drink

Our Guided Walking holidays in Tegernsee are Half Board with continental breakfast and a 3-course evening meal with salad buffet.


Continental breakfast is served from 7am and consists of cereals, selection of breads and local pastries, cheeses, fresh fruit and nuts, fruit juices, yoghurts, tea and coffee.

Picnic lunches

Ingredients can be bought from the local shops.

Evening meal

The hotel's restaurants are well known in the area and serve local Bavarian specialities such as Tegernsee fish, as well as international cuisine. The restaurant has a rustic Apline decor.


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.


Our Self-Guided holidays are on a bed & breakfast basis with an option for HB.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our Guided Walking holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before dinner whilst hearing about the next day's walks.

After dinner there is plenty of opportunity to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat with your fellow guests. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly.

Getting to Hotel Terrassenhof - Bavaria

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What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

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