What can you do on the right and left of the Alpine Road? Which buildings, monuments and other sights are worth a stop or side trip?
German Alpine Road: 19 Things to Do
Haus der Berge – National Park Centre in Berchtesgaden
Triad of information, education centre and an outdoor area. With a cinema, gastronomy, special exhibitions and library.
Obersalzberg National Socialist Documentation Centre
The documentation is a place of learning and remembrance conceived and supervised on behalf of the State of Bavaria. It offers the opportunity to learn about the history of Obersalzberg and the history of National Socialism at the historical site.
Between Inzell, Weißbach and Schneizlreuth, the Weißbach meanders through a mighty gorge below the German Alpine Road. A hike through this Weißbach gorge leads over stairs and footbridges past gullies and waterfalls.
"Gasthof Zellerwand Inn" in Schleching
Landmarked building, built in 1853, with charming restaurant in original condition. The inn is run by the fifth generation. It stands for regional alpine cuisine with many products from local farmers.
gasthof-zellerwand.de (only in German)
Hohenaschau Castle and Falconry
The castle (on the left in the picture) has dominated the Priental since the 12th century. Visits only as part of a guided tour. Halfway up the southern castle hill you will find the Hohenaschau Castle falconry.
aschau.de | falknerei-burghohenaschau.de (only in German)
Holzknecht Museum Ruhpolding
The museum is dedicated to the life and work of the forest workers and foresters in the former Traunstein salt works area. In the open-air area, woodcutter’s huts, woodworking displays and interactive stations.
holzknechtmuseum.com (only in German)
Markus Wasmeier and Glentleiten Open-air Farm Museums
Original old farms and building culture! The Markus Wasmeier Museum Village is located directly on the Alpine Road at Lake Schliersee. The Glentleiten open-air museum was built near Großweil near Lake Kochel.
wasmeier.de (only in German) | glentleiten.de
Franz Marc Museum
Modern museum building near the German Alpine Road and high above Lake Kochelsee. Outstanding collection of German Expressionism and post-war abstraction. Changing exhibitions place the works of the “Blaue Reiter” and the “Brücke” in new contexts.
Walchensee Power Station Industrial Monument
The imposing Walchensee storage power station is considered the cradle of industrial electricity generation in Bavaria. Completed in 1924, it was one of the largest hydroelectric power plants in the world with an output of 124 megawatts. Even today, it is still considered one of the largest high-pressure storage power plants in Germany. It has been a landmarked industrial monument since 1983. With information centre for visitors.
uniper.energy (only in German)
The heart of the complex is the basilica, built by Joseph Schmuzer from the Wessobrunn school according to plans by Enrico Zuccalli, side altars and pulpit by Johann Baptist Straub, ceiling paintings by Johann Jakob Zeiller. The monastery includes a brewery, a liqueur factory, a brew pub and café, a hotel and a show dairy.
kloster-ettal.de (only in German)
Royal Castles Linderhof and Neuschwanstein
Linderhof, built between 1870 and 1886 on the model of French pleasure palaces, is the smallest of Ludwig’s castles and the only one completed during his lifetime. (The famous grotto is closed for renovation until 2024). The idealised medieval knight’s castle of Neuschwanstein was still a major construction site until Ludwig's death in 1886.
schlosslinderhof.de | neuschwanstein.de
The Wieskirche – “Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour”
Rococo in perfection. The famous church is located in the municipality of Steingaden in the so-called “Pfaffenwinkel”. It was built by the brothers Johann Baptist (painter and plasterer) and Dominikus Zimmermann (plasterer and master builder) and other artists from 1745 to 1754. Unesco World Heritage Site since 1983.
wieskirche.de | pfaffen-winkel.de (only in German)
Falkenberg Castle Ruin
Situated 1,277 metres above sea level on a mountain cone, the ruins offer a magnificent view of the Allgäu Alps and the Alpine foothills. You can also catch a glimpse of Neuschwanstein Castle. A small showroom in the castle hotel provides information about the ruins and plans of King Ludwig II. His last dream castle was to be even bigger than Neuschwanstein Castle!
pfronten.de | burghotel-falkenstein.de (only in German)
Try out old tractors (Fendt, Mc Cormick, Porsche and Eicher) on remote side roads and narrow paths near Nesselwang. Rental times between two and eight hours. A car driver’s licence is sufficient.
traktorausflug.de (only in German)
White water fun on the Iller. The station of the organiser MAP-Erlebnis can be found in Bihlerdorf in the restaurant “Schiff”, just off Illerstraße 26.
map-erlebnis.de (only in German)
The Gunzesried alpine dairy is the oldest continuously run alpine dairy in Bavaria (since 1892). In the shop at Talstraße 32 many types of cheese and also ice cream made from mountain farmer's milk! Gerstenbrändle alpine dairy, family-owned for seven generations, with cosy rooms in rustic farmhouse style. Easy to reach by car.
gunzesrieder-bergkaese.de | gerstenbrändle.de (only in German)
The water of the Weißach falls twice in succession from a height of ten metres over rock steps and collects in a large pool each time. Can be reached on foot in about an hour from Buchenegg or Steibis.
buchenegger-wasserfaelle.de (only in German)
Skywalk Allgäu Adventure Park
Tree-top walk and observation tower near Scheidegg. With an adventure playground, forest adventure trail, restaurant, beer garden and more.
skywalk-allgaeu.de (only in German)