Hallertau, Zugspitze, Osterseen or Buckelwiesen: You have to see and experience these and six other nature highlights in Upper Bavaria
10 Nature Highlights in Upper Bavaria
Berchtesgaden National Park
Over 250 km of hiking trails and climbing routes in pristine natural surroundings. The highlights are the Watzmann mountain and Lake Königssee. Plenty of information is available in the Haus der Berge.
berchtesgaden.de | www.haus-der-berge.bayern.de
It is the second-largest island on Lake Chiemsee. A footpath runs around one and a half kilometres around its perimeter. Frauenwörth Abbey is a pilgrimage site for St. Irmengard, patron saint of the Chiemgau. It is also home to the well-known Lake Chiemsee artist colony.
At 2,962 m, this is the highest peak of the Wetterstein mountain range and Germany’s highest mountain. It can be climbed on foot or in the comfort of the rack railway or cable car.
More than twenty small moorland lakes in the district of Weilheim-Schongau are protected as an ice decay landscape, but there are bathing sites and one campsite. The beauty of the scenery has long proved a magnet for painters.
starnbergersee.de (only in German)
Southern Lake Ammersee Bird Reserve
In the south of Lake Ammersee lies one of Bavaria’s most important wetlands. The banks, reeds and meadows provide suitable nesting sites for many birds such as cormorants, greylag geese, little grebes, black coots, reed warblers and others.
pfaffen-winkel.de (only in German)
This is a striking, exposed mountain in the Mangfall mountain range (1,838 metres), high above Bayerischzell and between the Leitzach and Inn rivers. It offers fantastic views into the foothills of the Alps and to the summits of the Karwendel, the Glockner group, the Zillertal Alps and Hohe Tauern. It is easily accessed via hiking trails, a rack railway and a cable car and boasts a mountain chapel and inn.
tegernsee-schliersee.de | wendelsteinbahn.de
One of the loveliest high valleys in Bavaria, it is near Lake Walchensee to the south of the Benediktenwand.
toelzer-land.de (only in German)
This landscape is traversed by the rivers Inn, Salzach, Isen, Alz and Rott. It offers pristine natural and river landscapes for cycling and river tours.
inn-salzach.com (only in German)
Buckelwiesen near Mittenwald
This unique landscape comprises thousands of hills up to one metre high that were formed during the Ice Age. Over the centuries, they have been used as pasture. In the 1920s and 30s, however, large expanses were flattened. The remaining stocks are not only a special feature of the landscape, but also rich in species. Today the meadows are no longer farmed extensively.
Hop Country Hallertau
The home of Bavarian beer between Ingolstadt and Landshut is green and hilly, making it ideal for cycling trips.
hopfenland-hallertau.de (only in German)