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The King Ludwig Trail To His Fairytale Castles

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Homepage > Germany > The King Ludwig Trail To His Fairytale Castles
  • Duration: 7 Nights
  • Difficulty: Level 2
  • Tour Type: Self Guided
  • Availability: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Mondays from 13th April to 6th October
  • Location: Bernried on Lake Starnberg
Tour Details

Bavaria is a wonderful region to take a self-guided walking holiday, spectacular alpine foothills and blue-green lakes. It is understandable that King Ludwig of Bavaria fell in love with his region and built a number of enchanting fairy-tale looking Castles and Palaces. The King Ludwig Way begins in Lake Starnberg south of Munich, this was the area where he died so tragically.  The King Ludwig trail takes you through the foothills of the Bavarian Alps passing castles of the Allgau. The most stunning castles of these would be Castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau on Lake Schwansee. If you ever watched the 1968 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, you may recall a castle, this was Castle Neuschwanstein.  You shall also experience stunning views over the Zugspitze summit and the Ammergauer Alps.

Starting Location

Bernried on Lake Starnberg

Price Includes

  • 7 nights bed and breakfast
  • 3 star hotels and guest houses
  • Information Pack
  • Luggage transfers
  • Boat fare from Herrsching to Diessen
  • GPS Files on request
  • Smart Phone App for Navigation

Price Excludes

  • Transport before and after tour
  • Single Rooms
  • Flights
  • Public Transport
  • City Taxes
  • Travel Insurance
  • Train from Bernried to Starnberg, Peissenberg to Pieting, bus Steingaden to Buching
Trip Info

Accommodation: Subject to Change

Bernried                                 Hotel Seeblick

Diessen                                  Hotel Seefelder Hof

Wessobrunn/Paterzell         Gasthof Post

Peiting                                    Hotel Pfaffenwinkel

Bad BayerSoien/Wildsteig  Hotel Zum Strauss

Buching                                 Alpchalet Schwansein

Fussen                                    Hotel Hirsch

Walking Characteristics

The walks are mostly unsurfaced tracks and footpaths and some roads through the Alpine foothills.

Walking with a dog

On this tour, you may take your 4-legged friend with you. Please tell us at the time of booking, the breed and size of your dog. Potential extra charges are to be paid for at the accommodation.

Travel Insurance

It is a requirement of booking this tour with Hooked on Walking that you have suitable travel insurance which covers you for the chosen activity and for emergency evacuation and hospital care.


Day 1Arrival in Bernried on Lake Starnberg

During the cause of the day arrive at Bernried on Lake Starnberg and short journey south of Munich. The lake is Bavaria’s second largest and is approximately 20km long.

Day 2Bernried to Dießen on Lake Ammer 13 miles 21km, 5-6 hours walking time, 250/150m up/down.

Today you have a short train ride to the town of Starnberg where you shall start walking along the King Ludwig trail through the Maising Gorge. Then passing through several pretty typical Bavarian villages, all that seem to have many inviting beer gardens!  Soon you shall reach the Andechs monastery with its own brewery, would you believe? You know walk through the Kiental gorge to Ammersee and onto Herrsching where you take a boat trip to Diessen.

Day 3Dießen on Lake Ammer to Wessobrunn/Paterzell 8.1 miles 13km, 4-5 hours walking time, up 250/100m up/down.

From Dießen the path takes us across beautiful meadows and past a castle and chapel before entering into the tranquil Stiller forest. Now crossing several hilltops, you shall see several marvellous viewpoints before you reach Wessobrunn. Here you find the nearby Wessobrunn Abbey and Benedictine monastery. Here you shall also get a first site of the Zugspitze summit Bavaria’s highest summit at 2962m

Day 4Wessobrunn/Paterzell to Peiting 11.2 miles 18km,4.5 hours walking time 500/450m up/down

Today the King Ludwig Way takes you through the Alpine foothills which are typical of Bavaria. Passing through remote moorland and a few little villages. Soo you will have a steep ascent up the Hohen Peissenberg mountain. This is a magnificent spot where you will have magnificent views from the weather station. You shall be able to see on a good day over the Alps from the Großvenediger all the way into the Allgäu region. Now you shall descend to Hohenpeissenberg where you take the train onto Peiting.

Day 5From Peiting to Wildsteig/Bad Bayersoien 8.8 miles 14km, 4 hours walking time, 250/100m up/down.

From Peiting the trail leads you through the Ammer ravine which has several little wooden bridges to cross. This takes you all the way to Rottenbuch. Here the is an especially ornate monastery to view. Now across small hills and across meadows with glorious views onto the Alpine mountain range, you arrive at Wildsteig.

Day 6 Wildsteig/Bad Bayersoien to Buching 7 miles 11km,4 hours walking time, 150/250m up/down.

From Wildsteig you shall be walking through forests and crossing moorlands towards the world-famous UNESCO world heritage site Kirche in der Wies.  A church in the meadow, which was designed in 1740 and is of a unique style.  Now walking through pretty flower-clad meadows with distinct views to the Alps you reach Welfenmunster in Steingaden where you take the bus to Buching.

Day 7Buching to Füssen region 10.6 miles 17km, 4.5 hours walking time, 300m up/down

Walking through nature reserves you head towards the jewel in the crown at Schwangau. Passing along the shores of Lake Hegratsried and continue on the path to the most stunning castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau on Lake Schwansee. After a look and maybe some photos continue along the Kalvarienberg and onto the historic market town of Füssen.

Day 8Departure

Departure after breakfast or an extended stay in Fussen. This is recommended as castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are possible to visit with a ticket only with entrance by a designated time. Tickets are sold each day for that day’s visits. It will take most of the day to visit both castles.


How to get there

By plane to Munich airport followed by a 45 minute train journey to Bernried on Lake Starnberg.

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