Walking in Oberammergau

Trip code: W05OB 4.8 (5 reviews)

Self-guided walking

5 nights,
single centre

Level: 1 & 2

11.0Kg CO2e


  • Wonderfully picturesque region: rolling hills, snow-capped peaks, turquoise lakes, flower-filled meadows, sparkling waterfalls
  • Impressive monasteries, regal palaces, onion-domed churches, pretty, frescoed houses
  • Well-signed paths and trails with a choice of walking levels every day
  • Superb walking scenery: lush valleys, deep forests, wildlife sanctuaries, wetland nature reserves
  • Based on our popular 7 night, Walking in Southern Bavaria


  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Buffet breakfast and 1 evening meal
  • Comprehensive route directions
  • Guest card for free local bus and rail travel and discounts on the cable cars, museums and other local attractions.


In the heart of Bavaria, among the foothills of the Alps, your base for this self-guided walking holiday is the quaint and 'chocolate box' village of Oberammergau. Known for its world-famous Passion Plays, performed every ten years, it is impossibly picturesque; its houses are decorated with elaborate paintings known as Luftmalerei and prettily carved wooden balconies overflow with geraniums. Here, the locals embrace their rich history, where traditional Bavarian dress is often worn in recognition of their heritage and the custom of Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and a generously sized portion of cake) is still an afternoon ritual.

The village is also an absolute Mecca for the walking enthusiast. From exhilarating mountain hikes with amazing views all the way to the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain, to relaxed strolls through lush green valleys and wetland nature reserves, Oberammergau's wealth of well-signed paths and easy-to-follow trails make it a great choice for wonderfully varied walking. We provide a choice of both level 1 and level 2 walks for all days, using the highly efficient local public transport system so you can explore further afield - all guests receive a Guest Card that gives free transport on certain local buses. You also have the mountain lifts to take the sting out of more challenging ascents.

Your accommodation for the week is the traditional, family run 3* Hotel Alte Post in the very heart of Oberammergau's village centre. About a mile from the hotel is the WellenBerg leisure complex offering indoor and outdoor swimming - ideal if you fancy a day off from walking.


The itinerary is based on level 2 walks. Easier level 1 notes are also provided for your week. All the walks follow well-signed paths, which are, at times, stony underfoot.




Day 1: Arrive in Oberammergau

Arrive at your hotel in Oberammergau.

You stay at Hotel Alte Post.

hotel details


Hotel Alte Post, Oberammergau


Cash machine

The Hotel Alte Post is a family run hotel located within the heart of Oberammergau's town centre. Dating back to 1612, it is one of the oldest inns in the town and has been run by the Preisinger family since the end of the 1900s. It is a traditional Bavarian style building, with white washed walls and beautiful frescoes painted on its outside walls.

The rooms are ensuite, comfortable and of a good size and most rooms come with views onto the village.

The hotel's dining areas are rustic yet cosy, with wooden pannelled walls and even an old tiled stove, whilst the newly renovated Kofel Blick café is stunningly modern with a nod to its traditional past.

The hotel's terrace is also perfect for dining, whilst watching the goings on in the village square and admiring the view of the Kofel mountain.

Room upgrades and extra nights: Contact us for details.

Day 2: Villages of the Ammer Valley (9km/5.6mi or 16km/9.9mi)

You start the day with a short (15 mins) ride on the little red train to Bad Kohlgrub. From here, you walk through the rolling Ammer Valley's string of sleepy farming villages - Unterammergau, in particular, has a splendid Rococo church. Then head across the Pulvermoos, a wildlife sanctuary and habitat for 60 bird species including corncrake, dipper, whinchat and even snipe.

Day 3: Mountains and Monastery Walk (12km/7.5mi or 14km/8.7mi)

Today you take the cable car to the top of the Laber (1685m) for panoramic views of Germany's highest mountain - the Zugspitze (2962m) - and the Austrian Alps beyond. You then wind your way down through cool pine forests to the village of Ettal. After lunch, visit the amazing 14th century former Benedictine monastery, an outstanding example of Bavarian Baroque architecture. Return on an easy path along the pretty valley, passing the Barenhohle cave where there's a figure of the resurrected Christ.

Day 4: Staffelsee (12km/7.5mi or 18km/11.2mi or 22km/13.7mi)

Staffelsee is one of the larger of the many picturesque blue lakes dotted around this part of Bavaria. This beautiful stretch of water offers easy walking along the shoreline with plenty of swimming opportunities. Stop off in the attractive riverside village of Uffing (the boat landing station is the place for lunch and offers magnificent views of the lake backed by mountains). In the afternoon, either relax in the sun on the panorama deck of the little lake cruiser (payable locally), passing hidden coves and the lake's seven islands (one even has its own tiny chapel), or return on foot along the quiet side of the lake.

Day 5: Linderhof Palace (6km/3.7mi or 13km/8.1mi)

An unmissable visit to Schloss Linderhof, the gloriously over-the-top Rococo palace built by Mad King Ludwig in 1878, inspired by Louis XIV's chateau in Versailles. There are gorgeous French and Italianate terraced gardens and a golden fountain which erupts once every hour with a 30m plume of water. Return to the hotel along a tranquil path which winds back down the Linder Valley, through the village of Graswang with its beautifully preserved old farmhouses and pretty 17th century frescoed church.

Day 6: Leave Oberammergau

Extending your holiday

If you'd like to extend your trip with extra hotel nights we recommend: Hotel Opera, Munich.

hotel details


Hotel Opera, Munich



The Hotel Opera is situated in the Lehel district of Munich, the area has a village feel to it, but is just a 15 minute walk to the main centre of Munich and a 20 minute walk to the Englischer Garten, Munich's huge leafy park.

The hotel has a wonderful Romanesque facade, and the building itself dates back to the 19th century, damaged in the war the building was bought in 1968 by the present owners who took 8 years to painstakingly restore and renovate the building.

Today's hotel is a nice mix of modern and old, with lovely airy rooms and and a relaxing tranquil garden patio. Rooms have all mod cons and some come with balconies, the hotel also owns a couple of superb restaurants close by.

Breakfast is served at your table with a choice of cold meats and cheeses or croissants and fruit and the option to order freshly cooked eggs.

Please call for prices and details


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These tour only prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £148.

These flight inclusive prices are based on two people sharing. Single supplement from £148.

You should allow approx 30 euro per person for the use of the ski lifts for the level 2 walks and 20 euro per person for the level 1 walks. Before June some mountain restaurants and ski lifts are open only at weekends. Please note that airport transfers are subject to at least 2 people (in total) booked on each departure.

  • Flights from Heathrow to Munich with British Airways
  • Other flights, including regional departures
  • Alternative flights, including regional departures
  • Business/club/first class fares
  • Room upgrades and extra nights at selected hotels

Our aim is to provide holidays that are unbeatable for choice and flexibility. We've listed our most popular travel options below, however you aren't limited to these - we can tailor-make virtually any holiday to suit.

Air prices include our standard flights/transfers
Out: British Airways Heathrow to Munich then transfer to hotel 90 minutes Return: Transfer to Airport 90 minutes then then British Airways Munich to Heathrow

Business/club/first class seats are available on request.

Alternative Air Travel
Alternative flights, onward rail to your holiday area, and connecting private transfers can be arranged from most UK airports. If you would like to use one of the many 'low cost' airlines, we can book these on your behalf. We can also book UK shuttles to connect with your onward flight, please call for details and prices.

Self drive
We can arrange various channel crossings for you. Please call for details and prices.

Alternative transfers
If you require alternative transfers (because you will be arriving at a different time to our standard flights), then we can usually arrange these for you (there may be an additional charge).

To find out more about the travel options available call our sales team on 01606 720199, use our live webchat (we open again 9am Monday) or email

Should you require overnight airport accommodation, airport parking or even a uniformed chauffeur to take your car from your departure terminal and park it for you, we can arrange this for you through Holiday Extras. You can book airport parking, airport hotels and executive lounges through their website or contact us for further details. Early booking is recommended to obtain the best availability and prices.


We had an excellent time and I wish we had signed up for the 7-day tour rather than the 5-day. We lived amazing, unique to the location experiences: hiking through pine forests scattered with chanterelles, crossing alpine meadows dotted with wild strawberries, running into a herd of grazing alpine sheep. And we were also able to easily hit the major must-see attractions (castles, palaces, monasteries). The hotel location, detailed itinerary, map (extremely useful) and local transportation card made all of those experiences possible in our short vacation window, absolutely an excellent value for our time and vacation budget.

Sirikit Valentin, 6 Aug 2023


Very good at getting things done quickly. A bit pricey.

Leo Kellock, 30 Jul 2023


Excellent service from Headwater from beginning to end. Information was all very detailed and accurate, you couldnt ask for more. We spent some time walking and some time on trips, all guided by your information.

Evelyn Low, 8 Jul 2023


This was our first walking holiday so we were unsure what to expect. We loved the range of walking routes we were given, allowing us day to day choice and some planning for ourselves. Loved that we had to take trains, chairlifts and a cable car to the start of some routes. An absolutely great trip that we want to repeat as soon as possible.

Ms Whittingham, 7 Sep 2019


Oberammergau is a stunning location and the walking was lovely (despite some slightly mixed weather). Local public transport was very easy to use to get to and from walks and everything is excellently sign-posted. I was walking on my own and felt very safe at all times. Very good "kaffee and kuchen" available throughout!

Miss Kissun, 10 Aug 2019


Self-guided walking

5 nights,
single centre

Level: 1 & 2

11.0Kg CO2e

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