The Best Hiking in Germany

Looking for the best hiking in Germany? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Germany. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Germany

  • Schwangau, Germany

    Hike up Pöllartschlucht to the Best Views of Schloss Neuschwanstein

    1.2 mi / 656.2 ft gain
    Starting at the Castle of Neuschwanstein, you will hike up the Pöllartschlucht (it's a ravine with a creek) until the first big waterfall. You then go up a really steep mountainside fully overgrown with all kind of plants and trees. Hiking up the Pöllartschlucht is easy as you can follow a broad ...
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  • Schönau am Königssee, Germany

    Hike to Röthbachfall in the Alps of Berchtesgaden NP

    2.5 mi / 200 ft gain
    You will begin this hike by driving to the Tourist Information at the Königssee ( Walk down past all of the tourist shops to the Königssee (lake). There will be a ticket booth for buying boat tickets. You need to take the electric boat across the Königssee in orde...
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  • Bad Hindelang, Germany

    Hike up to Lake Schrecksee

    10.6 mi / 4160.1 ft gain
    Lake Schrecksee lies squeezed in the Bavarian Alps and is well signposted from the trailhead. Especially during summer this location is popular as a swim in the alpine lake will cool you off!To get there drive towards Hinterstein in the Allgaeu region. Follow the small main street until there is ...
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  • Lautertal (Odenwald), Germany

    Hike Felsenmeer "Sea of Rocks"

    2.7 mi / 1656.8 ft gain
    You can park your car at the Felsenmeer Informationzentrum, or take a bus into the small town Reichenbach and walk the rest. Parking fees are 3€ for cars and 5€ for buses. Make sure to use the bathroom before the hike, it's 50 cents inside the information center.For those who like to follow an or...
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  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

    Hike Zugspitze via Reintal

    Starting at the Olympic Ski Jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (708 m), walk toward the mountains along Wildenauer Strasse and follow signs to the Partnach Gorge (Partnachklamm). There is a fee of 3 Euros per person to enter the gorge, but it is definitely worth seeing (and hearing.) If you arrive at...
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  • Mühltal, Germany

    Hike to Frankenstein's Castle

    2.4 mi / 1232 ft gain
    The hike begins at Darmstadt-Eberstadt Frankenbergers Mühle bus stop. There are no parking lots near by so I suggest using public transportation. Download the app RMV or simply go online to find directions from your current location. This application has been a life saver while using public trans...
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  • Mittenwald, Germany

    Hike Westliche Karwendelspitze

    8 mi / 6000 ft gain
    Starting at the base of the Karwendelbahn, follow signs under the roadway and up the hill. From there, follow the yellow signs to the Dammkarhütte. This portion of the hike is relatively easygoing, but the last little bit up to the hut involves quite a bit of shale, so be prepared to take your ti...
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  • Dresden, Germany

    Hike to Carolafelsen

    6.2 mi
    The best way to get to this area is by car from Bad Schandau. Follow the beautiful winding road called "Kirnitzschtalstraße" until you reach the starting point, the parking lot "Nasser Grund." Cross the bridge and follow the signs to "Wilde Hölle." The start of "wilde Hölle" is a steep rock stair...
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  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany

    Hike through the Partnach Gorge in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

    2 mi / 600 ft gain
    This was my first adventure during my visit to Germany.  The hike starts at the historic 1936 winter olympics venue, Olympic-Skistadion stadium.  The preserved stadium adorns the same sculptures and features found during the 1936 winter games.  After taking in the olympic history, follow the sign...
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  • Kochel am See, Germany

    Hike the Heimgarten/Herzogstand Trail

    9.3 mi / 4055.1 ft gain
    The Heimgarten/Herzogstand trail is a famous one and there's a reason why: a great hike with outstanding views! Its close vicinity to the Kochelsee and Walchensee only make it even more attractive, since you can cool off with a swim in one of the lakes if you're done hiking and enjoying the views...
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  • Groß Köris, Germany

    Stroll in the woods of Brandenburg

    The woods of Bestensee are a region of impressive yet simple beauty. Take a walk in this area with a good friend and smell the pines and listen to the moving trees.There are several possibilities to park your car (no parking ticket required). Drive through Groß Köris and take the right road calle...
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  • Schönau am Königssee, Germany

    Photograph and Hike Around Obersee, Bechtesgaden National Park

    3 mi
    Berchtesgaden National Park is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been. The pristine water, looming cliffs, and natural beauty perfectly complement one another (and the two main lakes Koenigssee and Obersee are even featured in the opening scenes of "The Sound of Music.") This is a great ...
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  • Heppenheim, Germany

    Hike Through Vineyards to Starkenburg Castle

    2.4 mi / 915 ft gain
    This easy hike to Starkenburg Castle is exactly how you want to end your day visiting the medieval town Heppenheim. Start your day making it to Marktplatz, the center of the historical part of town. If you're coming from the train station, cross the street and walk straight through the town. I al...
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  • Bayrischzell, Germany

    Hike the Wendelstein Panorama Trail

    6.5 mi / 3543.3 ft gain
    This adventure starts from the Munich Hbf. Catch an early morning 1.5 hour BoB ( Bayerische Oberlandbahn) train to Osterhofen (Oberbay.) Get on the train marked Tegernsee, but be careful, the train splits into 3 parts, so make sure you're on the car that goes to Osterhofen. It's usually the last ...
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  • Grainau, Germany

    Hike Höllental Gorge to Lake Eibsee via Riffelscharte Peaks

    9.1 mi / 4757.2 ft gain
    This trail starts out right where one of the paths lead up to Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain) but we take the route via Riffelscharte down to Eibsee. The tour starts from Hammersbach (parking available) through the spectacular Höllentalklamm gorge. At the end of the gorge, you can rest, ea...
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  • Berchtesgaden, Germany

    Kehlsteinhaus - Eagles Nest

    0.9 mi / 334.6 ft gain
    You arrive at the parkinglot just outside of the city Berchtesgaden. From there you can either buy a bus ticket to take a ~20 min drive up or you can choose to hike, which will take you approximately ~4 hours. Once arrived you can choose again. Take the elevator or once again choose to hike to th...
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