Self-guided walking holidays in Germany

In Germany, hiking or “wandern” is considered a national pastime. In fact, it is the country’s most popular outdoor activity, with almost two thirds of Germans lacing up their boots and taking to the trails on a regular basis. It should come as no surprise, then, that the country has a wealth of great hiking routes.

An extensive network of quality hiking trails covers diverse landscapes including the enchanting forests of the Harz Witches Trail, the bizarre and beautiful rock formations of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains and the castle-studded ridges of the  Upper Rhine Valley.

In Southern Germany, hiking routes in Bavaria combine glittering lakes with stunning views of snow-capped Alpine peaks. There are many options for exploring this beautiful region. You can follow the King Ludwig Way to the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein, walk the historic salt trail through the Bavarian Alps or tackle a cross-border Alpine trek on the Lechweg or Tirolerweg.

Our walking holidays in Germany include comfortable accommodation, with luggage transportation between hotels while you walk. Because our holidays are self-guided, you can start whenever you want and go at your own pace. We provide you with route notes, maps and GPS tracks, so you will have everything you need to find your way. Whatever your experience level, we have the perfect German walking holiday for you!


Alps: Lech River Trail

Hike the ‘Lechweg’ from high Alpine lakes to Neuschwanstein Castle in Füssen
8 days, 10 days

Alps: SalzAlpenSteig I

Walk the historic Salt Trail through the Bavarian Alps from lake Chiemsee to Königssee.
9 days
Moderate to Challenging

Alps: Zugspitze Circuit

A classic hiking route around Germany’s highest peak.
7 days
Easy to Moderate

The Altmühltal Panorama Trail

Discover a hiker’s paradise in the Green Heart of Bavaria.
7 days, 9 days
Easy to Moderate

The Elbe Sandstone Mountains

Walking in the rocky world of Saxon Switzerland, one of Europe’s most spectacular hiking regions
8 days

The Harz Witches Trail

Walk the complete Harzer-Hexen-Stieg from Osterode to Thale
8 days
Easy to Moderate

The King Ludwig Way

In the footsteps of the “Fairytale King” through Alpine foothills to the castles of the Allgäu
8 days
Easy to Moderate

The Rheinsteig

Hike among the castles and vineyards of the Upper Rhine Valley from Rüdesheim to Koblenz
5 days, 8 days

Tirolerweg: Garmisch – Innsbruck

Hike the Tirolerweg from Germany to Austria over the Bavarian and Tyrolean Alps
8 days