A transfer (90 mins) is provided from Munich airport to your hotel in Oberammergau (subject to a minimum of 2 people booked on a departure in total).
A perfect introduction to your walking week starts first with a short (15 mins) ride on the little red train to Bad Kohlgrub. From here, you walk through the rolling Amer Valley's string of sleepy farming villages - Unterammergau, in particular, has a splendid Rococo church. Then across the Pulvermoos, a wildlife sanctuary and habitat for 60 bird species including corncrake, dipper, whinchat and even snipe. Walking time 3hr, distance 9km/6km or walking time 4hr, distance 16km/9mi.
Start with a cable car ride to the top of the Laber (1685m) for panoramic views of Germany's highest mountain - 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. Walking time 3hr, distance 12km/8mi or walking time 4hr, distance 14km/9mi.
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 (pay locally), passing hidden coves and the lake's 7 islands (one even has its own tiny chapel!), or return on foot along the quiet side of the lake. Walking time 3.5hr, distance 12km/8mi or walking time 5hr, distance 18km/11mi or walking time 6hr, distance 22km/15mi.
A day off from walking: Maybe take the local bus to Mad King Ludwig's fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein - breath-taking setting on a rocky outcrop. Or take the funicular to the top of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze (breath-taking 360 degree panorama of endless peaks spanning: Austria, Switzerland, Italy and Germany). Or, if you prefer to stay closer to home, spend the afternoon by the Wellenberg outdoor pool (swimming, sauna, jacuzzi, spa).
The Kolben chairlift whisks you up to 1270m, from where there's a choice of routes up to the spectacular Sonnenberg ridge. Your route down passes a succession of crashing waterfalls and the reconstructed 19th century whetstone mill at Schleifmuhle, followed by a pretty path through the meadows. Walking time 4hr, distance 13km/9mi or walking time 6hr, distance 17km/12mi.
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. Walking time 1.5hr, distance 6km/4mi or walking time 3.5hr, distance 13km/8mi.
The tour itself ends here after breakfast, but a transfer back to Munich Airport is included (subject to a minimum of 2 people booked on a departure in total).