Headwater - Self-Guided Walking in Southern Bavaria Trip Notes

Ways to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Destinations:
Germany
Programmes:
Walking & Trekking
Trip Code:
W07OB
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Leisurely / Moderate

You are reasonably fit, enjoy the outdoors and are looking for some exercise. Some previous experience is preferable for activity based trips.

8 Days Flight Inclusive
8 Days Land only
Min age: 8

Trip Overview

Better known for its famous Passion Plays, the 'chocolate box' village of Oberammergau is the perfect base for a week of walking. From exhilarating mountain hikes to strolls through valleys and wetland reserves, Oberammergau’s wealth of well sign-posted trails makes it an ideal walking destination. Choose from easier or harder walks each day, and take advantage of the easily accessible local buses and mountain lifts. You can also relax in the hotel’s sauna or Jacuzzi.

At a Glance

  • 7 nights 3-star hotel, all rooms en suite
  • 5 days centre-based walking; 1 free day
  • Choice of routes each day
  • Altitude max. 1700m, average 1100m
  • Self-guided holiday. Min age 12 yrs
  • Countries visited: Germany

Trip Highlights

  • Centre-based walking in one of Germany's most picturesque regions
  • Impressive monasteries, regal palaces, onion-domed churches and pretty frescoed houses
  • Friendly, family-run 3-star hotel with steam bath, sauna and Jacuzzis
  • Well-signed paths and trails with a choice of walking levels every day
  • Chairlifts and cable cars leading to panoramic mountain restaurants

Is This Trip for You?

Walking throughout this trip is on well-marked paths which are, at times, stony underfoot. Easier options are provided for the week. Anyone looking for a variety of walking, staying at a high quality hotel, with lots of opportunity for sightseeing would be perfect for this trip.

As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. There may be others on the same departure date as you, but you will not be organised together. You are provided with route notes for each day, which begin with an overview of the walk and advice on lunch, followed by detailed instructions. The route notes contain a 24 hour emergency assistance telephone number should you need it and in emergencies, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

 

You may find our Fitness Training Guide a useful reference: http://www.exodus.co.uk/assets/pdf/Exodus_WT_Fitness_Training_Guide.pdf

Group

Although the minimum age of clients on this trip is 8 years, younger children may also be accepted on request; please enquire for details and child prices.
As this is a self-guided holiday there is no group and no leader. This tour is based at the same hotel for the week and is managed locally by the hotelier who will be on hand to assist you and highlight particular places of interest. The route notes contain a 24-hour emergency assistance telephone number. In an emergency, the hotel is normally able to dispatch a taxi or pick you up themselves. They may wish to charge for this service.

Adult min age:
13
Child min age:
8

Child max age:

12
Min group size:
2
Max group size:
40

Itinerary

Land Only

Start City:
Oberammergau
End City:
Oberammergau

Land Only Itinerary

  • Day 1

    Start Oberammergau

    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).

    Meals included:
    Dinner
  • Day 2

    Explore Ammer Valley villages; walk to Pulvermoos Wildlife Sanctuary

    A perfect introduction to your walking week starts 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 walk across to the Pulvermoos, a wildlife sanctuary and habitat for 60 bird species including Corncrake, Dipper, Whinchat and Snipe.

    2 options: walking time 2.5hr, distance 9km/5.5km or walking time 4hr, distance 16km/10mi.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 16 km / 10 miles
    Activity (hours):
    4
  • Day 3

    Cable car up Laber; walk down to Ettal village with its Benedictine monastery

    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 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time 4.5hr, distance 14km/8.5mi.

    2 options: walking time 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time 4.5hr, distance 14km/8.5mi.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 14 km / 9 miles
    Activity (hours):
    4.5
  • Day 4

    Follow the shore of Staffelsee; afternoon optional boat cruise

    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 a fantastic 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/7.5mi or walking time 5hr, distance 18km/11mi or walking time 6hr, distance 22km/13.5mi.

    3 options: walking time 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time 5hr, distance 18km/11mi or walking time 6hr, distance 22km/13.5mi.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 22 km / 14 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 5

    Free day

    A day off from walking today. Maybe take the local bus to Mad King Ludwig's fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein with its breathtaking setting on a rocky outcrop. Or take the funicular to the top of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, and discover a 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, where there is also a sauna, Jacuzzi and spa.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
  • Day 6

    Kolben chairlift; various walks along Sonnenberg Ridge available

    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/8mi or walking time 6hr, distance 17km/10.5mi.

    2 options: walking time 4hr, distance 13km/8mi or walking time 6hr, distance 17km/11mi.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 17 km / 11 miles
    Activity (hours):
    6
  • Day 7

    Walk to Linderhof Palace; return via the Linder Valley

    Today's walk includes 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.

    2 options: walking time 1.5hr, distance 6km/4mi or walking time 3.5hr, distance 13km/8mi.

    Meals included:
    Breakfast,
    Dinner
    Distance covered: 13 km / 8 miles
    Activity (hours):
    3.5
  • Day 8

    End Oberammergau

    The tour itself ends here after breakfast. A transfer back to Munich Airport is included (subject to a minimum of 2 people booked on a departure in total).

    Meals included:
    Breakfast

All ascents, descents and distances listed above have been measured by our local partners or tour leaders. Please note that different GPS measuring devices can give differing results dependent on the barometric pressures at the time. Measurements stated throughout these trips notes are given to help you understand the types of terrain and distances you will encounter.

Accommodation

Hotel

The Landhaus Feldmeier is a family run hotel located within a 5 minute walk from the town centre. It is a traditional Bavarian style building, with whitewashed walls and beautifully carved wooden balconies bedecked with flowers. All rooms are comfortable and include en suite facilities, satellite TV, radio, hairdryers and have a private balcony or terrace. You also have a Roman steam bath, sauna, Jacuzzis and beauty room at your disposal (pay locally for any treatments). Less than a mile from the hotel is the WellenBerg leisure complex, offering indoor and outdoor swimming - ideal if you fancy a day off from walking!

Room Upgrades:
Room upgrades (Deluxe room) may be available on request for a supplement; prices start from an additional £14 per person per night (based on 2 people sharing) or £98 per person for the week. Please enquire at the time of booking for further details, availability and prices.

All prices are based on 2 persons sharing, so if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party or you are travelling alone, there will be a compulsory supplement for a single room for the tour duration. For a solo traveller there is an additional charge to cover transfer costs.

 

Where a single supplement is available, paying for a single only guarantees a room for single use. It does not always mean a twin or double room will be provided for sole occupancy.

Food & Transport

Eating & Drinking

All buffet breakfasts and 7 dinners are included.

Bavarian cooking is hearty and rustic, well-known for its wide variety of wurst (sausages), pretzels (breads), Knodel (dumplings), meat dishes, and of course its world-famous beers. The hotel can cater for vegetarians; please let us know in advance so we can notify the hotel. Before June, some mountain restaurants are open only at weekends.

Transportation

Transfers to start points will be using public transport; bus, trains and cable cars and are payable locally.

Weather & Seasonality

Weather Information

Average temperatures in summer are in the region of 25oC-30oC. The warmest month is usually July whilst the coldest is mainly January. Every month has its share of precipitation on an average of 14 days per month.

Weather Charts

Joining Instructions

The trip itself normally begins at the start hotel in Oberammergau on the evening of Day 1 of the itinerary. Arrival and departure transfers are included* (for both land only and flight inclusive travellers) between Munich Airport and the hotel in Oberammergau (approx. 90 mins) at set times which coordinate with the standard flights. Please ask your Sales Consultant for times.

Arrival/departure transfers at non-standard times can also be arranged for you, often free of charge (subject to prior arrangement).

*Please note: the above free airport transfers are subject to prior arrangement and at least 2 people (in total) booked on the departure. A supplement (payable in advance) may apply if only 1 person travelling on a departure date.

Flights:
We can also book flights for you if you wish. The standard flights we usually use are with British Airways from London Heathrow to Munich, departing 12:40, arriving 15:35 (transfer to hotel is approx. 90 mins). Return: Munich to London Heathrow, departing 16:25, arriving 17:30. Please note that the standard flights may occasionally change throughout the season so please enquire for up-to-date details.

Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers will be sent to you as part of our Final Joining Instructions. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

Transfers Details

Transfers included from Munich airport at 15.35 and back to Munich airport at 12.45.

Location start:
Oberammergau
Location end:
Oberammergau

What to Take

Essential Equipment

Trousers
Long sleeves cotton tops
T-shirts
Shorts
Walking shoes
Trainers
Socks
Fleece
Warm jumper
Waterproof jacket

Optional Equipment

Walking poles
Swimwear

Practical Information

Passport

Germany

Most nationalities, including British, require a full passport that must be valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information below is primarily for UK passport holders, and other nationalities should check with their travel agent or the relevant embassies. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

Visa

Germany

Visa regulations can change without notice: please check the current regulations in good time to obtain a visa if one is required.

Vaccination

Germany

There are no specific health risks.

Travel health can often be something people forget about before going away, but a little preparation and knowledge can go a long way to help you stay fit and healthy while abroad.

The above information can change at short notice; as we are not qualified to answer all your questions about travel health we strongly recommend you contact your Medical Professional or a Travel Health Clinic at least 8 weeks prior to departure for up-to-date information. Please note: vaccinations that are routinely recommended to residents of the UK, North America or Australasia are not considered to form part of the travel health advice, and you should ensure these are kept up to date where necessary.

For additional information please visit: https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/countries

Insurance - are you adequately covered?

It is a condition of joining any of our holidays that you must be fully insured against medical and personal accident risks (to include repatriation costs and air ambulance or helicopter rescue services where appropriate). On arrival in destination for your trip, you will be asked to present details to your leader or local representative of your policy.

If you are resident in the UK we strongly recommend the Exodus travel insurance policy, this is specifically designed to cover all activities on your trip. If arranging your own policy please ensure that you are covered for all activities that are part of the trip, optional activities that you intend to take part in and/or on high altitude itineraries, that you are covered up to the maximum altitude of the trip.

Local Time

Germany's Timezone:
Europe/Berlin CEST (GMT +02:00)

Electricity

Germany's Electricity:

European plug ‐ 2 round pins. 230 Volts AC.

230V 50Hz

Money

Germany's Currency

The national currency of Germany is the Euro (EUR), with an exchange rate at the time of publication (September 2018) of approximately 1.1 to the GBP,  0.86 to the USD, 0.66 to the CAD, 0.61 to the AUD and 0.56 to the NZD.

ATM Availability

Credit cards in Germany have a low level of usage compared to other European countries; most Germans prefer to pay in cash. The most common credit cards are the worldwide recognized Euro card / MasterCard and Visa with which you can make regular monthly payments like rent, telephone and utilities; however credit cards are not accepted in all shops.

Extra Expenses & Spending Money

Lunch is not included in the itinerary, please allow some spending money for this. We recommend approximately €5-15 per lunch.
You should allow approx. €45 per person for the use of local trains/buses and ski lifts for the walks.

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Although our leaders are well trained to deal with different capabilities, if they have any concerns about someone’s ability to safely partake in an activity, or their impact on other people’s enjoyment, we authorise them to take necessary action which, in some circumstances, may involve asking someone to miss that activity.

Although rarely enforced, by booking this trip you agree to section 14 of our Booking Conditions which clearly states that our leaders have the authority to do this. In these circumstances we will ensure anyone sitting out is safely provided for and offered alternative options where possible. Refunds will not be provided for activities missed and customers may be liable for additional costs incurred.

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Full joining instructions including local emergency numbers, and details of how to reach the start point, will be sent to you approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to departure. If you do not receive these at least a week before departure, or require them earlier please contact our office or your travel agent.

The information in these Trip Notes is given in good faith. Where differences exist between the Trip Notes and our current brochure or website, the Trip Notes supersede the brochure and website. All holidays can be subject to unexpected changes; in order to enjoy them you should be prepared to be flexible where necessary. Occasionally, as stated in our brochure, it may not be possible to follow the itinerary as planned. This may be for a variety of reasons - climatic, political, physical or other. In these circumstances we will make the best possible alternative arrangements that maintain the integrity of the original itinerary.

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Advice can change so check regularly for updates.

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Important Notes

This holiday is not available for departures in Summer 2020 due to the Passion Play that takes place in Oberammergau every 10 years. If you would like to register your interest for Summer 2021, please contact us.

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TRIP NOTE VALIDITY

These Trip Notes are valid from the "Current as" date on page one. They will occasionally be updated post booking and pre-departure; if there are any updates that significantly impact the inclusions or itinerary bookers will be written to separately. All customers will also receive a link to the most up-to-date version of the Trip Notes with their Final Joining Instructions pre-travel.