Headwater - Self-Guided Walking in Oberammergau

6 days
Suitable for:
Age 8+
Activity level:
Leisurely / Moderate
Activity Rating - Leisurely/Moderate
Trip code: 
Way to Travel:
Self-Guided Holidays
Walking & Trekking
Group size:
Min age:

Self-guided walking in rural Bavaria

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.


  • 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
  • Traditional, family-run 3 star hotel with steam bath, sauna and jacuzzis
  • 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

Key information

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

What's included

  • All buffet breakfasts and 5 dinners
  • All accommodation (see accommodation section)
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Arrival & departure transfers - subject to 2 passengers traveling
  • Route notes and maps

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request - compulsory supplement)
  • Visas or vaccinations
Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.


Days of Walking & Trekking

Leisurely: 3-4km/2-3miles an hour


Low altitude; good paths

Day by day breakdown
Day 216.0km/10.0miles
Day 314.0km/9.0miles
Day 422.0km/14.0miles
Day 513.0km/8.0miles

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  • Day 1

    Arrive in 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). Staying at Hotel Landhaus Feldmeier.

    Meals included: Dinner
  • Day 2

    Villages of the Ammer Valley

    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. Staying at Hotel Landhaus Feldmeier.

    Optional shorter walk: 2.5hrs, distance 9km/6mi

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 3

    Mountains and Monastery Walk

    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 C14 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. Staying at Hotel Landhaus Feldmeier.

    Optional shorter walk: 4hrs, distance 12km/7.5mi

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • 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. Staying at Hotel Landhaus Feldmeier.

    Optional shorter walk: 3.5hrs, distance 12km/7.5mi

    3 options: walking time 3.5hr, distance 12km/7.5mi or walking time 5hr, distance 18km/11.5mi or walking time 6hr, distance 22km/14mi.

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 5

    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. Staying at Hotel Landhaus Feldmeier.

    Optional shorter walk: 1.5hrs, distance 6km/4mi

    Meals included: Breakfast Dinner
  • Day 6

    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
Trip Notes

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Essential Info

Passion Play 2020

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.

Alternatively, to take part in a guided tour from Vienna to Geneva,  including a once in a decade experience of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, please visit our sister company, Zegrahm Expeditions. For details click here.




There are no specific health risks.

Eating and 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.


Average temperatures in summer are in the region of 25'C-30'C. 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.

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

Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.



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.


Call for general departures:
01606 720003
Call for tailor made trips:
020 8772 3874
Trip Notes

Click on the button below for detailed Trip Notes containing all the particulars about this trip, including kit lists and practical information.

Note: these can vary by departure; you can check out the specific Trip Notes for your chosen adventure on the dates & prices page.

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An overview of flight options

Exodus is committed to making joining our tours as easy as possible, wherever you live. We generally only block book seats from London, but this certainly does not mean that you need to fly from there. Depending on the route and airlines available, there will usually be various options available for those who want to fly from their local airport.

This page aims to provide a useful overview of the options available to our clients. However, the best flight arrangements should be tailored to your personal requirements, so please contact our Sales team for expert advice.


What kind of options do I have ?

1. We can book for you: Flights from anywhere in the world - not via London  

Depending on the route, this may be direct or via an overseas hub like Amsterdam, the Middle East or elsewhere. On short haul routes there may be direct flights with low cost airlines, charter flights or scheduled airlines. Exodus can book most, but not all, of these for you. The most appropriate airline may be different to that which we use for the group flight from London, but many people now travel on different airlines and meet up with their fellow passengers at the destination.

Pros Cons
  • May be the most direct route
  • Often the extra fare compared to the London flight is minimal.
  • As you will be in the hands a single airline for your entire journey, the airline will be responsible for your bags and your connections.
  • You may not be able to join the group transfers. However, we can usually arrange private transfers, or book your flights to try and coincide with the group transfers. See notes on transfer arrangements below.


2. We can book for you: Connecting flights from your local airport to London

Exodus can book connecting flights to London so you can join the group flight there. Connecting times will be followed according to airline advice, or as requested by clients. There are two types of fares we can use for this option: a 'through-fare' or a 'published fare'.
a) A 'through-fare' is where you will be in the main airline's care throughout. You change planes, but your bags are checked all the way through to your final destination. 

b) A 'published fare' ticket is completely seperate from your onward ticket from London. It is usually cheaper than a through-fare but will need to be paid for and issued as soon as it is booked. This can be a problem if your tour has not yet reached minimum numbers. On 'published fares' neither airline is aware that you have connecting flights, so Exodus is responsible for timing your connection, not the airlines involved. The tickets are also usually non changeable and non refundable.

Pros Cons
  • Depending on the fare type, Exodus or the airline is responsible for flight connections.
  • Through fare tickets can be expensive.
  • On a published fare, tickets must be issued immediately; tickets on published fares can be very difficult to change if onward flight times change; bags are not checked though to your final destination.
  • Published fares are non-refundable.


3. Booking some or all of the flights yourself

You can also book connecting air travel yourself, either to London, or all the way to the start point. There may be certain airlines or routes we don't have access to, so this is always an option. However, if you make your own travel arrangements you become liable for any delays, cancellations or missed connections, and Exodus is not required to offer refunds if you have trouble reaching the start of your trip.

Pros Cons
  • You might find cheaper fares, or routes not available to Exodus.
  • You are responsible for any delays or missed connections, and the cost of the tour is not protected should you miss your flight be cancelled.


 Notes on transfer arrangements

Sometimes it is possible to travel on a different airline to the group flight from London. Where this is the case, we need to think about ensuring you meet up with the group with minimum extra cost and hassle.

  • On certain trips, it is easy to arrive on a different flight and still meet the group at the hotel with time in hand. We can usually arrange private transfers (at extra cost) or offer advice on taking a taxi to the start hotel.
  • On other trips (especially in Europe), the transfer meets the group flight and then travels some distance to the first night's accommodation. Where this is the case, our Sales team will try to arrange flights that arrive before (and depart after) the group. However, we do have to make it clear in your final documentation that if your flights are delayed, the transfer cannot wait for you. While Exodus or our local operators will do what we can to help you reach the start point of the tour, any additional costs must be paid by the client. 


Next steps? 

Call our Sales team on: 0203 733 0698

Email your query: [email protected]

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