- You're traveling a distance of 6 miles on this moderate trail. The hike is therefore not too long. The average length of all hikes in Bavaria is 27 miles.
- You're facing an uphill climb of 237 vertical meters on this hike. The hike takes you to an elevation of 3743 ft.
- The hike is one of the family friendly trails in the region. What’s even better: You can also bring the family’s best friend on this dog friendly hike. (See all dog friendly hikes in Bavaria.)
- You shouldn’t forget to bring your hiking boots. There are some sections on the trail where sturdy footwear is required. There are places to buy beverages and food along the track. However it’s always recommended to bring enough water and food along with you.
From Bad Hindelang to Untere Ochsenalpe
The circular hiking trail starts at the tourist information in Bad Hindelang. From there, walk towards the town hall in the centre, then turn onto Jochstraße. At the end of the road, turn onto a footpath leading along B308 federal road. Follow the trail for around 200m/656ft until you reach the entrance to the town. From there, continue straight on Alte Jochstraße leading to Oberjoch. After the underpass, leave Alte Salzstraße, and keep straight. A small ascent leads into the forest, which gets you to Wildbach gorge. The path gets steeper and steeper until you reach an asphalted road on Wildbachtobel, where you keep right. Follow the signs pointing to Untere Ochsenalpe, where you can take a break and rest.
From Untere Ochsenalpe to Oberjoch
After you've regained your strength, walk back on the path a lttle. Then turn right onto a meadow path which gets you to the snow production basin of Bergbahnen Oberjoch. Walk bast the basin towards Oberjoch, Germany's highest mountain village.
Back to Bad Hindelang
From the town of Bad Hindelang, walk to the federal road, which you follow westbound. After 400m/1,312ft, turn onto Kanzelringweg, which will get you to Kanzel observation point. Up there, you get a breathtaking view over the surrounding panorama. Go back to the path and hike downhill until you reach an asphalted road. Alpweg trail leads you straight onto Alte Salzstraße, which you know from the beginning of the hike. Walk back to where you started.
Where to eat
There are several options in Bad Hindelang, where you start and end the hike, such as Café Landgraf, Schnitzelalm, and Gasthaus 'Letzter Heller'. If you need a place to stay, 'Untere Ochsenalpe' is a good option.
There are two places to grab a bite in Oberjoch that are close to the trail and open year-round: Museumswirtshaus 'Alter Senn' and Hotel-Restaurant Hochpaßhaus am Iseler.
Highlights of the tour
The Kanzel viewing point is the undefeated highlight of the tour. The view is really beyond description. Furthermore, don't forget to visit the towns of Bad Hindelang and Oberjoch.
You can walk the tour the other way around without changing the difficulty level.
You shorten the way by leaving out the sort stage to Untere Ochsenalpe.
Hiking boots and hiking sticks are recommended for this tour. Alternatively, wear shoes with good grip soles.
You can reach Bad Hindelang via motorway A980. At exit Waltenhofen, change onto B19 towards Bad Hindelang. In Sonthofen, change onto B308 and drive to Bad Hindelang.
Alternatively, take motorway A7 to exit Bad Hindelang-Oberjoch, from where B310 takes you to Bad Hindelang.
At the town centre, look for Unterer Buigenweg behind the power plant. This is where the tourist information is located. You can park your car right next to it.
There are direct busses from several cities to Bad Hindelang offered by private bus companies. Alternatively, you can go by trail. Sonthofen railway station is connected to all major train station in the area. From there, buses go to Bad Hindelang every half hour.
Additionally, bus and train connections to Bad Hindelang are available from Augsburg, Munich, Zurich and Stuttgart airports. A transfer service is available from Friedrichshafen or Memmingerberg.
Another option is to simply walk to Bad Hindelang. The European long-distance hiking trail as well as Maximiliansweg trail from Lindau to Berchtesgaden lead through Bad Hindelang.