You start by taking Hochgratbahn cable car to the top station, and hiking through Porta Alpinae. Via the peaks of Seelenkopf, Hohenfluhalpkopf, and Eineguntskopf, you walk to the top station of Falkenbergbahn, where you leave the ridge. The tour continues to Lanzenbach river, then uphill over Remmel Alp to the top station of Imbergbahn, which is the end of this tour.
You can go back the same way you came. Alternatively, take Imbergbahn to the base station and hike back along the road or take a bus to Hochgratbahn.
Where to eat
There are three opportunities to rest and eat on your way: Alpine inn Oberstiegalpe, mountain inn Falkenhütte, or Hochgrat mountain restaurant.
- You're traveling a distance of 6 miles on this strenuous trail. The hike is therefore not too long. The average length of all hikes in Bavaria is 27 miles.
- Elevated between 3369 ft and 5581 ft, the hike is among the 10 highest elevated hikes in Germany. You're facing an uphill climb of 344 vertical meters on this hike.
- 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.
Hiking boots and enough stamina are required. Furthermore, make sure to bring provisions and weather-proof clothing.
From the north, follow motorway A7 to Allgäuer Kreuz, where you change onto A980 towards Lindau. Leave the motorway at exit Waltenhofen, where you follow B19 towards Immenstadt. From there, follow the signs pointing to Oberstaufen/Lindau on B308.
Coming from Munich/Memmingen, follow motorway A96 to exit Wangen im Allgäu. Change onto B32. At the next bigger junction, turn right towards Lindau, but turn left onto B32 shortly after. Continue until you can turn onto B308 towards Oberstaufen. Keep on this road to get to Oberstaufen.
From Lindau, follow B308 to Oberstaufen.
From Switzerland or Austria, you should look out for motorway A96 towards Lindau. At exit Lindau, change onto B308 to Oberstaufen.
Once you have made it to Oberstaufen, leave the road and change onto St2005. In Weissach, turn onto OA25, Am Hößl. You pass Steibis, and continue straight until you can see Berggasthof Hirsch on your left. Turn right into Am Giebel. Follow the road along Weißach river, until you see the base station of Hochgratbahn at your left. You can park your car right at the base station. The cable car gets you up to the start of this hike.
Oberstaufen railway station is well connected to bigger train stations. For instance, take the train going from Munich/Ulm via Kempten to Lindau. From Lindau, there are regular connections to Oberstaufen.
From Oberstaufen, a bus goes to Hochgratbahn.