Höllentalklamm (“Hell’s Valley Gorge”)Starting point is the hiker’s car park near Hammersbach/Grainau. The climb to the Höllentalangerhütte lodge (approx. 3 Std.) ascends a 445 m elevation gain (closed in winter). Every step is an exhilarating experience of the untamed forces of the water gushing through the ravines until the valley widens and you arrive at the Höllentalangerhütte lodge below the Zugspitze. For children 5 and up. www.hoellentalklamm-info.de
Partnachklamm (“Partnach Gorge”) Starting point is the car park at the Olympic Ski Stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Walk up or take a horse-drawn carriage (approx. 30 min) to the entrance. The gorge is roughly 700 m long along an awe-inspiring path carved into the solid rock above the churning torrents of water. Particularly suitable for families (valley gorge), easily accessible. For children 3 and up. www.partnachklamm.eu
An approximate 35 km drive via Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberau and Ettal. Picturesque village home to the famous Passion Play theatre, the frescoed Pilatushaus, a beautiful city hall and traditional woodcarving. www.ammergauer-alpen.de
An approximate 30 km drive via Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberau, Ettal. Built by King Ludwig II, Linderhof features palatial grounds, the Moorish Kiosk, Venus Grotto and hunting lodges. This is definitely one place you don’t want to miss! www.schlosslinderhof.de
Most convenient way to visit is by rail – just 1 hour, 40 minutes from Klais. Once at Munich’s main railway station, you can stroll the pedestrian zone all the way to Marienplatz and on into the Englischer Garten. Olympic Park and the Deutsche Museum are just two examples of the countless sites of interest Munich has to offer, as is also the Tierpark Hellabrunn zoo – always a treat for young and old.
The western Karwendel peak (2384 m) makes for a stunning vantage point, offering you an incomparable view of the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountain chains, the valleys of the Isar and the Inn, the far Stubai Central Alps ridges as well as the Upper Bavarian Alpine foothills and lake region. The Karwendelbahn gondola in Mittenwald carries you right to the mountain station (2244 m) at the heart of these commanding high mountains. Be sure not to miss the newly opened Nature Exhibit Centre. www.bergwelt-karwendel.de
Also super-easy by rail – just 1 hour, 10 minutes from Klais. The city centre invites leisurely strolls and window shopping. The Hungerburg district and Alpine Zoo keep watch over Innsbruck from above.
Geigenbaumuseum (Violinmaking Museum)
Mittenwald, Ballenhausgasse 3, Tel. 08823-2511, Open 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The museum is located right next to the church and allows you an up-close look at traditional violinmaking craftsmanship.
Glentleiten Freilichtmuseum (Open Air Museum)
near Großweil (Tel. 08851-1850)
Open April to late October, Tuesday to Sunday, 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.; also Mondays in July and August. A journey into the past, into the farming and handcrafting culture as it was here for hundreds of years. An approximate 20 km drive via Walchensee, Kochelsee, Schlehdorf and Großweil.www.glentleiten.de
Opening hours daily from 9am to 6pm
Kristallwelten of Swarovski charms with its unique architecture and design. Access via Innsbruck, direction Schwaz on the A12 to Wattens. kristallwelten.swarovski.com
From the end of May to October the travel agency Alpenglück offers daily day trips to Innsbruck – Swarovski every Tuesday and Friday. For further information, please visit: www.kriner.info
Olympic Village is Germany’s premiere winter sports destination; breathtakingly situated at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain. Marvel at the historical village centres, Olympic sports facilities and the most modern ski jump in the world. Venue of the 2011 Alpine World Ski Championships.www.gapa.de
A journey of discovery for all the senses. The Loisach Valley in the shadows of the Zugspitze is at times relaxing and at times energizing, but always a refreshing change of pace whether enjoying recreational or even more hedonistic pursuits. A place where tradition lives on and hospitality is more than just a word makes for wonderfully relaxing holidays. Drink in the fragrance of nature and the changing play of colours through the seasons. Whether you’re seeking athletic challenges, the ultimate in relaxation or even have more cultural inclinations, you’ll simply breathe easier here. www.werdenfelserland.de
Amidst the finest nature has to offer!
Everything here in the Alpine world of Karwendel has remained as genuine and unspoilt as mother nature intended. Breathe deep the fresh, clean air and drink in the heady charm of the floral splendours, the green forests, crystal-clear lakes, craggy mountain silhouettes and all the animals who still call this pristine nature home. www.wallgau.de
Die idyllische Lage in der Nähe von Füssen ist einmalig. Neuschwanstein gehört heute zu den meistbesuchten he idyllic location near Füssen is truly unique and has helped turned Neuschwanstein into one of the most visited of all the castles and palaces in Europe. Approximately 1.3 million people visit the “Castle of the Fairytale King” each year. During the summer, the number swells to more than 6,000+ visitors each day coming to marvel at all the rooms and chambers originally intended for only one inhabitant. www.neuschwanstein.de
Magnificently situated in the upper Isar valley against the imposing backdrop of the Karwendel range. An ideal starting point for longer hikes or for trips to nearby refreshing lakes such as Barmsee, Geroldsee, Grubsee or Walchensee, to name just a few. Mittenwald and Garmisch-Partenkirchen are also just a short distance away. www.kruen.de
This experience is accessible to everyone thanks to the mountain railways and is easily combined with simple hikes. For families, a walk along the summit adventure trail around the Osterfelderkopf can be enjoyed. The pleasure trail from the mountain station of the Alpspitzbahn to the mountain station of the Kreuzeckbahn can also be combined with a spectacular view from the AlpspiX. Zur Website
Well worth the approximate 25 km drive via Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Oberau and Ettal. Benedictine monastery with a stunning dome fresco, liquor distillery and brewing museum. abtei.kloster-ettal.de
The geological offer here now includes the Isarkiesel Nature Trail in Krün, the geological hiking loop in Wallgau and, since May 21, 2008, the Geological Nature Trail in Mittenwald. Information available at Tourist-Info
in Mittenwald, Tel. 08823-3398
in Krün, Tel. 08825-1094
in Wallgau, Tel. 08825-925050
Geo-Trip Karner, Tel. 08825-562
or über www.geo-trip.de