Have you ever thought about going to German and Austrian Alps in summer? I remember my trip to this mountainous region very well as I enjoyed it big time. It’s a real paradise for outdoor enthusiasts. Beautiful, pristine nature, majestic mountains, crystal-clear lakes and silence. What else do you need? If you wish to spend your holidays far from all that noise, hustle and bustle, this destination may be perfect for you. In this blog post, I will share with you some awesome places to visit in German and Austrian Alps in summer along with a travel map.
GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN ALPS IN SUMMER – MAP
Here’s a map of places I visited in German and Austrian Alps in summer. Two of them are in Austria, the other ones are in Germany. As you can see on the map, the majority of places are located close to Berchtesgaden National Park. Therefore, it’s very convenient to find accommodation somewhere nearby. Unfortunately, hotel prices may be quite high there in July and August. I couldn’t afford to stay in this area so I decided to book a room in Inzell, a city 40 km away from Berchtesgaden. It’s a calm, picturesque town and great base to explore the neighborhood.
AUSTRIA: MOUNT SCHAFBERG
First stop is St. Wolfgang im Salzkammergut. A small, Austrian town situated at Lake Wolfgangsee. The main attraction here is Schafbergbahn, the steepest cog railway in Austria, running constantly since 1893. It goes to the top of 1782 metres-high Mount Schafberg. Sounds interesting? This ride is a truly unforgettable experience. Alternatively, it’s also a great idea for a day-hike. Find out more about Schafbergbahn and the walking track to Mount Schafberg in a separate post on Mount Schafberg in Austria.
GERMANY: LAKE KÖNIGSSEE
Next stop is Lake Königssee in the south of Germany, a heart of Berchtesgaden National Park and the jewel of Bavaria. Its setting is unique… just imagine high cliffs, peaceful valleys, alpine huts, wild torrents and emerald lakes. Nature in this region of Germany remains unspoiled. What’s more, electric boats run on Lake Königssee so that you can experience its beauty up close. There are also easy walking tracks around the lake for those who enjoy trekking. Find out more about Lake Königssee boat tour and walking paths around the lake in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
GERMANY: MOUNT JENNER
What would a visit in German and Austrian Alps in summer be without a day-hike? Berchtesgaden National Park offers numerous walking tracks and steep mountain trails. From easy walks to challenging ones of a via ferrata only. The walking track to Mount Jenner (1874 metres) is of medium difficulty. After a couple of hours of hiking, you will enjoy gorgeous views from the summit. This includes Lake Königssee nestled at the foot of the mountain. Find out more about the walking track to Mount Jenner in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
GERMANY: ALMBACHKLAMM GORGE
What else is worth doing in German and Austrian Alps in summer? Don’t miss the chance to see one of the most beautiful gorges in Bavaria, Almbachklamm. The walking track is 3 km long, and goes up through the deeply cut gorge, along the Almbach River, next to thundering waterfalls and crystal-clear pools. There are a lot of bridges and overpasses too. Find out more about Almbachklamm and the walking path in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
Next stop is Kehlsteinhaus, a former property of Adolf Hitler, also known as the Eagle’s Nest. It’s located on the edge of Kehlstein at 1834 metres. This place was mostly used by Nazi for government and social meetings. Currently, Kehlsteinhaus is a mountain restaurant and historical information centre. It also provides visitors with a breathtaking panoramic view. Find out more about Kehlsteinhaus and learn how to get to this place in a separate post on outdoor activities in Bavaria.
AUSTRIA: EISRIESENWELT CAVE
Last stop is Werfen. A cozy, Austrian town with the world’s largest ice cave! Eisriesenwelt has over 40 km of ice corridors and it’s located in the rock at 1641 metres. A unique natural phenomenon! Temperature inside the cave does not exceed 0°C, even in summer. How can you get to Eisriesenwelt, given that it’s situated so high? There are to options. Hiking or a cable car ride. Find out more about Eisriesenwelt and learn how to get to this place in a separate post on Eisriesenwelt Cave in Austria.
These are the places I visited in German and Austrian Alps in summer. Which one seems to be the most interesting in your opinion? Let me know by leaving a comment below!