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Wasserläufer - Wandertrilogie Allgäu

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Overview

If there is something like the "Golden Center" for the hiking trilogy Allgäu, then it is the Wasserläufer Route: The demands on this hiking experience are higher than those for the Wiesengänger Route, but if you are looking for the adventurous mountain route, you should try the Himmelstürmer Route. This scenic hike, which translates to "Water-runner route", is well situated in the middle, reveals the calm and wild waters of the Allgäu, and offers plenty of "wet" attractions: lakes, rivers, waterfalls and gorges. The Wasserläufer Route leads over 22 daily stages and 406 km path from Marktoberdorf via Halblech, Füssen, Pfronten, Immenstadt, Oberstaufen, Isny ​​and Kempten in a round trip back to Marktoberdorf, where some stages overlap with the Wiesengänger and the Himmelsstürmer. Our tip: You will rarely have enough time to walk such a long route in one piece. So adapt your individual hiking trip to your time budget and return to your remaining stages again and again!

To explore the Wasserläufer route as a whole, in several consecutive hiking trips, is an excellent idea for many reasons, because numerous scientific studies prove it: Hiking along the water revitalizes body and soul! Whether calming at quiet lakes like the Rottachsee or your own energy boosting waterfalls like the Buchenegger waterfall or in gorges like the Hausbachklamm. Combined with the scenic diversity of the alpine foothills and the Alps and the cultural richness of the Allgäu, the Wasserläufer is an extremely charming middle course between the gentle Wiesengänger and the breathtaking Himmelstürmer.

At some stages, the Wasserläufer Route requires the enduring and more experienced long-distance hiker, for whom the intensive scenic experience means more than just collecting peaks. As with the Wiesengänger, but not in the entire route, the Wasserläufer opens up an extremely long hiking season for you. So, if you like to put on your hiking boots in spring or late autumn, you are also in good hands on the Wasserläufer Route. In this case (and not only in this case), make use of the support of the new and specially established official "Wandertrilogie Info and Booking Center" when planning and organizing your hiking trip. Because: Safety first!

Click here for the trail website of the Hiking trilogy in Allgäu

Highlights

  • 406 km long long-distance hiking trail between the Alps and the Alpine foothills in the Allgäu region
  • Varied route guidance with rivers, lakes and gorges
  • The quiet and wild waters of the Allgäu region
  • Peaceful villages and charming little towns
  • Numerous cultural monuments and offers
  • "Trilogieleitern": crossings to the other hiking trilogy routes

Highlights

  • 406 km long long-distance hiking trail between the Alps and the Alpine foothills in the Allgäu region
  • Varied route guidance with rivers, lakes and gorges
  • The quiet and wild waters of the Allgäu region
  • Peaceful villages and charming little towns
  • Numerous cultural monuments and offers
  • "Trilogieleitern": crossings to the other hiking trilogy routes

Your advantages

  • Official Wandertrilogie Info and Booking Center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, Shuttle services, Trail Hotline and much more.
  • Individual Online Planning and Booking of Your Hiking Trip
  • Carefully assembled and convenient Wandertrilogie packages
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.

Your advantages

  • Official Wandertrilogie Info and Booking Center
  • Top advice from experienced and competent employees
  • Fabulous services such as luggage transport, Shuttle services, Trail Hotline and much more.
  • Individual Online Planning and Booking of Your Hiking Trip
  • Carefully assembled and convenient Wandertrilogie packages
  • For your safety: All travel packages fulfill the package travel directive law - PRG; BGL. I No. 50/2017 on package travel and other forms of combined travel.
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH
This is the place for you! A Start and Welcome Place of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu; pictured for the Wasserläufer Route in Halblech © Allgäu GmbH

Information

Best time to travel

Due to its location, the Allgäu belongs to the regions characterized by irritable climates. This means that even if the Allgäu is one of the sunniest regions in Germany, the weather here can change very quickly. Stable situations quickly turn into bad weather stowage. Weeks of warm sunshine are followed by rainfall, which can be quite abundant in the northern congestion of the Alps. If they would not exist, the Allgäu meadows would not be so lush green. In winter - from mid-November to the end of February - the Allgäu often hides under a thick blanket of snow.

The start of the hiking season on the Wandertrilogie is as varied as the Wasserläufer Route: While the hiking season starts at the beginning of April on stages 12 to 22 as well as 1 and 2, a thru-hike of stages 3 to 11 is often not possible until mid-May due to the snow fields that have not yet melted. For all stages of the Wasserläufer Route, however, you can enjoy hiking until the end of October.
Of course, assuming you adapt to the different weather conditions described above, you have the right gear and are so relaxed that you can skip a stage in very bad conditions.

Within this period it is a matter of taste which month is the most beautiful: whether in April the awakening nature or in May the dandelion blossom through which the Allgäu magically shines yellow. In late spring, on the other hand, the western Allgäu is particularly enchanting with its many flowering orchards.
The summer between July and mid-September is always a good tip, even if you should be prepared for periods with high temperatures of up to 35 °C in midsummer (take enough water with you!). But don't worry: there are numerous rivers that invite you to refresh yourself. And in the more southerly "alpine" part of the watercourse route, you often already move at altitudes of up to 1.900 m, which promise pleasant temperatures even in midsummer.

The golden autumn is also particularly beautiful.

The winter between mid-November and the end of March is not suitable, as the Wasserläufer Route is in well-deserved hibernation.

Requirements

You travel along the Wasserläufer Route as an individual hiker (without the guidance of a mountain guide) on marked mountain paths, partly in high alpine mountain regions with altitudes of up to 2.650m. Therefore, for the Hoch & Heilig trail you need alpine hiking experience, which includes not only the correct self-assessment of the technical and physical requirements for the points listed below, but also experience in orientation in the terrain (including reading topographical maps) and in how to behave in bad weather.
With us on the Wasserläufer Route, you are well looked after and supported by our organisation. Nevertheless, you are travelling as an independent hiker (unless you book an optional mountain hiking guide). We would like to point out that despite our tour organisation you are on your own responsibility on the Wasserläufer Route.

Technical requirements: Moderate
Technically, the Wasserläufer route of the Allgäu hiking trilogy has moderate difficulties: Depending on the stage, the stages run on valleys (classified as yellow in the Allgäu) or easy and moderately difficult mountain paths (classified as red in the Allgäu).; Classification Alpine Club Germany.)
This means:

  • Difficult parts of the path are mostly narrow and often steep.
  • Short rope-secured walking passages may occur.
  • Due to exposure to the weather or short-term extreme weather events, hiking trails may be in a worse condition (e.g. slippery) or less visible due to fog.

To be able to cope with this as a mountain hiker without problems you need to be:
  • surefooted
  • free from giddiness
Conditional requirements: higher (on some stages: high)
The Wasserläufer Route of the Allgäu Hiking Trilogy is very demanding in terms of physical condition (on some stages also demanding):
  • Ascents of up to 1.050 meters of altitude depending on the stage
  • Descents depending on the stage up to 1.200 meters of altitude
  • Path length depending on stage up to 26 km

Even if all three maximum values never come together in one stage, this means pure walking times between 3 and 7 hours 15 minutes.
The calculation of the walking times is based on the Outdooractive formula (Outdooractive is one of the world's largest suppliers of tour documents and market leader in the German-speaking area). This includes fast walking times, which correspond approximately to the average speed of a well-trained mountain hiker.
Important: All data are pure walking times, i.e. breaks must be added.
Appropriate conditional preparation is strongly recommended. Our tip: As you are on a challenging multi-day tour, the Hoch & Heilig Bergpilgerweg should not be your first long-distance hiking trail. Based on our experience, we recommend booking a rest day in between, so that you can recover.

Further Information:
  • The Wasserläufer route is suitable for children aged 14 and over who are in very good physical condition.
  • Long distance hiking and trekking routes are not suitable for people with disabilities due to their requirements. In order to clarify individual cases (degree of reduced mobility), we recommend contacting the Trail Info & Booking Center before booking.

It is often difficult to personally assess whether a trail is suitable for you. If you are unsure about this or if you want to know which stages are best for you, just contact us. We will gladly advise you. However, this does not release you from the responsibility of your own self-assessment.

Equipment

For the Wasserläuferroute you need alpine hiking equipment.

  • The equipment list, which you can find under this Link, lists the minimum equipment needed for this trip.
  • Of course you can or should add the items that you personally need for the trip or with which you have had good experience (e.g. medication, special sun protection, larger water bottle etc.).

Further preliminary information about the equipment at the Wasserläuferroute der Wandertrilogie Allgäu:
  • Attention: For overnight stays on the Kenzenhütte (Stage 03) and Tegelberghaus (stage 04) it is mandatory to bring a sleeping bag. Due to the COVID19 hygiene regulations, there will be no blankets on cabins in summer 2020. For this reason, a hut sleeping bag is not enough, you must take a padded summer sleeping bag with you..
  • Please take you own towel to the Kenzenhütte.
  • trekking poles are highly recommended because of the often long descents.
  • You usually hike at altitudes between 500 and 1.900 m - this should be taken into account when choosing your hiking equipment (especially your clothing) - even in summer it can be very cool at the highest altitudes.
  • You should ensure that you have enough food and drink bottles of sufficient size, as there are no rest stops and wells on all stages.

Tipp: With our luggage service you can easily hold your daypack while your heavy luggage (up to 20 kg) is taken to the next booked accommodation. We recommend that you take out a luggage protection insurance - please contact us regarding this.

Stages

For a closer look, check out the detailed information for each stage along the trail here. The times are average values and may vary depending on personal fitness, number and length of breaks, weather conditions, etc.

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Map

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Service

Category

Along the trail three different accommodation categories - regional evaluation - are offered:

Basic: simply equipped – inn or B&B
Classic: good-quality, mid-range accommodation – 2 or 3-star inn or hotel
Comfort: high-end accommodation – 4-star hotel (some with spa area)

Children (ages 6 to 14) staying in their parents’ room are charged at a 35% discount (provided both adults pay full price).

On some stages of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu Wasserläufer Route you can take your dog with you. Please note, however, the regulations regarding the use of leashes in the federal states of Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria. The extra costs for a dog range between € 5,00 and € 20,00 (without food; per night) and will be paid directly on site in the accommodation.


Basic

Classic

Comfort
Boarding

Three different types of catering are available to you in the partner establishments:

Breakfast: Breakfast buffet or hearty breakfast served at the table

Half board: breakfast plus dinner (mostly 3-course menu in the hotel or by voucher in a nearby restaurant)

Please enter special wishes for the catering (vegetarian, vegan, intolerances ...) in the field "Comments". The Trail Info & Booking Center will try to fulfill your non-binding customer request.


Bed and breakfast

Half board

Mobility Service

For the realization of your trouble-free Trail journey a comprehensive mobility service is offered:

Luggage service: Hiking with a light daypack; while your luggage (max. 20 kg) is taken from accommodation to accommodation. How?
It's very simple: In the morning you drop off your luggage at the reception and at the end of the hiking day it will be waiting for you in your next accommodation. We recommend that you purchase luggage protection insurance. (Please note: Luggage service is not available for the accommodations Kenzenhütte and Tegelberghaus.)

Back transfer: As essential as convenient. Our mobility service (collective transport) takes you from the destination of your trail journey comfortably back to your starting point.

Shuttle Services: The shuttle services required for the trail journey are included in the overall mobility package.
Our Mobility partners reserve the right to transport your dog in the luggage compartment.

In addition, we can also book recommended shuttle services such as the train station shuttle. If extra shuttle services are required during the trail trip, e.g. in case of bad weather, illness, etc., we will be happy to organize them. These shuttle services are not included in the travel price.


Luggage service

Back transfer

Shuttle service
Service

The Trail Info & Booking Center offers a comprehensive range of services to make your Trail adventure run as smoothly as possible:


Trail Hotline: Our team is at your service with advice and practical support for the duration of your Trail journey. Even outside our normal office hours, you can reach us daily from 8:00 to 20:00.

Trail Guide: Our certified and authorized hiking guides are well trained and have an excellent knowledge of the area. In addition, they have a great knowledge of Burgenland's nature and culture, which makes a hike with our guides a varied and safe trail trip. All costs incurred by the guide (overnight stay, meals, travel costs) are included in the Guide package price.


Comprehensive Travel Information: an expertly compiled folder (PDF, print@home) with detailed, in-depth information will be sent to you in time for you to prepare your Trail journey.

Arrival

For the arrival of this trail trip you have three possibilities - not included in the price - at your disposal:

With your own car: Parking is available at the respective starting points of the trail journey. Detailed information is included in the booking documents. Most of the parking spaces are free of charge and not monitored! The return transport will bring you back to your car.

By train: The following stations are at your disposal:

  • Marktoberdorf (Etappe 01)
  • Füssen (Etappe 06)
  • Pfronten (Etappe 07)
  • Nesselwang (Etappe 08)
  • Oy-Mittelberg (Etappe 09)
  • Blaichach (Etappe 10)
  • Sonthofen (Etappe 11)
  • Immenstadt (Etappe 12)
  • Oberstaufen (Etappe 13)
  • Röthenbach (Etappen 15 und 16)
  • Kempten (Etappe 20)

The Wasserläufer Route in the Wandertrilogie Allgäu is therefore ideal for a train arrival.

By plane: The following international airports can be recommended for arriving by plane – Munich (MUC) and Zurich (ZRH).

Arrival shuttle service - not included in the price: Brings you to the starting point of your trail journey and at the end of the tour back to the ideal train station or airport. The Trail Info & Booking Center will be happy to organize this shuttle service for you.

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Partners along the trail

This is where Trail travelers find an especially warm welcome: ranging from 4-star Spa Hotels to simply equipped B&Bs, our partner establishments have been hand-picked, and actively contribute to the development of the Trail.

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Your booking center

Trail Information & Booking center, Travel Agent
Trail Angels GmbH
9821 Obervellach 15
Austria

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Trail Angels GmbH
Obervellach 15, 9821 Obervellach, Österreich
Eintragungs-NR. Veranstalterverz. des bmwfi: 2016/0005
Tel: +43 4782 93093
Email: info@bookyourtrail.com

Terms of service

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