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
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.
Both in terms of technical and physical requirements, the Wasserläufer Route lies exactly between the easy Wiesengänger Route and the already quite demanding Himmelstürmer Route.
From a technical point of view, the Wasserläufer Route of the hiking trilogy Allgäu has minor to moderate difficulties. The stages 12 to 22 as well as 1 and 2 leading through the Alpine foothills have less difficulties than the stages 3 to 11, which can be classified as moderate. However, sure-footedness on rooted and stony hiking trails is an absolute prerequisite:
The trails are classified according to the local trail concepts as follows:
For the Wasserläufer Route a "normal" equipment is sufficient for alpine hikes on unpaved paths in the foothills of the Alps. However, sturdy footwear with a good sole profile for unpaved paths is a "must" and the use of telescopic hiking poles is recommended to relieve the knees during the sometimes longer descents. In summer, good sun protection and sufficient water are very important (not on every stage there are refreshment points). For the Kenzenhütte (Stage 03) and the Tegelberghaus (Stage 04) you must also bring a sleeping bag and a towel.
Click here to the detailed equipment list of your trail trip.
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.show Stages
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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 costs for the dog at the accommodations (without food) are between € 5,00 and € 20,00 and will be charged on site.
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.
For an especially carefree Trail journey, you might like to take advantage of our comprehensive transport service:
Luggage service: Your luggage (max. 20 kg) will optionally be transferred from one accommodation to the next, so that you can hike with light day packs. This service is carried out with the official service partner of the Wandertrilogie Allgäu.
Return Transfer: A collective transport service takes you from your final Trail destination back to your departure point.
Shuttle Service: All shuttle transfers that are essential for the completion of your Trail journey are included in the package price. Additional shuttle services (i.e. in the event of bad weather, illness etc.) can simply be requested at the Trail Information & Booking Center and will be charged separately.
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.
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:
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.show partners
Here you will find all relevant information about your travel destination such as currency, entry requirements, food & drink, health and vaccinations and literature tips.Show Travel Information
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9821 Obervellach 15
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