The Priests Way (der Praelatenweg) is an 88 mile (140 km) walk that starts in the pretty town of Marktoberdorf in Allgau and finishes in the Lakeland town of Kochel.
The Priests Way (der Praelatenweg) is an 88 mile (140 km) walk that starts in the pretty town of Marktoberdorf in Allgau and finishes in the Lakeland town of Kochel. Along the way explore the rich heritage of the area, especially its many magnificent Baroque churches. The walking trail goes across meadows, through mature woods, past lakes, all in a fabulous landscape of mountains and peaceful valleys. Each night is spent in a traditional Bavarian hotel or inn, known for their hospitality.
£659.00 (based on two people sharing a room).
Single room supplement £135.00.
When to go:
May to October.
Arrival and overnight in the small Bavarian town of Marktoberdorf. You will be given the maps and route notes at the welcome meeting.
Today’s walk takes you across Bavarian meadows and finishes with a steep climb to the top of the Auerberg from where you have marvellous views over pre-Alpine Bavaria. (Walk approx. 9.5 miles)
Walk down from the Auerberg to the River Lech at Lechbruck, cross the river and on to Steingaden with its beautiful church; continue along open farmland and through interesting bog land to the world famous Wieskirche (the pilgrimage church of Wies) – this magnificent Rococo church, a Unesco Heritage site, is one of the most beautiful in Germany. Continue walking to the village of Wildsteig for overnight (13 miles)
The first part of the walk from Wildsteig to Rottenburg and its impressive Abbey church is through meadows. Continue through the impressive Ammerschlucht gorge to Peissenberg. From here it take a bus to your hotel. You can also walk up to the top of Hohen Peissenberg – enjoy a good meal or just coffee and cakes in the restaurant with views over to Austria and the highest peaks in Germany.
From Weilheim to Bernried is a lovely walk across farmland and woodland, through a nature reserve and along the shore of the Starnberger lake. (14 miles)
The walk starts alongside Starnberger Lake – for those who want to shorten the walk, perhaps take a boat as far as Seeshapt and cut out the first 4 miles – then continues through woodland to the nature reserve of Ostersee and on to Penzberg.(11 miles or 15 miles)
Walk along the River Loisach to Bichl and onto Bendiktbeuernm, the oldest monastery in Bavaria. This magnificent monastery (open to the public) lies in a wide, flat pastoral valley. Continue with a lovely walk along the banks of the river to Kochel am See – this picturesque lakeside town has the wonderful Franz Marc Museum with paintings not just from Marc but also from contemporaries such as Kandinsky, Paul Kleen and August Macke – well worth a visit. (12 miles walk)