The King Ludwig’s Way – Romantic Castles and Lakes of Bavaria

Bavaria, Germany

Holiday overview




Self Guided




Jan - Dec


£ 650 pp


7 nights

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Admire the unique and impressive panoramas of the Bavarian Mountains, beautiful lakes and typical villages as well as the famous castles of King Ludwig that inspired Walt Disney’s films. These things combine to make Bavaria the enchanting place that it is.

This walking route:

The King Ludwig’s Way from Bernried to Füssen – takes you to the most beautiful part of Bavaria, filled with castles, romantic lakes, and welcoming people, as well as comfortable accommodation.



£650.00 per person for first night arrival Friday, Saturday and Sunday or Monday

Supplement for starting Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday £40.00 per person

£140.00 single room  supplement.

Extra night Bernried in 3*** hotel is £65 per person sharing and £90 for a single room. Extra night in Füssen in 3*** hotel £80 per person sharing. £115 in single room.


Included: 7 nights accommodation,  breakfast buffet,  luggage transportation, 6 days walking with detailed route notes and maps, welcome meeting, boat ride (Herrsching-Diessen), luggage transfers from hotel to hotel.Not IncludedLunches, travel Insurance and bus transportation to Andechs to Herrsching, approx. 3 euro per person. All visitor taxes are not included in the price and must be paid locally.


Departures: Daily from April  7th  – October 16th

Day 1:

Arrival in Bernried on Lake Starnberg.


Day 2:

Bernried to Diessen on Lake Ammer: Walk along the banks of Lake Starnberg and through a nature reserve via the Ilka Cave, with its stunning views over Lake Stranberg, all the way to the Deixfurter Pond. The route takes you through pretty villages witgh their inviting beer gardens, as you head for Andechs Monastery (which has its own brewery). A short bus ride to Herrsching, followed by a nice boat ride to Diessen for overnight.

Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 21 km | ­ ascent 260 m, descent  170 m.


Day 3:

Diessen to Wessobrunn: from Diessen the path crossed beautiful meadows and then into the peaceful Stiller Forest. A hilltop walk will provide you with wonderful views all the way to Wessobrunn, home of the well-known ‘Grey Duke’ (a historic bell tower). In the distance, glimpses of the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.

Details: approx. 4 to 5 hours | 13 km | ­ ascent 230 m, descent 80 m.


Day 4:

Wessobrun to Peiting: Today you explore the Alpine foothills, very Bavarian, with lots of pretty villages and remote moors. A steep ascent will bring you to the Hohen Peissenberg mountain, from where you have breathtaking views the whole length of the Alps and a good place for lunch in the restaurant with its terrace. Then it is a descent to finally walk across meadows and through forest to Peiting.

Details: approx. 4,5 to 6 hours | 20 km | ­ascent  410 m, descent 400 m.


Day 5:

Peiting to Wildsteig: a contrasting and spectacular walk through the Ammer gorge, with the turbulent Ammer river below you, all the way to Rottenbuch, with its ornate monastery church. Hills and meadows with glorious views to the Alps before reaching Wildsteig.

Details: approx. 4 hours | 14 km | ­ ascent 270 m, descent 110 m.


Day 6:

Wildsteig to Buching: cross idyllic moorland to the world-famous UNESCO site of ‘Kirche in der Wies’ (the Church in the Meadow). Continue walking across gentle countryside and flower-filled meadows and through tranquil forest to Buching.

Details: approx. 4 to 5 hours | 19 km | ­ ascent 150 m, descent 220 m.


Day 7:

The final walk along King Ludwig’s Way is from Buching to the two castles – Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau – and further along the Alpenrosenweg between the Schwan Lake and Alp Lake to Füssen. Two routes are possible, both of which initially follow Lake Hegratsied. After the lake the easier lake continues along Lake Forggensee to Füssen. The other route goes up via the  Pöllatschlucht gorge to King Ludwig’s fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle and neighbouring Hohenschwangau. As you leave Neuschwanstein you walk through woodland along the Austrian border, high above the Schwansee lake to Füssen, where King Ludwig’s Way ends.

Details: approx. 5 to 6 hours | 19 km | ­ ascent 300 m, descent 310 m.

An extra night to visit the two castles and enjoy the town is recommended, especially if you take the easier option. 5 to 6 hours walking.


Day 8

Departure after Breakfast