Holiday spirits ride high in the Allgäu High Alps in the southernmost corner of Germany on the border with Austria. Many endangered species of plants and animals have found a safe haven here, providing nature photographers with stunning shots and hikers with plenty of opportunity to see the diverse flora and fauna up close on the many trails and routes. Whether you're tired out from trying to take the perfect photo or cover as many kilometres as possible, you can always refuel at one of the traditional dairies known for their Allgäu mountain cheese. This is high-level indulgence – quite literally!
The Allgäu High Alps Nature Reserve is a holiday destination that comes in a different colour scheme depending on the time of year. During the winter months, white snowy landscapes are just waiting to be explored in snowshoes, on skis or on a sled. As spring approaches, you'll almost turn green with jealousy when you look out over the rolling hills of the fresh alpine meadows, which are covered with bright bursts of rare flowers during the summer. This sea of colour is dotted with the unavoidable black, brown and white of the cows whose milk is used to produce the gorgeous mountain cheese that shines in a lovely shade of yellow. You can enjoy the taste of this local delicacy in front of a roaring fire in one of the traditional cottages in the autumn months. We've painted quite the picture of holiday perfection there, haven't we?
Travel to the Allgäu High Alps Nature Reserve in true comfort by hopping on a Deutsche Bahn train travelling to Oberstdorf, Sonthofen or Kempten in Allgäu.
You can find the best train route here or on the DB Navigator app.
Top tip: Make sure you enter your exact starting and finishing points when searching for a route.
For example: Stephensonstrasse 1, Frankfurt am Main to Othmar-Weis-Strasse 1, 82487 Oberammergau.
You can also find international super saver fares on the Deutsche Bahn website.
Travel for free in the local area with the Bad Hindelang PLUS visitor card
As of 01/12/2019, everyone staying in the Bad Hindelang region will receive a Bad Hindelang visitor card for free at their accommodation. This can be used for free and convenient travel on local buses, which can take you to explore the natural landscape and attractions at the Allgäu High Alps Nature Reserve. You can find out more about the visitor card online.
Black Forest National Park and
The two nature parks in the Black Forest promise unforgettable experiences surrounded by nature and a stunning cultural landscape. The national park is a little bit on the wilder side, with perfectly intact habitats that provide undisrupted homes for native flora and fauna.
Thuringian Forest Biosphere Reserve and
The oldest and best-known hiking trail in Germany, the Rennsteig, covers almost 170 km through the region in the centre of Germany, linking the Thuringian Forest Nature Parks and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. It sure does pay to be well connected!