The Ammergau Alps Nature Park in Bavaria is not, as its name suggests, just known and loved for its mountain scenery, marshes, river landscapes and secluded wooded areas. The countryside's diverse beauty is actually partnered with plenty of fascinating attractions that are sure to excite and amaze all you history buffs. Culture vultures and outdoor adventurers are never in a hurry to leave the Ammergau Alps either!
Nestled between Germany's highest peak, the Zugspitze, and the popular Neuschwanstein Castle are the Ammergau Alps, a region that managed to enchant a fairytale king with its varied scenery and customs and traditions. Ludwig II honoured the Ammergau Alps by bequeathing two stunning castles to the region, which now attract tourists along with countless sporting challenges, relaxing spa treatments, traditional cuisine, charming places to stay and well-known (and lesser-known) cultural highlights. The Oberammergau Passion Play is one special tradition that dates back to 1633, when the locals vowed to perform the Passion of the Christ regularly to ward off the plague. They were answered by God and protected from the plague for ever more. Since then, the village has reenacted the suffering and death of Christ every ten years to uphold their promise. Well, we promise that the Ammergau Alps are worth a visit every year and all-year round!
Enjoy a quick and stress-free train journey to the Ammergau Alps Nature Park via Munich and Murnau or Innsbruck and Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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 electronic visitor card or KÖNIGSCARD
If you're staying in the region, you'll receive an electronic visitor card when you arrive at your accommodation. This card becomes your ticket for unlimited free travel on local buses and trains for the duration of your stay.
Some accommodation providers will also give you the KÖNIGSCARD, which will also entitle you to discounts on leisure activities and more. As you can see, you don't need a car to be able to enjoy hiking trips and other adventures in the Ammergau Alps. You can find out more about the visitor cards on offer 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!