The German Alps - a Year-Round Destination

From picturesque Berchtesgaden and the dark, calm waters of Lake Königsee in eastern Bavaria to Lindau and the area around Lake Constance in the state of Baden-Württemberg in the west, the German Alps are a year-round tourist destination. Famous for world-class winter sports venues, the Alps are cherished by those in the know year round. In fact, spring, summer and fall offer ideal weather for hiking and sightseeing.

And you don’t have to be a mountain-climber to get to the top of Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Located just south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Zugspitze, at 9,718 feet, is served from the German side by a cog railway from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a cable car from the town of Eibsee at the foot of the mountain. You don’t have to be an athlete to stand on this summit and enjoy the panoramic views.

Germany’s second-highest peak, the Hochwanner, is in the same Wetterstein range as the Zugspitze. The third-highest peak, the Watzmann, is located in idyllic the Berchtesgaden region.

But the Alps are not only peaks and summits. Easily accessible hiking and biking trails snake across the slopes, many of them leading travelers to quaint mountain cottages for a meal or an overnight stay. And tranquil mountain lakes dot the region, beckoning summer wanderers to a refreshing dip. Enjoy this picture gallery, offering a mere taste of the varied views and activities the German Alps have to offer year round.

German Alps

Time out on the Zugspitze