The beautiful Ammergau Alps Nature Park is part of the largest contiguous nature reserve in Bavaria – the Ammergau Alps. The green area extends over 200 km² and includes the municipalities of Bad Bayersoien, Bad Kohlgrub, Ettal, Oberammergau, Saulgrub, Unterammergau and the non-municipal district of Ettaler Forst. A special feature of the tourist region is the glacial moor landscape in the Ammertal. The moist soils, hay meadows, pine groves and peat ditches provide an ideal habitat for a wide variety of plants and animals. The area impresses not only with its biodiversity, but also with its historic buildings, centuries-old traditional events and wonderful cultural programmes accessible to all guests.
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Experience the moors up close
The Ammergau Alps Nature Park offers many ways to regenerate body and mind. Around the Soier See, the thrilling moorland can be explored over three themed trails using all your senses – on the Seerundweg with a barefoot trail as well as the moor or bird trail. All paths are interconnected so that the length of the tour can be adapted to personal needs. The moor educational trail with moor treading pool, for example, provides information on the formation and effect of the bog and at the same time allows an active experience of the healing earth. The Parkhotel am Soier See is open all year round for a retreat. Thanks to its mild water temperature and large sunbathing area, the Soier See is also a popular bathing lake. In the Bad Bayersoien spa and tourist information centre, guests can receive further detailed information about the Soier See.
Mountain air and hut enjoyment
The Hörnle – also known as the local mountain of the Bad Kohlgrub municipality – has four fascinating mountain peaks. One of them is the Zeitberg. With the Hörnle suspension railway, equipped with double swivel seats, guests glide comfortably towards the Zeitberg. Between enchanting forests and fragrant meadows, you can also enjoy a view of the beautiful foothills of the Alps. At the top, visitors can expect a barrier-free circular walk and nature trail with various rest and play areas as well as a 3D natural cinema. For much of the year, the Hörnle Hütte pampers guests with Bavarian delicacies, thus ensuring an all-round mountain experience. Whether for families, nature lovers or foodies.
Ammergau Alps Cultural Mile
Apart from the natural scenery, guests in the Ammergau Alps Nature Park will also find impressive historical treasures and demonstrations. The famous Oberammergau passion plays stretch back almost 400 years. Every ten years, the villagers reenact the suffering and death of Jesus as a story of hope and salvation for the world. The foyer and the auditorium are barrier-free. On site, there is a disabled toilet and seats for wheelchair users. Further information about the history of the region can be found in the Oberammergau Museum. The baroque basilica and rococo sacristy of the Ettal Abbey stand out as an architectural attraction in the midst of the enchanting mountain valley.
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Tips for overnight stays:
- Jugendherberge Oberammergau
- Aura-Hotel Kur- und Begegnungszentrum Saulgrub
- Ferienwohnungen Josef Wiedl: Ferienwohnung Linderhof
- Via Claudia Camping
- Das Naturhaus in Oberammergau