Winding and full of variety: the German Alpine Road
The German Alpine Road, also known as the “Queralpenstraße”, links two of the loveliest valleys in the Alps in an east-west direction. Along its 450 winding kilometres, it leads from Lindau on Lake Constance to Schönau on Lake Königssee.
Whether you travel along the German Alpine Road in a convertible, a motorbike or a motorhome, the route guarantees pure driving pleasure and fantastic views of valleys and mountain peaks. You should plan at least four days for the entire German Alpine Road. However, even if you have several weeks at your disposal, the German Alpine Road offers enough highlights to “experience” Bavaria’s rich cultural heritage in the true sense of the word.
Fantastic panoramic views between Lindau and Füssen
Start your journey in Lindau on Lake Constance. Stroll along the harbour and fortify yourself in one of the city’s charming street cafés before heading up to the mountains on the north edge of the Allgäu Alps. The road provides unforgettable views of the Nagelfluh mountains.
In Bad Hindelang you embark on the Oberjoch Pass. This is particularly thrilling for motorbikers: 106 bends and 300 m in altitude – a German record.
The entrancing castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau transport you to the world of Fairy Tale King Ludwig II. In the summer months you can enjoy a refreshing dip in the waters of Lake Weißensee, Lake Hopfensee or Lake Forggensee. And romantic Füssen is always worth a detour.
Baroque abbeys and handicrafts on the German Alpine Road
Through the Pfaffenwinkel area with its Baroque churches and abbeys, the road goes on into the Ammergauer Alps and through the Werdenfelser Land region. Drink in the views of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain – or exchange your vehicle for a cable car in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and make your own ascent. Historic Oberammergau with its frescoes and its world-famous wood carving art is another great place for a stop-off.
The road ambles on through Krün and Wallgau, past Ettal Abbey and Linderhof Castle. On the stretch known as Kesselbergstraße, you navigate 14 hairpin bends with an average four-per-cent gradient to descend from Lake Walchensee down to Lake Kochelsee. The particular light of the Kochler Moor once inspired the artists of the “Blue Riders” movement. And don’t miss a gentle stroll through the historic old town of Bad Tölz.
The perfect end to an eventful tour
The area around Lake Tegernsee and Lake Schliersee is known as a gourmet’s paradise. Whether you prefer a Biergarten, tavern or Michelin star restaurant, in the Free State you can feast on regional specialities and experience at first hand the typical Bavarian hospitality and charm.
Further to the east you now face the steepest section of the German Alpine Road. From Unterwössen in Chiemgau you climb up a twelve-per-cent gradient to the Masereralm. The picture-postcard mountain village of Reit im Winkl lies on the home stretch. Take one more look at the impressive panorama of Lake Königssee before finishing your journey along the German Alpine Road with a winding-down session in the Bad Reichenhall spa.