King Ludwig's Way

Self Guided - 8 Days / 7 Nights

Discover Germany’s Bavaria region in the footsteps of Bavaria’s fairytale King Ludwig ll who built the iconic Neuschwanstein Castle among other splendid castles. The King loved to walk and the route starts from Lake Starnberg where he tragically drowned. It follows the alpine foothills of the Allgau Mountains, across a landscape of little monastery towns, Bavarian villages, as well as scenic sights like the Zugspitze summit. There’s a wealth of Bavarian culture and Baroque architecture to discover along the way till the walk ends most fittingly at the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein near Fussen.


- Baroque architecture

- Spectacular castles of Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau

- Wine town of Fussen

Your Journey

Day 1

Arrive Bernried on Lake Starnberg.

Day 2: Bernried to Diessen on Lake Ammer 21 km

Leave the banks of Lake Sarnberg and walk through pretty Bavarian villages with inviting beer gardens to Andechs monastery with its own brewery. Finish off with a bus and boat trip to your overnight destination.

Day 3: Diessen to Wessobrunn 13 km

Walk through meadows and peaceful forest, along hilltops with marvellous views to Wessobrunn and the Zugspitz summit in the distance. At Wessobrunn, visit the ‘grey duke’ (historic belfry) and the natural landmark tree ‘Tassilolinde’.

Day 4: Wessobrunn to Peiting 20 km

Explore typical Bavarian countryside then climb (steep ascent) Hohen Peissenberg Mountain for panoramic views over the alps. Descend through forest and fields to Peiting.

Day 5: Peiting to Wildsteig 14 km

Today cross a succession of bridges which take you through the untamed Ammer ravine to arrive Rottenbuch where you visit an especially ornate monastery.

Day 6 Wildsteig to Buching 19 km

Today’s highlight is the UNESCO World Heritage ‘Kirche in der Wies’ (church in the meadow). Walk an idyllic countryside of rounded hilltops, forests and meadows with views to the Allgau Alps.

Day 7 Buching to Fussen 17 km

Choice to stroll along paths round Lakes Hegratsried and Forggensee to Fussen or ascend to the stunning castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau on Lake Schwarsee.

Day 8

Arrangements end in Fussen.


Moderate to energetic walking on paths and forest trails. Longest day is 25 km and shortest 15 kms, minimum 4 and maximum 6 hours walking per day. Day 4 ‘s traverse of the Ammershlucht is demanding but an alternative can be taken.


Breakfast daily.

Schedule 2024

Start any Friday, Saturday, Sunday or Monday from 13 April - 6 October 2024

Price 2024

Please note price is per person in Euro

13 Apr - 5 May, 16 Sept - 6 Oct:
Double/Twin share €909           Single Supplement €325

6 May - 16 June, 26 Aug - 15 Sept:
Double/Twin share €969            Single Supplement €325

19 June - 25 August:
Double/Twin share €1059            Single Supplement €325


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