Wolfsschlucht in Kreuth at Lake Tegernsee

Spring is in the air, but our home mountains are still covered in snow. If you are looking for a nice afternoon walk before the sun goes down, check out the route from Kreuth to the Wolfsschlucht: very easy, yet pretty beautiful.

However, make sure to bring waterproof gear, since you need to cross rivers fed by melting snow. At the Wolfsschlucht waterfalls be aware that there can be avalanche risks till late June. So check the reports in advance.

All in all, a lovely three-hour tour.

xoxo

Snow Day Trips Near Munich

One thing 2020 taught us is to you cherish the little things in life. Here I put together some of my favorite tours during the lockdown, exploring our home mountains near Munich 🏔

Sport Sessions at Lake Spitzingsee

Whether you take a little hike to the Obere Firstalm, go fatbiking or explore the cross-country trails, it is one of my favorite places for a short sports session.

Recovery Hike at Lake Tegernsee

After a tough workout I love to go for a little recovery hike at lake Tegernsee – especially the Hoehenweg from Gmund and to the Neureuth mountain hut.

Snowshoeing Kreuzwankl

For those who are fit, I recommend a snowshoeing tour in Garmisch. You start at the valley station of the Hausberg, take the hiking route up to the Kochelbergalm. There you check your mountaineering gear and put on your snowshoes hiking up to the Bayernhaus, then even further to the Kreuzwankl skiing slopes and to the Trögelhuette with majestic views of the Zugspitze.

During the lockdown all slopes and cable cars are closed so that you need to be fit enough to climb up in deep snow and also hike back down. Elevation gain with some very steep passages: 800 – 1,100 m, 17-21k.

Lake Eibsee

Once you are already in Garmisch and did a great snowshoeing tour, take a relaxing recovery walk along the lake Eibsee and just breathe: a nice 8k walk to refuel your energy.

Josefstal at Lake Schliersee

Another magic recovery tour is the hike from lake Schliersee to the Josefstal waterfalls. A calming route with beautiful views.

However, always make sure to check weather reports, bring the right equipment & safety gear, lots of fluids and always listen to your body. Only go on tours you can manage & remember that touring in snowy & icy conditions is more difficult & might take up more time as well. Stay safe and healthy!

Kreuzeck & Bernadeinsteig

During fall season, this area around the Kreuzeck is a secret tip: not crowded, endless trails for mountain bikers, climbers, trail runners and hikers. On my last tour I also discovered a magical spot for a snowshoeing tour in winter. As soon as the cable cars are up and running again after the winter COVID lockdown, I will share it with you.

But for now, I will leave you with my fall impressions.

Fall excursions in Davos

I love the in-between season in Davos: gorgeous fall colors, blue skies, first snow – magic is in the air. Here are some day tour inspirations.

Sunrise Tour Strelapass

Get up early and hike up to the Strelapass where you start your day with a nice breakfast and beautiful views over the Davos mountain range.

Schatzalp Lunch

I could die for their Swiss „Rösti“. Although this place is a bit too touristy for me, every now and then I like to stop by for lunch.

Flüelapass

Ready for some magic? This is by far one of my favorite areas for sporting activities. In 2021 I will be back with an awesome bike & hike tour up to the Schwarzhorn.

Sertig Valley

Yes, I know, I have already published so many posts on it. But it is a classic and always worth a tour for everyone: mountain bikers, trail runners and hikers.

Dischma

During fall season this valley reminds me of Iceland: mystery & love is in the air.

Burger at Lokal Davos

After a great long day tour I often crave my favorite burger at Lokal Davos, best burger place in town, if you ask me.

Night Hike at Lake Tegernsee

“Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul.” I just love the wild camping season. All I need is my bivouac & my bike, sleeping outdoors underneath the stars. This time, I got a special tip for everyone near Munich, a beautiful night hike at Lake Tegernsee.

Sunrise Tour Baumgartenschneid

In mid August, showers of meteors hit Earth. The Perseids return at the same time every year. Hence, I did a night tour to the Baumgartenschneid – a familiar, rather easy tour.

Together with my friend Alexa, we took the train out from Munich at around midnight. Arriving at the train station in Tegernsee, it was already pretty cold. Colder than we actually expected and pretty humid. We definitely needed to wear our three layers in order to stay warm.

Since it was so dark and cold, I decided to take the route via the Prinzenweg, Gindelalm and then directly to the Baumgartenschneid (1449m). This one is safer at night and easier. Well, at least, I thought so. Due to the new moon, the sky was pretty clear. It was breathtakingly beautiful. You could even see the milky way.

But it was also darker than usual. Although we were wearing our headlights, you could not see that much.

The forest looks so different at night, it smells different, sounds different, the dimensions seem to be different. But I love it. It is mystical, magical – so calm and peaceful. Carrying 15kg in our backpacks, not seeing that much, meant, we really needed to focus. The path was trickier than expected. Not since it was too steep, but in the darkness we sometimes missed the signs so that at one point we got lost. I could tell that we were going the wrong way, but just could not find the actual path. Using both our lamps, looking around, it just was imposssible to see it. But since I am pretty familar with reading the stars and directions, I just followed my gut. It was about a 30-minute detour, but then we were on the right track again.

All in all, it took us about three hours to reach the Baumgartenschneid, overlooking Lake Tegernsee at night.

Sleeping underneath the stars

At around 4:30 a.m. we decided to camp at the alp, just using our sleeping mat, outdoor pillow and sleeping bag. Although it was still pretty cold and humid we changed into our sleeping clothes, crawled into our sleeping bags and simply watched the stars. MAGICAL! I saw four shooting stars, making a wish for my family and me.

We did not really sleep, though. It was just too beautiful. So quiet and peaceful. You only heard the bells from the nearby roaming cows at the alp and the chirping sound of the crickets. It is these little things in life that are just priceless!

At around 5.30 a.m. the sky was changing its colors, shining in different shades of red, orange and purple. Wow, just WOW. The sun was rising as a red fire ball on the horizon and at the same time you could see and hear the forest waking up. The things that have been so dark and mystical at night started to look bright and colorful. It could not get more romantic than this. We did not really talk. We just sat there, all cuddled up in our sleeping bag, watching the sun rise, watching the forest to wake up. If you ever get a chance to do something like this during new moon and the weather is fine, don’t think twice, just do it. You will fall in love with nature, with life, all over again.

At around  6:30 a.m. the cows from the alp decided to come close to us, literally licking our faces and bodies. Yes, LITERALLY. Guess, this was our time to get up and pack our things hiking to the mountain peak, enjoying the even more beautiful views over Lake Tegernsee – all by ourselves.

One hour later the first locals arrived doing their morning exercise routine, which was our cue to leave, all smiling and happy.

Packing Tips

For my friend, it was her first night tour, her first time sleeping underneath the stars, watching the sun rise. For those of you who have never done it before, either, I got some special packing tips for you.

At night it gets pretty cold up on the mountain. Thus, make sure to bring enough layers and a very good sleeping bag. I prefer one with a hood ’cause I just love it cozy and warm. In your sleeping bag, only wear your base layer. For the first five minutes, you still might be pretty cold, but afterwards, it gets much warmer. Believe me, the less you wear, the better.

This was my packing list:

  • backpack with room for a hydration pack
  • 2 L hydration pack
  • first-aid kit
  • headlight
  • sleepwear
  • changing-clothes (base layer, mid-layer, rain jacket, extra pair of socks)
  • bikini and sandals for a morning swim in the lake
  • towel
  • wet wipes, tooth brush and tooth paste
  • biffy bag
  • something to eat (energy bar, some fruit, breakfast)
  • thermos flask with tea, coffee or hot chocolate
  • heating pad
  • pocket knife
  • trekking poles
  • high-quality sleeping bag that keeps you warm
  • sleeping mat
  • outdoor pillow
  • camera
  • cell phone
  • portable power bank

However, make sure that you only pack what you can carry. If the backpack is too heavy for you and you are not used to it, make some changes. I for example have problems carrying a 15kg backpack on my MTB and then riding up a hill – no freaking chance. Still need to find a good solution for me there. Hence, I always do a combination of ride and hike when carrying loads of stuff.

Just try what works best for you and simply have fun, enjoying the great outdoors.

xoxo

photo credits: Munich Mountain Rebel