One of the perks of living in Munich is that the mountain peaks look almost close enough to touch and it ist just 40-minute drive to the great outdoors.
Whether you like outdoor sports, are looking for a recreational area or just need to refuel your energy, you can still find some places that are not too crowded with tourists.
Sunrise tour Aueralm
Although this is a very popular tour, you can enjoy this peaceful location on a sunrise tour before it gets crowded. Make sure to start early so that you reach the mountain hut by 8 a.m. during winter season.
The hut opens at 8:30 a.m. and they serve great tea and coffee while enjoying the majestic views.
During off season and heavier snow showers, you won’t meet too many people at the Schliersee mountains. In fact, it can be very quiet and peaceful.
No matter what you are into: skiing, snowboarding, hiking, horse riding, fatbiking or simply a nice walk, it still is a great place to refuel your energy.
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.
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.
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!