The journey of around 450 km (280 mi.) takes you from Lindau on Lake Constance (Bodensee) to Berchtesgaden--a panoramic tour for every motorist. If you enjoy spending your vacation on the road, this tour across southern Germany will reward you with countless happy moments.
Winding roads and views of the fairytale landscape promise endless variety and are what make the German Alpine Road so popular. Lush Alpine meadows, gently rolling hills, and craggy mountain peaks, this ever-changing Alpine world offers a magnificent setting for your vacation in Bavaria.
Theme Routes and their Individual Sections
You can explore the German Alpine highway on a single trip of several days or by doing individual sections. You are advised to allow some extra time, as every section of the route is guaranteed to impress with its gorgeous natural landscapes, panoramas, and countless destinations, especially the sections passing through the Zugspitze region. The drive from Bad Bayersoien to Ettal is 22.2 km (13.8 mi.) and offers a magnificent open view of the Alps of the Ammer valley after you pass through the town of Saulgrub. The road then passes the villages of Unterammergau and Oberammergau, proceeds to Ettal with its famous monastery, and then climbs up a small pass and back down with switchbacks until you reach Oberau, and then Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This second section is 32.8 km (20.4 mi.) long and - as to be expected on this route - offers a singular view of the Alps and the Zugspitze mountain. Tip: Stopping in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and taking the cable car to the top of the Zugspitze is definitely recommended.
About the Individual Sections:
- Lindau - Oberreute
- Oberstaufen - Wertach
- Nesselwang - Halblech
- Steingaden - Wildsteig
- Bad Bayersoien - Ettal
- Oberau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen · Walchensee - Lenggries
- Bad Tölz
- Kreuth - Bayrischzell
- Oberaudorf - Bernau
- Rottau - Inzell
- Weißbach - Schönau am Königssee
The German Alpine Highway - Facts:
- 450 km (280 mi) full of twists and turns
- more than 25 castles, monasteries, and magnificent palaces
- more than 20 crystal clear mountain lakes
- countless motorcycle-friendly accommodations - including in the Zugspitze Region
Good to know: In the Zugspitze Region, home of the annual BMW Motorrad Days, you will find countless hotels that are happy to accommodate motorcyclists for an unforgettable stopover on the German Alpine Highway