Fernwanderweg - Maximiliansweg

Long distance hiking trail

Long-distance hiking trail from Lake Constance to the Königssee Lake. The trail runs through the Ammergau Alps from the Hörnle near Bad Kohlgrub to the Brunnenkopfhäuser via the Graswang Valley an to Linderhof Palace. Refreshment opportunities and overnight accommodation facilities at a total of three huts.

Fernwanderwerg Maximiliansweg - Pürschlingnadel mit Scheinberg und Hochplatte
Fernwanderwerg Maximiliansweg - Pürschlingnadel mit Scheinberg und Hochplatte - © Author: Thorsten Unseld, Source: Anja Blieninger
  • Type Long distance hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 9:15 h
  • Distance 25,8 km
  • Ascent 1496 m
  • Descent 1947 m
  • Lowest point 826 m
  • Highest point 1901 m


In the summer of 1858, the Bavarian King Maximilian II travelled from Lindau to Berchtesgaden over a period of five weeks.

The Alpine version of the "Maximiliansweg" follows the course of this royal journey at the northern edge of the Alps and offers a fabulous cross section of the Bavarian Alps between Lake Constance and the Königsee Lake.

The Maximiliansweg is a long-distance trail extending over a total distance of over 350 kilometres.

Four stages are contained within the Ammergau Alps between the Tegelberg, Hohenschwangau and the small village of Grafenaschau at the for of the Hörnle.

We would like to present one part of this magnificent mountain hike to you here. Depending on preference and ability, this can be planned as a one-day or two-day version. If you wish to reach Linderhof Palace on the same day, we recommend taking the chair lift from Bad Kohlgrub to the Hörnle hut.

If you have more time, the whole route can be undertaken on foot. One option is to ascend your first summit of the tour by proceeding from here along the magnificent mountain route to the Hinteres Hörnle, enjoying the views of the lakes of the Alpine foothills along the way.

Returning to the Hörnle Hut, you may wish to fortify yourself with a sandwich. From here, you pass downhill along part of the Meditation trail to Unterammergau. Shortly before reaching the village, you pass the Kappel pilgrim church, the oldest church in the Ammer valley. At the opposite side of the village going out towards Steckenberg, the comfortable ascent to the August Schuster House on the Pürschling begins.

Enjoy some refreshments and views of the Zugspitze as you gather your energy for the finale of the tour, up a steep mountain trail to Linderhof Palace. Those who have two days to spare and experience of Alpine hiking can stay overnight at the August Schuster House before conquering the Teufelstättkopf on the next day.

This is then followed by a ridge walk to the Brunnenkopfhäuser and a skilful climb up the Große Klammspitze before also heading for Linderhof Palace.

You can enjoy an unforgettable hiking experience in the Ammergau Alps as long as you have the right gear. Visit the "Best of Wandern" Test Centre in Bad Kohlgrub to try out the latest outdoor equipment free of charge.

- GPS devices

- rucksacks, child carriers, children's jackets

- multifunctional jackets

- hiking boots

- sticks and head lamps

- binoculars

- tour software

- snow shoes

- backpacking umbrellas

The Best of Wandern Test Centre is located at Hotel Schillingshof, directly opposite the Hörnlebahn ski lift. adress: Fallerstraße 11, Bad Kohlgrub tel.: +49 8845 7010.

For more information, visit: www.ammergauer-alpen.de/testcenter

Auf der höchstgelegenen Riesen-Panoramaschaukel der bayerischen Alpen, an den Brunnenkopfhäusern, genießen Sie mit Schwung einen wunderbaren Blick ins Graswangtal.


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A95 to Bad Kohlgrub via Murnau (St2062)
car park at Hörnle Bahn/valley station
Zughaltestelle: Bad Kohlgrub, Bahnhof oder Kurhaus 
Murnau - Bad Kohlgrub – Oberammergau

Guests in the Ammergauer Alps Region can use their electronic guest pass or the "KönigsCard" to obtain free bus travel. 

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter www.ammergauer-alpen.de/onlineshop oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile