From walks through the depths of the Black Forest at the banks of the Rhine River to hikes through the majestic and snow-capped Bavarian Alps, Germany is a veritable playground for hikers.
Take advantage of the perfect hiking weather and spend a day or a week, exploring bucolic villages, ancient castles and pristine landscapes that abound in this stunning country.
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While there is much more to Germany than just the two states of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg, they are certainly where you’ll find some of the best hiking. Arriving in Munich or Freiburg situates you perfectly for an excellent outdoor adventure.
Be sure to come prepared and enjoy a hut-to-hut trek, which is the best way to see whichever part of southern Germany that you choose to explore. None of the hiking here is very tough, but being in shape before starting the trip will ensure that you enjoy it more.
Be sure to check out some of the castles and medieval towns and cities scattered throughout the area too. The Neuschwanstein Castle, upon which Walt Disney famously based his signature castle, is a must see in the region.
Rain is not uncommon throughout the year here, so be sure to pack extra clothes and appropriate rainwear in order to maximise your enjoyment.
During the late spring, summer and early autumn, weather is mostly ideal for hiking. Average daily temperatures during this time range from 15ºC to 22ºC, ideal for walking. Rain is not infrequent throughout the year, but there are usually plenty of sunny and clear days as well.
This depends on how much time you have available. Guides offer single-day hikes and week-long treks. Overall, a week or two should be sufficient time to explore southern Germany.
May to October
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