The hike proper starts at the "Votiv-chapel". It is a memory chapel to the dead of "King-Ludwig". You go along the "Starnberger-Sea" to Starnberg (Railway-Station), crossing the Main-Street (on the left side "Weilheimer Strasse") and from there to the SOCKINGER STRASSE.
Follow the main road until you reach - on the right - a telephone box. At this point turn left into
MAISINGER SCHLUCHTWEG. Follow the stream until you reach the village of MAISING. At the main road turn right and walk on up the hill until you reach the inn GASTHOF GEORG LUDWIG.
Carryon a bit; and where the road curves carry straight on, following a footpath leading over meadows to the Maisinger Lake (national preserved area).
At the dyke another small inn, and the last before Andechs. On through the meadows beside the lake to ASCHERING. Pass by the church, until you see a large sign reading FUBWEG NACH ANDECHS (Footpath to Andechs).
Carryo in the signed direction through fields and meadows into a wood. After a short while, you reach a small lake, on the right, the ESS-SEE.
Here the famous Max Planck Institution for Behavioural Physiology is situated, where the way of life of various animals, and especially of aquatic birds, is studies.
After anouther walk - about 10
minutes - you will pass on the right, part of a large estate -
Opposite the entrance to the church, steps lead down to the KIENTAL. Following the stream you reach HERRSCHING and from there you take the boat to DIESSEN.
You are sailing on the Ammersee. It is over 18 square miles in extent.
From the lake, walk up to the
Marketplace at the traffic lights. Continue on HERRENSTRASSE until you
see, on the left, the Monastry Church (stucco from Franz Xaver and
Johann Michael Feichtmayr.
Take the path zo ZIEGELSTADL. Turn left into the road, and after about 200 Yards, to the right. The pass leads across a meadow and reaches the carpark for the forest information route passing the MECHTHILDIS fountain, and ending at a CHAPEL.
At this point, leaving the Information route, follow a track until reaching a small road On arrival at the fenced meadow turn right. Before reaching the wood, turn right again, and reach an asphalt road.
You are now entering the forest BAYER-DIESSEN. Passing a little monument, carryon along a straight track to KOHLGRABEN (a small ditch). The trail climbs again, reaching a bench at the forest edge. From this vantage point there are splendid views over the Ammer lake and Andechs Monastry.
Carryon, through HAID to WESSOBRUNN. The Monastry at Wessobrunn is especially well-worth seeing, as it is here that workers in stucco (plasterwork) wer trained, and there are some fine examples of the art.
Wessobrunn is the former monastry of the Benedikts and home of the worldfamous masons and stuccoworkers like Zimmermann. Guides can also be provided on request.
In front of the nearby inn
(Gasthof), there is a most interesting memorial-stone:
In the Gasthof itself (Gasthof Post) the splendid wooden ceiling, belonging to the former theatre of the Monastry is certainly worth studying The hike continues in the direction of the village sports ground, and turns into JOHANN-ZOPF--STRASSE. This takes you out of the village, and over a small bridge crossing the Schlittbach Graben. Up a narrow path, across meadows, leading to the farming villages PURSCHLACH and METZENGASSE.
Eventually a road is reached, going
to ST. LEONHARD. The church, to which pilgrims came in days gone by has
interior decoration by the stucco artists of Wessobrunn.
Carrying on in a south-easterly
direction for about 2,5 km (about a mile and a half) until you reach
But in any case, it is necessary to
turn right in Buchschon and the first road to the left in the outskirts,
until the footpath or the road leading to Hohenpeissenberg is reached.
You walk from the Hotel to the "Ammergauer Strasse", "Asam-Strassse", "Bahnhofstrasse", on the right side to the "Bergwerkstrase" and "Zugspitzstrasse". You follow path down to the river Ammer ("Richtung Rottenbuch"). Do not cross the bridge, but turn right at that point and go on up the slope until you arrive at the Ammer Gorge.
Some care is necessary while going through the Gorge - there are 460 steps, numerous small wooden bridges, which can ba very slippery and few have railings. Good shoes are afforded.
At the end of this part of the trail
and with the Ammer Gorge behind you there is a place to rest up.
In through a gateway (note the bust of Ludwig II) following the footpath that leads to the B 23, a main road. Take the sudway under the road, turn left, cross the road to ILGEN and walk a short distance alongside the B 23.
Turn right at the fork and take the
narrow road leading to "ÖLBERG". The footpath leads overmeadows until it
joins the road to WILDSTEIG.
From Wildsteig, take the little road leading up the hill and walk on via SCHWARZENBACH until you come to crossroads. Turn right through a small woods, and to the "WIESS". There is an old saying about this chruch, to the effect that he who discovers it must come by foot.The exterior of the church is deceptively plain. The interior is a masterpiece of rococo. It is a famous baroque church with excellent architesture, sculptur's art and painted art. A resplendent world of stucco and collour from the mideighteenth century.
From the Wiess there is a choice of
routes to TRAUCHGAU. Scenically the most attractive is Route 2, which
starts behind the Gasthof MOSER and proceeds along a planked path over
the "high moor".
The WELFENMÜNSTER (the church) in
Steingaden has a famous collection of art.
Continue south along the dyke until Küchele. Cross the road to a partasphalt track that leads up hill but compensates by offering wonderful view. Continue until the swimming pool of TRAUCHGAU is reaches (this is a heated pool).
Here our trail joins Route Number 1, which is shorter and leads from the Wieskirche to the left, via the villages of RESLE and SCHOBER to TRAUCHGAU.
With Trauchgau in front of you then,
turn right, cross the main road to FUSSEN, go up the hill past the
swimming pool and after a while turn left.
From Hotel Bannwaldsee, crossing the mainstreet (B 17) continue north to the village of PFEFFERBICHEL and shortly afterwards turn left along a little road that leads via the farm HERGRATSRIED to the FORGGENSEE and "Bannwaldsee" to Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein..
From the castle Neuschwanstein
you´ll walk down to the castle Hohenschwangau and on the