The cross near Berg
Fresko in the "Votivkapelle"
little castle in Herrsching,
romanesque church in Diessen
the "Wies", most importent Church
the hikers take a rest
"Wies-church" baroque figures
hikers love the king-ludwig-way
St. Coloman in front of the castle
"Saeuling" with Neuschwanstein
the marien-bridge with a view to
"Neuschwanstein" and on the
other side "Hohenschwangau"
Ludwig II. - the
Ludwig II was not quite 19 years of age when, in
1864, he became King of Bavaria. The grandson of Ludwig I was an
exceptionally sensitive an d romantic idealist, a monarch who didn't
really fit into his era.
He had barely taken up office when he bestowed many favorrs on
Richard Wagner who was being hunted by his creditors. The composer
thanked him this by composing magnificent operas.
The emotianal and excentric correspondence between the King and the
composer fills volumes.
And then he started building like mad. Ludwig II was the last King
who, in this way, was able to realise his idea of life as a
total work of art - he failed because of the change of the times and
the misunderstanding of his environment. Today, the world praises
his unipue castles, millions of visitors admire the magnificent
buildings of Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and
Herrenchiemsee Castle. These buildings and the enormous sums of
money spent - the three castles cost 31 millions guldens - led to
the King's indiction. An expense, which, granted, today seems
significantly more sensible than near 90 million guldens which were
literally pulverised in the wars in Bavaria of his time.
From Munich to Starnberg with the
The walk with luggage transfer:
Arrival in Starnberg
Check in, "Hotel
Welcome and afterwards you´ll get your travelpapers and informations
to the hike.
With Ship or taxe to Leoni or Berg to visit the "Votiv-Chapel" -
memories to the dead of King-Ludwig. You walk to Starnberg back, 3
Starting in Starnberg you follow the marked way to the "Maisinger
Schlucht", "Maising" , "Aschering" and "Andechs" with its famous
brewery and through the "Kiental" to Herrsching and then with the
fairy over the "Ammersee" to "Diessen", 13 miles
Overnight Hotel "Seefelderhof"
In "Diessen" you walk through the "Herrnstrasse" to the church of
After watching the church you walk to Wessobrunn, the home of
famous baroque architects. From Wessobrunn to "Paterzell" in the yew
Overnight in the "Hotel Eibenwald", 11 miles.
Starting in "Paterzell" you walk to the "Hohenpeissenberg",
wonderful lookout in 3260 ft. / 988 m heigh.
You can see about 80 peaks if you have a good weather. Afterwards
you walk through the first part of the "Ammerschlucht" the bavarian
Overnight in Peiting,
After a big breadfast you´ll walk down to the "Ammerschlucht" to
Rottenbuch with a wonderful
monaesterychurch of the 12. century. In Rottenbuch you are going on
the lookoutway with sight to the mountains upto Wildsteig, 12 miles.
On the next morning you are walking to the Wieschurch, the wonderful
building of the brothers Zimmermann and the UNENSCO-cultural
From here on the way to "Trauchgau" and "Buching", 12 miles
Overnight in the "Hotel
From Buching you´ll walk between the Forggen- and Bannwaldlake to
the Pöllathscanyon and up to the "Marienbruecke".
Here you´ll enjoy the
wonderful lookout over the way you´ve gone. From the castle
Neuschwanstein you´ll walk down to the castle Hohenschwangau and on
the Alproseway between alplake and Schwanlake to the fall of the
river Lech, 15 miles.
Overnight in "Hotel
When you have breakfast you can leave Füssen.
There's also a railway station with trains, always with one or two
changes to Munich and to the Airports Munich or Memmingen.
Onward travel to Starnberg:
By Air to
Munich Franz Josef
Strauss to the S-Bahn
S8) towards the city,
to S-Bahn station Laim
Marienplatz (S8), change to
the S6 towards Tutzing
to stop Bahnhof Starnberg
Starnberg Nord ).