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  • Blooming mountain meadows in Oberallgäu
    Blooming mountain meadows in Oberallgäu Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • Brown cattle in Allgäu
    Brown cattle in Allgäu Photo: Outdooractive Editors
  • Hiker at Starzlachklamm
    Hiker at Starzlachklamm Photo: Christa Fredlmeier, Allgäu GmbH
  • View from Rotspitze to Hohen Gänge and Breitenberg Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • View of Großer Alpsee and Grünten Photo: Outdooractive Editors
  • Snowy Allgäu mountain landscape Photo: Erika Spengler, Outdooractive Editors
  • Viehscheid in Ofterschwang/Gunzesried Photo: TG Hörnerdörfer
  • Alpe Plättele near Hindelang Photo: Gästeinformation Bad Hindelang
  • Bikers taking a break at a lake Photo: Shutterstock/Fotolia
  • Lake Schrecksee in the Allgäu Alps Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors
  • Lake Engeratsgundsee in the Allgäu Alps Photo: Hartmut Wimmer, Outdooractive Editors

Oberallgäu

The Oberallgäu is characterized by alpine and pre-alpine terrain, a beautiful lake landscape, an extensive network of paths and many managed alpine pastures. The southernmost district of Germany is known for its traditions; typical for the region is the cattle breed “Allgäuer Braunvieh“, the supplier of one of the most popular regional specialities: the “Allgäuer Bergkäse“, a special type of cheese.
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Attractions in the Oberallgäu


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Natural Monument · Allgäu
Breitachklamm
Allgäu

The Breitachklamm near Oberstdorf is not only the deepest, but also one of the most impressive and ...

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from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
Hiking Trail · Allgäu
Crossing the "Nagelfluhkette"
Premium Difficulty difficult
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,009 m
Descent 1,297 m

The famous Nagelfluh ridge hike offers impressive views and a rich natural landscape – a unique experience on the way from "Hochgrat" near ...

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from Daniel Maier,   ADAC Wanderführer
Lake · Allgäu
Großer Alpsee
Allgäu

The lake Großer Alpsee is situated in the region Allgäu, northwest of the town Immenstadt. It is the ...

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Museum · Allgäu
Museum Ore Mine
Allgäu

At this open air museum visitors lern about the history of mining next to the mountain Grünten.

from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
Ski Resort · Allgaeu Alps
Fellhorn / Kanzelwand
closed
Snow depth Mountain top
130 cm
Skiruns
–/37.8 km
Lifts open
0/16
Last snowfall
 
Cheese Factory · Allgäu
Alpine dairy Gunzesried
Allgäu

In der Sennerei Gunzesried werden neben Emmentaler und Allgäuer Bergkäse auch Autaler, Gunzesrieder, ...

from Lena Wiesler,   Outdooractive Editors
Premium Difficulty moderate
Distance 4.1 km
Duration 1:40 h
Ascent 377 m
Descent 19 m

The large high ropes course and the rapid ride on the summer toboggan run "Alpsee Coaster" make the tour an experience for the whole family.

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from Viktoria Specht,   ADAC Wanderführer
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Natural Monument · Allgäu
Breitachklamm
Allgäu

The Breitachklamm near Oberstdorf is not only the deepest, but also one of the most impressive and ...

5
from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
Hiking Trail · Allgäu
Crossing the "Nagelfluhkette"
Premium Difficulty difficult
Distance 13.6 km
Duration 7:00 h
Ascent 1,009 m
Descent 1,297 m

The famous Nagelfluh ridge hike offers impressive views and a rich natural landscape – a unique experience on the way from "Hochgrat" near ...

11
from Daniel Maier,   ADAC Wanderführer
Lake · Allgäu
Großer Alpsee
Allgäu

The lake Großer Alpsee is situated in the region Allgäu, northwest of the town Immenstadt. It is the ...

1
Outdooractive Editors
Museum · Allgäu
Museum Ore Mine
Allgäu

At this open air museum visitors lern about the history of mining next to the mountain Grünten.

from Svenja Rödig,   Outdooractive Editors
Ski Resort · Allgaeu Alps
Fellhorn / Kanzelwand
closed
Snow depth Mountain top
130 cm
Skiruns
–/37.8 km
Lifts open
0/16
Last snowfall
 
Cheese Factory · Allgäu
Alpine dairy Gunzesried
Allgäu

In der Sennerei Gunzesried werden neben Emmentaler und Allgäuer Bergkäse auch Autaler, Gunzesrieder, ...

from Lena Wiesler,   Outdooractive Editors
Premium Difficulty moderate
Distance 4.1 km
Duration 1:40 h
Ascent 377 m
Descent 19 m

The large high ropes course and the rapid ride on the summer toboggan run "Alpsee Coaster" make the tour an experience for the whole family.

1
from Viktoria Specht,   ADAC Wanderführer
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Oberallgäu: a travelling destination in Germany's far south

The northern Oberallgäu surrounds the independent town of Kempten. It is characterized by a pre-alpine mountain landscape and many little villages that invite outdoor enthusiasts to beautiful hiking and biking tours.

The gate to the Allgäu Alps is located a bit further south and near Immenstadt. Between the mountain range “Nagelfluhkette“ and the mountain “Grünten“, you will find the beginning of the valley “Illertal“ whose small side valleys stretch between Sonthofen and Oberstdorf and reach until Germany’s southernmost point, the “Haldenwanger Eck“. 

Lake scenery of the Oberallgäu

One of the most striking characteristics of the Oberallgäu is without doubt the extensive lake landscape. “Alpsee“, “Niedersonthofener See“ and “Rottachsee“ are the biggest and best-known lakes.

But there are plenty more lakes that provide fun and refreshing swimming opportunities during summer. Trips to the “Schrecksee“ and the “Gaisalpsee“ can be combined with beautiful mountain hikes.

Oberallgäu huts: tradition, refreshment and overnight stays

As a "pit stop" during a hike or to warm up on a cold skiing day: The Allgäu mountain huts are extremely popular among their guests. Many of them provide milk, cheese, yoghurt and curd cheese from their own cattle. Other hut owners offer selfmade liquors and fruit brandies, too.

Tradition in the Oberallgäu: from "Funken" to "Klausentreiben"

Heritage and tradition are a big part of the Oberallgäu culture. Highlights each year are the "Viehscheid" (cattle drive) in September, the "Klausentreiben" (visit of Santa Claus) in December and the "Funkenfeuer" (bonfire) during spring. You can learn more about the Oberallgäu traditions in many different local history museums.
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Getting there

Public transport

You reach Kempten, Immenstadt, Sonthofen and Oberstdorf by train. From here you can catch a train to smaller train stations, e.g. in Fischen. The region provides plenty of possibilities to get to the more remote places by hiking busses. 

Getting there

Coming from the north you reach Oberallgäu via the A7. From Munich the region is easy to reach via the A96 and the B12. In the Oberallgäu the B19, B308 and B309 as well as the B12 lead to the individual holiday resorts.

By plane

The nearest airports are Memmingen, Friedrichshafen and Munich.
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Reviews

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Iseler | Kühgundrücken (23. Juni 2020) by Michael
Today · Community
Sehr schöne und aussichtsreiche Tour, war heute die Alternative nachdem der Salewaklettersteig erneuert wird.
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When did you do this route? June 15, 2021
Photo: Michael Osterried, Community
Photo: Michael Osterried, Community
Rundtour zur Kanzelwand über Fellhorn und zurück. Bergbahnauf- und -abstieg by Matthias
Yesterday · Community
Eine wirklich wunderschöne, teilweise wirklich anstrengen Tour….super Ausblicke.. und gut ausgeschildert…. Das einzige, was bei uns gar nicht passte, war die Gehzeit… also wir haben mit kleiner Pause locker knapp vier Stunden gebraucht…
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When did you do this route? June 14, 2021
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