Herzogstand to Heimgarten

360 view of the plains and the Alps

Basic info

This beautiful day hike in the the Alps outside of Munich is one of the more popular hikes in Bavaria. It’s wasy to understand if you look at the pictures below. It’s Panorama heaven.

Starting point: Walchensee Herzogstandbahn (the cablecar station)
How to get there: Train from Munich to Kochel followed by a bus towards Garmisch, jump off Walchensee Herzogstandbahn (1 h 45 min)
Length: 10 km (14,2 km)
Walking time: 4 h 45 min (6 h 30 min)
Elevation: +1100 m -200 m (+/- 1100 m)
Difficulty: moderate/difficult
Gear: Bring hiking gear depending on season. If it’s summer, don’t forget to bring your swim-suit. Taking a swim in Walchensee after a long hike is heavenly.



Photo: thomas_wuerl



Day hike

This is a beautiful day hike is in the outskirts of the Alps just an hour from Munich.

The hike has a lot of things going for it, it has a great view of both the German plains and the Alps and if you do it in the summer you can take a swim in the beautiful Walchensee when you are done and want to cool off.

The way I like to do the hike is to hike up at take the cable car down, but you can also do the entire loop. The hike starts  off  with a slow ascend through thick forest. Trees drop away and eventually, you emerge on top of the ridge at Herzogstand with panoramas of the entire Alps. At the top you can stop for a meal or a beer at the hut. When you are ready to move on you will trek along a long ridge with amazing views both over the Alps and the German plains. At the next peak there’s another hut and from here you can either walk down or take the cable-car.

This hike is not for the faint-hearted (people afraid of heights) as hikers watch the path drop away on either side of the trail.

On some day the clouds are covering most of the Alps, creating a magic moment on Herzogstand.
Might look like you would need Alpine experience, but Herzogstand to Heimgarten is one of the most popular day hikes in Germany.

Useful links for the trek

Komoot – Route guide with GPS integration

#Herzogstand & #Heimgarden – Instagram inspiration

Deutsche bahn – Getting there

5 best day hikes from Munich – Bucket-list of similar day hikes


The Herzogstand hike can and should be enjoyed during different seasons.
Walking the ridge between Herzogstand and Heimgarten can be a thrilling experience.
Herzogstand day hike fwill make it feel like you are on top of the world.
From Herzogstand you can see half of Germany on a clear day.

Pictures of Herzogstand/Heimgarden, roaming.with.lovehike.the. Check out Instagram for more inspiration of this beautiful day hike in the Alps from Munich #Herzogstand & #Heimgarden.