Snowshoe hiking is one of the best ways to access the most secluded and untouched corners of Bavaria. You will get a fascinating insight into the magical winter landscape and it is a great way to get out and about in the fresh alpine air. With their large surface area, snowshoes making walking through areas of deep snow great fun an an excellent calorie burner so you can enjoy that Bavarian cuisine.
Visitors exploring the snowy landscape on foot will quickly see the advantages of these ancient walking devices. Instead of sticking to the marked trails, snowshoes make it possible to head off into untouched areas of nature and walk effortlessly through snowfields where they would sink in knee-deep when wearing normal shoes. Snowshoes are very simple to use and require no previous experience – simply strap them on, pick up your poles and off you go!
Or if you prefer take one of tours with a experienced and friendly guides, and enjoy the nature parks and the Hohe Tauern National Park, before stopping at traditional mountain restaurant to replenish your energy stores read for the next adventure.
For those who would like to try something different to skiing, snowshoeing is a great alternative. Snow Shoes were probably invented in Canada, since then they have been used by the inhabitants of the Arctic areas to move, by the peoples of the Asian mountains to hunt and by woodsmen of the Alps collecting firewood.
Now snowshoes, which are no longer, made of wood but of metal and plastic, are a greener alternative to other winter activities such as skiing. Winter hiking with snowshoes allow you to discover the whitewashed nature in the most authentic way: walking in the woods surrounded by snow-covered trees, by a fairy tale landscape and the silence of the winter is an experience that you must do at least once in your life.
In addition, it’s easy to learn and suitable for everyone even the less athletic, children and the elderly will be able to fully enjoy the mountain with wonderful walks.
On the first day we will spend time refreshing our skills with shovels, probes and avalanche transceivers, and enjoying a good warm up and a great introduction to the alpine feel of the area. You’ll spend the next few days exploring the area with your guide, practicing your technique and maybe even trying out a few trails on your own.
Heubethof – Rustic Bavarian Lodge
In the middle of the nature park Nagelfluh at an altitude of 1000m, our stylish and spacious rustic Bavarian Lodge, set in the foothills of the mountains presents an idyllic retreat. Enjoy the peace and tranquility the mountains have to offer and relax and unwind in the lodges beautiful surroundings. Situated in the Gunzesried valley, the Hubethof provides a unique opportuntity to experience traditional Bavarian hospitality.
Schwäbele Eck – Central Location
The Schwäbele Eck is our family-run guest house and a small hotel for those that enjoy that home from home feel and sense of coziness. Traditional Bavarian hospitality mixed with some stunning Mediterranean cuisine. Ideally situated for those who like a central local in the pedestrian zone of Sonthofen, but within walking distance of the beautiful forest.
Kuehbergalp – Wellness & Spa
Only 15 minutes from Oberstdorf, and right next to beginners’ and intermediates’ area in the Gunzesrieder Valley in the heart of the Allgäu. Everyone feels at home here thanks to the unique charm of the Allgäu. Enjoy the breath-taking views of the valley and the entire Oberstdorf and Hindelanger mountain range, while experience some breath-taking skiing before coming back to recharge your batteries for the next day in spa.
There Allgau region of Bavaria is easily accessible and is well served by several airlines from airports around the UK to Munich, Stuttgart and Memmingen
From the North
Manchester to Stuttgart Tui (www.tuifly.com)
Manchester to Munich Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com) and (www.flybmi.com)
Edinburgh to Munich Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
From the Midlands
Birmingham to Stuttgart Fly Be (www.flybmi.com)
Birmingham to Munich Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com)
From the South
Stansted to Memmingham Ryan Air (www.ryanair.com)
Stansted to Friedrichshafen Ryan Air (www.ryanair.com)
Stansted to Munich Easyjet (www.easyjet.com)
Heathrow to Munich British Airways (www.ba.com)and Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com)
Heathrow to Stuttgart British Airways (www.ba.com)and Lufthansa (www.lufthansa.com)
From the airport:
Your friendly NBF Alpine Adventures Ltd driver will meet you at the airport and will drive you to your chosen lodge while you sit back and relax. However for those that prefer to make their own way:
Stuttgart and Munich are a two hour drive to reach us and are also served by regular train services to Immenstadt where we can organise a pick up by prior arrangement.
Memmingen is an hours drive and is also served by rail links to Immenstadt www.db.de where we can organise a pick up.
Most major car hire companies are located at the airports. NB: you will need to request Winter Tyres from Nov – Apr
Driving from the UK is also possible. We advise you take the ferry from Dover to Calais or Eurotunnel. On average the journey takes 10 hours from Calais. With a stopover halfway in either France or Gemany this can be a great addition to your trip.
You can now catch the train from London to Stuttgart or Munich by Eurostar and high speed TGV. This journey takes 7 hours, plus a 2 hour stop in Paris. Please visit http://www.seat61.com/Germany.htm for details.
Have a safe journey