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Bavaria: King Ludwig's Way

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5.0 Based on 4 Reviews
  • COVID-19protected
  • Walking tour
  • Hiking
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  • duration 8 days
  • tour type Private
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 20
  • guiding method Self-guided
  • Footprint carbonneutralCO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Starts Starnberg, Germany
  • Ends Füssen, Germany
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • In the Footsteps of King Ludwig
  • Neuschwanstein Castle
  • Kaffee und Kuchen (Coffee and Cakes)
  • Lakes, Gorges and Mountains
Start in Starnberg and end in Füssen, the "Bavaria: King Ludwig's Way" tour is a self-guided walking trip that takes 8 days. You will travel through Trauchgau, Hohenpeissenberg Unterbau, Füssen and 4 other destinations in Germany. "Bavaria: King Ludwig's Way" is a private tour which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Walk in the footsteps of Bavaria's eccentric King Ludwig to Neuschwanstein Castle. Also known as the Koenig Ludwig Weg or King Ludwig’s Way. The eccentric Ludwig II succeeded to the throne of the then independent kingdom of Bavaria in 1864, as a youth of 18. On 13 June 1886 he and his physician Dr Godden were found dead in the water of the Starnbergersee (Lake Starnberg); the question still remains - Did Ludwig fall or was he pushed? He was a strong swimmer and a post-mortem established that he did not drown. But no one has succeeded in unraveling the mystery. The Koenig Ludwig Weg starts at the Votivkapelle (shrine), which marks the actual spot on the lakeshore ( near the hamlet of Berg) where the bodies were found. The route ends 60 miles away near Ludwig's own fairy tale castle at Neuschwanstein. This walk, which is one of the favourite longer walks in Germany, links places particularly dear to King Ludwig who was himself a keen walker. It is not a mountain walk and much of the route is on farm tracks and country lanes, but the surroundings are delightful, with a host of splendid buildings to admire in magnificent settings and plentiful opportunities to stop for refreshments! The plains surrounding Munich give way to gentle rolling hills that become ever higher as one approaches the great wall of limestone that marks the start of the Alps proper. The route passes two of Bavaria's most scenic lakes and through charming villages of geranium bedecked chalets with typical onion shaped church spires. There are masterpieces of baroque architecture, the Andechs monastery, the wonderful cathedral of Diessen on the Ammersee Lake; the monasteries of Wessobrunn and Rottenbuch, as well as the Wies or 'Meadow' church are on the route. The highest point (988m) on the walk is the summit of Hohenpeissenberg hill, considered by many to be the finest viewpoint in Bavaria. We end our tour at King Ludwig II’s most famous architectural masterpiece- the castle Neuschwanstein and at the nearby castle Hohenschwangau, both in Allgau on the Austrian border, where Ludwig spent most of his childhood. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of King Ludwig II (in 1995), the route was extended to begin at the Votivkapelle in Berg. It is a popular walk so early booking is recommended.
5 - Excellent
Based on 4 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 05 2019
5 - Excellent
A great walking trip - very well organised. Maps and direction notes were very clear and easy to follow. Accommodation first class. The scenery in Bavaria is amazing!
  • Anonymous
  • On Sep 15 2018
5 - Excellent
Amazing walk through lush green country side interspersed with tidy, white, manicured villages amidst cooling forests with the emerging majestic Bavarian Alps.
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 12 2017
5 - Excellent
Lovely walk, enjoyed the variety of including the ferry rides on the lakes. Enjoyed the scenery, the food and beer excellent.
  • Anonymous
  • On Jun 20 2016
5 - Excellent
The route instructions were excellent. An excellent trip and walk. Thoroughly enjoyable with good accommodation, food and scenery. All accommodation and arrangements worked perfectly - no problems at all.
  • Day 1 : Arrive Starnberg
  • Day 2 : Starnberg to Diessen 20 km/12.5 miles, 5 - 5.5 h
  • Day 3 : Diessen to Hohenpeissenberg Unterbau 25.5 km/16 miles, 7 h
  • Day 4 : Hohenpeissenberg Unterbau to Rottenbuch 15 km/9.3 miles, 4 h
  • Day 5 : Rottenbuch to Trauchgau 20 km/12.5 miles, 5 h or Buching 25 km/15 miles, 6 h
  • Day 6 : Trauchgau to Füssen 25.5 km/16 miles, 7 h, or from Buching 22 km/13.6 miles, 6.5 h
  • Day 7 : Explore Füssen
  • Day 8 : Arrangements end after breakfast
  • 7 nights accommodation in hotels & guesthouses on a twin share basis generally with ensuite facilities
  • 7 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfer
  • Information pack including route notes & maps
  • Emergency hotline
  • Dinner, lunch & beverages
  • S-Bahn tickets from Munich airport to Starnberg (around 15 Euros for two)
  • Train tickets from Fuessen to Munich and/or its airport approx 23 Euros for two people travelling together after 9am or at weekends
  • Boat tickets on the Starnbergersee (optional excursion from Starnberg to Leoni or Berg on Day 1) or on the Ammersee (Herrsching to Diessen on afternoon of Day 2)
  • Entrance fees
  • Travel insurance
  • Travel to the start and from the end point of the trip
  • Personal expenses such as laundry and phone calls
  • Unscheduled transfers required during the trip
  • City Tax of 2-5 Euros per person, per day, locally payable to the accommodations.
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GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

No additional cancellation fees apply for this Bavaria: King Ludwig's Way tour. You can cancel the tour up to 70 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 69 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 26 July 2022, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 26 July 2022, a deposit of 187 USD is required to confirm the tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 69 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Bavaria: King Ludwig's Way tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Bavaria: King Ludwig's Way tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are traveling to, as part of this itinerary.

For Solo Travelers

A twin share room may not always be available for solo travelers as it depends on the final number of people on the tour. If you have picked twin share room while booking, and that option is not available, we will get back to you after booking. A single room might then be available against an additional fee.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene global standardised protocols have been adopted.
  • Rigorous hygiene safety measures will be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • All travellers 18 years and older will be required to be fully vaccinated atleast 14 days prior to departure.
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