Bavarian Prealps


Location of the Bavarian Alps within the Eastern Alps

The Bavarian Alps are a to 2086 m above sea level. NHN high mountain range in the Northern Limestone Alps in Germany and with offshoots in Austria.

They include the Bavarian Alps proportion between the Loisach the west and the Inn on the east; the mountain is about 80 km long and 20-30 km wide. The term is not politically but alpingeografisch defined, because small parts of the Bavarian Alps are in the Austrian state of Tyrol (eg the rear Sonnwendjoch south of the Croda Rossa ).

Do not confuse the term with the Bavarian Alps and the Bavarian Alps. These terms include the entire Alpine share ( with parts of the weather stone, Karwendel, etc.) or the entire Alpine foothills in Bavaria territory.

The peaks of the Bavarian Alps remain - except in Estergebirge in the far west - at the height of 2000 m above sea level. NN and show only few distinct limestone cliffs.

  • 2.1 Climbing
  • 2.2 long-distance and long-distance trails


After the division of the Eastern Alps by the DAV in 1984 the Bavarian Alps include the following area: foothills of the Alps from Murnau and Kochel am See, Bad Tolz to Rosenheim - Inn to Kiefersfelden - Pine Brook - Glemmbach - Ellbach - Kaiser House - Brandenberger Ache - Archduke Johann -Klause - saddle brook - Ampelsbach - Achenbach - Walchen - Isar to Krün - wreath Bach - Kankerbach - Garmisch- Partenkirchen - Loisach to Murnau.


The westernmost part of the Bavarian Alps is the Estergebirge with the Krottenkopf ( 2086 m above sea level. NN ), the highest peak of the Alps. North-east of this mountain the group of Herzogstandbahn (1731 m above sea level. NN ) and home garden is (1790 m above sea level. NN ).

The eastern part of the Bavarian Alps between the rivers Isar and Inn is the Mangfallgebirge with the Tegernseern mountains; because the streams Rottach, Weißach, Schlierach and Leitzach open into the Mangfall that drains the whole area and is an important aquifer for the metropolis of Munich. The highest peak is the Rear Sonnwendjoch (1986 m above sea level. A. ), which is, however, already on Austrian territory.

Intermediate ester Mountains to the west and the east Mangfallgebirge the elongated group of Benediktenwand is north (1801 m above sea level. NN ).

Adjacent Mountain Ranges

The Bavarian Alps border the following other mountain groups in the Alps:

  • Chiemgau Alps (to the east )
  • Kaiser Mountains ( in the southeast )
  • Brandenberger Alps ( Rofangebirge in the south)
  • Karwendel ( in the south)
  • Wettersteingebirge ( in the southwest )
  • Oberammergau Alps ( in the west)

In the north of the Bavarian Alps bordering the foothills of the Alps.



Many peaks of the Bavarian Alps are among the Münchner Haus Bergen and practically climbed throughout the year on foot, skis or snowshoes. In most of the summits lead good and simple (also family-friendly ) way. Some of the peaks also offer beautiful, most well- equipped climbing routes in a large difficulty region ( UIAA II to X ): Horse- and Buchstein, Plankenstein ( Direct East Ridge: IV , needle south wall: X), Ruchenkoepfe ( Munich crack: III, Dülfer crack: IV ). A classic skiing tour is especially the Croda Rossa Reib'n, which leads to the Croda Rossa.

Long-distance and long-distance trails

The Via Alpina, a cross-border long-distance trail with five sub- paths through the whole Alps, also passes through the Bavarian Alps.

The Purple Trail Via Alpina runs with 9 stages through the Bavarian Alps as follows:

  • Stage A51 runs from Oberaudorf to Brünnsteinhaus
  • Stage A52 runs from Brünnsteinhaus to Rotwandhaus about the Ursprungtal
  • Stage A53 runs from Rotwandhaus after suttas about the Spitzingsee
  • Stage A54 runs from Suttas to Kreuth over the Risserkogel
  • Stage A55 runs from Kreuth to Lenggries on the Hirschberg hut and the hut Lenggrieser
  • Stage A56 runs from Lenggries Tutzinger Hütte on Brauneck
  • Stage A57 runs from the Tutzing hut to Herzogstandbahn on the Kesselberg height
  • Stage A58 runs from Herzogstandbahn to Weilheim hut over Eschenlohe
  • Stage A59 runs from the Weilheim hut to Garmisch -Partenkirchen on the Wank

The dream path Munich - Venice also runs through the Bavarian Alps. While this is not an official long-distance trail. The in 1977 for the first time propagated path he has now gained a greater awareness than many created by migrant associations or states way.

The third day of the dream path leads from Geretsried to Brauneck Summit House on Bad Tölz and Lenggries. The greater part of this stage is still in the foothills.

The 4th day runs from Brauneck Summit House on the Benediktenwand in the Jachenau.

Day 5 leads from the Jachenau after Vorderriß where the road in the Karwendel occurs ultimate goal is Hinterriß.

In addition, the Via Bavarica Tyrolensis, a 225- km long trail, which leads from Munich to Tyrol exists (see main article).


Plankenstein ( 1768 m) and Risserkogel (1826 m)

Looking towards the south-west to the Bishop ( 2033 m) from Krottenkopf ( 2086 m), Estergebirge

Ross and Buchstein ( 1701 m) from the Schoenberg

North wall of the Benediktenwand (1801 m)

Home garden (1790 m) from Herzogstandbahn

Rear Sonnwendjoch (1986 m)

View from Seekarkreuz (1601 m) of the Karwendel