In 2019 the Watzmann was the focus of the "Biolectra 24h Trophy". Designed for beginners, this 12-hour hike led from Berchtesgaden up to the Watzmannhaus and back.
Distance 30.1 km
Highest point1,930 m
Lowest point539 m
The "Biolectra 24h Trophy" is the largest event series in the field of long-distance hiking. Regularly organised 12h and 24h hikes take place in selected hiking regions in Europe. The core idea is not competition, but the shared hiking experience. The routes are designed to hike the numerous cultural and scenic highlights of the respective region.
In 2019, the event made a guest appearance in Berchtesgadener Land. At the centre of the various hikes was the 2713 m high Watzmann. However, not all routes led to the summit: the 12h variant described here is suitable for anyone new to the sport of long-distance hiking. It leads from Berchtesgaden to the Watzmannhaus at 1930 m and back again.
Although the tour offers refreshment stops, enough provisions and drinking water should be in your luggage. A 12h hike is a marathon, not a sprint. You should therefore plan regular and sufficiently long breaks.
The tour runs on mountain paths that are predominantly narrow and often steep. Although the tour is advertised for "beginners", surefootedness, a head for heights and experience in alpine terrain are necessary.
We start our tour at Weihnachtsschützenplatz in Berchtesgaden. From there we first follow the Königsseer Ache to Schönau am Königssee. There we cross the river and climb via Via Alpina up towards Grünstein. At a junction below the summit and the hut of the same name, we turn left and hike on to the Kühroint hut, where we can fortify ourselves with a hearty snack
We then continue to the Mitterkaseralm and to the left onto the Falzsteig, which winds past the Falzalm in serpentines up to the Watzmannhaus (1930 m). There we simultaneously reach the highest point of the tour and about halfway. We enjoy the panoramic view of the peaks of the Berchtesgadener Land and the Steinernes Meer for a moment.
In the descent, we first follow the familiar path until we reach the junction at the Mitterkaseralm . There we turn left in the direction of the Stubenalm. We descend through the Schapbach valley to Café Hammerstiel. Via the Engedey and along the Ramsauer Ache, the trail finally leads us back to Berchtesgaden.
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By train to Berchtesgaden station, continue on foot to Weihnachtsschützenplatz (approx. 1 km) or take bus line 841 to the town centre.
From Bad Reichenhall via the B20 to Berchtesgaden or from Salzburg in a southerly direction via the B305.
Numerous parking spaces in the centre of Berchtesgaden
Day hiking rucksack (approx. 20 litres) with rain cover, sturdy and comfortable shoes, weatherproof and hard-wearing clothing in multiple layers, telescopic poles if necessary, sun and rain protection, provisions and drinking water, first aid kit, pocket knife, mobile phone, headlamp, maps.
Parts of this content were machine translated using German as the source language
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