Reaching Tegernsee and the Wallberg Mountain from Munich doesn’t take much effort. All it needs is an hour on a train and a little bit of foot-power!
We visited at the end of October 2017.
Catch one of the Bayerische Oberlandbahn trains from the Hauptbahnhof and about an hour later you’ll be in Tegernsee. Currently the very cost-effective Bayern-Ticket is accepted on this service, making it a easy and reasonably priced trip out of the city centre. And it’s so very worth it. With lakes and snowy topped mountains on your doorstep, why wouldn’t you?
One point to note on the train journey: Pay attention to the digital signs indicating where your train is going. Though when we sat down they showed Tegernsee as the final stop, at some point that route changed! At Holzkirchen our train split into two, with a portion of the carriages heading to Lenggries instead. All you’ll need to do is move through the train until you get to the right section of carriages. Or, like us, hop off at Holzkirchen and make a mad dash for a door further down the platform. Eek!
Tegernsee and Rottach-Egern
Tegernsee is a town sat on the eastern bank of the Tegernsee lake. It’s a small but beautiful location, with café’s and beer gardens edging the crystal clear waters of the lake. Much of the shore front is accessible to pedestrians (or summer swimmers) and even on a clear and cool October day it looked pretty inviting. Much too cold for me to take a dip though!
This area provides a great starting point for lots of outdoor activities, from biking and hiking to Nordic walking and paragliding. I’d had it in mind to take the three and a half hour hike to nearby Schliersee to see another lake, but following a couple of rainy days we opted to stick to proper paths and avoid the muddy tracks. (Plus it had only been a couple of days since our walk up Wank Mountain and we weren’t totally sold on the idea).
Having visited on a Bavarian bank holiday, the shops were closed. Though if you visit on a normal weekday, you’ll likely find an interesting mix of stores. This is especially true if you take a walk into the town of Rottach-Egern on the southern shore of Tegernsee. It’s a beautiful town, well worth taking a stroll around. To keep the character of the place intact, all retail units are housed in buildings with a traditionally Alpine Bavarian appearance. There’s varnished wood, balconies and brightly coloured hanging flower baskets.
Walking from the town of Tegernsee to Rottach-Egern isn’t difficult. All the paths are well laid out and you can easily follow the lake’s edge for the most part. It takes around 40 minutes in total to get to the centre of Rottach-Egern. As it’s not possible to walk entirely along the shore, you will spend a little bit of time walking along a busy road. There’s plenty of pavement to follow and rather than focus on the cars, take a look up into the hills above and just imagine the views those residents get!
We strolled through the beautiful and bank-holiday-quiet town of Rottach-Egern, heading towards the Wallbergbahn station. If Google Maps fails you, don’t worry – it’s not a difficult route to follow. You’ll even find some helpful brown direction signs dotted along the main road to guide you there!
As you go, take the time to have a proper look at the homes along the way. Some are utterly stunning and the attention to detail in the decoration is impressive. Along this road I found a ‘when I win the lottery, I’m having this’ house… but no, it’s not the one above.
An unexpected joy (for me) was finding these gorgeous cows, dinging and clanging away with the bells around their necks and the oddly soothing sound of grass getting ripped up and chomped. Is there anything more idyllic than a dairy herd against a backdrop of mountains?
The Wallbergbahn is the cable car which takes you almost to the top of the mountain. It feels a little on the pricey side at €20 return per adult, but it is what it is. Children under the age of 15 have a substantial discount and there’s a family ticket available too. On our visit lots (and lots!) of paragliders were heading to the top, ready to throw themselves off the side of a mountain and float back down to the bottom.
The Wallberg Mountain
The 1,722 high mountain offers amazing views across the Tegernsee valley and the Bavarian Alps. And once you’re at the top, you’ll forget the price of the Wallbergbahn with ease.
Alighting from the cable car leads you straight into the Panorama Restaurant. It’s clean and bright, offering traditional dishes at a reasonable price. The service was quick and food didn’t take long, though it does arrive at the table when it’s ready – rather than waiting for all dishes to be available at the same time. This didn’t bother me in the slightest – though you’d have to ask Mr. E3 to see whether he minded my stealing a few of his currywurst-sauce drenched chips!
From here (and far in the distance) you can see the Zugspitze, Germany’s tallest mountain. Much closer to where you stand is the Wallbergkircherl, a little chapel that’s apparently over 100 years old!
After having our fill of the amazing views, we headed back down on the Wallbergbahn (no jumping off mountains for me, thanks!) and followed the lake back to the town of Tegernsee, ready to catch our train home.
Visiting Tegernsee and the Wallberg like this is a lovely way to see some gorgeous scenery without the strain of climbing a mountain. What a beautiful day out!
Obviously, always check in advance that the Wallbergbahn is operational for your intended visit.