Hike – Altherrenweg

Hiking trail

Lovely circular hike from Oberammergau to Unterammergau and back via the Romanshöhe and offering fabulous views over the Ammer Valley.

  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty easy
  • Duration 3:35 h
  • Distance 9,8 km
  • Ascent 144 m
  • Descent 144 m
  • Lowest point 826 m
  • Highest point 952 m


This attractive circular hike is an absolute must for all keen walkers who visit the Ammergau Alps.

From Oberammergau, the route snakes its way along the gently flowing waters of the River Ammer through the Pulvermoos Moor to Unterammergau. From the mid-point in Unterammergau, follow the path alongside the edge of the forest all the way until you once again reach the WellenBerg Adventure Pool in Oberammergau, from where you return to your starting point.

During the tour, a gently undulating path offers you fine views of the Pulvermoos nature conservation area and of the mountain world of the Ammergau Alps at all times. Spring is an especially attractive time of year as the many plant species display a sea of petals. The Romanshöhe inn is located halfway along the route and features an inviting sun terrace. The sun will also be your constant companion throughout the hike, even in winter.

The hike begins at the Tourist Information Centre at Ammergauer Haus. Proceed along Eugen-Papst-Straße and turn right into Bahnhofstraße. Cross Bahnhofsstrasse and continue on the right-hand side of the road, following the hiking pathway alongside the river and through the "Pulvermoos" nature conservation area.

In Unterammergau, carry straight on through the village until you reach the railway station. Turn right into Weiherweg, which you follow until you reach the outskirts of the village. Then follow the hiking trail towards the Romanshöhe (marked by a yellow triangle).
The hiking pathway steadily ascends until you reach a cross of Christ at a point where you will enjoy fantastic views over the Ammer Valley and the surrounding countryside.
After approximately a further 2 kilometres, you will reach the Romanshöhe inn. You then have the opportunity to descend to Oberammergau directly (30 minutes). Otherwise, follow the turn-off to the left ("Altherrenweg"), where the hiking trail will take you through magnificent meadows and alongside shady ditches to St. Gregory's Chapel (erected in 1765 to protect the village against the destructive flood waters of the Laine).
The pathway leads on to Oberammergau and ends back at Ammergauer Haus.

You can enjoy an unforgettable hiking experience in the Ammergau Alps as long as you have the right gear. Visit the "Best of Wandern" Test Centre in Bad Kohlgrub to try out the latest outdoor equipment free of charge.

- GPS devices

- rucksacks, child carriers, children's jackets

- multifunctional jackets

- hiking boots

- sticks and head lamps

- binoculars

- tour software

- snow shoes

- backpacking umbrellas

The Best of Wandern Test Centre is located at Hotel Schillingshof, directly opposite the Hörnlebahn ski lift. adress: Fallerstraße 11, Bad Kohlgrub tel.: +49 8845 7010.

For more information, visit: www.ammergauer-alpen.de/testcenter

Insbesondere im Frühling ist die Blütenpracht im Pulvermoos ein ganz besonderes Erlebnis.

Im Notfall verständigen Sie bitte die nächstgelegene Rettungsleitstelle. Unabhängig vom Standort erreichen Sie diese deutschlandweit unter der Telefonnummer 112.

A95, B23 to Oberammergau via Ettal
Parking spaces in Eugen-Papst-Str. in front of the Tourist Information Office
bus stop: Oberammergau, Bahnhof oder Eugen-Papst-Str.            
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9606 Füssen - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
9621 Oberammergau - Saulgrub - Bad Kohlgrub - Murnau
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)
train stop: train station Oberammergau Murnau - Oberammergau

Guests in the Ammergauer Alps Region can use their electronic guest pass or the "KönigsCard" to obtain free bus travel. 

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter www.ammergauer-alpen.de/onlineshop oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile