The Bavarian Pre-Alps are the mountains between Rosenheim and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. They shouldn´t be mistaken for Bavarian Alps. The Bavarian Alps are all mountains which belong to Bavaria. The Bavarian Pre-Alps are a part of the Bavarian Alps like Wetterstein or Chiemgau. They are also called "Muenchner Hausberge (Home-Mountains of Munich)", because they are all shortly reachable from the metropolitan Munich within an hour. The highest peak is Krottenkopf in the western part near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Excepting the area around Krottenkopf no other area of the Bavarian Pre-Alps reaches the elevation of 2.000m. This part of Bavaria is a high frequented tourist-area all year round. You can go hiking or laying at the lakes and go swimming in summer. In winter you can ski in one of the many ski-resorts (e.g. Lenggries/Brauneck) or go on one of the many ski-tours (e.g. Hirschberg). To toboggan in this area is also very popular, see the corresponding section below.
The Bavarian Pre-Alps are bounded by the river INN in the East and by the river LOISACH in the West. The Bavarian Pre-Alps run out to the North to the lowlands of Munich the capitol of Bavaria. The southern border of this range is quite difficult. It is not defined by a national border or a big river. It is more defined of the change in geological structure of the mountains. South of the Bavarian Pre-Alps are ranges like Karwendel or Rofan, which are existing more of lime than the northern neighbour. The four corners of the Bavarian Pre-Alps are Munich - Rosenheim - Kiefersfelden - Gamisch-Partenkirchen.
The South-border of the Bavarian Pre-Alps (From West to East):
Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Kankerbach (river) to Kaltenbrunn - Kranzbach (river) to Kruen - Isar (river) to Vorderriss and Sylvensteinspeicher (lake) - Walchen (river) to Achenwald - Achenbach (river) towards Achenkirch - Ampelsbach (river) to Guffert-hut - Sattelbach (river) to Erzherzog-Johann-Klause - Brandenberger Ache (river) southwards to Kaiserhaus - Ellbach (river) to Riedenberg - Glemmbach (river) through Glemmbachklamm to Ascherdorf - Thierseer Ache / Klausbach (river) to Kiefersfelden.
The four corners of the Bavarian Pre-Alps are Munich - Rosenheim - Kiefersfelden - Gamisch-Partenkirchen. The "Getting There" section oughts to show the way to the four big cities around the Bavarian-Pre-Alps.
Munich is the capitol of Bavaria and third biggest city of Germany. It is popular for its Oktoberfest and Wheat-beer all over the world. The biggest section of the german alpin club (Deutscher Alpenverein) is also located there.
- You reach Munich from North (Nuernberg) via highway A9 in 90 minutes.
- From East (Stuttgart) via highway A8 in 2 hours.
- From West (Salzburg) via highway A8 in 90-120 minutes.
- From South (Innsbruck) via highway A12, A93 and A8 in 90 minutes.
Rosenheim has a population of 60.000 and is the third biggest city of upper-Bavaria. It is located at the river INN. At Rosenheim is the highway -crossing wich leads to Austria and Italy and so much frequented.
- You reach Rosenheim from West (Munich) via highway A8 in 30 minutes.
- From north via Munich.
- From East (Salzburg) via highway A8 in 1 hour.
- From South (Innsbruck) via austrian highway A12 and german highway A93 in 1 hour.
Kiefersfelden is located at the border to Austria in the Inn-valley. It has a population of 7.000 people. It is mainly the town at the foot of the mountain "Wilder Kaiser".
- You reach Kiefersfelden from North (Rosenheim) via highway A93 in 20 minutes.
- From South (Inssbruck) via austrian highway A12 in 45 minutes.
- From East (Salzburg) via german highway A8 and A93 in 90 minutes.
- From West via Munich and Rosenheim.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the town at Zugspitze, the highest mountain of Germany wich belongs to the Wetterstein-Range and the Bavarian Alps, but not to the Bavarian Pre-Alps (Look at the range-boundaries-section). Garmisch-Partenkirchen has a population of 26.000 people. It is a famous tourist-city in summer and winter and has a big ski-resort. It was the presenter of Olympic-Winter-Games in 1936.
- You reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen (lovely called Garmisch or GAP) from North and East (via Munich) in 60 minutes.
- From South (Innsbruck) via Fernpass and Ehrwald in 60-90 minutes.
- From West (Füssen) via Reutte in 30-45 minutes.
The area around Wendelstein is dominated by this sightseeing peak. It is the most frequented sightseeing mountain near Munich. Wendelstein rises 1.838m west of the city Brannenburg. On top of Wendelstein is a observatory, a chapel and a ugly TV-transmitter. You can reach the top via cable-car or with the famous train "Wendelstein-Zahnradbahn" like the most of the summiters. Two nice ski-routes in this area are Rampoldplatte from North and Wildalpjoch from South. If you like to tobbogan in winter there is a nice track from Schlipfgrub-Alm to Brannenburg.
The mountains around Grosser Traithen are located between the towns Bayrischzell and Gemeinde Thiersse. The highest mountain Grosser Traithen (1.852m) is higher than Wendelstein. It is located south of the Ski-area of Sudelfeld. It is also a nice ski-mountain in winter. Other high frequented ski-summits are Bruennsteinschanze east of Grosser Traithen and Trainsjoch southwards on the border to Tyrol.
The Spitzingsee is located south of the lake and town Schliersee. It is a nice mountaineering area during the whole year. In summer it is a famous hiking area with the most frequented peak Rotwand. In winter it is an skiing area with a ski resort (insider tip: not much trouble) and a ski-tour-area for beginners. The ski-routes are not very difficult, but you can do a roundtrip with many summits. You can devide this area in to sections, the eastern and western part. The eastern part is dominated by Jaegerkamp and Aiplspitz in the North and Rotwand in the South. The most popular peak in the western section is Brecherspitz which could be seen far away from North.
The mountains around Hinteres Sonnenwendjoch are located in Austria nevertheless they belong to the Bavarian Pre-Alps. They are fantastic sightseeing summits with outstanding panorama-views to the main-range of the Eastern-Alps. This is due to the fact that the southern Brandenberger Alps are lower than the mountains around Hinteres Sonnenwendjoch. The most frequented peaks are Hinteres Sonnenwendjoch and Krenspitze from Ackernalm. Ackernalm is the main origin to the routes of this subrange. Ackernalm is a nice accumulation of cheese dairies, where you can rest after summiting Hinteres Sonnenwendjoch or the southern summits. From top of these mountains you have a great view to Grossglockner, the highest mountain of Austria, Grossvenediger the big glacier-pyramid, Olperer in the Zillertal-Alps and Guffert and Zugspitze in the West. Hinteres Sonnenwendjoch is also a nice ski-route in winter, but very long because the toll-road to Ackernalm and the road to Valepp are closed during the winter.
The scenery south of Tegernsee is dominated by the big Wallberg at the south end of Tegernsee. It is a high frequented sightseeing and toboggan mountain above Rottach-Egern. The highest summits are Plankenstein and Risserkogel south of Wallberg. On the west side of Tegernsee are the rocky Buchstein and Roßstein and also the big massif of Hirschberg a popular ski-tour-summit for mountaineers of Munich.