summit of the Heimgarten

Herzogstand – Heimgarten: Probably the most beautiful hike in Munich’s local mountains

Herzogstand - Heimgarten

The Herzogstand is probably Munich’s most famous local mountain. Just under an hour’s drive from the central ring road, the Herzogstand (Duke’s estate) is enthroned between Walchensee and Kochel am See and, with probably the most beautiful hike in the Bavarian Alps, offers a true jewel for outdoor photographers. Here we introduce you to this dream hike, Herzogstand – Heimgarten, and give you some photo tips.

Hike Herzogstand – Heimgarten


The crossing of the Herzogstand Heimgarten in Walchensee is started. The Herzogstand cable car from Walchensee is for those who are too lazy to walk, while sporty, quick-footed people climb into the hiking trail a few meters north of the cable car park.

At first, a little surefootedness and a strong head for heights are necessary, but the difficulty level is manageable for most mountain hikers.

The path leads without junctions and almost all the way steeply to the Herzogstand Hut. From the managed hut it is very easy to follow the wide path in a northerly direction to the already visible Herzogstand. For the last few meters, you can decide to rest at the summit cross, or to turn right towards the summit pulpit – the view is similarly spectacular.

From the summit, the actual crossing to the Heimgarten follows. The trail is only recommended for experienced mountain hikers; sure-footedness and a strong head for heights are prerequisites.

The exposed passages are nevertheless very well secured with ropes and railings. Nevertheless, you should not allow the slightest slip here.

summit of the Heimgarten

For about 2 hours, you follow the striking ridge to the summit of the Heimgarten. Here, too, the view is no less majestic, and you can enjoy an excellent refreshment at sunset at the Heimgartenhut.

For the way back from the Heimgarten to the south, and later over the ridge below the Rotwandkopf, one should plan adequately for a time stretch of about 2 to 3 hours. The path is no longer exposed, yet some experience is still required. Shortly before Walchensee, you may follows the signs to the Herzogstand cable car or take the short detour over Walchensee to refreshes yourself here.

Tip: Photo course Munich – Herzogstand: Experience a night at the Duchy’s Square and learn how to photograph the most beautiful view of the Bavarian Alps. Your appointment isn’t fixed? Have a look at our photo course schedule. If you can’t find a date that meets your needs, don’t hesitate to ask for a private photo tour here, or around Garmisch.

Herzogstand photo tips

View from Herzogstand over the summit cross towards Kochel am See and Walchen Lake at sunrise

Panorama of the Bavarian foothills of the Alps
Panorama of the Bavarian foothills of the Alps

Herzogstand Heimgarten photo spots

Steep hiking path at the ridge - crossing Heimgarten Herzogstand
Steep hiking path at the ridge – crossing Heimgarten Herzogstand
Sunset at the Heimgarten
Sunset at the Heimgarten
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