Kampenwand (mountain) Bavaria Reviews
Climb an Alp-- even if youre not particularly athletic Sep 10, 2008
This 1669m mountain can be climbed with (relative) ease if you're a healthy individual-- even one who spends most of her time in front of the computer, like me.
The first and easiest way is to take a cable car from the town of Aschau. A couple of Euros will take you about 20 minutes in a tiny 4 person car with breathtaking views. This drops you off just a few hundred metres from the top, near the Sonnen Alm, a lovely-looking restaurant I didn't go into. Enjoy the views from here and you'll probably be perfectly satisfied. Just don't get so caught up in the surrounding mountani chain that you step in cow patty-- these are pasture fields up here.
If you want to achieve the summit, follow the signs to the Steining Alm, about a 20-minute walk. This is another, more rustic restaurant (with fabulous Gulash and Hot Chocolate), and the foot of the most-climbed path to the top.
If you think a cable-car is cheating, begin at the foot of the path in Rottau, where you can park a car in the lot. Better yet, have a friend drop you off here and pick you up at the base of the cable-car. They stop running in late afternoon, so get an early start if this is your plan. Pack a light lunch, 3 litres of water and plan on 3-4 hours hiking if you're slow like me. This logging road is long but not too steep, a path through dense woods followed by pastureland before you hit the Steining Alm and bottom of the rocky path to the top.
If you've no experience hiking (like me), travel with someone who does. Follow the red-and-white dots painted on the rocks to stay on the path. Be prepared to use your hands and every other muscle and weather some dizzying views. This is the hardest part, but it is bloody gorgeous at the top, and the exhilaration is unbeatable. Don't forget to sign the book or bring a travel notebook to stamp at the summit.
Voila, you've climbed an Alp!
Part of the Germany & Poland Sept 2008 travel blog
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