Discover Germany, Issue 35, February 2016

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Destination of the Month Germany

Hiking, swimming and cycling in one of the most beautiful regions in Bavaria Beautiful mountain lakes, lush alpine pastures, various hiking trails and traditional festivals: Alpenwelt Karwendel in Upper Bavaria is always worth a visit, especially in spring and summer when the rest of the snow has melted. TEXT: NADINE CARSTENS I PHOTOS: ALPENWELT KARWENDEL

Families will enjoy the spectacular scenery as much as highly active sport fans and nature lovers. The region is considered to be an El Dorado for cyclists, hikers and families, according to Judith Fidler, marketing representative at Alpenwelt Karwendel. In the upcoming months, visitors can certainly expect a wide range of exciting activities.

time of the year, the first cabins located in the lower parts of the region are already open, so that the hiking season can immediately start. At pleasant temperatures and with the first rays of sunlight warming the skin, hikers look forward to walk along the trails, while admiring the beautiful scenery. The unique panorama of the Bavarian Alps

Anyone who sees the region’s idyllic landscapes for the first time will feel enchanted. “In March and April, thousands of crocuses and gentians will allure visitors: a spectacle in violet and white in front of the backdrop of the mountains,”Fidler says. At this

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“The position of this region is truly unique: the Bavarian Alps, which include the Karwendel, the Soiern Mountain Group, the Wetterstein and Ester Mountains, surround the river Isar like a garland,”Fidler explains. “In Alpenwelt Karwendel, it is possible to

go hiking at three levels: from easy walking and hiking trails, where you will never feel out of breath, to moderately challenging sporty tours, to the high alpine climbing tour, which is suited for passionate mountain climbers.”All in all, there are about 700 kilometres (435 miles) of well-maintained hiking trails in this region. Those who would like to take a short cut can use a gondola to Karwendel’s top station or the Kranzberg chairlift instead.The latter transports visitors to the barefoot hiking path for example, which consists of 24 stations. Alternatively, one can choose the route to the summit as well, where hikers get to see the breathtaking panorama of the Bavarian Alps and the high Isar Valley. Those, who want to enjoy stunning landscapes by bike, or are looking for another fitness challenge besides hiking, should try