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Hike on the Geological Loop Trail in Wallgau

Hiking tour:Round tour

Start: village square Wallgau - Destination: Parking lot Haus des Gastes Wallgau

This informative hike on the Geological Loop Trail in Wallgau will lead you over the tracks of the Ice Age, where you will learn many interesting things about the region's Buckelwiesen "hummock meadows," polished glacial rock, tumuli, drumlins, dolines and other geological features in the Alpenwelt Karwendel Region.

Tour dates

  • Duration1:21 h
  • Distance3.1 km
  • Difficultyvery easy
  • Altitude50 m
  • Lowest point881 m
  • Highest point925 m

Tour highlights

    • Geological Loop Trail with many exhibits and interesting info panels
    • Stop for refreshment at the Maxhütte alpine hut, with a marvelous all-around view
    • Ideal excursion destination for families with children

Tour description

The first info panel can be found at Dorfplatz in Wallgau: "Various limestones of the region." A variety of fossils which contributed to the creation of the Karwendel mountains are shown here. From there, follow Simetsbergstraße to the polished glacial rock and the spring. Before the ascent to the Maxhütte alpine hut (Fahrenberg, about 30 mins., no trail numbers), where you will find a spectacular, all-around view and can stop for a snack in a homey, inviting atmosphere, the road branches to the left. There you will find three and four, "Historical Mining" and "Ice Age Landscapes." Among other things, they show how cavern slate, sandstone and ore were removed and processed for a wide variety of uses. Later, you will encounter the peculiar tumuli:  pointed hills created by the layering of river deposits amidst the glaciers. There are only seven in all of Bavaria; three of them can be admired right here. The "Tumuli" info panel ends the loop tour, and you can return to Dorfplatz.

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