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Sabine tests her new tour: The Allgäu Lakes Based in one Hotel

Past castles, palaces & lakes

Finally…after a year’s break, today it’s time for my ‘employee on tour’. Together with my friends Susanne and Carolin I am going to the beautiful Allgäu to test ‘my’ new tour in Southern Germany: The Allgäu Lakes Based in one Hotel, 7 days.

8am sharp and we are sitting on the bus. The sun is shining, and we are really looking forward to the tour and to a few nice girls days. Since we haven’t seen each other in a long time, the travel goes by quickly – there’s a lot to talk about and we quickly see the turquoise blue Forggensee in front of us. It is not far to our hotel ‘Dreimädlerhaus’ on the Weissensee.

The Dreimädlerhaus

A family-run boutique hotel on Lake Weissensee, only a few kilometres away from Füssen. The rooms are all individually furnished and have a special flair. Our room ‘Engerl’ is on the lake side. The sitting room leads to a very nice little terrace with a view of the lake. Breakfast is also served here. Since there is no buffet at the moment, you can choose what you would like to have the evening before…sweet, savoury or vegan. There are also eggs from their own chickens and delicious homemade spreads. There is also a small, sweet surprise every day (e.g. semolina casserole on sour cherries or Allgäu Ofenschlupfer).

The castle round trip

Get into your cycling clothes and off you go…today we definitely want to go to Neuschwanstein Castle. Susanne and Carolin are very excited about the e-bikes, because neither have ridden them before. After a brief explanation we jet down the mountain to the Weißensee. We make a promise to jump in when we return later.

We continue along the lake towards Füssen. The path is well signposted with official signposts and we also test our new Eurobike & Eurohike on Tour-App, which works very well. The girls have a lot of fun on the e-bikes and we reach the castle in no time.

It takes 25 minutes to get to Neuschwanstein Castle. We don’t visit, since all three of us have been before, but of course we enjoy the beautiful view. On the way we pass the Hohenschwangau Castle. The ascent is quick and you soon see the Forggensee peeking through the trees. Suddenly the impressive Neuschwanstein Royal Castle is in front of us. About 100 photos later we make our way back. We continue by bike past Alpsee and Alatsee. By the way, both lakes have a great colour! Silly that we left our swimsuits in the hotel. We fall into bed tired and look forward to tomorrow’s tour!

Through the alpine valleys

When the sun is shining, we start the day with a delicious breakfast on the terrace. With lots of sun cream on – today should be 30 degrees – we set off towards Pfronten. We cycle along cow pastures into the Vilstal. On gravel paths along the Vils uphill, downhill and past beautiful blooming meadows. Over the border to Tyrol we continue to the Vilsstausee and then downhill to the valley to Schattwald. From here the cycle path is paved again. The stomach starts to rumble and we decide to take a break in the Gasthaus zum Öfner in Innergschwend.

We choose Kaiserschmarrn, blueberry Germknödel and apricot cake. After all, it’s the Alpine Valleys tour! We roll back to Bavaria along the Steinbacher Aachen to Pfronten. From there it is not far back to our accommodation and the last part is faster than we expected, so there was a lot of time to swim. We spontaneously decide to go to Füssen for dinner. We have sausage salad and Leberkäse at Gasthaus Woazn. We stroll through the beautiful old town and end the day with a glass of Aperol.

The Emmental Cycle Path

Today we start before 9am. Thanks to the Eurobike app, finding the way is very easy and we only pick up the map now and then. In contrast to yesterday, the path is almost exclusively asphalt and less strenuous. It passes through small towns where we discover many cheese dairies and farm shops. In a village suddenly a goat appears in the middle of the street – apparently that’s normal, because two donkey’s graze without a fence. I of course have to ‘pet’ it immediately. We take a short break at the Schattweiher, where we have a great view, but unfortunately not much time to enjoy it. Finally we visit the mountain cheese dairy in Weizern. Eurobike guests receive a voucher for a cheese snack in their travel documents.

Unfortunately, having a snack isn’t possible at the moment, but guests can choose fine specialties from the shop with the voucher. The ladies are all very welcoming and tell me what our customers usually pick and what is particularly delicious. We choose some different types of cheese, with a slice of bread and a whey drink. In front of the dairy there is a beautiful meadow where we have a snack. After that, we want to buy some souvenirs to take home as there is not only cheese but also homemade jams, honey and wine. Fortunately, the route back isn’t long because our saddlebags are full (and heavy) with delights! For tonight we have ordered a ‘jause’ in the Dreimädlerhaus – we are already looking forward to it. Despite the rain we sit in the covered terrace and enjoy the evening wrapped in a cosy blanket.

The castles and ruins round trip

The first highlight of this tour is the Hofpensee with its beautiful beach promenade. Then we head in the direction of Eisenberg, where we want to see the Eisenberg Castle ruins. Shortly before that it starts to rain and since our weather app predicts nothing good for the next 2 hours, we cycle quickly to Pfronten and feast on coffee and cake. Fortunately, it stops raining after an hour and it even gets a little lighter - let's go! On one side the Vils, on the other side the mountains, past the ruins of Vilsegg and the St. Anna chapel. We come back to the hotel dry and after a coffee on the terrace the sun actually comes out again.

We decide to go back to Eisenberg by car to visit the castle ruins. In Zell there is a beautiful hiking trail to the Sonnenalm and on to the castle ruins - from there you could also continue to hike to the Hohenfreyberg ruins. Instead, we return to the Sonnenalm for a delicious Kaiserschmarrn. We enjoy the afternoon surrounded by cow pastures with the cowbells as a musical background. In the evening there is a dinner on the beach promenade of the Hopfensee on the plan, because we liked it so much while cycling past. So we spend a wonderful evening by the lake!

The Forggensee round trip

Today we should cycle the Forggensee round trip – but it is raining. So we have a peaceful breakfast. I say goodbye to the Dreimädlerhaus and know I would like to spend a few more days here again. We back the bikes in our Eurobike bus and start our journey home. A great "drei Mäderl" (three girls) holiday in the Dreimädlerhaus! 

My conclusion

A wonderful cycle tour, I can only recommend it!

My highlights on this centre-based tour were the royal castles, the Hopfensee and the stage through the Alpine valleys. It will definitely not be my last trip to the fairytale Allgäu!

Sabine Jäger

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