High up: treetop walks in Bavaria

Bavaria is world famous for its stunning scenery. Whether it’s a hike in the alpine foothills, a walk surrounded by Franconia’s vineyards or an outing to the treetops on one of Bavaria’s treetop walks – the scene takes your breath away. The latter in particular is ideal as a family day trip as young members of the family are guaranteed not to get bored here.

Treetop path in winter, © Baumwipfelpfad Bayerischer Wald

We already presented an action programme at adventurous heights in our blog Bavaria with children There was quite a bit to find out about here from climbing centres to the Schliersbergalm. Treetop walks, which there are a whole lot of in Bavaria and which are a perfect day trip destination both with and without children, did not feature on the list.


Bavaria’s most beautiful treetop paths


One very special highlight is the Baumwipfelpfad Bayerischer Wald (Bavarian Forest Treetop Walk). This was the longest treetop walk in the world when it opened on 8 September 2009. Situated in the Bavarian Forest National Park, the 1,300 metre long walk amazes tourists from all over the world. At 8 to 25 metres high, a walk along the path is only something for people who don’t suffer from a fear of heights though. If on the contrary the 25 metres are not enough for you, you should definitely not miss out on the walk’s highlight, in the truest sense of the word: the "Baumturm" (tree tower). This is a very special attraction in the shape of an egg, whose viewing platform is situated at 44 metres high. A breathtaking view awaits visitors once they’ve managed the 500 metres long ramp in the tower. The Bavarian and Bohemian Forest stretch out over hundreds of kilometres and on a lovely day, the view even extends as far as the Northern Alpine main ridge in all its breadth. The "Baumwipfelpfad Bayerischer Wald" is also considered to be extremely child-friendly and accessible by the way, as provisions have been made here for pushchair and wheelchair access.

Another walk suitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs is the Baumwipfelpfad Steigerwald (Steigerwald Treetop Walk). The incline here is so minimal that you will probably only notice the lofty heights you’re walking at when you actually reach the 42 metre high viewing tower. The treetop walk is one of the newer models of treetop walks in Germany and a bit shorter than the "Baumwipfelpfad Bayerischer Wald" with its 1,150 metres.

Anyone who would perhaps prefer it a bit shorter, not quite as high but still just as beautiful, will get their money’s worth, for example, at the Walderlebniszentrum Ziegelwies. The 480 metre long and 21 metre high "Baumkronenweg Ziegelwies" treetop walk was opened here in 2013. One of the walk’s two end points is even on Tyrolean soil and allows for a short trip to our Austrian neighbours.

At 540 metres the Skywalk Allgäu near Scheidegg is one of the much shorter treetop walks but impresses its visitors with views over the Alps and Lake Constance. Wherever it is in Bavaria, a walk over the state’s treetops is on offer to adventurous visitors virtually everywhere and is definitely always worth a day trip.