The Middle Rhine Valley consists of a 65-km stretch of magnificence castles and vineyards against the backdrop of the Black Forest’s dramatic backdrop. This medieval mountain range, also called the German Alps, has captivated climbers and walkers for years. Closer to Munich than the Alps, the valley has marked the border between East and West Germany.
The starting place to enter the valley is St. Goar. It is located on the left bank of the Thuringian Lakes, which streams flow into a large midsummer lake through the valley. Amongst the beautiful lakes nearby is the Weizklamm mountain, the largest one in the Middle Rhein Valley. The highest peak in the range stands at the capitane of this giant mountain, which is topics the Weizklamm like its younger and larger siblings. Weizklamm likes to be at the top of the list for tackle trekkers. The summit around year 1400 offers rewarding views around Munich andframing the entire valley.
To the north of the mountain, you find the village Holpe. The village has rebuilt itself after being destroyed by a serious fire in the 13th century. The rebuilt village with amazing house design is village at the top of the mountain. You can approach the summit by a snow hike or by regular hiking for this adventure.
The summit is located on the southern slope of the Eisriesenwiese. You can approach this peak just half an hour drive from Munich. Generally the mountain is open in winter, but there can be short delays due to snow. In summer, we suggest you climb the mountain and then take a glacier walk to the top.
The famous actors from Shakespeare’s operas would no doubt be inspired by the stupendous scenery in the Weiz Alps. In addition to being homes to climbing stars, the town of Weiz is renowned for its arts and crafts. The Weizciouswein, pipe tobacco for Smoking, is named after Weiz. Cooking and baking are subjects also popular in the region, and you can buy ceramics, crystal grinds, and flax fabric on hand from local workshops.
The mountain tour is a visit to Tyndare, a botanical garden focused on lunar plants. There you can sample some of the best mushrooms in the world under the supervision of a dedicated horticulturist. There are several other places throughout the region with similar offerings, so feel free to pack your own lunch and head out to a nearby farm or village to enjoy these once in a lifetime events.
While this trip is perfect for hikers and bikers, boats can also be used to get up and down the mountain. Most of the river rafting companies have tours that include guided rafting so make sure to reserve a tour in advance.
For those with a little extra time to spend, there are tours planned for horseback and mountain bikes. These tours are a great way to explore the valley and can even be combined with trips to Weiz and Schmied in order to get a well-rounded view of the gorgeous surrounding valley. If you bike, we recommend you join a guided bike tour. This will ensure you will stay safe and have a lot of fun.
Before you pack your bags to head to the Weiz Alps, make sure you put aside some of several different outfits as well as some friendly socks, rain jacket and a helmet. You will not want to be stranded in the dark on your way home or need to take any pre-holidays photos. If you can travel in the winter, why not travel for ski season in the summer? The High Alps of Weiz are one of the best places to ski in a warm climate.