The last day of summer at the Tegernseer Hütte

Tegernseer Hütte at the foot of the Buchstein

Tegernseer Hütte perched on the ridge between the Buchstein and the Roßstein (1, 650 m)

The clocks have gone back today. There is no pretending anymore. The summer is over. It went out with a bang here in Bavaria though. Last Sunday, we had an amazingly hot and sunny day. Luckily we had a hike planned in the Alps and so made the most of it.

The trip to the Tegernseer Hütte (1, 650 m) is a classic one day trip from Munich. The hut is perched on a ridge between the Buchstein and the Roßstein in the Bavarian Prealps; offers great views across the rising Alpine ridges in the South and all the way back to Munich in the North. It also only takes about 45 minutes to get to the trail head near Kreuth and the return hike can be done in 4 hours.

Constantin, three of our friends and I started nice and early at 8 am last Sunday. This was good, because soon we were to join crowds of “Münchener” heading for the exact same trip. After only a little bit of slow traffic and about an hour driving, we had parked our car at the already reasonably full Buchstein and Roßstein parking lot and were off up the hill.

While Constantin, Pete and I were telling the others about our navigation issues on our hike up the ehm Wank in May, no one bothered to look at the map properly and so again we were not quite on the right trail. After a while the trail ended and our situation became apparent. Luckily we could just cut across a meadow to find the actual trail. There we joined what resembled a procession of ants heading up a hill.

This sparked up the competitive spirit in the boys I was hiking with, who immediately decided we had to over take everyone ahead of us. And so we covered most of the ascent in an hour or so and arrived at the Sonnenberg Alm fairly breathless.

From there the trail becomes very rocky and the direct route up to the hut requires a fair bit of scrambling along iron ropes. It is a little bit demanding and not fun for people with vertigo, but generally really OK.

At the top we were rewarded with an amazing view and luckily also a free table on the hut’s terrace – a good in short supply on a sunny Sunday afternoon. We enjoyed a long lunch in the sun and then quickly ascended the Roßstein (1, 698 m). We left out the Buchstein, which requires some serious scrambling/ climbing.

With a summit in our bags and a lunch in our stomachs we descended along the easy route. We stopped at the next hut – the Roßstein Alm and then carried on along a dirt road back into the valley. The descent took us longer than the ascent. I did by then lose track of time, but I’d say we needed 2,5 – 3 hours to get back to the car.

There a whole new trip started. The drive back to Munich took as about two hours as we tried and failed to avoid traffic jams heading back into town. But who cares. The weather was amazing the whole day –  a lot of sun and really warm temperatures. It was hard to believe it was nearly the end of October.

Trip summary

Start/ end: Buchstein und Roßstein Parkplatz close to Kreuth

Ascent/ descent: 830 m each way

Time: 4,5 – 5 hrs

Travel from Munich: car 45 minutes in good traffic

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