While fairy-tale castles and dense forests are common features of the German landscape, there are spectacular mountains as well. From the snow-capped Alps to the rolling Mittelgebirge, the region has something for every type of climber and explorer. Here’s a list of the top 10 German mountain peaks and experiences to add to your bucket list:


  1. Zugspitze: Roof of Germany

The undisputed monarch of Germany’s highest summits is Zugspitze, which stands at a height of 2,962 meters. This magnificent colossus provides amazing views, which can be reached by cable car for tourists or by steep trails for the thrill-seekers. Reach the peak and step onto the summit of “Germany’s roof”!


  1. Watzmann: The Bavarian Challenge

Watzmann, the king of the Bavarian Alps, is a group of mountains having three main summits, namely Mittelspitze, Südgipfel, Hocheck, which are challenging for professional climbers. The east face remains a daunting spectacle even for persons who do not climb, although there are several walking paths crisscrossing this magnificent elevation.


  1. Hochwanner: Allgäu Majesty

Located in the Allgäu Alps, Hochwanner provides marvelous views of the valleys and the Zugspitze in the distance. There are several hiking options: the most beautiful and at the same time one of the most difficult is the Teufelsgrat (Devil’s Ridge). For those who do not want to hike, a cable car takes people to a viewpoint near the top of the mountain.


  1. Schnefernerkopf: A Climber’s Playground

Another peak close to Zugspitze, Schnefernerkopf attracts experienced climbers because of its difficult north face. But great scenery and interconnected good trails also make it a great place to hike for. Discover the fantastic scenery of the rough wilderness of Germany’s second-highest peak.


  1. Eibsee: Jewel of the Mountains

Although Eibsee is not a peak but rather a lake surrounded by mountains. This impressive lake lies tucked in a mountainous region and is ideal for photographers, tourists who want to take a break after climbing other mountains. You can either take a boat ride along the transparent water body or go for cycling across the villages on the lake.


  1. Feldberg: Black Forest Bliss

Feldberg is actually the highest mountain in the Black Forest and it attracts tourists throughout the year. During winter, people engage in skiing, and in summer, people engage in activities such as hiking and mountain biking among others. The Feldberger Steig is a steep bridle path that starts right in the middle of the Black Forest and is recommended only for experienced hikers.


  1. Brocken: Harz Mountain Mystery

Legend and mystery accompany the Brocken, which is the highest point of the Harz Mountains. This misty mountain peak can be reached by this old-fashioned narrow-gauge railway, which has always been interesting and captivating. Meet the flora and fauna of the mountaintop plateau nature reserve and visit the place where under certain weather conditions, a man’s shadow seems to have a giant head – the Brocken Spectre.


  1. Großer Arber: Bavarian Forest Family Fun

Großer Arber is also family-friendly and is located in the famous Bavarian Forest region of Germany. A cable car lifts people to the summit where they can view the scenery, trek, or enjoy a canopy bridge. Visit Bavarian Forest National Park which is full of beauty and wildlife and the ancient trees and breathe in the mountain air.


  1. The Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Devilish Delight

Although not a mountain peak itself, this curious bridge near Kromlau should not be missed by any traveler to Germany. Known as the “Devil’s Bridge,” it forms a circular reflection of the bridge on the water beneath when seen from a certain position. Visit the nearby Kromlau Rhododendron Park, a marvel of park design, and find places of interest such as waterfalls and cottages tucked into the surrounding woodlands.


  1. The Rheinsteig: Hiking Above the Rhine

This renowned 310-kilometer thru-hike trail runs on the east side of the Rhine River. Highlights include breathtaking views of the Rhine Valley, picturesque towns, and fascinating medieval fortresses, which makes it a great way to admire the area. Trek up through the vineyard, forest, and picturesque villages which will provide a view of the medieval castles towering over cliffs above the river.

Germany is actually replete with mountains besides the ten ones mentioned above. For instance, the Harz Mountains National Park has a well-connected system of hiking and biking trails, picturesque mountain towns like Wernigerode, and historic attractions like Quedlinburg’s medieval mountain castle. The Fichtelgebirge Mountains consist of winter sports facilities and nature parks, and the Ore Mountains are characterized by mining culture and traditional houses.

Therefore, put on your hiking shoes, pack your backpack, and get in the mood for walking through the rocky landscapes of Germany. Given the variety of terrains, steep ascents, and breathtaking views, Germany is a perfect destination for every mountaineer.