When going on a hike in the Alps, part of the fun is that you come across Alpine pastures – seasonal cattle ranches that are operated only during summer months. Some farmers even open their huts to guests, offering refreshments and accommodation. On the menu, look for classic Alpine dishes such as Kaiserschmarrn (sugared pancake, often with raisins and almonds) or Kaspressknödelsuppe (soup with a fried, bread-and-cheese patty).
When we moved to Munich almost 20 years ago, the distance to the Bavarian Alps went down to an easy 60- to 90-minutes drive. Since then, my wife and I often take the opportunity to go on a hike over the weekend.
When to Go
Spending time in the open countryside has become more and more popular over the last couple of years. On Sundays, it can get really crowded. Saturday, when many people are still busy with their weekly household chores, is much better.
We are no big fans of getting up early in the morning on the weekend. Well, when starting your ascent late, you will run into many hikers that are already on their way back. By avoiding peak time you can, however, experience a much nicer, more relaxed atmosphere on the hut. The same goes for a late descent which allows you being at your own for most of the time.