For the active nature lovers
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Borderless nature between Winklmoosalm in Germany and Steinplatte/Kaiserwinkl in Austria

On one side of the mountain there is Germany and on the other Austria. Winklmoosalm is the German bridge to Steinplatte, one of the mountains on the Austrian side being part of the region Kaiserwinkl. This borderless chain of mountains reaching almost 2000 meters creates the typical characteristics of the Alps as we are used to see it on postcards. The spellbinding forest, the meadows drowned in flowers and the idyllic lakes makes the nature appear as if from a fairytale. The mountain chain, Kaisergebirge, is maybe most dramatic during winter when the so called emperor (Wilder Kaiser) dominates the panorama.

The flora is defined by its numerous typical meadow flowers where rare orchards are exotic species. There is supposed to be 940 different flowers, 38 farns and 400 different mosses. On the "alm" there go biting cows with bells chiming in order to further boost the idyll of the Alps. Our creek attracts the local animal life like deer and foxes and as amateur ornithologist it is always thrilling to watch out for the local bird life. If you are lucky you will spot a grouse or a capercaillie. Those are protected species here in Germany.

Chiemgauer Alpen, another perspective

Chiemgauer Alpen is the name of a group of mountains mainly on the German north side of the alps, where most belongs to Bavaria but with some of it reaching into the Austrian Tirol and Salzburg. Chiemgauer Alpen connects directly to the alpenvorland via the famous lake Chiemsee.

Characteristic for these alps are the many mountain slope pasture lands. These, so called alms, part of long farmer traditions, creates an astonishing beauty with flower richness that together with cattle on bait frames the alp panorama in a grandiose way. This small-scale farming gives you as visitor a unique insight in the typical Bavarian alp traditions and often it is possible to buy milk, cheese and vegetables directly from the peasant.

The mountains here are a bit softer in their shapes, and though the mountain tops are many they are very different in how they have been defined by nature. This unique nature makes Chiemgauer Alps specifically suitable for all sort of outdoor activities, summer and winter.

Lakes and rivers means bathing and adventure

During summer it can actually become quite hot here and then it is awfully nice to be able to throw yourself in one of the nearby lakes. Closest is our beautiful Weitsee, gorgeously framed by mountains and free to access. You go here by bike in less than fifteen minutes and if you prefer to hike you will reach it by foot in about 45 minutes or so. If you wish to extend the tour you just continue by foot or by bike along the valley and two more beautiful alp lakes will invite you for a swim; Mittersee and Lödensee.

There are a couple of more lakes worthwhile visiting or to which you can plan your hike when the sun is broiling hot.
One is Taubensee, referred to as the --Auge des Chiemgaus--. When you plan your hike to here it is wise to pack your bathing clothes, a beer can be enjoyed at the nearby Hütte. Another is the Walschsee in Kössen, perhaps more suitable for a bike tour rather than for hiking. A small lake beautifully located in the valley.

If you plan for somewhat further away Chiemsee is around 45 minutes a way by car. Here you can not only take a swim but also enjoy other activities like canoeing, sailing or water skiing. Königsee is somewhat overrated but is still worth a visit, mostly to see the greenish water and to try one of the activities offered in the area.

For the more adventurous there are in Kössen quite interesting rafting possibilities price-worthy and awfully fun. See Adventure Club Kaiserwinkl Kössen.

Alms and the small-scale farming with long traditions.

A pastureland drowned in flowers and where cows are grazing are called alm in German and is something very special. The Chiemgauer alps are especially renowned for their alms and Seegatterl, where we are, just between Reit im Winkl and Ruhpolding/Inzell is maybe the most optimal starting point for most of these. Knogleralm, Winklmoosalm, Finsterbachalm, Branderalm, Schwarzachenalm and Hemmersuppenalm are all directly reachable from here. Jumping on the bus to Ruhpolding or Inzell, departing right outside from us, will also make e.g. Haaralm, Kohleralm, Bäckeralm and Bründlingalm available, without too much of an effort.