Destinations within 1 Hour by Car
please understand, that the collection was created by private purpuse and preferences. There is much more to see and suggest in Algovia.
Hochgrat (translated "High Ridge") (18 km)
peak (1832 m)
in the westerly Algovia not only is an excellent ski run, it also attracts hikers
Hochgrat with the town of Oberstaufen in foreground, the position of the all-year-ropeway is marked orange
Autumn provides romantic hikes with clear views over foggy valleys. Back on right is the Säntis mountain in Switzerland, about 65 km apart. In front the hills of the Bregenzer Wald. In between is the Rhine river valley.
Enzian Silver thistle, and several different orchids grow there. Some times mountain ghoats and chamois can be seen, but they give photographers a hard time.
The ropeway to the Hochgrat ends at 1730 m, the skirun has a difference of 850 m (at 6.5 km length). The summit is another 100 m higher. Real cracks walk the full hight on touring skis and take non prepared downhill runs. Two ski hikers are is seen in the right center of the picture, while another one is just approaching the peak. Some tourists prefer to ride up and walk down, wich is also easier for the dogs
The ropeway gets hikers and skiers up to 100 m below the peak. Beneath the ropeway car, real nice deep powder snow hillbacks are found. The Hochgrat peak is visible in both photos. It is not as flat as seems by the perspective.
From the Hochgrat, excellent views to all directions are provided, including westerly Algovia, and Lake Constance. Simmerberg is marked by an ellipse, the distance is 15 km.
A 270° panorama video clip is also available. Within 1:45 minutes, it shows the mountain view from the Hochgrat:
"Hochgrat-270° panoramic view.mp4". The comments are written in English, just click on the title. To stop adress any function on left.
In front of the graph is the ski hill "Imberg", the next picture is from there.
The Oberstaufen suburb Steibis (15 km)
Opposite view to the Hochgrat from the Imberg. The vista from the highest spot of the Steibis ski region opens the look from the Hochgrat (leftmost) to the double hill "Falken (the falcon)". The Lanzenbach valley in between is a very popular hiking region all year long, horse sleigh tours included.
Steibis, the elevated suburb of Oberstaufen
is popular to hikers and to downhill and cross country skiers
At many locations of the upper Algovia,
the cattle comes down from the mountain meadows (called "Alp") within
a feast is celebrated. The left photo shows the one in Steibis.
Hikers often find nice, sometimes strange things: the right photo shows a
tractor, built by Lanz in
1935 (having 25 HP from 4,7 litre-single cylinder), which is in normal operation
still, it was also found in Steibis.
A video clip of 4:30 minutes demonstrates what happens as the cattle comes back from the meadows:
Cattle drive & split-up.MP4
Steibis is also home of the Buchenegg waterfalls. The Weissach river drops about 35 m in two stages.
An easy hiking and skiing area is
the Hündle hill
(translated "little dog") station (12 km)
also belonging to Oberstaufen. Here either, an all year cable car helps people up to 1100 m, the walking time is about 40 Min. The hill provides nice views to the Alpsee and Konstanzer valley, left photo (the counter photo is found later in the section "Alpsee and Immenstadt"). In May there are large carpets of white and blue crocus. On right we see the village of Steibis and its ski runs. In background again the swiss Säntis mountain.
The mountain meadows (in local language: Alps) in the Hündle area are at 800 to 1200 m. They are renown for rich growing flowers in spring time. On top: the white and violet crocus, both grow on the ski run, where we skiied just 2 weeks before the photos where taken on 30. April 08. The two lower photos: left, in the little water runs the marsh-marigold is spread, while the wood-anemone finds a place to grow allover.
Only 11 km east of Simmerberg is a famous gorge, the Eistobel (Icy Gorge)
The 3 km long canyon provides some excellent "water technology".
In winter the cataracts may freeze and create bizzar ice sculptures, which gave the canyon the name:
The same cascade as above, in winter. As the water of the many springs along the walls of the gorge freezes, a lot of ice curtains are created, and climbers have fun.
Lake Constance (Bodensee) and Lindau (25 km)
The drive between Simmerberg and Lindau, our county town, is 25 km, the drive to Bregenz, at the southeast corner of the lake, is equal distant. Friedrichshafen, in the middle of the lake shore, is 55 km apart, and Meersburg, the harbour of the ferry to Constance, is about 70 km apart. Friedrichhafen hosts the Zeppelin and the Dornier museums, the ships of the "Bodensee" cruise line dock there and a fast catamaran runs over to Constance. Last but not least, Friedrichhafen has an airport and is also home of the Zeppelins, which do roundtrips regularly.
Lindau, seen from the village Eichenberg, at the Pfänder mountain. The island is the historic town of Lindau. In front is the industrial area, and in background the swiss shore at the opposite side of the lake.
The Pfänder mountain marks the border between Austria and Bavaria, and is in the south-eastern corner of the lake Constance (the german name is Bodensee). From the long stretched hill-back (1065 m high), very good views in all directions are provided. Here we look at the lake Constance (Bodensee, 400 m above sea level). On left is the Austrian shore, next above the Swiss shore. In centre is the island of our county town, Lindau. The view reaches up to the city of Constance, at the other end of the lake and about 65 km apart. The photo was taken on a mild winter day (3rd. January 2012), right before sunset.
Bregenz (25 km)
The capital of the Austrian province Vorarlberg is at the south-east end of the lake Constance, and also at the foot of the mountains.
Down at the lake shore is the modern part of town located, including the world-famous "Seebühne" (stage in the lake), which is shown in the lower-right corner with the stage design of the opera "Rigoletto", presented 2019 and 2020.
The historic part of town, thus the old center (the upper photos), is raised at the slope of the Pfänder mountain. The city wall (lower-left) partly is sustained. Bregenz offers excellent cultural establishments and owns some rewarded museums
Two towns at the northern side of Algovia
Ravensburg, the county town of our northern neighbor county, is 40 km apart.
The city offers good shopping, a well preserved old town and the fun park "Ravensburger Spieleland". As it is out of the Algovian area, it is not further reviewed.
The drive to Wangen is 16 km. The formerly free town (free twons depended on the imperator only, and nobody in between) is proud to have a completely preserved inner city, including the ring wall, and towers.
Twice a week, a fresh mArket takes place, Wangen owns ingenious and gimmick shops and a renown bakery, having a beer inn of it`s own.
"Wangen is hard to leave" is the slogan, which also applies after visiting the parade on shrove monday.
Only 20 km east is another formerly free town, Isny.
City wall, towers, churches, and many historic buildings are combined with a modern park area.
Not many stork birds come to Algovia, but a couple lives all year at the historic town hall of Isny, a true tourist attraction.
The photo collection shows part of the city wall on left, the original size of the storks is circled red, but they appear extended again.
Carnival saison is high time in Isny, with the culmination at mardi gras Tuesday, when a special parade takes place and attracts thousands of masked attendees and unmasked visitors.
Lake Alpsee and Immenstadt (25 km)
The left photo shows the Alpsee lake and Bühl,
suburb of Immenstadt. In background is the valley of the Konstanzer creek,
connecting Oberstaufen and Immenstadt (the counter photo is found in the section
"Hündle hill", up here). In Bühl are many attractions of the Alpsee area,
including the tourist office. Serveral public baths are around the lake.
At the west end of the lake is the Alpsee-Arena, a fun park for the whole family.
The right picture is about Immenstadt´s market place with the town hall on
right. That originally was the town castle of the former earl of
Königsegg-Rothenfels, who ruled the area between Oberstaufen
and Sonthofen/Oberstdorf when the Habsburgians had power. Please find more under "good-to-know".
Kempten (38 km)
the oldest town of (nowadays) Germany is also the oldest town north of the alps in center Europe. That has recently been documented in a Romanic paper of the year no. 2. The romanic name was Campodunum. In the Archeolocal Parc Campodunum (APC), one may visit the re-constructed romanic installations.
The "Metropole of Algovia" has about 70.000 citicens, and an interesting history. Because the town was from Luther´s reformation on split into towns. One was home of a catholic Prince-Abbot, while the other in parallel an evangelic Free Town of the Empire. The weird, but typical catholic, function of a Prince-Abbot was to lead and rule a monestary (abbot), and at the same time be "chief and owner" of a certain region (prince). After the Napoleon wars, the reunion of Kempten took place in 1818.
The residence of the Prince-Abbot, which was a
castle and at the same time a monestry with a large basilica-church connected, was the center of the uptown.
It was surrounded by stores and other installations "required" by a Prince-Abbot.
That also included a brewery, a large store house for all kinds of food (left photo), and a garden with a green house.
At the shore of the river Iller, the evangelic town grew, built and controlled by free citicens, and it received all rights by the
imperator. That town was very powerful, because the
Fugger business family was involved. Thus, in close vicinity, many things
existed twice: Administration, storage, large churches, and more. During the
reformation in the 16th century, the citicen´s town was one of the first to change to the protestants, and during the war of confessions, the twin cities
fought each other.
Description of the dual picture:
The evangelical St.-Mang church claims a rare
specialty. The actual church was erected on the basement and walls of two former
churches, and all three still partly exist, at several levels. Guided tours need
to be booked for visiting the artefacts. On right is a former business hose and
the town hall of the citicen´s city of Kempten. The town provides enough to fill several
days, numerous programs are offered. Those interested in culture are also well
Bad Hindelang (40 km) and the pass road to Oberjoch, called "die Kanzel (=the pulpit)", connects Sonthofen (35) with the Tannheim Valley (50 km, which belongs to Austria)
The pulpit is located at the B310 mountain road, east of Hindelang. Behind the town yoe see on left the Oberstdorf valley, on right the hill chain "Nagelflhuhkette" (marked N), now seen from south east, which is the opposite direction of our view. The Hochgrat mountain is marked H. B is the ski world cup downhill ski run of Ofterschwan, O the ski run of Bolsterlang.
A double panorama of the Tannheim valley, shot from
the Aggenstein mountain (please see also "Füssen" here below).
The upper panorama shows the 1100 m high valley with view towards the southwest. The village in center is Tannheim, behind that is the lake Vilsalpsee, topped by the Hochvogel mountain. The lower panorama display the Algovian Dolomites. They carry that name, because they consist of the same material as the "great Dolomites" in Italy. Shape and appearance are also similar, but on a much lower scale. A paradise for hikers and ciimbers.
Oberstdorf (55 km)
is the southernmost
town in Germany
The Oberstdorf valley, seen from Sonthofen-Altstädten. In centre is the Himmelsschrofen hill. Left of it is Oberstdorf, on right is the Kleinwalsertal valley. The mountain chain in background is called Algovian Alps (Allgäuer Alpen). Highest mountain in the picture is the Mägdelegabel reaching up to 2643 m.
The Nebelhorn near Oberstdorf has a respectable ski area and provides the best view in the whole Algovia: the "400-peak-view". Cable cars run all year for visitors. The big mountain in background is the Zugspitze, Germanies highest peak, almost 3000 m high, the distance between the two spots is 49 km.
Oberstdorf, seen from the Rubihorn, a steep mountain between valley and Nebelhorn. "Behind" Oberstdorf in the picture the renown Kleinwalsertal.
In between is the Fellhorn ski station, the largest ski area in Algovia.
The highest peak in Background is the Widderstein mountain. It marks the soutwestern corner of Algovia, and also between Germany and Austria. Beyond that is already the Arlberg region.
The well-known valley Kleinwalsertal (60 km) directly connects to the valley of Oberstdorf.
It belongs to Austria, but can only be reached through Germany.
On the way to the Kleinwalsertal valley, one can do a detour to center Europes largest and deppest gorge, the Breitachklamm.
this photo was taken in the Kleinwalsertal village Hirschegg, the mountains are called Schafalpen, plainly beautiful.
surrounding (80 km)
Füssen not only consists of the world famous castles. The historic town at the Lech river features three castles, yes. But it also owns a complete old town with a ring wall. Very good museums are hosted in a former monestry. People interested in string instruments will experience special service, because Füssen is known to be a town of violin makers.
Combined with the surrounding lakes and mountains, Füssen offers an excellent recreational value.
The upper photo is an areal view of the larger Füssen area, while the next photo gets a lttle bit closer
In the last
photo, the left part displays a typical scene in the old town of Füssen. In the
middle the clocktower, belonging to the High Castle.
A trip on a tourist ship at the lake Forggensee unveals magnificent looks. The right part of the photo is an example. In center Füssen with the High Castle in front of the Algovian Dolomites. The three highest from left are: Gehrenspitze, Köllenspitze, and Aggenstein (please also see the text about the Tannheim valley above).
The two world renown castles: at left Hohenschwangau, and at right Germany´s most visited tourist attraction, Neuschwanstein.
Thank you very much for the interest, we wisch a lot of fun when visiting some of the places featured.