alps from the plane

Germany, The Alps. A magnificent part of the world. Many have seen them whilst flying to European destinations on holiday perhaps. But it gets even more special when you get down and amongst them. In the air or on foot.

The Alps of Germany and Flying High

Living with a most passionate paraglider pilot has certainly shaped my holiday experiences in the past decade. One of the things I enjoyed most about traveling along is that the best paragliding spots usually come with the most gorgeous formations of nature you can imagine and not seldom are they connected to very idyllic hiking trails! Germany has many inviting spots that offer the chance to do both: Hiking and paragliding.

Some of the most popular locations can be found in Bavaria such as the famous “South Eastern Bavarian Jakobsweg” (Way of St. James), a trail that is in total about 400 kilometers long (but can of course be explored in smaller parts too) and leads right into the Alps.

The Alps of Germany from above

Bavaria is located in the South Eastern part of Germany, right at the border to Austria and Switzerland:  A region, I would recommend to anyone who likes mountains, hiking and a good strong beer! Here are some quick geographical facts about the Alps themselves to get a better idea: The Alps are one of the greatest mountain range systems of Europe, stretching from Austria and Slovenia in the east through Italy, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Germany to France in the west. The German Alps are not as high as the equivalent parts in France or Austria for example, but they make up with an equally beautiful natural scenery and a number of fascinating palaces, castles, monasteries, and fortresses that shape the area’s unique face.

The Alps in mist

The regional tourist information offices readily offer detailed information about the best hiking trips of the area and for those that would like to give paragliding or hang gliding a go – most schools are known to the tourist offices and they also know which of them offer tandem flights at short notice and when the next general classes start! (For your general information: In Germany para or hang gliders need a certified pilot license in order to be allowed to fly, the respective schools do know the exact requirements. In Austria the regulations are similarly strict).

paraglider in the alps

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  1. Avatar of wftristan wftristan says:

    This looks fantastic – as Deborah said you can almost smell the Mountain Air – great stuff – Will share it now


  2. WOW! Great to see my country's great attractions from the point of view of paragliders. Awesome photos.

  3. Avatar of ninibaseema ninibaseema says:

    Thank you dear, I think Germany has many great spots, but I agree that Bavaria is particularly idyllic. Lots of beauty to see there!!!

  4. Avatar of @ellies58 @ellies58 says:

    Thank You Nini for sharing this beautiful Country with us. And Thanks to Paul for having you as a Guest Blogger!! Your pics are absolutely Stunning! They pull you in and leave you breathless for a real glimpse of the beauty they capture! I'm enraptured! :)))

  5. THese pics are wunderbar!!!! Germany is such a beautiful country, it shocked my socks off. Not what I expected at all when I went to visit family and friends. Bavaria particularly is beautiful.

    For @Paul_Steele's sake, we won't talk about the steins and weins 😉

    Thanks Nini!!!

    Danke schön!!

  6. Avatar of Nini Baseema Nini Baseema says:

    @xs143 –> The good thing about hiking is that one doesnt need to do the straining stuff to enjoy it. You can start with easy 2 hours hikes and then just slowly do more. There are nice hikes along rivers that don't require as much condition as the one where you go up high mountains. I am not located in Bavaria myself, Im in the South West close to the border to France and Luxembourg- we only have soft hills, but you can still find good hiking spots here too!
    Thx for stopping by and commenting!

  7. Avatar of Nini Baseema Nini Baseema says:

    Hey Deborah, thank you very much for stopping by and saying hi!
    If you ever intend to visit Germany, let me know!

  8. really enjoyed this guest post as well… loved the pictures both in words and photo's.. thank you.. 🙂 I love hiking in theory, not having been able to do it practically for a long time, so I love to read these posts and be taken to a different world! Thanks @ninibaseema.. 🙂

  9. Avatar of Deborah Lee Deborah Lee says:

    Fabulous imagery; I can almost smell the mountain air!

    Just lovely 🙂

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