From Dießen, and its imposing Münster (a beautiful baroque church) walk to Pfaffenwinkel through forests to your first view of the high mountain peak of the Zugspitze.
A mix of pastureland, with mountains in the far distance, and forests characterises today's walk. A long climb up to a high point just before reaching Wessobrunn affords good views over the countryside.
There are no shops on route to buy food and drink, other than at Diessen. Make sure you have plenty of water for the day's walk before leaving. However, the walk is fairly short, though a little arduous towards the end. The Gasthof Zur Post, just outside the monastery, serves meals all day.
A sturdy pair of walking trainers are adequate for this route if you don't wish to wear hiking boots.
This walk is part of the following itinerary:
There are no shops on route to buy food and drink, other than at Diessen. You would be well advised to fill your water flask before leaving. There is nowhere to eat and drink on route. However, the walk is fairly short, though a little arduous towards the end. The Gasthof Zur Post, just outside the monastery, serves meals all day until 9.30pm.
Alternative Transport - Diessen to Hohenpeissenberg by train is 40 mins (see www.bahn.co.uk for timetables).
Points of Interest
Diessen Cathedral; The most outstanding feature of the town is the Baroque 'Marianmunster' built in the 18th century. This impressive church has an impressive high altar, ceiling frescoes, stucco work and paintings. concerts are also held here – for a calendar see http://www.diessener-muensterkonzerte.de/ for general information about the Munster, see http://www.katholisch-diessen.de/menue/aktuelles/
Wessobrunn Monastery; This former Benedictine Monastery is celebrated as the home of the famous Wessobrunn Prayer and also of a Baroque school of stucco workers and plasterers in the 18th century. The monastery was founded in about 753, and dedicated to Saint Peter, according to legend after Duke Tassilo III of Bavaria while hunting nearby had a vision of three springs, which his servant Wezzo duly discovered the next day. The name means Wesso or Wezzo's springs. The three springs are still to be seen, but there is otherwise no evidence of the truth of the story, and it is likely that the founders were a local noble family called Rott.