Walk to Pestkapelle (Part 1)
This lengthy (~12km / 7 miles) walk is possibly the most diverse and beautiful walk I have to offer. It takes you from Bad Tölz to Pestkapelle and Wackersberg (a small village) and takes you back to Bad Tölz along river Isar. It's pretty simple, and comfortable. Actually, it goes uphill only once or twice. The worst that could happen to you are soaked shoes from wet grass.
- First you need to find Restaurant Kogel at Kogelweg. You could go down Ludwigstrasse, go through Kurpark and then turn right into Kogelweg.
- Behind the restaurant there's a path. Turn left and go down the path.
- Shortly after crossing a highway (there's a bridge, no worries), you'll find yourself next to a meadow. Before you come to a street, there's a path on the right that first takes you to a house, then to a farm. Note that you are heading towards the mountains. At the farmhouse there's a signpost that reads "Zur Pestkapelle". From now on follow the signposts.
The sparsely frequented walk will take you along what Bavarians call "Alm" (mountain pastures), and through forests. You'll hear cow bells and rippling creeks, while you see the Alps in the background.
Have you found Pestkapelle? Great. Pestkapelle loosely translates into Plague Chapel. From 1634 to 1635, the nearby village Wackersberg (as well as Bad Tölz) was stricken with the plague during the 30 Year's War, killing all but 7 of the 300 citizens. Those seven survivors buried the victims and later built the Chapel you see on top of the barrow.
Now you could either walk to Waldherralm (signpost!), a restaurant about 1km away from Pestkapelle, or return to Bad Tölz (see part 2).