Behind Pestkapelle, you'll see a street which takes you to the small village of Wackersberg (situated to your left). It's now about 1.5 hours later, and you are halfway "through" it. If you need a drink, a meal, or a bathroom: There's a restaurant in Dorfstraße. You really won't miss Dorfstraße, basically the only street In Wackersberg.
To go back to Bad Töltz,
- turn right into Dorfstrasse. (You can't miss Dorfstrasse.)
- You'll find another sign to your left "Isar-Wanderweg nach Bad Tölz". Yes, this part leads you diagonally across a pasture or meadow.
- At the end of the pasture, you'll find a new signpost. If not, the path was not visible, and you are a bit too far left. So turn right and go down the barely visible path there until you see the aforementioned signpost.
- Eventually, you'll come to a road. Turn right, go down the road for ~400 yards. This part is a drag (fortunately the only one) as the road lacks a sidewalk and is pretty frequented.
- After those 400 yards, you'll find the next sign to your left .
This is now the Isar-Wanderweg (Isar Trail), which will take you back to Bad Tölz.
This part - from Wackersberg back to Bad Tölz - is very different from the first part from Bad Tölz to Pestkapelle, not only because of the river with its clear, turquoise water and the current, but also because of the stunted pine trees along the trail. It almost looks like an enchanted forest, but very bright, open and sunny.
After another hour or 4km, you are back in Bad Tölz, and you'll agree that it was very well worth it.
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).
One of the things we did alot was go to the Kaserne. It no longer exists. I t has been closed for some time now. Back then, during my visit it was my closest connection to the USA where I could go and get something american....magazine, food. It was along walk from my friends house to the Kaserne but we had fun. I kept this as a souvenier.
We did much walking as is the custom. My friends did not own a car so much of our sightseeing was done on foot power. I was a guest there for six weeks so came home slim and trim.