Oberstdorf Travel Guide

  • Restaurant Weinklause
    Restaurant Weinklause
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  • Parish church Maria Opferung - interior
    Parish church Maria Opferung - interior
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  • Parish church Maria Opferung - main altar
    Parish church Maria Opferung - main...
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Oberstdorf Highlights

  • Pro
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    sabsi says…

     Great mountains around town. Great skijumping. 

  • Con
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    gubbi1 says…

     lots of car traffic on weekends towards the town 

  • In a nutshell
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     Go hiking there!!! 

Oberstdorf Things to Do

  • Maria Opferung -beautiful church in...

    Already in the year of 1471 a chapel was built in the village of Riezlern (Kleinwalsertal) on the location of the present parish church ‘Maria Opferung’. On that time it belonged to the district of Oberstdorf and became independent forty years later. The church has undergone several alterations, extensions and renovations and in 1889 the walls and...

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  • Breitachklamm - natural phenomenon

    During one of our ‘Oberstdorf days’ it was snowing too much and we were looking for something else than a skiing. Having seen some nice pictures of the Breitachklamm in winter it was quite easy deciding for this gorge nearby Oberstdorf. Following the signs for ‘Tiefenbach’ and ‘Breitachklamm’ we reached the huge car park, where we had to pay for...

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  • Loretto Chapels – Lorettokapellen

    These chapels are officially named: ‘St. Loretto-Kapellen’, being an ensemble of three different roman catholic chapels. They are named after Loreto (near Ancona), an Italian place of pilgrimage. The ‘Appach Chapel (Appachkapelle) is the oldest, already built in 1493, and smallest of the three. Three of the interior walls of the chapel do have...

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  • Oberstdorf, just strolling around

    After a night with heavy snowfall it was more or less impossible to ski and we decided on one of our first dayys in Oberstdorf to stroll around in the town.We started our walk with a visit of the Erdinger Arena, one of the ski-jump-stadiums in Oberstdorf. This was quite disappointing, because from the outside we couldn’t see - or make a picture -...

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  • Souls Chapel – Seelenkapelle

    The Souls Chapel (or Seelenkapelle in German) in Oberstdorf is a former ossuary, which is located in the middle of the old cemetery of the adjacent St. Johannes the Baptist Church. It was first mentioned in 1524 and is the second oldest chapel in Oberstdorf. Being from the 16th century and not destroyed during the great fire in 1865 I really think...

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  • St. Johannes Baptist Church

    The start of the construction of St. Johannes Baptist Church was first mentioned in the year of 991 in chronicles, although there is also the text of a dedication inscription of 1141.In 1865, two thirds of the town was destroyed by the great fire, including the church in the village center with its valuable interior. Only the enclosing walls and...

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  • Nebelhorn for non-skiers

    During our stays in Oberstdorf we did see a lot of people who obviously were non-skiers. Especially for those is this tip (although skiers could do it too): when the town has one of these days with crystal blue skies, I highly recommend a visit to the Nebelhorn. The cable car - base station in the eastern part of Oberstdorf - will bring you in...

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  • Nebelhorn cable car

    The valley station for the Nebelhorn cable car is close to the centre and you can get up to the Nebelhorn summit (2.224m), via two transfer stations. At the top you have several hiking options and I guess also fantastic views. But as I’m afraid of heights, this cable car looks very scary to me! It’s also really expensive (almost 30€ for a return...

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  • Spa gardens and "Oberstdorf Haus"

    Oberstdorf is a spa town because of its climate and air quality, and there’s a thermal bath, a salt therapy “cave” and other facilities. A spa town typically also has spa garden, and there’s also one in Oberstdorf. It’s rather small, with a nice pond with some fishes and a small bridge. There are also various sculptures in that garden, and there’s...

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  • Villa Jauß

    The Jauß villa was built 1895 by the master brewer Melchior Jauß. It’s a wooden house and rather Italian style. The Jauß family lived in that house until 1965, and today the building is used for art exhibitions, with varying exhibits. There’s also a large park next to the house.

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  • Pestkapelle (pest chapel)

    The Pestkapelle is a memorial for the victims of the pest. The black death first came to Oberstdorf in autumn 1629 and caused 39 deaths. A few years later, in 1634/1635, it got really bad: 800 deaths of 1200 inhabitants.This very small chapel was built in the 17th century and was rebuilt in 1950. It’s dedicated to St Sebastian and St Rochus, the...

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  • Seelenkapelle (soul chapel)

    The Seelenkapelle is a chapel next to the parish church St Johannes Baptist. It was used as bone house and is found on the grounds of the old cemetery. Today it’s a war memorial chapel.The chapel was built in the 16th century and fortunately was not destroyed during the great fire in 1865. On the northern face, you’ll find impressive renaissance...

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  • Church "St Johannes Baptist"

    At the market square in the centre, you’ll find the church “St Johannes Baptist” which is dedicated to John the Baptist. The earlier church was destroyed during the great fire in 1865, only the enclosing walls and the tower were left. The church was rebuilt in the following year then.

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  • Old and new town hall

    At the market square, you find two town halls, the old one and the new one. The “Alte Rathaus” (old town hall”) was built in the 15th century and first was a dance house and village court. Today you here find a kind of natural museum with the exhibition “Bergschau”.The “Neue Rathaus” (new town hall) was first built 1803 and had to be rebuild in...

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  • Ski flying hill...

    Close to Oberstdorf is a ski flying hill. I’m pretty ignorant concerning all kind of sports, and I had to learn that ski flying is not the same as ski jumbing – it’s even more crazy, having a larger hill size so that you can jump farther (record is 225m). There are only 5 such ski flying hills in Europe.The ski flying hill in Oberstdorf is named...

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Oberstdorf Restaurants

  • best cappuccino in Oberstdorf

    When strolling around Oberstdorf we came across this ‘cheese shop’. Our goal wasn’t buying cheese, but drinking a cup of coffee. Or better a cappuccino and it turned out they do serve by far the best cappuccino in Oberstdorf and surroundings. They are also famous for their homemade pies: very recommended !!Besides the ‘Käsladen’ turned out to be a...

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  • local and international

    We had dinner in several restaurants in Oberstdorf. In this tip I will give my personal experiences with them and add a recommendation for a next visit. Just short notes about the most relevant issues.WeinklauseFood: good, extensive German and international menuService: friendlyAmbiance: warm and welcoming Price: averageBack: by far our favourite,...

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  • Alpe Dornach

    We came across this mountain inn after we had left the Breitach gorge. They have appartments & rooms and a restaurant with a large terrace which offers great views on the meadows and mountains. You get local food there and you’ve plenty of choice. I had a “Schweizer Fleischsalat” (salad of strips of sausage, gherkin and cheese) which was good and...

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Oberstdorf Transportation

  • An almost car-free town

    The centre of Oberstdorf is pretty much car-free which is really agreeable. There are several car parks in the outskirts, the bus trip is included in the parking fee. We did take the one directly at the train station and from there it was just a few minutes walk to the centre. Within Oberstdorf, everything can be easily reached by foot, and...

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  • How to get to Oberstdorf

    We came by car. As parts of the centre of town are pedestrianised and there are always rumours that you can't park anywhere there are a lot of park & ride car parks as soon as you enter town. However, there is parking available very near the town centre so just ignore them :-). We parked just 2 minutes walk away from the cute railway station....

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Oberstdorf Local Customs

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    by himalia11 Written Jul 29, 2012

    In Oberstdorf you’ll see quite a lot of large flower pots. I don’t know if they mean anything, but they looked interesting. Each is showing a different motif. The plants inside the flower pots did not always look healthy, but at least the flower pots mostly looked nice and colourful!

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Oberstdorf Warnings and Dangers

  • Crossing borders --- maybe Visa issues?

    In case you are not European Union citizen and visiting the beautiful area around Oberstdorf, you should be aware that you might cross the border to Austria without noticing. So it might be helpful to check if you are allowed to go there. It might sound a bit rediculous, but if it prevents to mess up your holidays due to these issues, it is worth...

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  • Alpine and general rescue call numbers

    In case you are in trouble inGERMANY:* Police 110* Firebrigade 112* Rescue 19222, otherwise try 112 or 110* dental emergency Allgäu region 01805 19 12 12 (for Wednesday afternoon, Friday evening until monday morning, holidays)* Emergency for Poison 0 8322 / 19240 (Oberstdorf) for other towns -> townnumber / 19240*Avalanche report (winter)...

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Oberstdorf Off The Beaten Path

  • A German Poem

    Verflossen ist das Gold der Tage,Des Abends braun und blaue Farben:Des Hirten sanfte Floeten starbenDes Abends blau und braune FarbenVerflossen ist das Gold der Tage-Georg Trakl

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  • A German Poem

    Wie nenn ich dich? Sieh, meine Lippen lahmen.Du bist der Anfang, der sich laechelnd ergießt,ich bin das langsame und bange Amen,das deine Schönheit scheu beschließt.Du hast mich oft aus zurueckgezogener Ruh' gerissen,wenn das Leben erschien wie Verlorengehen und Entfliehn, da hobst du mich aus Herzensfinsternissenund wolltest mich auf allen Türmen...

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  • Skiflying-Arena (Heini-Klopfer-Schanze)

    A little off of Oberstdorf in a side valley you will find the Skiflying arena. In case you are impressed by the Skijump-Arena which is located directly in Oberstdorf (Jump length up to 130 meters), you will not believe it when you see the Skiflying-Arena. The length of the jumps are up to 223 meters (current record). The Arena is worth to be...

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Oberstdorf Sports & Outdoors

  • Ski area: Ifen

    The ski area Ifen is more or less a kind of hidden gem, located at the end of a beautiful mountain road from Riezlern to Auenhütte at the end of the valley at an altitude of 1280 metres (with a lift for beginners). At the base station we took the chairlift to the intermediate station. Here we had to change, either to a ski tow or to another...

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  • Ski area: Kleinwalsertal

    Although situated in the Austrian Kleinwalsertal I have added this tip on my Oberstdorf page, because it can be considered as one of the ski areas around that town. We found it quite a thrill staying in Germany and skiing in Austria, using just one combined ski pass.This part of the Kleinwalsertal ski area does exist of two completely different ski...

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  • Ski area: Söllereck

    Söllereck calls itself ‘family Mountain’ and I think this is the right characterization of this ski area. Near the base station it has a lot of facilities for children and younger skiers (Sölli-Kinderland) and even a special lift for children. The main down hill ski run is also very suitable for families, being as ‘blue’ as a ski run can be. In the...

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Oberstdorf Favorites

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    NTC shop Nebelhorn lift

    by vtveen Written Mar 7, 2013

    Favorite thing: Finding a ski rental shop in Oberstdorf is quite easy, as there are many of them scattered around the town. Most of them are located in the town centre and even in the pedestrian area. NTC has its shops directly at the valley stations of the Nebelhorn and Fellhornlift. We found it much more convenient than the ones in the town centre.

    Service was good and both shops offer an (overnight) storage of skis and ski booths, so you don’t have to walk around with your equipment. During our first Oberstdorf holiday it turned out that the shop at the Nebelhorn was the only one, which was open on Sunday.

    The first day we were skiing my wife had some problems with one of her skis and we could change them without any problems at the shop at the Fellhorn lift (although we hired them in the other shop).

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    Opening hours winter: daily 8.00 am - 6.00 pm
    Address: Nebelhornstrasse 67, Oberstdorf, next to the Nebelhorn lift (second shop next to the Fellhorn lift)
    Website: www.ntc-oberstdorf.de/

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