Located in a high mountain valley, surrounded by stunning peaks 300 metres from the Austrian border, Lake Schrecksee is Germany’s highest alpine lake with an island.
Get yourself to the village of Hinterstein in the Allgäu region, and park up in the parking area at the end of the village. Follow signs for Hinterbachhof. After fifteen minutes you will reach a bridge crossing with a small power station on your left. The trailhead is about 35 metres after the power house on the left. From there it is an uphill hike along the well-signposted trail to Lake Schrecksee.
We highly recommend you hike over to the saddle for breathtaking views over the lake and the high valley.
There is no shortage of hiking trails in the area. If the swim in the alpine lake has reinvigorated you, consider taking the long way down - via Rauhhorn (you will find signposts close to the lake). Although it will add 3 hours to your hike, the stunning views make it more than worth it.
Things to pack: Plenty of food (there are no cabins or lodges along the way), water and/or water purifier, and swimsuit.
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