Mountain panorama © Allgäu GmbH, Klaus-Peter Kappest

Destination Allgäu

Exploring the environs of Kempten

Kempten is not called the Allgäu metropolis for nothing. Located in the centre of the well-known holiday region, Kempten, as largest town in the Allgäu region, is the ideal starting point for excursions and your holiday as such. You can see the magnificent panorama of the Allgäu Alps from afar and they are easily reached by car or public transport within minutes. Discover the excursion destination Allgäu with all its offers.

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Experience the Allgäu from Kempten? No problem.
Numerous experience providers throughout the Allgäu region have exciting and relaxing experiences in store for you. And the best thing about it: You can fill your very own personal shopping cart full of unforgettable moments in advance, purchase the tickets directly online and thus secure your participation.
You are spoiled for choice:
You want to cuddle with huskies? Off to Bad Hindelang! Do you want to experience pure nature? Then book a hike in the nature park Nagelfluhkette in the Hörnerdörfer. Or would you prefer something a little more adventurous? In the Alpsee-Grünten region, canyoning through the Starzlachklamm gorge awaits you.

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Husky Cuddling in Bad Hindelang © Marina Brutscher

Husky cuddling

in Bad Hindelang
Alp hike ©Tourismus Hörnerdörfer, F. Kjer

alp hike

starting from Obermaiselstein


Experience the Allgäu region in all directions

Let Kempten be your starting point to go on excursions in any direction. Choose north and visit the glamorous and historic Benedictine abbey in Ottobeuren. 45 minutes east of Kempten by car will take you to the unique and also rather glamorous Neuschwanstein Castle of the former King Ludwig II of Bavaria. A further highlight waits for you in the west of Kempten: the town of Lindau on an island at the east coast of Lake Constance. The Allgäu Alps, south of Kempten, can be seen from afar and are easily reached by a short car journey or by bus or train. Or experience the exhilarating feeling of a rather breathtaking view of the 400 summits on top of the ‘Nebelhorn’ in the most southern community of Germany.

Map of the excursion destination Allgäu

Abbey in Ottobeuren

in the north
Schloss Neuschwanstein.svg

Neuschwanstein Castle

in the east

View of 400 summits

in the south
Leuchtturm (Lindau).svg

Lindau at Lake Constance

in the west
Mountain biking in Seeg in Allgäu © Allgäu GmbH, Martin Erd


Hiking in Oberreute on the Martinshöhe © Allgäu GmbH, Klaus-Peter Kappest


Swimming fun in the Hopfensee lake in Allgäu © Allgäu GmbH



Action and relaxation

An excursion into the Allgäu region with its unique nature and countryside promises to be a real adventure for every explorer and also for those who just want to enjoy life, maybe with a comfortable stroll down in the valley, a walking tour with a view, an exciting bicycle tour or simply having a relaxed day, cooling down at one of the lakes. Experience the Allgäu mountain ranges and lakes during your excursion into the region during your holiday in Kempten.

Get to know Allgäu’s diversity

Nature and countryside

What do you associate with the Allgäu? Perhaps lush meadows, thick forests, gentle hills, deep-blue lakes and historic towns and communities in front of the majestic Allgäu Alps? Exactly – the Allgäu region offers you all that. Expect unique nature and countryside that offers you a relaxed holiday, cultural city tours or an active walking holiday.
Culture and history

Apart from nature, the Allgäu region can do more for you – also culture. Apart from the highest-located castle ruins of Germany 'Falkenstein' or the worldwide known Neuschwanstein Castle, you will find a particularly large number of castles, palaces and ruins. Further sights and an exciting range of museums are waiting for you in the towns and smaller locations in the Allgäu region.
A view of the Ammergau Alps, Hochplatt Tour © Allgäu GmbH, Klaus-Peter Kappest


Hochplatte – Ammergauer Alpen
Bar on the Iller with a view of the St. Mang Church in Kempten © Foud Vollmer Werbeagentur


City of Kempten
View from below of the Falkenstein castle ruins in Pfronten © Allgäu GmbH, Susanne Baade

CASTLE RUINS Falkenstein

Exterior view of the Kempten-Museum at the Zumsteinhaus


Kempten-Museum at the Zumsteinhaus
Wreathed cow at the Almabtrieb in Obermaiselstein © Klaus-Peter Kappest
‘Almabtrieb‘ and ‘Viehscheid‘
‘Alpabtrieb’ an ‘Viehscheid’ traditionally take place in September. The cattle spend all summer in the mountains and are then driven back to the villages. The return of the livestock signals the end of the summer and this is usually celebrated in the communities.
A glassmaker at work at the Christmas market in Kempten
From Goldsmiths to Tailors
Unique pieces of art, often with a long tradition behind them, are created in some open workshops and studios. A tailor-made costume, a handmade ring or pastry – Allgäu craftsmen and artisans are behind all these handmade products with love for details and passion.
Close-up of delicious Allgäu cheese © Allgäu GmbH, Fotodesign Wolfgang Fallier
Culinary things
Allgäu beer and cheese
Delicately mild or rather full-flavoured? You may have to decide when selecting a beer or a piece of Allgäu cheese. Why not visit one of the numerous breweries and cheese dairies during your excursion in the region and enjoy your personal culinary adventure.
Good mood around beer garden Zum Stift in Kempten
From ‘Griaß zuib‘ to ‘Griaßna‘*
The diversity of the Allgäu is not only reflected in its countryside but also in the dialects spoken in the various communities.
*(Ostallgäu dialect: Griaß zuib and in the Oberallgäu dialect: Griaßna = I greet you)

Would you like to experience more of Kempten?

It does not always have to be an excursion into the region. Kempten itself offers a manifold of interesting things to do. Find your personal Kempten-experience in the former Roman town.