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Source of the Iller

The source of the Iller is located in Oberstdorf, where it is formed through the confluence of the Trettach, Stillach and Breitach. As it starts to head north, the Iller winds its way through the Allgäu past the towns of Sonthofen, Immenstadt and Kempten. On the second half of its journey, the Iller flows through Upper Swabia, roughly marking the state border between Baden-Württemberg and Bavaria, before joining the Danube in Ulm and continuing to the Black Sea. The Breitach’s source is in the Kleinwalsertal Valley, while the sources of the two other tributary rivers, the Trettach and Stillach, are located in Bavaria. The Iller’s source is within easy walking distance of Oberstdorf, just by the “in form park” fitness centre to the north of the village.

Christlessee Lake

In the heart of the Trettachtal Valley, by the hamlet of Gottenried, this beautiful, legend-shrouded mountain
lake with its blueish green water sits at an altitude of 916 metres. Just to the south of the lake are powerful springs, which feed clear water into the lake, giving it good drinking water quality. This explains the lake’s
unique character, which is also what makes it so mysterious: even in severe minus temperatures, the Christlessee Lake doesn’t ever freeze. The lake’s clear water can therefore be marvelled in liquid format at any time of the year. The Christlessee Lake is within easy walking distance of Oberstdorf’s Mühlenbrücke bridge, from where a path leads past Gruben and Gottenried
to the legend-steeped lake in the Trettachtal Valley.


One valley on, at the foot of a breathtaking mountain backdrop, the small village of Einödsbach marks the edge of the Stillachtal Valley. The Einödsbach mountain inn is Germany’s southernmost permanently inhabited building. The former village was originally made up of three houses and a chapel, built in the tightest of spaces and surrounded by the impressive massif of the Allgäu’s main ridge. Today, only the inn is permanently inhabited. Records of there being a settlement here date back to
1613. It’s also worth taking a brief detour to the Chapel of Saint Catherine, which can be reached by following the road from Birgsau. To the east, a hiking trail runs through the Bacherloch Gorge up to the Waltenberger Haus. To the south, the route leads into the Rappenalptal Valley.


An unmistakeable fusion between tradition-steeped cultural heritage and tourist attraction in the Dietersbachtal Valley. Gerstruben can be regarded as Oberstdorf’s history book of mountain farming. The former Alpine village and agricultural gem today has five houses
of between 400 and 500 years old, a traditional “Sennküche” restaurant, the old saw mill and a chapel. Until the end of the 19th century, the historic mountain settlement was still home to several farming families. With its sun-browned timber buildings and surrounding mountain landscape, it today provides a truly unique setting. The buildings have been lovingly restored and preserved for posterity in an exemplary manner. The Jakobe-Haus, a farm house preserved almost completely in its original form, is open to visitors. The picturesque
little rooms and chambers are truly enchanting.

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