Excursions around Oberstdorf
A must-see for the visitor of Oberstdorf is at least one of the valleys. Whether with the horse carriage, the horse sleigh, by cross-country skis or on foot. In every valley you will find an alpine tavern.
Einödsbach (the most southern village of Germany), 11 km from Oberstdorf located in the Stillachvalley and to be reached through Birgsau. The first mention of the chapel “St. Katharina” was in 1695 in the priest report of Einödsbach.
Gerstruben, 6 km from Oberstdorf is a mountain village, which is under monument conservation. Gerstruben consists of five houses, one chapel the “ Marienkapelle” from the 17th century and a historical sawmill.
Spielmannsau, 7 km from Oberstdorf, located in the pictorial Trettachvalley is part of Bavaria since 1844. Before that it belonged to Austria. Located in Spilmannsau is among other sings the chapel “Christi Geburt” – nativity of Christi, which was first mentioned in 1695. The Oyvalley, 7 km from Oberstdorf can be reached through a highs trail. All mentioned valleys are the starting point for many hikes.
The Rohrmoostal - Rohrmoosvalley located in the district of Tiefenbach is in the possession of the prince of Waldburg-Wolfegg since 1500. It comprises 15.999 sqm of wood and alp area. Located in this valley is the chapel “St. Anna ” (wooden building from the late renaissance) with its folksy frescos. The winged altar is from the year 1568.
You can find well-tended trails in the summer and terrific cross-country ski conditions in the winter. Here, you can also find a tavern. The entrance to the world-famous * Breitachflume* can be found here. This unique nature monument attracts 100.000 visitors annually. The gap of the Breitach (mountain stream) through a massive Rock demonstrates the history of creation in overwhelming quantity and beauty. A visit is worth in every season and weather condition.
The streams Breitach, Stillach and Trettach unite at the Iller origin, which is located between Oberstdorf and Langenwang. The Iller continuous through Sonthofen and Kempten until it unites with the Donau in Ulm. Above the Iller, between Fischen and the district Schöllang you can find the pictorial castle of Schöllang.
There is a trail from Schöllang back to Oberstdorf, which leads through two of the districts in Oberstdorf, Reichenbach and Rubi, which are located submontane to the Rubihorn.
In Reichenbach, located at a mountain side you can find a little church, which contains a high altar from the late Gothic. Likewise in Reichenbach is the chapel “St. Jacob”. The altar is in the late Gothic-style, and comprises the mother of Christ made by Ivo Stringel and the sand figures from the master of the Imberg Altar are in particular worth mentioning.
In Rubi, You can find a very beautifully detailed altar in the chapel "St. Anna". The altar was made by Melchior Eberhard from Handling and the altarpiece from Michael Herz from Immenstadt. The church aficionados have to see the Lorettochapel. It is a place of pilgrimage. The first reactivation of the pilgrimage after a break of 200 years took place through a group from the Lechtal in Tirol in 1993. The trail took the group through the Mädelejoch and Spielmannsau. Loretto is a much-frequented Christian place, because of the three single chapels, the Appachchapel (1493), the Marienchapel (1657) and the Josefschapel (1671).
More chapels are located in the district Jauchen (first mentioning in 1695), the district Kornau (“St. Fabian” and “St. Sebastian” which has a high altar from the 1720), in the village in the Weststraße (Pestchapel 1634/35, build because of the 800 victims of the pest), the Seelenchapel behind the catholic church at marketplace (build in 1524 with frescos from the 16th century) and the Klausen chapel from the 16th century which is located at the entrance of the village.