For those living in southern Germany, bouldering can be hard to find. The only real options in the southwest are Odenwald and Allgau with some unofficial options near Calw. I recently managed to finally visit one of the largest ones in Allgau. One of the largest areas is made up of a huge boulder field on the slope of a mountain.
Family friendly: Sort of. The approach can be done with a stroller even. But then it’s all scrambling. If you’ve got kids ~8 and older who you dont mind climbing around the talus, then it’s ok. Definitely out for smaller ones.
Where to stay
For Hinterstein, Sonthofen is the closest “large” town and a great base for seeing the area. The best bases for general allgau climbing and bouldering are Sonthofen and Oberstdorf. Immenstadt also makes a great choice and has many family-friendly activities too.
Hinterstein: Getting there & Approach
Point your GPS/Google Maps/Waze towards the tiny village of “Hinterstein” which is after Bad Hindelang. Drive directly through the village on the one main rode until you reach a “big” parking area with a public bus stop. You can’t drive further anyway =) Park here and don’t forget to pay. It’s about 4 EUR for the day.
Bouldering Field Details & Problems
There are approximately 700 different problems split across several fields. The main area, from the hiking trail up the talus slops is called Hauptfeld (main field) and split into the lower and upper fields. Moreover, the surrounding forest also contains several fields (Upper, middle and lower) with even more.
With far too many problems to list and the need for a bird’s eye view, I have to recommend just buying the book Allgäu-Block: Bouldertopo Allgäu – Lechtal. It’s available in German and has limited English translations in it, though extremely poorly translated. But the maps and grades speak for themselves.
Some more pictures and detail is available here (written by the book’s authors) but only in German.
Photos: Hinterstein Bouldering
Alpsee Block – Allgau Bouldering at Buehl am Alpsee
Just outside of Immenstadt are two lakes, known as Grosser Alpsee and Kleiner Alpsee and a tiny suburb known as Buehl am Alpsee. On the shore of the larger lake, a range of family friendly activities await including mini golf, restaurants, a great playground and a large out-of-place boulder.
To be clear, it’s just a single large boulder. But if you’re already in the area, it’s a great place to get in a bit of pebble wrestling and then walk 30 seconds to grab some ice cream and sit by the lake. Pictures at the bottom.