Venture to where the deer and the mountain goats play - and to an area of awesome natural beauty. It’s a long journey at about 23 kilometres, but manageable. Walking along Leutascher Ache river and Gaistalbach stream, take in old-growth forest and acres of amazing meadows and pastures en route. Follow the Ganghoferweg trail to the Hämmermoosalm hut and further into the valley to Gaistalalm and Tillfussalm huts, where you will find the former hunting lodge of writer Ludwig Ganghofer. The route continues between the Mieming Mountains and Wetterstein Mountains, with peaks that become more and more striking as you hike on. A gentle climb takes to up to the Igelsee lake, where the Leutascher Ache river has its headwaters. Amble down to Ehrwalder Alm and to the top of the Ehrwalder Alm gondola on a forest road. From there, a marvellous footpath winds down to the village of Ehrwald towered over by the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain.
Eagle View ·The former primary school in Leutasch today houses the Ganghofer Museum Cultural Centre and a public library. The museum provides insights into the life and work of Ludwig Ganghofer (1855–1920), a German writer who became famous for his patriotic novels. The “Haus Hubertus” (Ganghoferhaus Lodge or Ganghofer Hunting Lodge) building above the Tillfussalm hut is in private hands today. In front of it, a commemorative bust has been erected in honour of the poet, looking down on visitors behind glasses.
Eagle Kick ·At the end of Gaistal Valley lies a magnificently remote place, a high valley of old-growth forest where deer wander down into the meadows at dusk and back up the hillsides at dawn. In September and October, the haunting calls of stags in the midst of their mating season echo across the meadows and woods. You might even perhaps spot amorous stags bugling their challenges, each seeking the right to mate.