Riederstein Gipfel mit Riedersteinkapelle

From Tegernsee to Riederstein (easy, 8km, 440m elevation)

The Riederstein (1207 m) is an absolute classic hike at Lake Tegernsee. Take a break at the mountain hut Riederstein am Galaun from where you can admire the Riederstein chapel perched on the summit above. This technically easy trail is even suitable for families and is accessible both by car and public transport with the Bavarian Regiobahn from Munich.

Details & Directions

Start: Tegernsee Station
Distance:8 km
Duration:3 h
Altitude:440 m elevation
By Bus & Train:BRB from Munich to Tegernsee station
By Car: Hiking Car Park Alpbachtal

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The hike can be split into the following sections:

Tegernsee Station – Riederstein Mountain Hut: 1 hr 15 min

The hiking trail to the Berggasthof Riederstein and on to the summit of the Riederstein mountain begins at Tegernsee train station. Head east from here along Max-Josef-Straße, cross the Alpbach and follow the signposts for the trail towards Riederstein/Galaun.

aufstieg zum riederstein tegernsee
Ascent from Tegernsee through the forrest

After a little over an hour you’ll reach the Berggasthof and you can already see the chapel on the rocky summit above. Don’t worry: From the hut, the summit looks more challenging than it actually is.

Berggasthaus Riederstein
Riederstein hut below the chapel

If you arrive by car and park at the Alpbachtal hiking car park, you’ll follow the same route, starting about 15 minutes into the trail.

Riederstein hut – Riederstein: 30 min

Leaving the hut, follow the more than 500 steps towards the summit. You’ll reach the small chapel on the prominent Riederstein rock spur after a little less than half an hour. The chapel was built in the middle of the 19th century by a servant of Tegernsee Castle. There isn’t a lot of space on the small peak and on nice hiking days you’ll have to wait your turn to catch a glimpse of Lake Tegernsee from the vantage point at the chapel.

aufstieg riederstein
Steps to the Riederstein peak
ausblick vom riederstein auf den tegernsee
View from Riederstein mountain across Lake Tegernsee

A path about one meter wide and secured with railings leads around the chapel. With a bit of luck you can grab a spot on one of the benches to enjoy the views.

Riederstein – Tegernsee station: 1 hr 15 min

The descent takes you this time in a northerly directoin around the summit. Arriving back at the Riederstein hut, simply follow the signs back down to Tegernsee train station. There are various, very well signposted variations for the decent. If you have time, we recommend hiking a short stretch along the Prinzenweg and along the Alpbach back to the starting point in Tegernsee.

Der Alpbach am Prinzenweg
The Alpbach alongside the Prinzenweg

Extending the hike

The hike to the Baumgartenschneid (1448 m) takes about 40 minutes. The Baumgartenschneid is an easy peak with views of the Wendelstein to the east and the Tegernsee Mountains to the southwest.

Ascent to Baumgartenschneid

The Prinzenweg takes you not only on an alternative route back to Tegernsee but also across the mountains to Schliersee. The trail takes around 2 hours and from Schliersee you can jump in the BRB back to Munich.

Another popular option is the descent from Riederstein in the direction of Gindelalm and Gindelalmschneid. From here you can continue on the hiking trail to the Berggasthof Neureuth. The duration is 2.5 hours to Neureuth and another hour to Tegernsee train station.

Gindelalmschneid mit Blick auf die Gindelalmen
Gindelalmschneid looking over the Gindelalmen

Berggasthaus Riederstein at Galaun

The family-run Berggasthaus Riederstein at Galaun rests at the foot of the Riederstein at an altitude of 1060 meters. The large sunny terrace offers a direct view of the Riederstein chapel and the summit.

Die Terrasse im Herbst
The terrace in autumn

The menu of the popular mountain inn includes many classic Bavarian dishes such as Schnitzel, Kasspatzen or Kaiserschmarrn. There are also various sausages, salads, snacks and cakes.

  1. What are the opening times at Riederstein am Galaun?

    The mountain inn is open all year round. Tuesdays and Wednesdays remain closed, unless a public holiday falls on one of these days. Opening times in summer (01.03. – 31.10.) are from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Opening times in winter (01/11 – 29/02) are from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

  2. Can I hike to Riederstein in winter?

    The tour to Riederstein is a popular winter hike. The wide trails and forest paths to the Riederstein hut are easily accessible even in snowy conditions, caution is however advised on the final stretch up to the summit. Even in winter you can plan a stop for a warming soup at the Riederstein hut: it’s open all year round.


One of the most popular hikes on Lake Tegernsee for good reason. The 19th-century chapel at the summit is easily accessible via paved steps. The Riederstein am Galaun mountain hut, which is open all year round, is just before the ascent to the summit. In addition, the hike can be easily reached with the BRB from Munich and offers various options for extending it.

Trail Map