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King Ludwig Way | König Ludwig Weg

In June 2014, our managing partner, Charlotte Gillan, walked the King Ludwig Way, or König Ludwig Weg, in Bavaria. Established in 1977, it is a 120km walk from Lake Starnberg, just south of Munich, through Southern Bavaria and the foothills of the Alps, to King Ludwig's fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein, and the old town of Füssen on the Austrian border.



In June 2014, my husband, Malcolm, and I walked the King Ludwig Way, or König Ludwig Weg, in Bavaria. It was an excellent opportunity to test some Classic Canes trekking poles over a five day walk, and to take photographs for use in catalogues and newsletters. Established in 1977, the King Ludwig Way is a 120km walk from Lake Starnberg, just south of Munich, through Southern Bavaria and the foothills of the Alps, to King Ludwig's fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein, and the old town of Füssen on the Austrian border. King Ludwig II became king of Bavaria in 1864 at the age of 18 and had an unhappy, if creative, life. He loved building castles and palaces. Castle Neuschwanstein, where we finished our walk, is considered to be his greatest memorial. The walk is also distinguished by a number of important rococo churches, including the world-famous Wieskirche, old monasteries such as Wessobrun, alpine views and abundant flora and fauna along the way. We took Classic Canes trekking poles with us for some product testing. I used a pair of black folding trekking poles (ref. 4639B) and Malcolm had bright red ones (ref. 4639C). We took folding ones because they are easier to fly with: they fit inside a rucksack so you don't have to check them in as bulk/outsize luggage. We were very glad to have them; although it is a straightforward walk, it is steep in places, notably the Ammer Gorge and the climb into Hohenpiessenberg. The trekking poles made all the difference to the comfort and ease of the walk so, having tested them ourselves, we thoroughly recommend them!

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