One of the things I love most about living in Munich, Bavaria, is that you can enter a dreamland mountain region with a leisurely drive of just about 60 minutes from there. A vast network of marked trails and hundreds of serviced huts and cable cars make the Alps one of the most developed mountain regions anywhere, putting many tours within reach even of less ambitious hikers.

Huts are particularly welcome on longer, more exhausting hikes. Their sort of rustic, down-to-earth charm and traditional, handmade Alpine food make for a refreshing experience. Some even extend their services by providing basic, bunk-style accommodation. The huts operated by the Deutscher Alpenverein usually welcome visitors almost all year round. Places run by local farmers are, in contrast, only open in summer, when the cattle grazes on the surrounding pastures.