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I have a question about the shelters/mountain huts in Bavaria. I'd like to plan a few-days hiking.

Are there such shelters or mountain huts near the long-distance trails such as Frankenweg or Jakobsweg, so I could expect to reach the next one in one day hiking? What prices should I expect? Are they open whole year on only in the peak season?

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See also The Great Outdoors. – gerrit Aug 20 '13 at 10:43

The two trails you mention (Frankenweg and Jakobsweg) are not mountain trails, and instead of shelters or mountain huts, you will encounter regular hotels and bed&breakfast (Pension in German), and plenty of them. Germany is a densely populated country - you'll probably come across a village at least every 2 hours, though there may be some rare stages of the trails that cross sparsely populated areas; you should plan ahead a little.

These accomodations are usually open the whole year. Expect to pay around 25 EUR for a single room in a Pension, and at least 35 EUR in a hotel.

You'll typically only encounter shelters and mountain huts if you plan to go hiking in the Alps, and many of these are closed during the winter, though there's usually some sort of emergency access (and some shelters have mainly this function). They usually have only dormitories, and reservations are very much recommended; they'll never turn you away outright, but in the worst case you'll have to sleep on the floor somewhere.

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Firstly, I'd like to add that you could also come across Naturfreundehäuser, which is pretty close to a mountain hut in character. Secondly, are there really no shelters/mountain huts in any other of Germans mountain areas, such as the Böhmer Wald? – gerrit Aug 20 '13 at 10:42
The highest picks in Franconian Jura are above 600m, so according to some definitions (for example, official definition in Polish Geography) they are already mountains :) – Danubian Sailor Aug 20 '13 at 11:01
@gerrit: you're right, there are some, though I don't think they have quite the same character of remoteness. The DAV has a full list here… - but some of them are actually in hte outskirts of towns. – Michael Borgwardt Aug 20 '13 at 11:24
@gerrit: The quality and price level of the Naturfreundehäuser varies unfortunately a lot. In the Naturfreundehaus Bodensee, you pay over 60€ per night for a bed in a dormitory, which is IMHO far beyond reasonable. – Tor-Einar Jarnbjo Aug 20 '13 at 12:38

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