The German Alpine Road is the oldest touring road in Germany. It was first mentioned in 1879 - in the publication of a historical travel log from 1858 by the Bavarian King Maximillian II (1811-1864). His journey along the route, and attractions seen, were in large part the same as today.
In the late 1920s the then chief medical officer Dr. Knorz from Prien-am-Chiemsee put forward the idea of the road, saying „The transition of the Bavarian Alps, from Lindau to Berchtesgaden, is outstanding beauty which the travelling public should see." Tourist officials, and Members of Parliament of all parties present, promised to advocate vigorously for the project.
In 1932 the German Touring Club drew up plans to create the appropriate infrastructure along the planned route; significant construction was necessary. Inzell saw the first section of construction in 1933, and by 1939 approximately 275 km / 170 miles of road were complete. Around 1960 the continuous 450 km / 280 miles between lake Constance and lake Königssee were finally completed. Since then, the road has enjoyed visitors from near and far, offering pure driving pleasure, breath-taking views and the chance to experience the uniquely rich Bavarian culture.