Hiking Around Mount Zugspitze - Germany & Austria
Short walks of generally 3-4 hours plus optional day excursions; level or slightly hilly terrain using well kept paths.
2. Average/ Moderate
Easy day walks with more strenuous excursions. 4-5 hours per day in hilly to mountainous areas using well kept, sometimes stony paths.
Strenuous day walks or trekking in mountainous areas. 5-7 hours per day, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for one night; altitude differences between 1,500-3,000 ft. (500-1,000 m.) per day.
Serious excursions in high mountains, sometimes carrying backpacks with stuff for several nights. 6-8 hours per day; altitude differences up to 3,600 ft. (1,200 m.) per day. Only for those with an excellent condition and without fear of heights.
Easy cycling in nearly flat areas; Little or no experience needed. Approx. 20-50 km daily. Bicycles with up to 3 gears will do.
2. Average / Moderate
Nearly flat to hilly areas with the occasional short climb. Approx. 30-65 km daily. Bicycles with minimum 7 gears will do.
Strenuous cycling with some steeper climbs. Some experience needed. Approx. 30-75 km daily. Bicycles with up to 21 gears needed.
Serious and strenuous in mountainous areas. Slopes are longer and/or steeper. Good physical condition needed. Experience and a mountain bike needed. Approx. 30-80 km daily.
You can choose from 4 different levels of comfort, although most of our trips are rated 2 or 3 (or a combination of the two) on our accommodation scale. We try to provide en-suite rooms where possible but on occasions this may not be possible on some tours.
We are constantly looking for hotels, B&B’s, guesthouses and mountain huts that offer a special location, ambience or atmosphere that fits the trip. Accessibility to the route and personal hospitality of the owners are part of our choice of accommodations.
A hotel, a pension or a mountain hut with all the basic facilities. Most rooms have a shared bathroom.
Fine hotels or B&B’s with basic to moderate facilities. Almost all rooms have a private bathroom.
A 3-star hotel, B&B or guesthouse. Comfortable rooms with private en-suite bathroom and often air conditioning. Some accommodations might have a swimming pool.
A 4-star chateau hotel or guesthouse. The rooms are relatively large with en-suite bathroom and air conditioning. A warm welcome and a high quality are guaranteed. Some hotels have a swimming pool or sauna.
During this self-guided hiking trip you will walk around the base of Mount Zugspitze. You'll see this German giant from different angles and pass by beautiful natural highlights. Enjoy idyllic alpine pastures and picturesque local villages.
Mount Zugspitze, with 2,962 m (9,718 ft) the highest mountain of Germany belongs to the most popular mountains of the Alps and can easily be reached by cable car. The border between Germany and Austria runs over its western summit. During this week you walk around the basis of the mountain, see it from different angles and pass by beautiful natural highlights. Quite adventurous and sensational crossings of gorges, impressing the walker with their water gushing through narrow high rock walls. Enjoy idyllic alpine pastures and take your time to enjoy a typical Bavarian “Brotzeit”. On both sides of Wetterstein massif you find tranquil villages, ideally suited for a good night's rest.
Departures on Friday, Saturday and Sunday only. Special arrangements for groups of at least 4 persons possible.
- Enjoy the various landscape between Mittenwald and the Leutasch Valley
- Take the cable car up to the Seefelder summits
- Walk on Ganghofer path right into the picturesque scenery of the Ehrwalder alpine pasture
- Enjoy the view of the beautiful Elbsee and the Zugspitze
The indicated routes on Google Maps are approximate.
Day 1 Individual journey to Garmisch Partenkirchen
You arrive in Garmisch Partenkirchen by your self.
Day 2 Hiking trip: Garmisch - Mittenwald/Klais, „Partnach Gorge“
Distance: approx. 5 hrs. Wild and idyllic the day starts with a walking tour through Partnach gorge, where the waters of Wetterstein massif meet. Continue via soft hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald.
Day 3 Hiking trip: Mittenwald/Klais - Leutasch „Leutasch Valley“
Distance: approx. 4 hrs. Precise stone masonry cut the route through the gorge into steep rock walls. Bold wooden footbridges cross up to 40 m above the water. Enjoy the contrasting walk along Leutascher Ache into the valley. Past hamlets and flower meadows with the backdrop of Wetterstein massif you walk into the widening Leutasch valley.
Day 4 Rest day or lake walking tour
Distance: approx. 3 hrs. You have the choice: either to relax or to take a walk to the lakes in and around Seefeld. Or you opt for an excursion on one of the Seefelder summits, either walking or taking the cable car. Return to Leutasch by coach.
Day 5 Hiking trip: Leutasch - Ehrwald „Nature paradise Gaistal"
Distance: approx. 5 hrs. Transfer into Gaistal valley. The summer in Gaistal is enjoyed by Haflinger horses, brown and grey cattle as well as the Scottish Galloways. Walk on Ganghofer path right into picturesque scenery and up to Ehrwalder alpine pasture. Here Bavarian author Ludwig Ganghofer sought retreat. Take the cable car down into the valley and continue to Ehrwald.
Day 6 Hiking trip: Ehrwald - Garmisch, „Eibsee“
Distance: approx. 4.5 hrs. Step by Stepp you walk up to the foothills of Zugspitze and famous Eibsee scenic view. The hiking tour ends on the banks of lovely lake Eibsee with full view of the magnificent Zugspitz-Garmisch panorama. Take the Zugspitz train back to Garmisch.
Day 7 Individual journey home or extra days
This self-guided walking tour ends after breakfast.
- 6 nights incl. breakfast in comfortable hotel rooms with bathroom (for an image selection, please see Flickr)
- Luggage transfer
- Welcome meeting
- Downhill fare cable car Ehrwald
- Fare Zugspitzbahn Eibsee - Garmisch
- Transfer into Gaistal
- Carefully elaborated route
- Telephone assistance, just a phone call away
- Detailed maps and road book in English
- Flights and public transportation
- Travel insurance
- Entrance fee gorges (partly reduced fees with Kurkarte)
- Public transport (partly free of charge with Kurkarte)
- Train fare Klais - Mittenwald
- Any items not mentioned in the program
- Visitor taxes
Optional services (to be booked in advance):
- Airport or train station arrival and/or departure transfers
- Additional night(s) at any of the accommodations along the way
- Single supplement price $Cad 150.-
- Surcharge for dinners $Cad 176.-
Varied walking tour only requiring a good basic fitness. You walk on good walking paths and partly on forest lanes. Higher gradients are managed by transfers or cable car. Daily walking times with max. 5 hours. As far as possible there are more demanding options, leading you higher up into the mountains. Departures between Jun 6 and Sep 28 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Checkout this beautiful view: http://zugspitze.panomax.at/
How to get there:
Best arrival and departure airport is Munich Airport.
By train from Munich to Garmisch Partenkirchen (about 2.15 hours) and a few walking minutes or a short bus ride to the starting hotel.
If you arrive by car, there is limited free parking at the starting hotel. Public park garage for approx. € 20.- per week. No reservation possible.
Tip: For online rail connections and reservations visit Rail Europe.