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Climbing routes & mountaineering tours

On the Zugspitze and in the Garmisch-Classic area

Climbing & mountaineering

For beginners, advanced climbers and seasoned pros

Around Alpspitze and Zugspitze, sport climbers and ambitious mountaineers will find challenging routes and via ferratas leading up to the summit.

Climbing for advanced and seasoned climbers

Multi-pitch routes for sport climbers

These routes are suitable for well-equipped and experienced climbers.

Alpspitz-Ferrata

Osterfelderkopf – Alpspitze – Nordwandsteig

The starting point of this demanding climbing route is the Alpspitzbahn mountain station.

  • Parking: Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn
  • How to get there: Alpspitzbahn
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: demanding, not suitable for families
  • Refreshment stops: Restaurant Alpspitze or Kandahar 2

Mauerläufersteig

Multi-pitch routes on Bernadeinkopf

This difficult to very difficult route starts and ends at the Alpspitzbahn mountain station.

  • Parking: Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn
  • How to get there: Alpspitzbahn
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Difficulty: demanding, not suitable for families
  • Refreshment stops: Restaurant Alpspitze or Kandahar 2

Mountaineering tours

On and around the Zugspitze

Der Jubiläumsgrat

Spectacular ridge traverse for experienced climbers
  • How to get there: Zugspitze summit: take the Zugspitze cable car or the cogwheel train and Gletscherbahn cable car
  • Destination: Alpspitzbahn mountain station
  • Duration: 7–9 hours (ridge length: 5.3 kilometres)
  • Difficulty: only for mountaineering experts – the tour requires a high level of endurance, concentration and surefootedness!
  • Refreshment stop at the end of the route: Restaurant Alpspitze or Kandahar 2

Via Höllental to the Zugspitze summit

Most popular ascent to Germany’s highest peak
  • How to get there & parking: Höllentalklamm car park or take the cogwheel train to Hammersbach
  • Start: Hammersbach cogwheel train stop
  • Destination: Zugspitze summit
  • Return: take the Zugspitze cable car and the cogwheel train back to Hammersbach
  • Length: 9 km
  • Elevation gain: 2,200 m
  • Difficulty: demanding
  • Refreshment stop after a successful tour: Höllentalangerhütte, Höllentalklammeingangshütte

Reintal route

Long but easy route up to the Zugspitze summit
  • Parking & how to get there: Olympia Adventure World car park in Garmisch-Partenkirchen or by local bus
  • Start: Olympia Adventure World in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Destination: Zugspitze summit
  • Length: 21 km
  • Elevation gain: 2,300 m
  • Difficulty: demanding
  • Refreshment stop: Reintalangerhütte, Knorrhütte

Austrian Schneekar and Stopselzieher (“Cork Screw”)

The shortest and most direct ascent to the summit
  • How to get there: take the cogwheel train or the Eibsee bus to Lake Eibsee
  • Start: Zugspitze cable car valley station / Lake Eibsee
  • Destination: Zugspitze summit
  • Length: 8 km
  • Elevation gain: 2,015 m
  • Difficulty: demanding
  • Refreshment stop: Wiener-Neustädter Hütte