Zugspitze – Germany Walking Holiday

Take a self guided walking tour around one of the most famous mountains in the Alps. At 2,962m Mount Zugspitzeis the highest peak in Germany . This week long tour will allow you to walk around the base of the mountain and to view it from different angles.  There are stunning gorges to cross as the water gushes below through high, narrow rock walls.  Enjoy idyllic alpine pastures and take your time to enjoy a typical Bavarian ‘Brotzeit’ (a traditional German savoury snack). On both sides of the Wetterstein massif there are  tranquil villages, ideally suited for a good nights rest.

This tour requires a basic fitness level as this tour will take you across varied landscapes from good footpaths to deep forests and steep inclines. Each day will have approximately 5 hours of walking at a comfortable pace, however many of the areas are also covered by cable cars for the more difficult altitude.

Price From £559.00

2020 Dates Available

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: 3*** hotels & Country Hotels, Charm 4**** some with Spa
  • Start/Finish: Garmisch
  • Distance: 43.5 miles (68km)
  • Duration: 6 nights - 7 Days
  • Availability: From May until October
  • Altitude: ↑7022ft (2140 m) ↓4855ft (1480 m).

Day 1 - Arrive in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Hotel example: Vier Jahreszeiten

Day 2 – Trek from Garmisch to Mittenwald or Klais and through the Partnach Gorge.

Enjoy a wild and idyllic start to the day with a walk through Partnach gorge, where the waters of Wetterstein massif meet. Continue through the gentle hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald. 

 Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx 11 miles (16 km)  ↑2100ft (640m) ↓1411ft (430 m).

Hotel example: Post Mittenwald

Day 3 – Hike from Mittenwald or Klais to Leutasch  though the Leutasch valley.

Stone masons cut the walking route through the gorge into steep rock walls. Bold wooden footbridges cross up to 40m above the water. Enjoy the contrasting walk along Leutascher Ache (a tributary of the river Isar) into the valley. Past hamlets and through flower meadows, always with the backdrop of the Wetterstein massif, you walk into the widening Leutasch valley.

Approx. 4 hours Distance: approx 9 miles (14 km)  ↑722ft (220m) ↓98ft (30 m).

Hotel example: Tirolerhof

Day 4 – Enjoy a relaxing day off of walking or enjoy the lake walking tour.
You have the choice to either relax or to take a walk to the lakes in and around Seefeld. Alternatively you can opt for an excursion on one of the Seefelder summits, either walking or taking the cable car. Return to Leutasch by bus.

Approx. 3 hours Distance: approx 5.5 miles (9 km) ↑984ft (300m) ↓722ft (220m).

Hotel example: Tirolerhof

Day 5 – Walk from Leutasch to Ehrwald through Nature paradise Gaistal.

Today starts with a short bus ride into the 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.

Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx 10.5 miles (17 km)  ↑1444ft (440m)  ↓951ft (290 m). 

Hotel example: Stern

Day 6 – Walk from Ehrwald to Garmisch, ‘Eibsee’.

Walk up to the foothills of Zugspitze and famous Eibsee scenic view. The 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.

Approx. 4,5 hours, Distance: approx 7.5 miles (12 km)  ↑1772ft (540 m) ↓1673ft (510 m).

Hotel example: Vier Jahreszeiten


Day 7 - Individual departure or extra days

Key Details:

  • Extra nights are available on request. Please contact us by email: info@compass-holidays.com or phone us on: +44 (0) 1242 250642 for more information.
  • Seven day, six night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and finish in Garmisch.
  • The total distance of this walking tour is approximately 43.5 miles (68km)

Essential Information:

  • Varied walking tour only requiring a good basic fitness level. You walk on well maintained walking trails and partly on forest paths. Higher gradients are managed mostly by transfers or cable car. Daily walking times are max. 5 hours. 
  • Train fare from Klais to Mittenwald, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Bus fare from Seefeld to Leutasch, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Bus fare from Leutasch to Gaistal, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Special dates on request

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your walking holiday in Germany including:

  • Mount Zugspitze
  • Partnach Gorge
  • Wetterstein Massif
  • Alpine Pastures
  • Mountain Summits

Getting to Germany:

By Rail/Bus – By train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a short walk or a short bus ride to the starting hotel.

By Car – Germany can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.  

Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible. Plenty of parking options free of charge near the hotel.

By Air – The closest airport to Garmisch-Partenkirchen is Innsbruck in Austria followed by Munich.

For more information on getting to Germany please visit the German Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Tour pack including detailed route instructions
  • Service-Hotline
Excluded
  • Lunch
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Germany

Day 1 - Arrive in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Hotel example: Vier Jahreszeiten

Day 2 – Trek from Garmisch to Mittenwald or Klais and through the Partnach Gorge.

Enjoy a wild and idyllic start to the day with a walk through Partnach gorge, where the waters of Wetterstein massif meet. Continue through the gentle hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald. 

 Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx 11 miles (16 km)  ↑2100ft (640m) ↓1411ft (430 m).

Hotel example: Post Mittenwald

Day 3 – Hike from Mittenwald or Klais to Leutasch  though the Leutasch valley.

Stone masons cut the walking route through the gorge into steep rock walls. Bold wooden footbridges cross up to 40m above the water. Enjoy the contrasting walk along Leutascher Ache (a tributary of the river Isar) into the valley. Past hamlets and through flower meadows, always with the backdrop of the Wetterstein massif, you walk into the widening Leutasch valley.

Approx. 4 hours Distance: approx 9 miles (14 km)  ↑722ft (220m) ↓98ft (30 m).

Hotel example: Tirolerhof

Day 4 – Enjoy a relaxing day off of walking or enjoy the lake walking tour.
You have the choice to either relax or to take a walk to the lakes in and around Seefeld. Alternatively you can opt for an excursion on one of the Seefelder summits, either walking or taking the cable car. Return to Leutasch by bus.

Approx. 3 hours Distance: approx 5.5 miles (9 km) ↑984ft (300m) ↓722ft (220m).

Hotel example: Tirolerhof

Day 5 – Walk from Leutasch to Ehrwald through Nature paradise Gaistal.

Today starts with a short bus ride into the 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.

Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx 10.5 miles (17 km)  ↑1444ft (440m)  ↓951ft (290 m). 

Hotel example: Stern

Day 6 – Walk from Ehrwald to Garmisch, ‘Eibsee’.

Walk up to the foothills of Zugspitze and famous Eibsee scenic view. The 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.

Approx. 4,5 hours, Distance: approx 7.5 miles (12 km)  ↑1772ft (540 m) ↓1673ft (510 m).

Hotel example: Vier Jahreszeiten


Day 7 - Individual departure or extra days

Key Details:

  • Extra nights are available on request. Please contact us by email: info@compass-holidays.com or phone us on: +44 (0) 1242 250642 for more information.
  • Seven day, six night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and finish in Garmisch.
  • The total distance of this walking tour is approximately 43.5 miles (68km)

Essential Information:

  • Varied walking tour only requiring a good basic fitness level. You walk on well maintained walking trails and partly on forest paths. Higher gradients are managed mostly by transfers or cable car. Daily walking times are max. 5 hours. 
  • Train fare from Klais to Mittenwald, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Bus fare from Seefeld to Leutasch, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Bus fare from Leutasch to Gaistal, approx. EUR 3 per person
  • Special dates on request

There are lots of attractions and places to explore during your walking holiday in Germany including:

  • Mount Zugspitze
  • Partnach Gorge
  • Wetterstein Massif
  • Alpine Pastures
  • Mountain Summits

Getting to Germany:

By Rail/Bus – By train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and a short walk or a short bus ride to the starting hotel.

By Car – Germany can be reached by car via ferry and well-maintained motorways.  

Parking: limited number of hotel parking spaces free of charge, no reservation possible. Plenty of parking options free of charge near the hotel.

By Air – The closest airport to Garmisch-Partenkirchen is Innsbruck in Austria followed by Munich.

For more information on getting to Germany please visit the German Tourism website.

Included
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Tour pack including detailed route instructions
  • Service-Hotline
Excluded
  • Lunch
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Germany
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