Zugspitze – Germany Walking Tour

Take a self guided walking tour around one of the most famous mountains in the Alps. Mount Zugspitze at 2,962m is the highest peak in Germany and is part of the Alps. This week long tour will allow you to walk around the base of the mountain, cross gorges as the water gushes below, narrow, traverse crevices and enjoy idyllic alpine pastures.

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.

  • Grade:
  • Comfort: Hotels
  • Start/Finish: Garmisch
  • Distance: 69km / 43 miles
  • Duration: 6 nights - 7 Days
  • Availability: From June until October
  • Altitude:

Day 1 - Arrive in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Day 2 – Trek from Garmisch to Mittenwald/Klais, ‘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 soft hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald.  Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx18 km (11 miles)  ↑690m ↓440 m.

Day 3 – Hike from Mittenwald/Klais to Leutasch ‚Leutasch valley’. Precise 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 into the valley. Past hamlets and meadows covered in flowers with the backdrop of the Wetterstein massif you walk into the widening Leutasch valley. Approx. 4 hours Distance: approx 14 km (9miles)  ↑270 m  ↓20 m.

Day 4 – Enjoy a relaxing day off of walking or enjoy the lake walking tour.
You have the choice: either to 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 9 km (5.5 miles) ↑260m ↓200m.

Day 5 – Walk from Leutasch to Ehrwald ‘Nature paradise Gaistal’. You will be transfered 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. Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx 16 km (10 miles)  ↑260m  ↓200 m. 

Day 6 – Walk from Ehrwald to Garmisch, ‘Eibsee’. Step by step you 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 12 km (7.5 miles)  ↑520 m ↓500 m.

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.
  • Please ask about a possible high season surcharge when enquiring about this tour.
  • Seven day, six night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and finish in Garmisch.
  • The total distance of this walking tour is approximately 69km / 43 miles.

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. 
  • On  this  particular  walking  tour  you  have  the  option  of  bringing  your  'four-legged  friend'. When  booking, simply let us know the breed and size of your dog. Possible additional costs are payable locally on site. 
  • By train to Garmisch Partenkirchen and a short walk or a short bus ride to the starting hotel.
  • Car parking: Limited free parking at the starting hotel. Public parking garage for approx. EUR 20 per week. No reservation possible.

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 – There are a number of public transport operating in Germany.

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

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Germany and a number of airports including Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin Airport.

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

Included
  • Half Board Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Downhill fare cable car Ehrwald
  • Fare Zugspitzbahn Eibsee - Garmisch
  • Transfer into Gaistal
  • Tour pack including detailed route instructions
  • Service-Hotline
Excluded
  • Lunch
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Germany

Day 1 - Arrive in Garmisch Partenkirchen.

Day 2 – Trek from Garmisch to Mittenwald/Klais, ‘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 soft hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald.  Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx18 km (11 miles)  ↑690m ↓440 m.

Day 3 – Hike from Mittenwald/Klais to Leutasch ‚Leutasch valley’. Precise 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 into the valley. Past hamlets and meadows covered in flowers with the backdrop of the Wetterstein massif you walk into the widening Leutasch valley. Approx. 4 hours Distance: approx 14 km (9miles)  ↑270 m  ↓20 m.

Day 4 – Enjoy a relaxing day off of walking or enjoy the lake walking tour.
You have the choice: either to 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 9 km (5.5 miles) ↑260m ↓200m.

Day 5 – Walk from Leutasch to Ehrwald ‘Nature paradise Gaistal’. You will be transfered 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. Approx. 5 hours Distance: approx 16 km (10 miles)  ↑260m  ↓200 m. 

Day 6 – Walk from Ehrwald to Garmisch, ‘Eibsee’. Step by step you 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 12 km (7.5 miles)  ↑520 m ↓500 m.

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.
  • Please ask about a possible high season surcharge when enquiring about this tour.
  • Seven day, six night itinerary.
  • This tour will start and finish in Garmisch.
  • The total distance of this walking tour is approximately 69km / 43 miles.

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. 
  • On  this  particular  walking  tour  you  have  the  option  of  bringing  your  'four-legged  friend'. When  booking, simply let us know the breed and size of your dog. Possible additional costs are payable locally on site. 
  • By train to Garmisch Partenkirchen and a short walk or a short bus ride to the starting hotel.
  • Car parking: Limited free parking at the starting hotel. Public parking garage for approx. EUR 20 per week. No reservation possible.

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 – There are a number of public transport operating in Germany.

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

By Air – There are a number of flights available to Germany and a number of airports including Frankfurt, Munich and Berlin Airport.

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

Included
  • Half Board Accommodation
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Welcome Briefing
  • Downhill fare cable car Ehrwald
  • Fare Zugspitzbahn Eibsee - Garmisch
  • Transfer into Gaistal
  • Tour pack including detailed route instructions
  • Service-Hotline
Excluded
  • Lunch
  • Any visitor taxes
  • Transport to and from Germany
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