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12 days through the Zugspitze region on the Spitzenwanderweg

© Zugspitz Region GmbH, Foto: Erika Spengler

12 days through the Zugspitze region on the Spitzenwanderweg

Hiking Collection by Zugspitz Region

12

Tours

60:10 h

129 mi

21,750 ft

124 miles (200 kilometers) and over 20,000 feet (6,800 meters) of altitude difference - that's the program for the Spitzenwanderweg. The brand new long-distance hiking trail leads you in twelve stages as a circular route through the varied landscape of the Zugspitze region. On the edge of moors and wide lakes, you hike through the hilly foothills of the Alps. You explore the Partnachklamm and the Höllentalklamm on exciting routes. Along Loisach and Isar you can enjoy quiet river valleys. Around Mittenwald you will be enchanted by unspoiled mountain forests. And on narrow paths, you'll climb up into the mountains of Karwendel, Wetterstein and the Ammer Mountains. Without question, Spitzenwanderweg is the perfect name for this dream hike.

The circular route begins in the artists' village of Murnau and leads you from here via Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the Alpenwelt Karwendel. After a stopover in the tranquil Mittenwald, you climb up the slopes of the Wetterstein mountains and through the Höllentalklamm gorge to the Zugspitz village of Grainau. From here you cross the picturesque Ammergebirge before you arrive back at the starting point after the circumnavigation of the lake Staffelsee. The individual stages have different demands on your ability and fitness. While the alpine stages through the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains are especially suitable for enduring hikers, the sections through the foothills of the Alps and through the Ammer Mountains are also perfect for families and pleasure hikers. But also the Alpine routes lead over well-developed paths and wire-rope insured climbs. If you're looking for a little more excitement here, you can easily add one or two summit ascents.

As befits a circular trail, you can of course get on at any point or just hike individual stages. This is made easier by the fact that all stage locations – apart from the mountain huts Soiernhütte and Schachenhaus – can be reached by bus, train or cable car. So you can decide: Do you want to take the whole Spitzenwanderweg in one piece or do you want to divide it into different days and weekends? Whatever your decision, this Tour will be an unforgettable experience.

Hiking carefully, nature-compatible and with full passion in our mountains!

The nature in the Zugspitz region is unrivaled in Germany. That's why more and more nature lovers — whether on foot or by bike — want to explore our foothills and mountains. To ensure that the beauty of nature is preserved in the process, our motto is: "Consciously mindful along the path". This includes a few simple rules that do not spoil the mountain experience and at the same time ensure an intact nature for all visitors and future generations:

- Please stay on the signposted paths.
- Please take garbage with you — even leftover fruit takes forever to decompose in the mountains.
- After crossing alpine meadows, be sure to close the cattle gates again — and keep a respectful distance from cows and calves.
- Park only in designated areas — never in meadows or on the shoulder of the road.
- Or even better: leave your car at home and travel by bus or train. That way, you don't even have to look for parking spaces and can read a book or enjoy the countryside instead.
- Even if the footage is impressive — to protect the wildlife and other nature lovers, the use of drones is not allowed.
- Speaking of other nature lovers: Mountain bikers and hikers can best enjoy nature together if they treat each other with respect.

If we follow these rules together, then nothing will stand in the way of an unspoiled mountain experience — we look forward to your visit.
More information about the motto "Consciously mindful along the path" can be found at spitzenwanderweg.de/service/verhalten-im-naturraum.

The top hiking trail is supported by the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD).

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12 Tage in der Zugspitz Region auf dem Spitzenwanderweg

126 mi

21,375 ft

21,375 ft

Last updated: December 8, 2021

Tours & Highlights

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    Etappe 01: Entlang der Loisach von Murnau nach Eschenlohe – Spitzenwanderweg

    Intermediate
    04:58
    13.5 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,325 ft
    1,475 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as a hike (easy tour).

    

    In the middle of the idyllic pedestrian zone Murnau begins your first stage on the top hiking trail, which leads you first past the Protestant church of St. Nicholas and over several viewpoints to the outskirts. Through forests and

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  • Intermediate
    04:08
    9.72 mi
    2.4 mph
    575 ft
    300 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as a hike (easy tour).

    

    Today's stage is all about moor and forest - and, of course, in the sign of the unmissable Zugspitze, which you will come closer and closer to today. From the town center of Eschenlohes, you first climb a few meters uphill to reach

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  • Intermediate
    04:47
    16.4 mi
    3.4 mph
    2,550 ft
    2,050 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as a mountain hike (moderate tour).

    

    At over 26 kilometers, the third stage is one of the longest of the top hiking trail. But this route offers you a lot right from the start: From the Olympic Ski Stadium, the path leads you directly to the famous Partnach

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  • Difficult
    05:39
    8.62 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,550 ft
    225 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as an alpine hike (difficult tour).

    

    Your stage starts in the village Krün, directly at the foot of the impressive Schöttelkarspitze. The view on this summit will change during the day, because while you look in the morning from far below on wooded slopes

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  • Difficult
    07:10
    13.0 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,800 ft
    3,950 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as an alpine hike (difficult tour).

    

    The fifth day starts with a challenging ascent - but instead you will be pampered on every step with incredible views of the Soiernseen deep below you. Even if the way to invite - not raged here, the most beautiful is

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  • Difficult
    06:00
    8.91 mi
    1.5 mph
    3,825 ft
    750 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    From the contemplative Mittenwald the sixth stage takes you up again in a wild and romantic alpine landscape. Nevertheless, it goes on the stage at first comfortably: The first ten kilometers rise only gently and in safe weather you can allow yourself a little detour to the beach on the Lautersee.

    

    After

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  • Difficult
    05:15
    7.39 mi
    1.4 mph
    2,250 ft
    3,025 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as an alpine hike (difficult tour).

    

    Together with the eighth stage through the Höllentalklamm, the seventh from Schachenhaus to Kreuzeck is probably the one with the strongest alpine flair: during your descent - after all, almost a thousand meters - down

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  • Intermediate
    04:38
    7.55 mi
    1.6 mph
    675 ft
    3,550 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as a mountain hike (medium-difficulty tour).

    

    After you have already practiced the extensive descent the previous day, you apply the learned today directly again: From the Kreuzeck hut it is initially still 140 meters up, but then almost 1,400 downhill

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  • Intermediate
    04:50
    13.2 mi
    2.7 mph
    1,750 ft
    1,125 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as a hike (easy tour).

    

    The ninth stage starts at the small station of Grainau and leads you first through a pretty little forest directly to the Loisach. You follow their course for a few kilometers until the route branches off at a trail parking lot from

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  • Intermediate
    04:38
    7.41 mi
    1.6 mph
    2,100 ft
    2,450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as a mountain hike (medium-difficulty tour).

    

    Wonderful views - both on yesterday's stage and on the stages ahead - are waiting today! But first, you will enjoy the magnificent mountain forest, which accompanies you on your ascent from Linderhof Castle up

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  • Intermediate
    03:50
    6.76 mi
    1.8 mph
    1,775 ft
    1,800 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Thanks to a detour to the promising summit of Hörnle, the eleventh stage offers you a view towards the foothills of the Alps and the Staffelsee. An initially inconspicuous, but then picturesque Tobel shortly before Bad Kohlgrub brings you a surprisingly beautiful end to this stage.

    

    Already from Unterammergau

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  • Intermediate
    04:15
    16.7 mi
    3.9 mph
    625 ft
    1,075 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    In the Zugspitz region, this stage is designated as a hike (easy tour).

    

    Idyllic foothills of the Alps, a quiet forest and a lake with a famous island: today's stage takes you through various impressions and gives you plenty of time on the well-paved paths to look, enjoy and reflect on the stages already

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    12
  • Distance
    129 mi
  • Duration
    60:10 h
  • Elevation
    21,750 ft

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