Zugspitz Region

Watery German wonders — gorges and lakes in the Zugspitz Region

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Watery German wonders — gorges and lakes in the Zugspitz Region

Hiking Collection by Zugspitz Region

10

Tours

25:19 h

47.6 mi

8,600 ft

Crystal clear lakes, sparkling gorges and roaring rivers: the Zugspitz Region in Bavaria is an absolute water paradise! Surrounding the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain at 9,718 feet (2,962 m), is a huge water playground for both young and old, inviting you to explore, swim and refresh. The whole region is perfect for those sweltering summer days when you long for fun in the cold, glacial water during your hiking adventures.

In this Collection, we present the ten most beautiful Tours around the Zugspitze. Here, many designated hiking trails lead directly along the water. Adventures into a gorge are always exciting and we have four on offer here. The Partnach, Leutasch, Hammersbach and Schleifmühlenlaine streams have carved deep into the rock for millenia and form absolutely spectacular gorges. The most challenging route leads through the Höllentalklamm, which opens its gates at 3,435 feet (1,047 m) above the Zugspitz village of Grainau. It’s an unforgettable hike along narrow paths that press against the vertiginous rock walls, through half-open tunnels and over narrow bridges - with the roaring stream always below and beside you.

Another natural spectacle you discover is the Kuhflucht waterfalls, which cascade 886 feet (270 m) into the valley over three immense steps. With the Eibsee, Pflegersee, Soiernsee, Grubsee and many others, you will also find a variety of lakes for a wild swim. Some of them score points with comfortable sunbathing lawns and turquoise water, while all offer bucket loads of fun.

On most of these Tours, you can combine hiking with swimming, or enjoy a picnic by the water. This is what makes a walking holiday in the Zugspitz region so varied. It’s up to you whether you take things easy or ramp the adrenaline up a notch, making it perfect for a trip with family or friends!

To make your walking holiday a roaring success, we have a few tips for you on how to be mindful in the natural environment. We thank you for a considerate approach to the trails and caution you to avoid unnecessary risk by staying on the marked trails and paying close attention to designated protected areas. More information can be found at this link: spitzenwanderweg.de/service/verhalten-im-naturraum

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    Intermediate
    03:10
    7.43 mi
    2.3 mph
    375 ft
    375 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A wonderful round with great views, almost no incline and three great lakes to jump in: this tour has that in store for you. You start your round anti-clockwise and experience fantastic views of the Wetterstein Mountains with the highest elevation in Germany: the almost 3,000 meter high Zugspitze. Then you will reach the first lake - the Barmsee. Here on the north-west bank you will find a nice bathing area.

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  • Easy
    00:45
    1.82 mi
    2.4 mph
    50 ft
    50 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    This tour around the Soier See proves that a three-kilometer tour can be very entertaining. It is located in Bad Bayersoien and is a moor lake. Therefore, it is considered to be one of the warmest swimming lakes in southern Bavaria, which is not only a real joy for children. Right at the beginning of your tour you will come across the idyllic and very cozy Fischerhäusel, a kiosk where you can treat yourself to a specialty.

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  • Easy
    01:51
    4.30 mi
    2.3 mph
    275 ft
    275 ft
    Easy hike. Great for any fitness level. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    The Eibsee is one of the great highlights of the Zugspitz region. This green-turquoise shimmering mountain lake invites you to a wonderful round tour with great views, but also offers fantastic bathing opportunities. You can often see stand-up paddlers on the lake doing their sport in this wonderful setting. If you too want to be out on the water, you can borrow a nice wooden rowing boat and go for a lap on the lake.

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  • Intermediate
    01:24
    2.94 mi
    2.1 mph
    400 ft
    400 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this short tour you will hike two beautiful mountain lakes, a castle ruin and two rustic refreshment stops. Right at the beginning you get to the wonderfully beautiful lake …

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  • Intermediate
    01:22
    2.85 mi
    2.1 mph
    450 ft
    450 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Leutasch Spirit Gorge is a very special experience for young and old. You can explore the gorge on three themed trails and cool off comfortably on particularly hot days. …

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  • Intermediate
    01:32
    2.42 mi
    1.6 mph
    1,000 ft
    1,000 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Easily-accessible paths. Suitable for all skill levels.

    A hike through the wild and romantic Schleifmühlenklamm in Unterammergau has at least one great surprise in store for you. It was once the mills of the whetstone makers that …

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  • Intermediate
    04:25
    6.40 mi
    1.5 mph
    2,025 ft
    2,025 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    The Höllentalklamm, which was developed 100 years ago, is something very special in the Zugspitz region. The roaring Hammersbach rushes impressively over boulders through a narrow gorge down into the depths. On the one kilometer long hiking trail you hike through the gorge up to 150 meters deep, come across numerous waterfalls and constantly hear the hellishly loud rush of water.

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  • Intermediate
    02:23
    4.47 mi
    1.9 mph
    925 ft
    925 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    Over thousands of years, the roaring Partnach has dug itself up to 80 meters deep into the rock over a distance of around 800 meters. In 1912 the Partnach Gorge with its waterfalls, pools and rapids was declared a natural monument. On your way to the gorge you will pass the Partnach weir. Here it is already apparent that the stream is very powerful.

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  • Intermediate
    01:02
    1.57 mi
    1.5 mph
    500 ft
    500 ft
    Intermediate Hiking Tour. Great for any fitness level. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required.

    On this hike you will discover the Kuhflucht waterfalls near Farchant, which are among the highest waterfalls in Germany. There are various theories about the origin of the name. Some …

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  • Difficult
    07:25
    13.4 mi
    1.8 mph
    2,650 ft
    2,650 ft
    Expert Hiking Tour. Very good fitness required. Sure-footedness, sturdy shoes and alpine experience required.

    Absolutely impressive - that is probably the most appropriate name for this hike. At 21.8 kilometers and 810 meters in altitude, it is also quite challenging. But what the landscape has to offer you here in terms of views and natural beauties, rewards for all your efforts. It starts in Krün. You first hike to the Fischbachalm, which you can also use as a stop on the way back.

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Collection Stats

  • Tours
    10
  • Distance
    47.6 mi
  • Duration
    25:19 h
  • Elevation
    8,600 ft

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Zugspitz Region

Watery German wonders — gorges and lakes in the Zugspitz Region