Snow-capped mountaintops, no matter which way you look. Splashing brooks, rushing waterfalls and lush Alpine meadows. Sound good to you? Well, running through this paradise you'll find your dream trail: a route that will bring you into some of the most beautiful landscapes you've ever seen and drop you out at cozy mountain huts — ready for the best food you've ever eaten. And the best part? It won't take forever or cost the world.
In this Collection, we have devised a mini-Alpine adventure over three days, something you can quite easily enjoy during a long weekend. To start, you'll begin your trip in Garmisch on Friday evening, followed by two full days of epic mountain bike action, beautiful views and romantic overnight stays in cozy mountain huts. Then, on Sunday, you'll land back out in Oberaudorf — and back into civilization — tired, but one with a huge grin on your face.
Two of the three rides are fairly long and will see you conquer quite a lot of elevation. Seeing as you'll have full days to finish them, though, you can take your time and enjoy breaks when you fancy them. This means that even mountain bikers that are not particularly well-trained shouldn't have any major difficulties completing each ride. As you go, you'll also pass numerous accommodation options in the form of mountain huts and Alpine chalets. Therefore, if the route truly proves too tough, just call it a day for now, get a good night's sleep, and continue the rest of the ride the following day.
As the rides are going to be predominantly over gravel roads of singletrack, your definitely want to bring a mountain bike. A good enduro or all-mountain will do the trick. Just remember: You're going to be in the mountains and likely on your own for a while. Therefore, bring plenty of water, some snacks, a first aid kit, a power bank for your phone, your wallet and a change of clothes for the evening.
Getting to Garmisch is also surprisingly easy. Almost every international carrier offers flights to Munich — wherever in the world you are — from where you can either rent a car or take the bus or train to Garmisch Partenkirchen. From this beautiful town, you can start your ride the moment you arrive. Once you get to Oberaudorf at the end of your ride, you'll be able to take the train back to Garmisch or straight to Munich, depending on whether you left anything at your starting point.
This short but crisp tour is ideal as a "warmup" program for our mini adventure in three days through the Wetterstein and Karwendel mountains around Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze. It is mostly uphill, various huts (with Refreshments) and of course the wonderful Alpine scenery along narrow gorges, rushing waterfalls and picturesque bridges but still provide an entertaining driveway towards Reintalangerhütte.At the latest at about ten kilometers, when you have reached the Bock hut and for the first time opens the panoramic view of the Reintal and the imposing mountains around, you will immediately forget the effort of the last few kilometers and a satisfied grin will put on your face. And that's just the beginning!A few more kilometers to the next highlight. The goal of the tour is the Reintalangerhütte, which you approach on a beautiful trail. In the meantime, this trail is quite steep - just a short break is no shame and so you have the opportunity to enjoy the stunning scenery up here in peace. At the top, the hut is waiting for you. It is really idyllic and not accessible by road or cable car. In the middle of the mountains, you can enjoy the tranquility and move into your bed and breakfast. And look forward to the sunrise the next morning.
The second tour of our mini-alpine adventure takes you from the Wetterstein into the Karwendelgebirge. Over 70 kilometers and around 2,000 vertical meters are already a challenge. Beautiful trails and great intermediate goals will inspire you so much that the effort gets into the background and you will experience a pleasurable day on the bike.For a very impressive experience, we recommend getting up early. How about a breakfast at sunrise in the middle of the Alps at 1,369 meters altitude? So the day will start ingeniously - especially the early morning hours in the mountains let you experience a very special atmosphere, which is simply priceless and let forget the early wake-up call immediately. If you start early, it's best to wind down the Windstopper jacket after breakfast, as the tour starts with a terrific downhill. Over ten kilometers of the finest downhill fun await you.Now it will be really warm for you for the first time when you crank up the beautiful but sometimes steeper trail towards the Elmau Alm. The cooling follows immediately: A nice descent takes you to Ferchen- and then to the Lautersee, so you have the agony of choice in terms of cool refreshment. Or is it more like a little strengthening in an urban environment? Then there is a stop in Mittenwald. The Upper Bavarian market right between the Karwendel and Wetterstein mountains is known for its colorfully painted houses and the impressive Alpine panorama all around. And for his violin-making history. If you fancy some culture - the Violinmaking Museum would be a hot tip.Well-fortified you are ready for the second part of the tour, which leads you through the beautiful Karwendel up to your nocturnal stay in the Plumsjochhütte. It is located at 1,633 meters altitude and is considered one of the most rustic and comfortable cabins in the Karwendel. Here is a rustic sleeping camp and Tyrolean home cooking for you. So far, there is still one or the other increase to overcome. Take your time, enjoy the great views and the beautiful nature - then time flies by and the Uphills are completely in the background.
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A beautiful bike tour through the Karwendel and the Blauberge awaits you today as the finale of our mini-alpine adventure and although this tour is quite long, it offers a great feature: it goes much longer downhill than uphill. In combination with numerous pastures, huts and a beautiful lake, we would almost say that it is a real pleasure trip. Of course, around 84 kilometers are not entirely without - but quite feasible as a day tour.You start from the Plumsjoch hut at the highest point of the tour and enjoy for the first time ten kilometers of pure alpine descent, which spits you out in Pertisau am Achensee. Here is a moment of relaxation announced. You follow the bike path along the lake shore, which is not particularly demanding in terms of driving technique, but is beautifully situated and permanently provides you with an impressive view of the lake and the almost vertical mountain walls. Pretty sure you have not often driven on such a nice asphalt road.Do not worry - it's offroad again. Shortly after Achenkirch, the route bends and you are again directly away from civilization. Beautiful trails lead along the south side of the Blauberge up to the Gufferthütte, which entices with a tempting menu for a long lunch break. It would be about halfway here, but it's just one of several opportunities. The Archduke Johann Klause and the Ackernalm are however much more rustic.From the Ackernalm there are still about 25 kilometers to the stage finish in Oberaudorf, but actually it goes from here, except for a few very short exceptions, almost only downhill. Enjoy again the alpine panorama and the sheer endless descent into the valley, which you can crown with a refreshing jump in the Thiersee, before you roll the last kilometers into the small health resort in the Bavarian Inn valley. From here you come super easy by train back to the starting point of the tour to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (and from there to Munich, if you parked your car there).