With its rugged, grey peaks, quiet valleys and rough mountain meadows, the Karwendel Mountains are undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and untouched mountain ranges in the Alps. Directly above the pretty town of Mittenwald, the mountains rise more than a 3,000 feet (1,000 meters) steeply into the sky - a breathtaking sight. But not only experienced alpinists get their money's worth in this picturesque mountain landscape. In the wide valleys and on the green mountains of the Karwendel foothills around Mittenwald, Walgau and Krün, pleasure hikers and families can explore the landscape. In addition, there are wonderful views of the grey mountain peaks of Karwendel and Wettersteingebirge. The hikes in autumn are particularly beautiful: Now the beech, birch, larch and maple trees change color and immerse the steep mountain slopes in a fantastic sea of golds, ambers and greens.
We have selected ten varied hikes and mountain Tours in the Karwendel Alpenwelt for you. Whether a tight mountain Tour to the Schöttlkarspitz, an exciting summit adventure on the Mittenwald via ferrata, an enjoyable hike to the Hohe Kranzberg or a leisurely walk through the Riedboden nature reserve - there is something for every hiker. Simply browse through our Tours and choose your favorite hikes.
You can easily reach the Karwendel Alpine World by train from all over Germany. From Munich there is a regular regional train via Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Mittenwald station. In addition, long-distance buses run from many cities in Germany to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The communities in the Karwendel Alpine World are well connected by bus lines, so you can easily get into the outdoors without needing a car.
Timetable information is available at flixbus.de, bahn.de and alpenwelt-karwendel.de/fahrplan.
The Hohe Kranzberg is the undisputed home mountain of Mittenwald. Although it is significantly lower than the rugged mountains of the Karwendel with its 1,391 meters, you have a magnificent view of the surrounding mountain giants from its green summit. This circular trail leads you from Mittenwald on comfortable hiking trails up to the Kranzberg and along three beautifully situated forest lakes.Starting point of the hike is the trail parking lot at the Gröblalm. From here you hike through sparse forests and over mountain meadows to the picturesque Wildensee. Here it is worth taking a short break on the west bank to enjoy the magnificent panorama of the Karwendel peaks.From the Wildensee, it then goes in a loop over the wooded slope of the Kranzberg up to the summit. There are no trees on the summit and so you have an unobstructed view of the surrounding mountains of the Karwendel and the Wetterstein mountains. After this dreamlike panorama it goes over the western slope down to Ferchensee, where you can take a break in the inn.Afterwards you walk past the Lautersee and on wide forest trails up to the St. Anton hut, which also invites you to a stop with its viewing terrace. From here it goes over mountain meadows back to the starting point of the hike.
Around the village Krün you will find several picturesque forest and mountain lakes. On our round trip you visit Barmsee, Geroldsee and Grubsee. The three lakes lie in quiet forests and all offer great mountain panoramas. This hike is particularly beautiful in autumn, when the larches and deciduous trees on the shores of the lakes slowly change color. Since you expect on this tour only well-developed trails and a few meters, it is also a nice family hike.Starting point of the hike is the hiking car park Krottenkopfstraße in Krün. From there you hike across wide fields and meadows in the direction of Barmsee. Soon, the trail leads you into a light forest and shortly thereafter you are already standing on the shores of the picturesque Barmsee. The view over the water and the towering mountain backdrop behind it is simply wonderful.Along the shore of the lake, head west. After a short section through the forest you will meet the Geroldsee, which lies in a wide meadow landscape. Then you pass the village of Gerold and wander across meadows along a road to Klais. Here a trail branches off in the direction of Grubsee. The small Grubsee is framed by dense forest, which is reflected in calm weather picturesque in the water.From Grubsee you follow the trail over fields and meadows back to the starting point of your tour.
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The Hohe Kranzberg lies west of Mittenwald and offers with its untouched forests, the extensive mountain meadows and the numerous lakes a wonderful hiking area. Especially beautiful: From numerous vantage points you can enjoy beautiful views of the Karwendel and the summits of the Wetterstein massif. On this 20-kilometer hike, you can once round the Hohe Kranzberg and enjoy the idyllic landscape to the fullest.Starting point of this extensive circular walk is the parking lot at the valley station of the Kranzberg chairlift in Mittenwald. From there you hike on broad forest trails to Lautersee and on to Lake Ferchensee. On the shores of Ferchensee, the first guesthouse is already luring for a break.Along the Ferchenbachs, continue north until you reach the village of Elmau and the castle hotel of the same name. From here, the path leads you east across meadows and through quiet forests. Soon the path meets the Kranzbach and follows the watercourse through the forest. Just before Klais you leave the stream behind you and wander across wide meadows. A beautiful view accompanies you on your way to the Schmalensee.Shortly thereafter, a forest awaits you again and finally you reach the Gröbl-Alm, the last guesthouse on the circular walk around the Kranzberg. After a stop, it is only a short distance to the starting point of your hike.
The Mittenwald via ferrata leads to the most impassable and exciting peaks in the Alpine World Karwendel. A total of seven two-thousand-meter peaks and unique views of the untouched mountains of the Karwendel await you on this demanding day trip. Sturdy shoes, helmets and via ferrata sets are just as essential as sure-footedness and absolute freedom from giddiness. If all of this applies to you then you will love this exciting tour.From Mittenwald you start with the Karwendelbahn up into the mountains of the Karwendel. Once there, you follow the panoramic circular route to the via ferrata entry on the northern Linderspitz. Here you hang yourself and climb in lofty heights over the rocky summit ridge from peak to peak.About the Northern, the Middle and Southern Linderspitze, the Sulzeklammspitze and the Kirchlspitze it goes to the saddle Brunnsteinanger. If you still have reserves, then you continue from here to Rotwandlspitze and Brunnsteinspitze and finally back to Brunnsteinanger.Here then the via ferrata ends and on a long serpentine path it goes down to Mittenwald. Up to the Brunnsteinhütte, you can still hike through the rock and meadow landscapes. After a long break at the hut, you cycle through dense mountain forest back to the valley station of the cable car.
Sporty mountain hikers can not only visit lakes or the Hüttelbach gorge from Krün, but head straight for the summit of the Schöttlkarspitze on this magnificent mountain tour. The mountain is considered one of the most beautiful panoramic summits in the Alpine World Karwendel, because from here you have a great view of all the great peaks of Karwendel and Wetterstein Mountains. For this tour you need sturdy shoes, sure-footedness and a very good stamina. Since the tour leads over the quaint Soiernhaus, it can also easily be split over two days.The starting point of your mountain tour is the hiking car park Gries in Krün. Here you cross the river Isar on a bridge and then follow the hiking trail over the wooded slopes of the Soierngruppe. Here it goes first steadily uphill towards Fischbachalm. After about six kilometers through the silent mountain forest, you will reach the small alpine pasture. Until mid-September, hikers will be spoiled with simple delicacies.From the Fischbachalm, a forest trail leads you through the lightning mountain forest up to the Soiernhaus. It stands on a ridge above the impressive Soiernkessel. After a well-deserved rest at the Soiernhaus, the last section to the summit is now up.First, you follow the trail through the sparse forest until it narrows and leads uphill to the summit. Once at the top, a breathtaking view of the Soiernkessel, the Soiernspitze, the summits of the Karwendel and the Wetterstein massif awaits you.
The humpback meadows between Wallgau and Mittenwald are a unique landscape formed by the glaciers of the last ice age. The numerous glaciers from the surrounding mountains pushed earth and rocks together to create a hilly landscape with many folds. Many humpback meadows in the foothills of the Alps have been leveled by human hands since the 1920s, but they were able to survive at Mittenwald until today. From Wallgau a hike leads directly through the idyllic humpback meadows to Mittenwald.From the center of Wallgau, head southwest out of town. Directly behind the last houses, it goes over the broad bed of Finzbachs and then across wide meadows and fields. You walk along the edge of Krün and soon after you reach the picturesque landscape of the Buckelwiesen.This unique landscape form is protected today. Farmers in the area are committed to using only traditional agriculture and thus preserve the humpback meadows in their form. So cattle, sheep and also the goats of the Goas-Alm graze here. On the Goas-Alm amidst the humpback meadows, you can also take a leisurely break and taste goat's cheese or goat's milk ice cream.With a wonderful view in the direction of Karwendel and Wetterstein massif, you continue on the Schmalensee past. Shortly thereafter, the trail leads you below the high Kranzberg in a light forest. After passing through the Gasthaus Gröblalm, Mittenwald awaits you with its historic center.You can easily reach the starting point of the hike from Mittenwald by taking bus number 9608. Alternatively, you can drive to the starting point and at the end take the bus to return to the starting point.Here you can find the timetable of bus line 9608: rvo-bus.de/oberbayernbus/view/mdb/kursbuch/mdb_269362_9608_010518.pdf
On this circular hike, you will visit two great natural highlights around Krün: First, through the dramatic Hüttlebachklamm gorge and then the magnificent view on the Schwarzkopf awaits you. Although the tour is quite short, due to the narrow paths in the gorge good slip resistance and sturdy shoes are needed.The starting point of your hike through the Hüttlebachklamm is the paid hiking car park Gries in Krün. From there, you first cross the Isar and then hike on a wide forest road in the south. Soon after, a signposted hiking trail branches off to Hüttlebachklamm. On narrow, secured with railing paths, it goes along the stream through the exciting gorge.After crossing the gorge, follow the trail up some serpentines until you reach Schwarzkopf. Up here you will be rewarded for your climb with a magnificent view of the surrounding mountains.If you are satisfied with the panorama, you will walk through the forest back to the starting point of the hike.
The Krepelschroffen is an upstream mountain peak of Schafkopfes. From Wallgau, an easy and short hike leads up to the top, where you can see a beautiful view of the upper Isar Valley, the Hohe Kranzberg, the Karwendel and the Zugspitze.From the parking lot at the guest house you walk north to the wooded slopes of Schafkopf. On a comfortable path, it goes through the forest steadily uphill until you reach the summit summit Krepelschroffen. Take a little time here to enjoy the great view.Our tip: Due to the short distance, the ascent to Krepelschroffen is also perfect for admiring the sunrise or sunset over the Isar Valley. Then take a head light with you, so that you find the way well in the dark.
The Riedboden is a flat valley landscape directly below the slopes of Rotwandspitze and Großer Arnspitze. The valley is crossed by the Isar and is perfect for leisurely walks. Our round trip will take you through the idyllic forest and meadow landscape. Thanks to excellent routes, the tour is also perfect for families and leisurely hikers.On the banks of the river Isar, near the Leutascher Ache, your hike begins through the Riedboden nature reserve. You follow the path to the south and soon left the last houses behind. Here the broad hiking trail runs through a quiet riparian forest along the banks of the Isar, which you can see again and again between the trees.Soon the path will leave the river and take you through a picturesque forest and meadow landscape. High above the treetops, the surrounding mountains tower dramatically into the sky, offering you a great panorama. Below the Arnspitzen you follow the trail back to the Isar. Cross the river on a bridge and directly after that cross the B2 road.Then the trail leads you into a dense mountain forest and further north. You enjoy the wonderful peace and the play of colors of the fall foliage. After a while you leave the forest and wander across the wide meadows of the Hoffeld back to Mittenwald.
The highland hut sits enthrallingly in the mountain landscape of the Karwendel. Directly above the hut, the Wörner and numerous other peaks tower sharply into the sky. The hut is well suited as a destination for a day hike or as a base for further summit ascents. Our tour takes you through the valley of the Gassellahnbach up to the Alpine Club Hut.At the Wanderparkplatz Nord, directly opposite the barracks, your tour begins to the highland hut. You follow a short section of the gravel road and soon a narrow trail branches off to the left. The path climbs steadily and leads you into the wild and romantic Gassellahnbachtal. After a short climb you will find a forest road that runs through the valley a few meters above the stream.The forest trail continues uphill and the view of the surrounding mountain landscape is becoming increasingly dramatic. You follow the forest path to a narrow bridge, where you cross the stream. A little later, it goes on narrow serpentines uphill to the highland hut, the destination of your hike.After a long rest on the highland hut, it's the same way back to the starting point.