With its steep, grey peaks, quiet valleys and wild mountain meadows, the Karwendel is 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 thousand metres (over 3280 feet) steeply into the sky – a breathtaking sight. Not only experienced mountaineers will get their money's worth in this picturesque mountain landscape. Pleasure hikers and families can explore the stunning landscape in the wide valleys and on the green mountains of the Karwendel foothills around Mittenwald, Wallgau and Krün. There are also wonderful views of the Karwendel and Wettersteingebirge mountain peaks. The hikes are especially beautiful in autumn when the beech, birch, larch and maple trees change colour and plunge the steep mountain slopes into a fantastic sea of colour.
We have selected seven varied hikes and routes in the Karwendel Alpine World for you. Whether it's a scenic mountain tour up to the Simetsberg, a fantastic round to the Barmsee, a surprising hike through the Leutasch ghost gorge or a leisurely stroll along the fairytale trail – there's something for every hiker. Simply browse through our tours and choose your favourite 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 connect many cities in Germany with Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The communities in the Karwendel Alpine World are linked by bus. This way, you can easily leave your car at home.
For timetables, visit: alpenwelt-karwendel.de/fahrplan.
Two beautiful lakes await you on this short hike near Mittenwald. The parking lot at the valley station of the Lutten lift is the starting point, from there you hike across gently rolling meadows and through dense forest uphill. Where the skiers romp in the winter, you can walk through the beautiful landscape.The sparkling Wildensee emerges after a good two kilometers in front of you and the sight of the reflecting in the water is simply fantastic. The dark blue of the lake, the intense green of the meadows and the gray mountains of the Karwendel make a perfect picture postcard idyll. Directly on the Wildensee is the cozy Wildenseehütte, which offers a great selection of home-baked cakes. Here you can sit on the terrace and let the unique impressions affect you.On the way back to the starting point you will pass the small Luttensee. Its water is crystal clear and you can see fish swimming by at the bottom. The lawns and bathing areas on the shore are perfect for a break or a cool foot bath. From Luttensee it is only a few meters back to the parking lot.
This almost one-hour tour takes you through the impressive Hüttlebachklamm. Less well known as the Leutasch Gorge, fewer visitors are traveling and you can enjoy nature to the fullest. On the sometimes somewhat narrow paths and ridges in the gorge, sturdy footwear is an advantage.The starting point of your round trip is the parking lot Gries in Krün. Following the wide dirt road, you cross the turquoise Isar and then wander through quiet forest. When you reach the Hüttlebachs, keep left and follow the signs through the rocky gorge. Over steps, bridges and footbridges you walk along the rushing water. For millennia, the stream has dug into the rock and formed pools and countless hollows.Once at the top of the gorge, you can look back and absorb the panorama. On a winding forest path you return to the starting point in Krün.
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On the western outskirts of Wallgau starts the magical fairy tale path. This easy-to-walk tour is suitable for the whole family and has plenty of surprises in store: At various stations along the edge of the forest, you will walk in the footsteps of Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and other familiar fairy-tale characters. In some places there are fixed excerpts from the fairy tale books, in which you can read the stories again.After a good kilometer you will reach a ford. Here the run of the Finzbach leads over the way. In summer, the transition is usually dry, after heavy rains waterproof footwear is recommended.Shortly after the ford you come to a small waterfall below the bear caves. Here the water rushes over a rock wall down into a natural pool. A detour to the bear caves is also worthwhile. Then you walk back on a well-maintained path to the starting point.
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.
Legend has it that goblins and ghosts roam the Leutascher Klamm - when you listen to the bubbling and gurgling of the water, you might really get the impression of hearing the whispers of mysterious beings. The views from the footbridges and bridges that lead through the gorge are truly impressive.You start in the south of Mittenwald, on the banks of the Mühlenbach. After only a few meters, the first highlight awaits you: The waterfall path leads you deep into the gorge and you can feel the humid air and the spray of the waterfall. Afterwards it goes through the forest steadily uphill.The Berggasthaus Gletscherschliff is not only worth a detour due to the delicious food, but also because of the magnificent view. The view extends far into the valley and over Mittenwald. Above the Berggasthaus you cross the border to Austria and wander through the fairytale forest. At different stations you can learn interesting information about the gorge and its ghosts.The most spectacular section starts after half of the hike, then you'll be walking high above the water on steel walkways through the ghost wall. Since 2005 visitors can walk through the rocky gorge of Leutascher Ache. Noisily and in countless turns, the crystal-clear stream finds its way through the gray rock.A small test of courage awaits you at the Panoramabrücke, which spans 75 meters above the Leutascher Ache. But the crossing is worthwhile, because the view into the gorge and the mountains is unique. Then you follow the path through the forest to the waterfall and from there it goes back on the way known to you to the starting point.
The 1,840 meter high Simetsberg is the destination of this fantastic hike. The ascent to the summit is an insider tip, because most hikers climb the Jochberg or Herzogstand. So you can enjoy the beautiful nature mostly undisturbed on the way up and have the panorama for you alone.Your hike starts in the village of Wallgau, which is characterized by its traditionally painted houses. At first you walk north on the main road, but soon turn off onto a forest road. In the shade of the trees, it goes steadily uphill, below you is the small lake Sachensee.Fresh air and wonderful silence surround you. Since most of the walk is in the forest, it is also suitable for warm summer days. At the service hut Simetsberg you come to a wide clearing and can enjoy the first magnificent views of the surrounding mountains.But the best view awaits you, of course, on the summit of the Simetsberg: far sweep your view over the Estergebirge, the Walchensee and the adjacent valleys. Back to the starting point you will reach the same way you came.
This easy circular walk starts in the center of Krün. You walk west and soon leave the village behind you. Through extensive meadows and through dense forest, the path leads to the deep blue Barmsee. On the way you can enjoy fantastic views of the Karwendel mountains. If the flowers are already blooming in the valley, you can still discover snowfields on the summits in summer.Around the beautiful Barmsee spread over several lawns and bathing places, where you can cool off or just relax. Alone the view is worth a break. Only a kilometer from the Barmsee lies the small Grubsee. Due to its manageable size, the lake warms up to pleasant temperatures over 20 degrees in summer. On the northeastern shore is a bathhouse with terrace and slide.From Grubsee it goes on forest roads and back roads to Krün. On the way you will pass the Café Einkehr on the Maximilianshof, which is perfect for a final rest. Regional delicacies are waiting for you.