Hiking Highlight

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Recommended by 209 out of 214 hikers


  • Jürgen Hild

    The snowfield varies in size and extent from year to year. After a snowy and cold winter, it can happen that even in June nothing can be seen of the ice chapel and the ice / snow field still extends far into the valley. In mild winters with little snow, the cave in danger of collapsing (!) Often forms in spring. The snow field is the deepest, year-round snow field in Germany!

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    • November 13, 2017

  • Marvin🙃

    the lowest-lying permanent ice field of the German Alps!

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    • July 29, 2018

  • Marvin🙃

    The deepest glacier in the Alps, which is also preserved over the summer days.

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    • August 18, 2018

  • Marvin🙃

    On the elevation, above the large ice chapel, you can see both ice chapels. At the slightly smaller, like chamois frolicking in the sun!

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    • August 20, 2018

  • Willi Winzig

    You can see that some people go in there to take photos from the inside out! This is life-threatening, definitely not to imitate it.

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    • February 15, 2019

  • SpecialGuest

    A special experience, so close to an ice chapel to stand

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    • May 8, 2017

  • Thomas E

    The ice chapel below the Watzmann east face is a very impressive natural phenomenon. Throughout the year you will find a firnis field, inside of which there is a large cavity, the Ice Chapel. The view is really terrific, depending on the season but different. In the summer, shafts are formed, which are up to 15 meters high. But even the way to the ice chapel is well worth it and also the transition over the river is really fun.

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    • August 3, 2018

  • Nicolet

    In autumn it can be difficult to reach the ice cap. Since all originally existing bridges are no longer existent and in strong rain, the main stream swells very strong, under certain circumstances, this can not be crossed, so that you can see the entry of the ice poplar maximum from a distance (as happened to us). Unfortunately, there is no information at the start of the hike, so try and error.

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    • October 7, 2019

  • Ralf

    Here the glacier water runs down from the Watzmann mountain and forms a 1-meter-thick layer of ice all year round.
    Do not step on the ice, because it can break.
    You can hike up to the ice, but you have to cross the ice ditch several times.

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    • July 1, 2016

  • Marco

    The small ice chapel is located next to the famous ice chapel. It is definitely worth a visit!

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    • August 16, 2018

  • thoddel07

    Unique!!! You must have seen this and the ice cave just above. The last part of the hike is no longer marked because it leads over a boulder field, but it's really worth it. Above all, the temperature difference directly at the cave entrance to the temperature at the scree field is clearly noticeable.
    Note: Sure-footedness and sturdy footwear are extremely helpful.
    Yesterday I overtook a Japanese in a suit and low shoes and a "Wanderer" in sandals ...

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    • October 16, 2018

  • Marion

    The path from St. Bartholomä up here runs through a very attractive landscape. Especially with the autumn light it looks mystical and mysterious.

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    • October 26, 2019

  • Dirk Müller

    Really impressive - the firnis!

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    • November 1, 2018

  • Andreas

    Absolutely worth it, but the way there is not to be underestimated. Important! Pact a jacket.

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    • August 1, 2019

  • Martina

    Below the Watzmann east face is the deepest permanent ice field in the German Alps: the ice chapel! Although the summer snow line is almost 2,000 meters higher, this firne ice field exists all year round.

    You should really only do the last part with good hiking boots. Very difficult terrain

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    • October 10, 2021

  • Marion

    It is very interesting to look at the pictures in this highlight and to see how the ice chapel changes over time.

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    • October 28, 2019

  • Dirk

    Leave early, then it's twice as much fun

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    • July 15, 2019

  • Andi

    Perfect reward for the way to the small glacier

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    • September 13, 2019

  • Oberstdorf🏔⛰

    Especially recommended on hot days. The wind coming from the ice chapel is very cold and refreshing.

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    • August 10, 2019

  • Verena

    You have to see the ice chapel. However, the way there is not to be underestimated. The path is easy to walk until the signposted end of the path. From the "end" it is mostly over scree in the river bed. Depending on the water level, the ice chapel cannot be reached. Good shoes and whatever else you have to bring with you for alpine terrain are compulsory here. Entering the ice chapel is life threatening. The area in front of the chapel is also not to be underestimated, as some people climb around on the outer flanks, they often kick rockfalls here.
    Take care up there and take something warm to wear.

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    • October 14, 2019

  • Silvio

    Put on sturdy shoes 👍😉

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    • September 5, 2020

  • Gorrth

    The chapel is open in the dead of winter.
    From spring it is filled in by the melt.

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    • October 3, 2020

  • Falk-Maximilian

    Cold but really nice.

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    • January 29, 2021

  • Konstantin

    Exciting experience. Would definitely recommend walking as far as the entrance (not in!) And enjoying the icy air flowing out.

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    • August 19, 2021

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Location: Schönau a. Königssee, Berchtesgadener Land, Upper Bavaria, Bavaria, Germany


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