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Best trails in Grainau

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Looking for a great trail near Grainau, Bayern? AllTrails has 18 great hiking trails, views trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Naturschutzgebiet Ammergebirge or Naturpark Karwendel, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Kalkkögel or Naturschutzgebiet Osterseen. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 9 hard trails in Grainau ranging from 2.3 to 18.1 miles and from 2,427 to 9,678 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Top trails (18)
#1 - Zugspitze über Höllental
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 12.3 mi • Est. 10 h 8 m
This is Germany’s highest summit, the Zugspitze, up the Höllental (Valley of Hell) route. This route has everything you could want: a spectacular gorge, tunnels, Alpine hut, hanging valley, glacier, Via Ferrata with nearly a kilometer of vertical exposure, and a beer garden summit destination. The route starts in Hammersbach, goes up through the Höllentalklamm, past Höllentalangerhütte, then up a Via Ferrata route on the hanging valley of the Höllentalferner, onto the Höllentalferner itself, then up another Klettersteig to the summit. The route to Höllentalangerhütte is moderate, however the route afterwards certainly gets more difficult. Höllentalangerhütte has lodging, a restaurant, and a beer garden.Show more
#2 - Höllentalanger Hut via Höllental
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 6.8 mi • Est. 4 h 23 m
This trail leads to the Hollentalangerhutte, a mountain lodge only accessible via hiking or cable car. There is lodging, restaurant, and a beer garden there. Hikers will hike through the Hollental - the "Valley of Hell". The hut is open from the end of May to mid-October. Show more
#3 - Eibsee Loop
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 4.3 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
This relaxing hike is often referred to as "balm for the soul" and is considered to be one of the most beautiful hiking trails in Bavaria. Again and again you are surprised by the great views: the small islands in the north of the lake, the view of the Zugspitze and the view of the small Untersee. Sometimes it goes right along the water, sometimes you look from a bird's eye view far over the blue water surface. If you want to experience the water up close, you can visit the beaches in the north, the pedal boats and rowing boats and the "Reserl", an electric motorboat, accessibility: the route is suitable for wheelchair users and prams.Show more
#4 - Eibsee Loop from Grainau
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h 19 m
The Eibsee is a crystal clear lake with numerous small islands. The trail leads mostly around the lake and around the lake and in many places the lush vegetation gives the view of the wonderful panorama. Directly on the lake lies the rock group of the "black wall" to the west and the "Wetterstein" massif rises in the south. When the weather is clear you can also see the Zugspitze from the north shore of the lake. Please always follow the instructions and stay on the trails. The route begins at the train station of the Zugspitzbahn in Grainau, which continues from here because of the upcoming gradients as a rack railway. Here, the car can be parked easily. The path initially leads across wide paths through dense forest up to Badersee. This is greenish shimmering in the forest and not only the Seerestaurant invites you to linger. Continue on the sports field and past meadows to the Christelhütte, where the road is crossed. From here, the trail meanders gently up to the Eibsee, its parking lot and the Eibsee Pavillion, where a stop is also worthwhile. This is where the Lake Circumnavigation begins. About a perfectly developed and wide forest path is about the lake. On the south bank there are jetties and pebble beaches where sunbathing like to be bathed. On the shallower north shore, there is a nudist beach and a small island on the Braxensee, to which you can go on small trails to enjoy close to the lake, the view of the Wetterstein massif. Further down comes at the bridge still the submarine and again the kostenplfichtige parking lot. From here you can hike back to the starting point or go back to Grainau with the cog railway for little money.Show more
#5 - Höllentalklamm und Kreuzeck
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 9.3 mi • Est. 6 h 22 m
NOTE: parking can be difficult at this trailhead because it's crowded. Please bring coins as several international credit cards will not work in the parking meters. This route through the Höllentalklamm is a great tour that is a must for every ambitious hiker. The views of Zugspitze and Waxenstein from the Kreuzeck, which you climb, are wonderful.Show more
#6 - Via Ferrata Höllentor - Osterfelderkopf
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 11.9 mi • Est. 8 h 26 m
This via ferrata is a strenuous tour full of impressive views through the Zugspitze massif. First it goes through dense mixed forest out of Grainau. The narrow path leads to the main path, which is already signposted to a refuge hut with "Höllentalklamm". Soon you come to the fork where the path leads down to Höllentalklamm and right to Stangensteig. Here again the necessary sure-footedness is pointed out! Rising steeply to the right, the narrow path leads in serpentine lines up to the vertical sloping slopes of the gorge. Here you have a great view out on the valley. Always in the background you can hear the roar of the water, which has formed the landscape and gorge for millennia. Once at the top, an iron bridge soon crosses the gorge. In lofty heights you can watch the course of the water. From here on we continue in the valley to the farmed Höllentalanger hut. From the terrace you can see the Zugspitze and the Höllentalferner when the view is clear. This path is reserved for experienced climbers with suitable equipment! Behind the hut, the path runs left along a narrow gallery and steep slopes to a fork in the rivulet where the cattle plank branches off. A very narrow path leads from now on steeply uphill, first through dense forest, soon through pine trees to the tree line. Large snowboards are occasionally on the way and make it clear in what terrain and what height the hiker is here. Always in view, the 2628m high Alpspitze. In places, stairs are built into the way, which facilitate the Aufweg a bit. The last meters of altitude pass through quite barren rock until the hell gate is reached. On the left the Höllentorkopf, on the right the Alpspitze. From here, wide paths go down to the Osterfelderkopf. The AlppiX viewing platform can be reached from the valley by cable car, which is why tourists in flip-flops travel here. The viewing platform, which is installed above the rocky outcrop, fluctuates during the walk and offers a great view of the rock, valley and Höllental. Passing the mountain station, the path leads down narrow steps towards the cable car station Kreuzeck. Even before the station the Jägersteig turns left and leads over very steep, in rainy weather smooth paths through dense forest down to Hammersbach. From here, follow the path along the road past the free hiking car park back to Obergrainau.Show more
#7 - Obergrainau zum Eibsee
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 5.7 mi • Est. 3 h
The starting point is the station of the Zugspitzbahn in Grainau Refreshments: Badersee and Eibsee Pavillion The Eibsee is a crystal clear lake with numerous small islands. The "black wall" rock group is visible around the lake while the "Wetterstein" massif rises to the south. When the weather is clear you can also see the Zugspitze from the north shore of the lake. The tour begins at the railway station of the Zugspitzbahn in Grainau, where parking is available. The path initially leads across wide paths through dense forest up to Badersee. Continue on the sports field and past meadows to the Christelhütte, where you will cross the road. From here, the trail meanders gently up to the Eibsee, its parking lot, and the Eibsee Pavillion, where a visit is also worthwhile. On the south bank there are jetties and pebble beaches where sunbathing like to be bathed. On the shallower north shore, there is a nudist beach and a small island on the Braxensee, which has small trails to enjoy the lake and views of the Wetterstein massif. From Eibsee, you can hike back to the starting point or go back to Grainau by cogwheel train for a small price.Show more
#8 - Via Ferrata Mauerläufersteig
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
The Wandläufersteig is a perfectly secured via ferrata that makes the most of the course of the rock structure. Located on the shady north face of the Bernadeinkopf, this is a very nice and inspiring route, but it is extremely difficult and exhausting.Show more
#9 - Vom Eibsee nach Ehrwald
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 18.1 mi
Start at the Eibsee, then up to Hochtörlerhütte and superflowige trails down to Ehrwald. After refreshment then over asphalt back up to the Hochtörler hut and over the not less flowy Eibseetrail back down to the Eibsee. Always with breathtaking views of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze. Super tour with a dizzying panorama and fulimant trailsShow more
#10 - Alpspitz Ferrata
Grainau, Bavaria, Germany
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 2 h 29 m
A classic in the Bavarian Alps. The Alpspitze or Alpspitz Ferrata via ferrata is suitable for adults and children accompanied by adults. The starting point is the mountain station of the Alpspitzbahn at the foot of the Alpspitze. After just a few meters of ascent, you can reach the striking clamp ladder of the Alpspitz Ferrata. Via further wire rope safety devices and a few brackets you reach a grassy heel from where you have a first look into the Höllental and over to the Zugspitze. Now over extremely lavishly secured places (in relatively flat terrain!) Further up to the Alpspitze. Via a ridge you climb slightly to the left into the western flank of the Alpspitze before a last, longer row of brackets leads up to the summit cross. From the summit of the Alpspitze (highest point 2628m) you can enjoy a great view of the Höllental, the Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain), the Zugspitz region, the Ammergau Alps, the Wetterstein Mountains and the Mieminger chain and down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen - with good visibility the view even as far as Munich!Show more
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