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Awesome hike with great views

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Stephan Voßhage reviewed Calmont Via Feratta
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thomas füracker reviewed Grünstein Via Ferrata from Konigssee
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wer Klettersteige mag, super aber anstengend, da in der Sonne.

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El Duderino reviewed Alpspitz Ferrata
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Via ferrataGreat!RockyScramble
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Der Klettersteigteil war sehr schön und auch für uns ohne Klettersteigset gut zu bewältigen. Vom Collisturm hat man eine gute Sicht ins Tal. Der weitere Weg führte jedoch leider nur über einen Schotter-Waldweg ohne wirkliche Aussicht und für mich zumindest wenig spektakulär. Da hätte ich mir im Nachhinein eine etwas schönere Talstrecke gewünscht.

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Beautiful trail, with beautiful views. But the route I used had me going through private property atleast 4 times. I had to find an alternate route atleast twice! Have a map with you and some good hiking shoes because those rocky cliffs were steep!

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Andrea Horbach reviewed Mittenwald zur Mittenwälder Hütte
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First to Review

Unbedingt gutes Schuhwerk und Stöcke sind von Vorteil. Relativ viele hohe Stufen. Leider heute Nass und deshalb ziemlich rutschig. Die Aussicht und der Kaiserschmarren belohnt aber für alles

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Raluca Barla reviewed Alpspitz Ferrata
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The hike was amazing. I would totally recommend it. We went without equipment and have finished the hike without problems. For beginners it is recommend to take the safety equipment gear as there are many stairs and chains climbing the mountain. We took the telecabin from Alpspitze, saw the Alpspitze Platform(2050m) and then went up the mountain via Alpspitze Ferrata. I have added some photos of our trip so you can be convinced it is worth it!

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Silvia Lemus reviewed Edelfrauengrab - Karlsruher Grat
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Harder than expected. Hard going up but plenty of spots to rest. Had to stop and take beautiful road down at the Gasthaus

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First to Review

Schöne sportliche Wanderung

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Mahrukh Anwari reviewed Hausberg bis Bergstation Zugspitze
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Freia Willems-Theisen reviewed Around the Elendstal
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Karen Hedegaard Lyngsøe reviewed Watzmann Via Ferrata
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Such a great hike/climb. Forget about the bad review. Beautiful transverse climb. Don't expect a nice hiking trail, it's alpine but definitely doable. I did not feel uncomfortable at all. We took the circle in 13 hours incl. breaks. I would recommend doing it clockwise. Don't bring kids but if you are not afraid of heights and up for a nice exposed hike, do it!

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Linda Hovius reviewed Calmont Via Feratta
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Gorgeous trail. One “scary” part only, after about 20-30 mins. If you approach the village from direction Traben, take the roundabout 3/4 then follow road into / over village, to park above the church, right at the start.

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Jacintha De Vrankrijker reviewed Edelfrauengrab - Karlsruher Grat
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Its worth the climb! Was scary at first but it gives a great feeling once you conquer your fear.

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Kirill Starostenko reviewed Via Ferrata Höllentor - Osterfelderkopf
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Casey Snook reviewed Watzmann Via Ferrata
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I really loved this hike from the parking lot to the Watzmannhaus. It's a steep uphill but the views are increasingly beautiful. In particular, the last hour before the Watzmannhaus is full of wildflowers and we even saw a mountain ram. From the Watzmannhaus up to Hocheck, the views are beautiful but the hike itself is rather brutal with really tough rocky sections. It's easy to lose the trail up there when you're traversing through rubble fields. Right before the Hocheck summit, it gets a little sketchy in spots, but is overall okay. The view is incredible from the top. People continue from here to do the Watzmann Traverse. This was originally our plan but when we saw how crazy dangerous it was, we turned back and went back down to the Watzmannhaus for lunch (cash only!) You can also stay overnight at the Watzmannhaus which we did and it was worth it to see sunrise and sunset from the mountain. Make sure you book in advance online and bring enough cash to pay for your rooms when you get there. This whole route could be done in one day but it's a lot of elevation gain and the full descent in one day really killed my knees and toes. A night at the Watzmannnhaus breaks it up and makes it a more relaxed time.

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As it is described here, some parts of route are really hard, it is much more like climbing.At the beginning you start with full of waterfall views,which are wonderful and then at the first half of route, a good condition is needed.

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Lisa Maria reviewed Königssee Loop
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First to Review

Zwischen salet und Bartholomäus ist der Weg nicht mehr zugänglich. Von Bartholomäus nach Schönau ist allerdings eine wunderbare, anspruchsvolle Strecke mit einigen kletterstellen und magischer Aussicht.

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Walking

This is a relatively easy trail except for one portion near the beginning where there are a lot of steep narrow steps. There is a via ferrata (klettersteig) section but this can be easily bypassed by a well marked diversion. You quickly come to a nice look out whether our tables. The return portion is relatively easy. You can extend the walk by continuing to go up the hill we will loop around a large meadow.

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Casey Snook reviewed Watzmann Via Ferrata
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Sorry for the one star, but I had to get your attention. The Watzmann "Via Ferrata" is TERRIFYINGLY DANGEROUS. I researched quite a bit before attempting this hike and most of the info I found in English was reassuring and recommended the route. There were no warnings online about what this route is actually like. When we got up to the top of the Hocheck, the peak right before the "via ferrata" section starts, it was already a scramble with some exposed areas. We had our harnesses, carabineers, and helmets ready as soon as we got to the start of the Watzmann Traverse. From Hocheck, the route goes for one hour to the Watzmann Mittelspitze and then about two or so more hours to the Südspitze, followed by a nearly vertical descent of over 2,000 meters into the valley. I learned all this after the fact by researching in German. The reality was, we turned around after less than 10 minutes. Although there were some metal rods and steel cables to clip into with our via ferrata sets at the beginning, the iron was old and wiggly in some sections. I would not trust it to catch a human in the case of an accident. We were then surprised when there were large breaks in the via ferrata, leaving us nowhere to clip in and feeling extremely exposed. We scooted on our butts and crawled in certain areas. When the next metal cable wasn't visible, we turned around. Turns out, less than 25% of the entire Watzmann Traverse is secured with cables or places to clip in. On multiple websites, I had read this via ferrata had a rating of B/C which I figured we could handle with our experience. But this only accounts for how tricky the actual route itself is and not for the fact that you are traversing an extremely exposed ridgeline that literally sticks up into the sky with near vertical drops on either side without places to clip. To succeed on this route, you need to have ZERO fear of heights, the surefootedness of a mountain goat, and, in my opinion, the same thing missing in your head as Alex Honnold... After the Hocheck, this route is NOT a hike. It is NOT a via ferrata. It is not even a rock climb unless you bring all your own gear. Sure, you're climbing across as opposed to up, but this route was more a FREE SOLO than anything else. As in, if you misstep or lose your balance, you will fall not hundreds but thousands of meters down and you will almost certainly die. If you are a seasoned alpinist with technical mountaineering experience and a willingness to look death in the face in exchange for some nice views, then go for it I guess. Just know that this mountain isn't nicknamed the "Schicksalsberg" aka the Destiny Mountain for nothing - there have been hundreds of fatalities here over the years. All it takes is one loose rock, a change in weather, or too heavy a backpack and you're another statistic. On the less dramatic side, the hike up from the Wimbachbrücke to the Watzmannhaus was steep but very scenic. The hike from there to the Hocheck was very rocky with some steep sections (including one that had a vertical steel cable and made me very glad I had a via ferrata set to clip in with.) The views from Hocheck were gorgeous. Going back down was really tough on the knees, even with trekking poles. We never made it to the Wimbachgrieshütte as originally planned, so that will have to wait for next time.

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Bm B reviewed Calmont Via Feratta
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This is a spectacular trail through one off (if not the) steepest a vineyard in Europe. The scenery is spectacular. Walking through the vineyards opens up to spectacular vistas at every turn. There are many cross paths that allow you to shorten the walk if you wish. The views are great almost immediately. There is one stretch of the walk that might be difficult for some… You have to cross one holding a metal rope and with your feet on a rock ledge. Soon after that you have to climb up a ladder. All part of the adventure. The trail does get quite crowded.

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Casey Snook reviewed Alpspitz Ferrata
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First to Review

I absolutely loved this via ferrata! It was my first ever and it was just the right level (B.) Only a bit of exposure here and there and all the metal fixtures felt very secure. This is an awesome beginner via ferrata! The views of Zugspitze and the rest of the area are amazing. Not too crowded either. We rented our via ferrata kits in Garmisch-Partenkirchen without trouble. To reach the start of the trail, take the Alpspitzbahn cable car up to the top and follow the signs, everything is very well marked. Would definitely suggest trekking poles to help you on the initial descent after the summit because there are tons and tons of loose stones. If you want to add on a little more at the end of the route, consider popping over to the Bernadeinkopf before heading back to the Alpspitz Restaurant. Such a great day! Would highly recommend.

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Traveltanja F. reviewed Kofel - Kolbensattelhütte
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Sehr schöner Weg. Anfangs nur bergauf. Zum Gipfelkreuz via Klettersteig. Dann gemütlich durch den Wald zur Kolbensattel Hütte. Und von dort lohnt es sich mit dem Alpine Coaster (Sommer-Rodelbahn) runter zu fahren bis zur Talstation. Von hier ist es nicht mehr weit bis Oberammergau.

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Spectacular views throughout the via ferrata section. It took my boyfriend and I about 3 hours from the main parking lot (5€ a day) to the summit. Maybe another hour to walk down. From the parking lot to the beginning of the klettersteig, it takes about 40 mins-1 hour up a road that starts off with a slight incline but then becomes quite steep! Was nervous because it was tiring me out before the actually via ferrata section started. It was our first time doing via ferrata. We climbed towards the left (Isidor) as it is the easier route. It was intimidating at the start of the climb, especially because it can be busy and i felt pressure to not keep people waiting but nothing was too tricky. Would not recommend if you are even a bit scared of heights as there's no turning back once you start. On the way back there's a Refugio about 15 minutes from the peak. Also there is nowhere to refill your water along the way and with no shade during the climb, make sure you have enough water!

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