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Zugspitze from Garmisch-Partenkirchen Via Ferrata

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Naturschutzgebiet Schachen and Reintal

Zugspitze from Garmisch-Partenkirchen Via Ferrata is a 12.9 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany that features a river and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from May until September.

Length 12.9 mi Elevation gain 10,452 ft Route type Point to Point
Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Forest River Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble Snow
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Die 2.962 Meter hohe Zugspitze ist ein Berg der Superlative. Als höchste Erhebung Deutschlands hat man vom Gipfel eine unglaublichen 360° Panoramaausblick auf die umliegende Alpenlandschaft. Diese Route beginnt im Süden von Garmisch-Partenkirchen und führt südlich entlang der Partnachklamm. Diese Route folgt der Partnach bis zur Reintalangerhütte, wo der Weg kurz darauf abzweigt. Der Aufstieg fängt an schwieriger zu werden , bevor man die Knorhütte. Wenn man den Gipfel erreicht hat, kann man eine kurze Pause im Restaurant einlegen, um etwas zu essen und sich zu erfrischen, bevor man mit der Gondel zurück zum Ausgangspunkt hinunter fährt.

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Patrick Weis
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Der Trail ist der einfachste und längste von den Trails, die es zur Zugspitze gibt. Das bedeutet nicht, dass dieser einfach ist. Jeder Abschnitt hat seinen eigenen Anspruch und trägt zur einer abwechslungsreichen und sehr schönen Tour bei.

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Hernán Pérez
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Nils van Lipzig
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

Gut, ausdauernd, anstrengend, atemberaubend schön.

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Douglas Wheeler
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This was one of my favorite places to hike, however, it was difficult due to me being out of shape! But really spectacular views.

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Matthew Henry
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Was a great trail. But let me tell you from mile 1-8 it’s a normal hike. But from 8 onwards from when you hit the cabin located there it’s a whole other beast. This trail turns into incredibly intense, don’t believe anyone who says “a little tough” this hike will have you reevaluating your entire life decisions that led you to this moment. I’ve never crawled naked across glass but this trail gave me a good idea for how it would feel. I recommend at a minimum being able to run a 14 minute 2 mile or 40 minute 5 miles before attempting this. And if you do decide to hike this trail, may God have mercy on your soul.

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Navtaq C
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This trail begins in the town of Garmish (in Germany) at the Karl-und Martin-Neuner-Platz (large parking area; I think about 6€ for full day parking) Trail details • From the parking, you start walking along the river and you will follow it upstream all the way to its origin (Quelle) • About 30 mins from the starting point, you have to go through a gorge (Partnach Gorge) which opens at 6am (or 8 am, please check online). You have to pay 5€ to go through this. We started very early and this section was not open so we had to take a detour (via Partnachalm "Höhenweg") which added another ~5km to our path • The trail is fairly easy until Reintalangerhütte (~14km mark). It’s a beautiful spot for a break and to stay overnight. • From Reintalangerhütte, it’s a steep and very rocky climb up to the next hut - Knorrhütte – another picturesque spot to rest and stay overnight. • After Konorrhütte, the path is still rocky and steep and now you’ll be in snow. You need proper ankle length hiking shoes. You will reach a cable car station in about 2 hours from this place. • From this cable car station to Zugspitze it's the final and extremely strenuous climb. Takes about 1.5 hours, is steep, bit washed out and at some points requires scrambling. (Try not to look down behind you when climbing this stretch!). We arrived at Zugspitze at around 2 pm. • Once you get to the top you can climb to the actual summit (with the gold Kreuz). A bit risky to be honest, especially when there’s snow. • Going back – we took the cable car down to Eibsee. Last cable car leaves at 4 I believe. Costs 35€. From Eibsee, you can take a train to Garmish (the cost is included in the 35€)

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Timm Reinert
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Abbey Murray
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Loved this hike! 10/10 would highly recommend!

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Louis Bethge
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Isaiah Nicely
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My wife and I, (age 29) started at 5:50 am from the ski jump in Partenkirchen. We arrived at the top 2:30pm, then had to wait in in line to climb uptown the actual summit. It would only take 5 min max to climb from there, but there was a long line mixed with mostly people that took cable car to top only. This hike is sooo worth it, and totally doable To hike to summit and take cable car back to lake! We were hiking at a faster pace than the estimated signs until we got to the 2nd and 3rd huts, from then on the signs were Accurate. Read the review above, “Alices” trail description is perfectly accurate.

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Alice Edwards
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A gorgeous but strenuous hike. We did it in 9.5 hours one way, with a rest break for lunch. You begin at the Olympic Ski Jump in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (708 m) and walk to the Partnachklamm which is a gorge, the path is cut into the rock and the spray from the river is a refreshing start to the hike. You have to pay a fee to enter the gorge although it was unmanned when we arrived just after 6am. It costs 5€ to enter, although if you have a GaPa card (tourist card) you get 1€ discount. After the gorge you follow the signs for the Reintal and meander alongside the river on a service road and then a forest trail until you reach BockHütte (1052m). The route between this hut and the next is a bit rockier, slightly more elevated and stunning, there is a waterfall which shoots onto the valley floor below. The ReintalangerHütte(1366 m) is situated on the riverside and is pictoresque with Tibetan prayer flags fluttering over the river. Up until this hut the walk is quite meandering, there isn't any challenging hiking. Although you have covered a fair distance, you've only completed about a quarter of the height of climbing. In order to reach the next hut Knorrhütte (2051 m) you need to climb 685 m, it is certainly steep and rocky. The views are stunning and we were joined by Alpine sheep whose bells tinkled. Follow the red and white painted signs and you'll be fine.We had a refreshing Radler at the Knorrhütte and a good stretch. After Knorrhütte the path remains rocky and relatively steep, and you will need to cross a snowfield. We had no difficulty crossing in walking boots (end of July) although it can be difficult to identify the path, keep an eye out for those painted red and white signs. After this you reach the cable car station Sonn-Alpin (2597 m) which is besides the glacier, patches of blue glacial ice are visable when you look back onto it. The final push starts here. Its very steep and you are climbing/scrambling a scree slope, my poles were really useful. The scree gives way to larger rocks, and there are cables and steel pegs which are great handholds/footholds buried into the rocks. These are sturdy and were greatly appreciated since it has begun to rain and the rocks were very slippery. Then you reach the summit area (although not the actual summit) and are greeted by tourists who took the cable car up and other tired but jubilant hikers. To get to the actual summit and touch the Gold Cross denoting the highest point in Germany (2962 m) there is a short bit of klettersteig. Enjoy the views, it is stunning (when the clouds eventually cleared). We caught the cable car back to the Eibsee which was 35€ for a one way ticket, 10 minutes to get down and 9.5 hours to get up.

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Nike Lübcke
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Diar Selimi
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Patrick Hernandez
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Gerben V
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Christian Pasewald
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Natalia Yerashevich
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Louis Bokowits
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