Zugspitze from Garmisch-Partenkirchen Via Ferrata

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Zugspitze from Garmisch-Partenkirchen Via Ferrata is a 20.8 kilometer 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.

Distance: 20.8 km Elevation Gain: 3,186 m Route Type: Point to Point

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The 2,962 meter high Zugspitze is a mountain of superlatives. As the highest elevation in Germany, the summit offers an incredible 360 ° panoramic view of the surrounding Alpine landscape. This route begins in the south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and leads south along the Partnachklamm. This route follows the Partnach to the Reintalangerhütte, where the trail branches off shortly thereafter. The ascent begins to become more difficult before you reach the Knorhütte. When you reach the summit, you can take a short break in the restaurant to have something to eat and refresh yourself before taking the gondola back to the starting point.

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18 days ago

hiking
22 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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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30 days ago

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