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(Zugspitze Tour) Meadows above Ehrwald (Zugspitze Tour) The Ferchensee (Zugspitze Tour) Walkway, Leutascherklamm (Zugspitze Tour) Evening in Mittenwald (Zugspitze Tour) The Eibsee from the Zugspitze

Zugspitze Tour
Self-guided trekking holiday

+ Stretch out on a 4-stage circuit
+ Garmisch-Partenkirchen and smart Bavaria and Tyrol villages
+ Easy transport options around the famous Zugspitze

Latest news October 2017
Booking is open for 2018! Please ask us any questions; thank you.

The summit of the Zugspitze (2,962m) is the highest point in Germany; the massif itself is the Wetterstein and is shared between Germany and Austria. Four main towns sit around the base of the mountain and we link them in a pleasing circuit of 4 stages: Garmisch-Partenkichen, Mittenwald, Leutasch and Ehrwald.

The terrain is predominantly forested and on lower open hillsides. Two highlights come in the form or narrow gorges, the Partnachklamm soon after leaving Garmisch and the Leutaschklamm after Mittenwald. Solid, sometimes precipitous, walkways take us high above the water.

We describe the four stages that make up the circuit and we also give an optional fifth routecard that describes a day’s outing to the top of the Zugspitze. There is a cable car all the way from both the Ehrwald and Garmisch directions, plus a funicular railway that leaves you 430m below the summit for a difficult and loose final ascent that nevertheless avoids via ferrata or climbing.

Where we stay
Your accommodation is based on the friendly family-run hotels that typify the Bavarian Alps and the Tyrol; wood panelling and carefully presented breakfasts are common.

Map showing the route of Alpine Exploratory's Zugspitze Tour self-guided walking holiday


We can adjust your Zugspitze Tour in various ways, as follows:

Slower treks
The Zugspitze Tour works in 5 or 6 stages, taking extra nights to spread out the walking. The bus and train links around the trail are excellent and we can book trips which stay multiple nights in one village.

Combining with the Adlerweg
The Zugspitze Tour's stage between Leutasch and Ehrwald coincides with the Adlerweg, the long-distance trek through the Austrian Tyrol. At Ehrwald, stay on the trail to St. Anton which is 5 days away. Or, join at Innsbruck and walk to Leutasch in 2 days.

The Zugspitze
Incorporate the Zugspitze, whether by cable car or by the final ascent on foot, into one of your trek days instead of as an extra day.

Key information Summer 2018


4 stages and 1 extra day (6 nights)
£720 pp (£150 single supplement)
Zugspitze Tour (self-guided)

We take 4 stages and 1 day for the Zugspitze (6 nights) as the norm and can also book other lengths of trip.

4 days' trekking and 1 extra day
Bavarian Alps and Austrian Tirol
 Grade (Explained) or
 on the Zugspitze day
Starting in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Ending in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Typical walk 20km, 525m ascent
Highest altitude 1,590m

Research 2017
July 2017 (Simon)

Optional ascent, Zugspitze
Optional ascent, Zugspitze

6 nights, staying in:
4-star hotels (3)
3-star hotels (3)

Accommodation and itinerary
Breakfasts and 1 evening meal
Expert and unlimited advice
Routecards, maps, local info
Emergency card, language card

Season for self-guided treks
15 July to 16 September 2018
15 July to 15 September 2019 (TBC 1 Oct 2018)
Trek on your ideal dates

Radler at Augustiner in Garmisch
Radler beer in Garmisch

The Zugspitze Tour in the Alps

Map of the Zugspitze Tour within the Alps

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About our walking holidays - general FAQs
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