(Zugspitze Tour) View from the Zugspitze
ZUGSPITZE TOUR (SELF-GUIDED)   4 stages, 1 rest day . 6 nights . Bavaria and the Tyrol   Booking

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 March 2019
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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.

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 walking holiday


Alpine Exploratory
ZSTsg Zugspitze Tour (Self-guided)
21 July to 15 September 2019
Prices in GBP
per person
Hutty Classic Comfy
Popular schedules
4 stages
(5 nights)

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Singles 125
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4 stages
1 rest day
(6 nights)
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Singles 150
Our main ZST
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5 stages
1 rest day
(7 nights)
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Singles 175
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6 stages
1 rest day
(8 nights)
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Singles 200
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Baggage transfer

Let us carry your bag among the stops. Leave your bag at reception each morning and it will be delivered to your next hotel. Please ask for more details.


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 2019

Trip name: Zugspitze Tour
Guided or self-guided? Self-guided
Trip code: ZSTsg
Route: ZST Zugspitze Tour
(See our background page on the Zugspitze)
(Prefer Guided or the Adlerweg West?)
Group size: Any, from solo trekkers to groups
Length: 4 days' trekking, 1 rest day
Start: Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany
End: Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Germany
Typical walk: 20km, 525m ascent
Highest altitude: 1,590m
Grade: Red3 plus Black2 on the Zugspitze ascent day (Walking grades)

Prices Summer 2019

4 stages and 1 rest day, per person:

ZSTsg Classic
GBP 720 (singles 150)
Zugspitze Tour (Self-guided)

Research Summer 2019

Keith Miller at Alpine ExploratoryAlpine Exploratory's 2019 research on the Zugspitze Tour will be led by:
Keith Miller in July

Recces 2019

Radler at Augustiner in Garmisch
Radler beer in Garmisch (Photo gallery)

Alpine Exploratory's service

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 ZST1-4 and ZSA1 of the Exploratory system
Maps and local information

Season for self-guided treks
21 July to 15 September 2019
19 July to 18 September 2020
Trek on your ideal dates

Optional ascent, Zugspitze
Optional ascent, Zugspitze (Photo gallery)

The Zugspitze in the wider Alps

Map of the Zugspitze within the Alps

Our city information included in your info pack:
Munich, Innsbruck, Zurich, Salzburg

City breaks after trekking

Find out more

Holiday Notes Read our trip dossier,
    a 2-page PDF which is easy to print

Walking guides Our background page on the

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