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Guided hiking tour to the Zugspitze (2962m) via Reintal

1. Guided hiking tour to the Zugspitze (2962m) via Reintal

Take on the same path as the first people who climbed the Zugspitze in 1820. Enjoy a technically simple route, which is the longest for Zugspitze, with a typical ascent between four and six hours in moderate conditions.  Day One: Meet at the traditional Olympic ski resort. After a short equipment check, journey through the impressive Partnachklamm gorge. Following the Reintal westward, reach the beautifully located Bock hut after about three hours. Have a coffee and cake to refresh. Hike the beautiful path along the Partnach towards Reintalangerhütte, which is the final destination for today. Cool your tired feet in front of the hut in the river and rest in the peaceful and fresh mountain atmosphere.  Day Two:  Rise early and march through the meadows to the steep upswing on the Zugspitzplatt. Climb at a moderate pace to reach the first stopover, which is the strikingly located Knorr hut. Take a short rest and admire the ridge ahead. Continue on the Zugspitzplatt, which becomes steep at times. Arrive at the Sonnalpin and prepare for the most difficult part of the tour. The last 400 vertical meters on the rope-insured south wall of the Zugspitze. Concentrated and slow, master this hurdle and be welcomed by the crowds of the Zugspitz summit. Either by cable car or the rack railway, drive into the valley and be again at the train station in Garmisch. 

From Munich: Zugspitze Mountain Van Tour

2. From Munich: Zugspitze Mountain Van Tour

Enjoy a day in the German Alps on a full-day excursion from Munich to the Zugspitze. You’ll travel to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, where you’ll take a cable car up the 2962 meters to the summit of Germany’s tallest peak. The Zugspitze marks the international border between Germany and Austria. In fact there are lifts from both countries that meet at the top of the mountain. In addition restaurants and shops at the summit, there are also telescopes available. From the top you’ll have breathtaking views of the Alps which seem to stretch on forever. You’ll take a break for lunch at a small mountain hut, where you’ll also have lovely views over the peaks of the Alps and even into the Munich area. After lunch you’ll jump from Germany into Austria (no passport necessary). You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a beer in Germany’s highest beer garden! The final highlight of the tour is a round-trip ride through the mountains on a cog-wheel train.

Full Day Tour to Germany's Highest Peak: Zugspitze

3. Full Day Tour to Germany's Highest Peak: Zugspitze

Hop on a tour bus and dare to see the world from above at Germany's highest peak. This day tour brings you directly into the Alpine upland and its green valleys. Passing the picturesque houses of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, continue the bus journey up the mountain and reach the valley station of the Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak at 2,963 meters. Riding the new cablecar, you will reach the top in just a few minutes. Breathe in the clear air and enjoy the truly staggering view of more than 400 peaks of the Bavarian, Austrian, Swiss and Italian Alps.  Dine at one of the peak's restaurants (vegetarian and Halal dishes are available) and have some fun bobsledding or take a walk on the perpetual glacial ice.  After descending back down the mountain by historic cogwheel train, your comfortable bus will bring you back to Munich.

München: Rundflug München, Seen, Schlösser, Alpen abAugsburg

4. München: Rundflug München, Seen, Schlösser, Alpen abAugsburg

Discover Munich and its surrounding landscapes on a sightseeing flight over lakes, forests, and famous landmarks. Admire the Alpine landscape and fly over Lake Forgegensee. Enjoy interesting commentary from your pilot. From our ALPEN AIR terminal in Augsburg, fly via Dachau to the state capital Munich with the architecturally brilliant Allianz Arena of FC Bayern Munich. Be enchanted by the beauty of Munich from a height of only 600 meters, flying low to discover the English Garden and the German Museum. Hover over the Marienplatz and the Frauenkirche, as well as the Nymphenburg Palace. At a slow speed, circle the futuristic BMW World and of course the Olympic Park with its 291-meter-high Olympic Tower. Next, fly over Lake Simssee to the Bavarian sea, Lake Chiemsee. In the middle of Bavaria’s largest lake and against the impressive backdrop of the Alps, Herrenchiemsee Castle and Fraueninsel Island await you. Then head towards the mountains and see through the large windows onto the Kampenwand and the Wilder Kaiser. Over the half hour that follows, take in the grace of the mountains as you fly almost 150 kilometers along the northern Alps. Pass the Wendelstein after the Inn Valley and discover idyllic lakes in the midst of the impressive mountain world: first, pass the circular Thiersee, then the picturesque Schliersee, the small Spitzingsee, and the famous Tegernsee. Conclude your mountain tour with the beauty of the Ammergau Alpine landscape and the Plansee lake surrounded by mountains, before the next highlight comes into view – the imposing fairytale castle of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle at the foot of the mountains overlooking Lake Forggensee. Then fly over the Murnauer Moos and the dark blue Staffelsee and Riegsee to the colorful Osterseen before reaching the Fünfseenland. Pass the popular lake of Starnberg and enjoy the beautiful colors of the water, especially in the area of the Roseninsel.

Guided Hiking Tour via the "Kingstrail" to the Zugspitze

5. Guided Hiking Tour via the "Kingstrail" to the Zugspitze

Day One (1170Hm ascent and 15km in eight hours). Meet at 7:30 AM at Garmisch-Partenkirchen station to catch the train to Mittenwald. Hike on medium to difficult level trails past the lakes of Lautersee and Ferchensee. Begin to ascent to Schützensteig, which leads along the foot of the Wettersteingrat to the rustic Wettersteinalm. Enjoy a lunch break here. Walk on to Gamssteigen for the overnight stay at Schachenhaus, which is where King Ludwig spend his vacations.  Day Two (350Hm ascent, 810Hm descent, and 9km in four hours).  Today is easier than the first. Enjoy a rich delicious breakfast before a tour of the impressive Schachenschlosses, which can include the adjacent botanical garden. Around noon, climb the viewing platform Teufelsgsaß over into the Upper Reine Valley, the climatic dado of Wetterstein. Here full concentration is required because the path can sometimes be steep and a bit exposed. Walk down to the Bock hut to enjoy homemade cakes. Meet the Zugspitz though Reintal tour here and together venture deeper into the Reintal, below gigantic cliffs along the picturesque Partnach with deep blue pumps towards their origin. Reach tonight's accommodation at the Reintalangerhütte for a cozy evening thinking about climbing the summit tomorrow.  Day Three (1550Hm ascent and 7.5km in seven hours).  After a hearty breakfast, begin the most strenuous leg of the tour. Navigate slippery steep slopes up to Knorrhütte, where you can take a rest. The trail leads over the Zugspitzplatt, where a glacier used to be, to the cable car station Sonnaipin. Choose to either take the train or climb the rest of the way over steep gravel terrain to the summit of the Zugspitze. At the summit, be treated to a delicious cool drink on the sun terrace and enjoy the breathtaking panorama to Hohe Tauern, the Ötztalern, and the Allgäu Alps. Descend by the historically significant Zugspitze cog railway, which returns to the starting point, the Garmisch train station. 

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What people are saying about Zugspitze

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 144 reviews

Great service and a comfortable ride in a van with Mario. We chose this for the small group size and it didn’t disappoint. Mario tried to make sure we could sit together with our children and gave us tips on how to get best views in the cable car etc. thanks for the fun!

Great experience! Unfortunately without snow due to climate change. Hardly any glaciers left.

Mario excellent guide !!! The tour of 100, highly recommended. I exceed my expectations

Mario is a great host for this tour the mountain was awesome, definitely a must do!

everything was super well organized and Barbara is a good guide