Höllental und Zugspitze

Hike in the Zugspitz region:
Best tours and hiking maps in 3D

The highest mountain in Germany attracts hikers and mountaineers to its summit with fantastic tours. At just under 3,000 meters, the Zugspitze is one of the most attractive destinations in the Eastern Alps. For experienced mountain hikers, the normal routes via the Reintal or the Höllental are the most popular. Mountaineers will find the tour over the Jubiläumsgrat with uninsured passages in the lower III. Difficulty is a worthwhile challenge. The Zugspitze ascent is often underestimated due to the good accessibility by cable car and cog railway as well as the rather low height compared to other alpine peaks. You can find out what you need to know about the individual tours here in our guide.


Top tours in the Zugspitz region

Zugspitze via Höllental

Eibsee circular hike

Partnachklamm and Eckbauer


Zugspitze: All information at a glance

The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany. The western summit marks the border between Bavaria and Tyrol. There are three glaciers on the flanks of the Zugspitze. The highest elevation in the Wetterstein Mountains offers a breathtaking view in all directions when the weather is good. Around half a million tourists reach the Zugspitze every year on the Austrian cable car or on the cog railway and the new gondola lift from Bavaria. In winter, the Zugspitzplatt also serves as a ski area. The Schneeernerhaus with the mountain station of the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn below the summit even has its own zip code. For hikers and mountaineers there are several attractive routes to the summit, which we present on this page.

Height: 2.962 m

Location: on the border between Bavaria (Germany) and Tyrol (Austria)

Geology: Wetterstein limestone

First Ascent: August 27, 1820 by Naus, Tauschl and Maier

Contact Tourismusverband Zugspitze: 

Burgstr. 15, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen 

Phone: +49 8821 / 75 15 62

Jubiläumsgrat an der Zugspitze


The classic: Zugspitze through the Höllental

Höllentalferner und Zugspitze

The most rewarding route is the climb to the Zugspitze via the Höllental. This is undoubtedly one of the most scenic and varied mountain tours in Bavaria, although the tour requires experienced and fit climbers. First of all, the path leads us through the picturesque Höllentalklamm to the Höllentalangerhütte, where you can spend the night excellently before going up the Höllental to the Höllentalferner the next day. We use crampons to overcome the icy vertical meters to the start of the via ferrata, which we use to ensure that we climb the rock face to the summit, well insured but steep. All in all, the tour is peppered with varied and exciting sections and if you don't take the train downhill, but one of the alternative climbs to the Zugspitze, you get the perfect mountain experience at Germany's highest peak.


With children on and around the Zugspitze: easy routes

Hiking with children to the Zugspitze is a wonderful, but at the same time demanding, project. Which tour is best suited depends heavily on the condition and experience of the little mountain hikers. Ten-year-olds, who regularly do alpine tours with their parents, find it easier to cope in difficult terrain than 16-year-olds without the same requirements. The easy hiking routes to the Zugspitze include:


Tipp: There are tours to the Zugspitze, such as the Gatterl route from Ehrwald, which include short climbing points with wire ropes, which are a welcome little adventure for children. If you feel exhausted on the Zugspitzplatt near Sonn-Alpin, you can cover the rest of the route by train.



Winter hiking in the Zugspitz region

In winter, the snow-covered slopes sparkle and sparkle in the popular holiday region around Germany's highest mountain. Romantic winter hiking trails lead through snow-covered natural landscapes. Away from the slopes, you have enough space for yourself to take a deep breath in the clear winter air. And while the winter sun tickles the tip of your nose, you can enjoy the view and the wonderful mountain panorama. The ascent of the Zugspitze summit in winter should be reserved for experienced mountaineers with the necessary equipment.

Blick vom hohen Fricken auf die Zugspitze im Winter


FAQ: Frequently asked questions about hikes in Berchtesgaden

Those who lace up their mountain boots at 4 or 5 a.m. still have the whole day ahead of them. Mountain guides generally recommend starting the tour early because the weather is often stable in the morning, while it can change around midday. It is also cooler in the morning; the temperatures are less exhausting. In any case, you should realistically assess your own speed and calculate well with your own reserves. The given walking times are only an orientation.

Eine Bergwanderung auf die Zugspitze setzt passendes Schuhwerk und geeignete Kleidung immer voraus. Feste Schuhe in Form von Bergstiefeln oder Wanderschuhen, an die du bei Gletscherpassagen zusätzlich Steigeisen anbringen kannst, sind obligatorisch. Soft- oder Hardshell-Hose und -Jacke halten Wind und leichten Regen ab. Ein vollständiger Regenschutz darf dennoch neben ausreichend Flüssigkeit, energiereichen Snacks und Sonnenschutz auf keinen Fall im Rucksack fehlen.

Geeignetes Kartenmaterial für die Besteigung der Zugspitze findest du in der 3D Outdoor Guides App mit detaillierten Regionskarten in 3D sowie den einzelnen Touren.

Auf den Internetseiten der Bayerische Zugspitzbahn sowie der Tiroler Zugspitzbahn findest du die tagesaktuellen Fahrzeiten und Preise sowie detaillierte Wetterinformationen.

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