This winter walk from Grainau to Ehrwald has an incredible highlight. The ride up to the Zugspitze is an experience itself, but the magnificent mountain panorama is without equal
Standing atop the 2,962-metre peak of the Zugspitze, you are treated to a stunning view over the snow-covered mountainscape with its white valleys and vast expanses of nature. The scenery is truly spectacular and whets your appetite for the planned walk. And the best part: the Zugspitze Railway takes you to the glacier and its panorama platform effortlessly.
The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway offers you two ways of reaching the summit. Starting from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the rack-and-pinion railway ascends to the top with stops in Hammersbach, Grainau and Eibsee. The trip to the Zugspitzplatt plateau takes 45 minutes. As soon as you reach the station, you are treated to sweeping views over the alpine landscapes around you. The last leg of the journey up involves a glacier cableway that takes you right to the viewing platform. A faster and more spectacular ascent is offered by the newer Eibsee Cable Car, which carries you from Eibsee station to Germany‘s highest peak in just ten minutes. In good visibility, you get to enjoy a breathtaking panorama of around 400 peaks in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy, some of them 250 kilometres away. Tip: Online webcams can give you an idea about the current weather and visibility conditions.
A panorama cabin of the Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car takes you down to Ehrwald in just ten minutes; it has capacity for up to 100 passengers. From there, you can easily reach the Romantik Hotel Spielmann by foot. For your return journey, you can take a train (Regionalbahn) from Ehrwald to Grainau. Holders of a TOP SNOW CARD (ski pass of 2 days or more) ride for free during the winter. Alternatively, a free bus drives from Ehrwald to Garmisch via Grainau five times a day, all year round.
The day tour starts in Grainau. Destination: Ehrwald in Tyrol. You can start the walk from either point – in both places, a cosy Romantik Hotel welcomes hikers home after a long and beautiful day in the great outdoors. From the Romantik Alpenhotel Waxenstein in Grainau, you can reach the lower station of the Zugspitze Railway in around 1.5 hours. The path has a very gentle ascent and takes you through beautiful mixed woods, past Lake Badersee to Lake Eibsee (located at an altitude of 1,000 metres). Intermittent clearings grant you wonderful views of the Ammergau Alps. On your way back, you take a gently sloping hiking path from the lower station of the Tyrolean Zugspitze Cable Car to Ehrwald. The path runs parallel to the access road.
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