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Mountain Hiking - Kofel

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  • Gipfelkreuz Kofel
    / Gipfelkreuz Kofel
    Photo: Florian Leischer, Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • / Bergtour Kolbensattelhütte über Kofel - Blick auf das Ammertal
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Thorsten Unseld
  • / Blick vom Kofel im frühen Frühling
    Photo: Florian Leischer, Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • / Bergtour Kolbensattelhütte über Kofel - Kletterpassage am Kofelgipfel
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Thorsten Unseld
  • / Bergtour Kolbensattelhütte über Kofel - Aussichtsterrasse der Kolbensattelhütte
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Matthias Fend
  • / Bergtour Kolbensattelhütte über Kofel - Saftige Wiesen mit Blick auf Laber und Kofel
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Thorsten Unseld
  • / Bergtour - Kofel
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Horst Preisenhammer
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Due to the closure of the Grottenweg, diversion via the Kreuzigungsgruppe and further along the Ammer to Döttenbichl has been set up!

Two highlights in one tour. The experience of reaching the summit of the Kofel and a panoramic route that ends in a typical Bavarian treat at the Kolbensattel Hut

Distance 11.2 km
3:30 h
716 m
713 m
1,315 m
843 m
As soon as you embark upon an ascent of the Kofel, you will find yourself on terrain that is interesting in historical terms. On the Döttenbichl to your left hand side, numerous articles originating from the 19th Roman Legion have been found. Under the leadership of Drusus, the Legion arrived here on an Alpine campaign in the year 15 BC and were later slaughtered by Varus in the Teutoburg Forest.

The summit of the Kofel offers fabulous views in several directions. To the North, you will see the Pulvermoos Moor and the Ammer Valley, whilst the Weidmoos Moor lies to the South. These two low-lying moors originated from the same Ice Age glacier lake. The rock-free and wooded Aufacker, which lies to the East, had virtually no trees at all 100 years ago. More than 1,000 cattle and sheep used to graze on its slopes.

There are also beautiful views over to the Kolbensattel Hut whilst you are still on the ridgeway. The path takes you through shady mixed mountain forest. This form of woodland is typical of the Northern Alps and comprises spruce, beech, silver fir, sycamore maple, wych elm and ash.

Once you arrive at your destination, you will be rewarded with fantastic views over the Ammer Valley. These can be enjoyed from the terrace of the Kolbensattel Hut with a cool drink and a tasty Bavarian snack.

Author’s recommendation

Tired hikers take the Alpine Coaster from the Kolbensattelhütte down to the valley.
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Thorsten Unseld
Update: November 11, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
1,315 m
Lowest point
843 m
Best time of year
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Safety information

Im Notfall verständigen Sie bitte die nächstgelegene Rettungsleitstelle. Unabhängig vom Standort erreichen Sie diese deutschlandweit unter der Telefonnummer 112.

Tips and hints

Prospektmaterial ansehen und/oder bestellen


Tourist-Info Oberammergau (855 m)
47.597886, 11.049052
47°35'52.4"N 11°02'56.6"E
32T 654031 5273642


Kofel (1342m)

Turn-by-turn directions

The Kofel (1342 metres) is also referred to by locals as the "Oberammergau Matterhorn". It is a notable landmark that provides an interim destination offering fabulous views on your way to the Kolbensattel Hut.

From the Tourist Information Centre, leave the village by proceeding in a southerly direction, passing the tennis court and the cemetery until you reach the Döttenbichel.

Go past the Döttenbichel. At a large clearing, turn diagonally right and ascend across a field to reach a bench at the edge of the forest. From here, the route splits into numerous steep and twisting pathways which lead up into the mountain forest.

Passing a corrie and rocky walls, you will eventually reach the col of the Kofel. The more demanding part of the tour begins here. After a few minutes, you will see the first passages secured by wire rope. These offer useful support on the ascent to the summit of the Kofel.

The effort is worth while. After about 20 minutes, you will reach the summit of the Kofel via the via ferrata.

Descent is once more via the small via ferrata to the col of the Kofel. From here, an easy path over the Königssteig takes you along an attractive high panoramic route as far as the Kolbensattel Hut.

After a refreshment stop at the Kolbensattel Hut, you will have a walk of about 1 hour back to the car park in Oberammergau. Another option for a fast descent is to test the "Alpine Coaster".


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Public transport


bus stop: Oberammergau Bhf or Eugen-Papst-Str.
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9606 Füssen - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
9621 Oberammergau - Saulgrub - Bad Kohlgrub - Murnau
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)
train stop: Bhf Oberammergau
Murnau - Oberammergau

Guests in the Ammergauer Alps Region can use their electronic guest pass or the "KönigsCard" to obtain free bus travel. 

Getting there

A95, B23 to Oberammergau via Ettal


Tourist-Info Oberammergau, Eugen-Papst-Str.


47.597886, 11.049052
47°35'52.4"N 11°02'56.6"E
32T 654031 5273642
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

Wanderkarte Naturpark Ammergauer Alpen

Author’s map recommendations

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter


You can enjoy an unforgettable hiking experience in the Ammergau Alps as long as you have the right gear. Visit the "Best of Wandern" Test Centre in Bad Kohlgrub to try out the latest outdoor equipment free of charge.

- GPS devices

- rucksacks, child carriers, children's jackets

- multifunctional jackets

- hiking boots

- sticks and head lamps

- binoculars

- tour software

- snow shoes

- backpacking umbrellas

The Best of Wandern Test Centre is located at Hotel Schillingshof, directly opposite the Hörnlebahn ski lift. adress: Fallerstraße 11, Bad Kohlgrub tel.: +49 8845 7010.

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Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
  • For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
  • Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.

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Bram Ernst
November 23, 2020 · Community
When did you do this route? November 19, 2020
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Rudolf Eckert
August 24, 2019 · Community
Perfekte Halbtagestour.
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11.2 km
3:30 h
716 m
713 m
Highest point
1,315 m
Lowest point
843 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Geological highlights Summit route Scrambling required Secured passages


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