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Mountain tour - Ettaler Manndl

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  • Bergtour Ettaler Manndl - Gipfel mit Estergebirge und Fernblick bis zum Wilden Kaiser
    Bergtour Ettaler Manndl - Gipfel mit Estergebirge und Fernblick bis zum Wilden Kaiser
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Thomas Bichler
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Mountain tour from Oberammergau onto the Ettaler Manndl (1633 metres) with via ferrata. Descent to Ettal.
Distance 14.1 km
6:00 h
825 m
825 m
1,586 m
838 m
A tour up onto the Ettaler Manndl and down via the Soila Lake to Oberammergau is a must for every serious hiker visiting the Bavarian Alps.
The starting point of the tour at Ettal Abbey and the views from the Ettaler Manndl over to the Zugspitze formation form a harmonious ensemble of natural spectacles and cultural monuments that is rare, even in the Germany Alpine Region.

Author’s recommendation

Besuchen Sie nach der Tour die Schaukäserei Ettal und probieren Sie die Käseköstlichkeiten, die hier jeden Tag aus heimischer Milch entstehen.
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Thorsten Unseld
Update: November 11, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
1,586 m
Lowest point
838 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Track types

Asphalt 17.24%Dirt road 30.28%Nature trail 5.47%Path 44.17%Road 0.26%Via ferrata 1%Unknown 1.55%
2.4 km
Dirt road
4.3 km
Nature trail
0.8 km
6.2 km
0 km
Via ferrata
0.1 km
0.2 km
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Safety information

Das letzte Stück zum Ettaler Manndl ist ein kurzer und teilweise exponierter Klettersteig! Hohe Rutschgefahr bei nassem Fels!

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

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Monastery Ettal (864 m)
47.569176, 11.091698
47°34'09.0"N 11°05'30.1"E
32T 657322 5270537
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Monastery Ettal

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting from the car park at Ettal Abbey, make your way past the abbey buildings to the left. You will soon reach a forest road that takes you ever deeper into the mountain forest.
The forest road ends and becomes a narrow hiking pathway. Pass the Tiefen Valley Forest Hut and continue to ascend the mountain round a series of sharp bends until you reach the access point for your final ascent below the mighty rocks of the face of the Ettaler Manndl.
Over the first few metres of the climb, test whether you feel secure enough to make your way up to the summit (a proper set of via ferrata climbing equipment is recommended). Use the fixed wire ropes to climb up into a small wind gap, then follow a ledge up to the left and through the rock face before completing a final direct climb up onto the summit area, the Ettaler Weibl. The summit cross is only a few steps away via a wind gap and a gully. Although the supporting link chain is firmly attached, it is not suitable for securing yourself.

Once you have safely descended to the main road, turn left to head for the Soila Alm. You will firstly reach the Solia Lake, an idyllic corrie loch. From here, it is only a few minutes to the Soila Alm, where refreshments are available in summer if the weather is good. After a short rest, proceed down into the valley to Oberammergau, passing the valley station of the Laber Mountain Railway.
Go through the village and exit via the Enzian Trail heading for Ettal. The route winds its way along the main road, gently climbing to your starting point in Ettal.


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Public transport


bus stop: Ettal Klosterhof           

9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)

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 Ettal via Oberau


car park at Ettal Klostergasthof


47.569176, 11.091698
47°34'09.0"N 11°05'30.1"E
32T 657322 5270537
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

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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.

- TEASE GPS devices
- VAUDE (rucksacks, child carriers, children's jackets and trousers)
- Jeff Green (multifunctional jackets)
- SCARPA (hiking boots)
- Black Diamond (sticks and head lamps)
- Zeiss (binoculars)
- MagicMaps (tour software)
- TUBBS (snow shoes)
- EuroSCHIRM (backpacking umbrellas)

The Best of Wandern Test Centre is located at Hotel Schillingshof, directly opposite the Hörnlebahn ski lift. Hiring periods: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 12 noon or by telephone arrangement/returns possible at any time For more information, visit:

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Christoph Hentschel 
April 23, 2022 · Community
Schöner Klettersteig (klein aber fein). Hier mein Video dazu. Mehr auf
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Ir Is
December 01, 2020 · Community
Schöne Tour auch noch Anfang Winter mit leichtem Schnee machbar. Leider ist der Ettaler Mandl ziemlich überlaufen. Zudem ist er nur für erfahrene Ks geher ohne Set zu machen. Anfänger und Kinder sollten sich unbedingt mit Ks Set einhängen.
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When did you do this route? November 28, 2020
Nordwand Abstieg nach dem Mandl
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Ausblick vom ettaler Mandl
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Markus Schrader
August 27, 2017 · Community
An der Bushaltestelle am Ettaler Kloster gestartet und dann steil bergan bis zum Einstieg des "Klettersteiges". Klettersteiganfänger können hier ihr Set mal ausprobieren. Erfahrene Bergsteiger können sich das Schleppen der Ausrüstung sparen. Nach der Gipfelrast noch hinüber zur Bergstation des Laber. Von dort bergab über die Soilalm nach Oberammergau. Mit dem Bus zurück zum Ausgangspunkt. Sehr schöne Tour...
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14.1 km
6:00 h
825 m
825 m
Highest point
1,586 m
Lowest point
838 m
Public-transport-friendly Out and back Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent Summit route Exposed sections Scrambling required Secured passages


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