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Snow shoe hike – from Bad Kohlgrub to Oberammergau

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  • Schneeschuhwanderung von Bad Kohlgrub nach Oberammergau
    / Schneeschuhwanderung von Bad Kohlgrub nach Oberammergau
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Best of Winter CC Thomas Bichler
  • / Schild Abend- und Morgendämmerung
    Photo: Arvis Robalds, Ammergauer Alpen GmbH
  • / Schneeschuhwanderung von Bad Kohlgrub nach Oberammergau - am Vorderen Hörnle
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Martin Doll
  • / Schneeschuhwanderung von Bad Kohlgrub nach Oberammergau - an der Hörnlealm
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Martin Doll
  • / Schneeschuhwanderung von Bad Kohlgrub nach Oberammergau - am Aufacker
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Peter Hutzler
  • / Schneeschuhwanderung von Bad Kohlgrub nach Oberammergau - Brotzeit in der Wintersonne
    Photo: Thorsten Unseld, Peter Hutzler
m 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Erlebnisbad WellenBerg Hörnlehütte Hinteres Hörnle Großer Aufacker Hörnle-Alm
Multi-summit tour for fit snow shoe hikers with a good sense of direction
Distance 14.5 km
7:04 h
1,189 m
1,231 m
Attractive tour over the Hörnle and the Stierkopf to the Großer Aufacker. The first part of the route mostly involves hiking through open terrain at the edge of the ski piste. The middle section provides the best panoramic views. The transition from the Stierkopf to the großer Aufacker is mostly through forest with individual glimpses of the mountain landscapes of te Ammergauer Alps.

The course was developed in 2015 by the German Alpine Association working in conjunction with local representatives (forestry, hunting and farmers) as part of the “Environmentally friendly mountain skiing and climbing” project.

Author’s recommendation

Am Endpunkt der Tour wartet das Heißwasserbecken des WellenBergs in Oberammergau zur Entspannung auf Sie.

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Thorsten Unseld
Update: November 12, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
1,544 m
Lowest point
890 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop


Safety information

Bitte beachten Sie IMMER den Lawinenlagebericht:

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


Car park at the Tannenbankerl ski lift (932 m)
47.659171, 11.048798
47°39'33.0"N 11°02'55.7"E
32T 653832 5280453


Car park at the WellenBerg Adventure Pool

Turn-by-turn directions

The tour starts at the car park located above the valley station of the Tannenbankerl ski lift. Follow the ski slope to the right through a small wood. You then ascend to the Sonneneck, keeping the ski slope to your left at all times. Continue via the right-hand edge of the family downhill run past the mountain rescue hut until you reach the Hörnle Hut.
Please look out for descending skiers and keep to the edge of the slope.
From the Hörnle Hut, pass the Hörnle mountain cross country ski route on your left and proceed via the Vorderes Hörnle. You now descend slightly. Go past the Hörnle Alm and, on the opposite side of the mountain pasture, climb a few hundred metres to the Hinteres Hörnle.
The route continues downhill via the summit of the Stierkopf to the peak of the Drei Marken. From here on, a good sense of direction is required since the route to the next summit, the großer Aufacker, is mostly through mountain forest. Start by following the forest road heading towards Oberammergau/Romanshöhe. At a large crossroads with open views (Protzenau), enter the woods below the forest road to remerge onto the same road a few hundred metres further on. At the next crossing, take the middle road. At the next bend, continue straight on into the woods. The route takes a sharp turn to the right, and you emerge into an open clearing, which will take you onto the summit of the Großer Aufacker.
The descent into the valley at Oberammergau is via the normal summer pathway.
At the edge of the village, you will come to the Wellenberg Adventure Pool. From here, it is a 15-minute walk to the station in Oberammergau. Take the train back to your starting point in Bad Kohlgrub.

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Public transport


bus stop: Oberammergau, WellenBerg/Laberbergbahn
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)
train stop: Oberammergau Bahnhof
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, Murnau St2062 to Bad Kohlgrub


Car park at the Tannenbankerl ski lift


47.659171, 11.048798
47°39'33.0"N 11°02'55.7"E
32T 653832 5280453
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.


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 Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Blister 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 Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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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Wolfgang Köster
February 13, 2018 · Community
Super Tour allerdings mit aufgezeichneten 19,05 km. Benötigt haben wir netto, also ohne die Pausen ca. 7,5 Std. Im Foto meines ersten Kommentars sieht man, dass wir kaum von dem hier downloadbaren gpx-Track abgewichen sind. Trotzdem fast 4,5 km Unterschied? Lt. Aufzeichnung haben wir auch 1331 m im Aufstieg zurückgelegt
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Wolfgang Köster
February 13, 2018 · Community
Super Tour, allerdings
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When did you do this route? February 13, 2018
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14.5 km
7:04 h
1,189 m
1,231 m
Public-transport-friendly Refreshment stops available Insider tip Summit route Forest roads Clear area Forest Linear route Naturally on tour (DAV-initiative)


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