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From Scharnitz in Tirol to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Bike Riding · Zugspitz Region
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This is a varied tour through beautiful scenery on well-developed cycle tracks and gravel paths. You can reach the starting point in Scharnitz (Austria) with a train of the Deutsche Bahn.


Distance 49 km
3:15 h
473 m
480 m
Long sections of the well-marked cycle tracks lead you along the Isar River, whose ice blue waters look quite spectacular. Numerous benches along the riverbank invite you to take breaks. At the Riedboden before Mittenwald a huge sea of flowers awaits you. Older children can manage this tour too, and should their power leave them, you can still take the train back from Klais.


Of course, cyclists with a lot of stamina can complete the tour in both directions. Along the way you have various options for detours.


For a more detailed description of the tour, please refer to "PDF Print" above.

Author’s recommendation

The tour is especially beautiful in the early summer, when the meadows are in full bloom. Apart from the blue gentian you can see many local plants, stretching before you like a colourful sea of flowers.


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Update: May 20, 2021
Highest point
Scharnitz Wanderparkplatz, 990 m
Lowest point
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bahnhof, 705 m
Best time of year

Safety information

Alpiner Notruf Tel: 112 (Bergwacht)


Bergwettervorhersage der Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn Bergbahnen Tel: +49 8821 79 79 79


Tips and hints


Bahnhof (train station) Scharnitz (Austria) (707 m)
47.491187, 11.098338
47°29'28.3"N 11°05'54.0"E
32T 658056 5261884


Bahnhof in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Turn-by-turn directions

You will start cycling in the centre of Scharnitz and turn right on Hauptstraße in the direction of the former German border. Behind the kiosk and antique shop turn left and enter the nature reserve Riedboden across the bridge over the Isar River. On well-marked cycle tracks, a gravel path leads you through coniferous woodland and meadows. Having passed the sports facilities in the Ried with their tennis court and playground, turn right on the Isar Bridge and you will soon enter Mittenwald. In front of the bridge turn right and follow the street across the railway tracks. Slightly downhill you will approach the Haus Döring, in front of which you will meet the cycle track. Along the Isar River, go straight on the signposted cycle track in the direction of Klais/Krün. Uponn reaching the barracks, the street approaches a flyover in a bend to the left. Slightly uphill, the cycle track runs along the right hand side of the state road for a few kilometres. Switch to the other side of the road, and go on the uphill/downhill track to Krün, and then on to Klais. Here, you will cross the street at the railway crossing and turn right towards the train station. Alongside the tracks, cycle through meadows that are very popular with cross-country skiers in the winter. You will pass Gerold and take the cycle track on the right hand side, and then on the left hand side of the state road to Kaltenbrunn. Here, you will change to the other side of the street for the last time. A long downhill section takes you towards Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Just behind the place name sign turn left onto Wildenauer Straße. Behind the railway tracks stay on the left of the tracks until you reach the crossing. Turn right onto Kochelbergstraße, until you meet Gehfeldstraße. Ca. 50 m later you will reach the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station via Lagerhausstraße.


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Public transport

Take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (connections from Munich every hour, regular connections from Innsbruck and Reutte).

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 from Munich to its end at Eschenlohe, and then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Drive in the direction of the Partenkirchen part of town ("Ortsteil Partenkrichen") and Mittenwald/Innsbruck. Turn right at the intersection at the town hall (4th traffic light), and then turn left to the train station at the second traffic light.


When coming from Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There, follow the signs to München (Munich). At the town hall intersection (3rd traffic light), turn left, and then left again at the 2nd traffic light.


When coming from Reutte/Ehrwald/Tirol/Grainau, take the state road B23 into Garmisch-Partenkirchen and follow the signs to “Ortsteil Partenkirchen”. After the underpass on St.-Martin-Straße there is a sharp bend to the right, immediately followed by traffic lights. Here you should turn right to the train station.


At the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station, take the train to Scharnitz.


Bahnhof (train station) Garmisch-Partenkirchen, P4, paid parking


47.491187, 11.098338
47°29'28.3"N 11°05'54.0"E
32T 658056 5261884
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte (1:35.000) und „Radeln & Moutainbiken“ erhältlich bei Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus und unter Alpenvereinskarte, Wetterstein- und Mieminger Gebirge, Östliches Blatt (1:25.000) freytag & berndt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wettersteingebirge, Werdenfelserland (1:25.000) Mountainbike Touren Wetterstein Karwendel West-Estergebirge, AM BERG Verlag


Weatherproof clothing, cycling helmet, water bottle, repair kit, first-aid kit, and protection against the sun


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49 km
3:15 h
473 m
480 m
Scenic Refreshment stops available Family-friendly


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