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Bike Riding

To the Wettersteinalm

Bike Riding · Zugspitz Region
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  • / Olympiaskistadion
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Partnachuferweg
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Schloss Elmau
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
m 1800 1600 1400 1200 1000 800 600 25 20 15 10 5 km Hintergraseck, Almwirtschaft Die tosende Partnach Hintergraseck, Almwirtschaft Wettersteinalm Gedenkkreuz Alpengut Elmau Partnachklamm Gedenkkreuz

A popular and demanding mountain bike tour with impressive scenery.
difficult
29.9 km
3:45 h
1185 m
1185 m
Starting in Garmisch, pass the Olympia Skisstadion (Olympic skiing stadium) with its futuristic ski jump, where the New Year’s ski jumping contest of the Four Hills Tournament takes place every January. Continue on towards the Partnachklamm gorge. Across idyllic mountain meadows and through dreamy villages you will arrive in Elmau. Even before you reach the mountain pastures of the Wettersteinalm you can hear the bells of the young cattle grazing here in the summer. Surrounded by meadows, the Alpine hut is located at an altitude of 1,464 m. You can stop for refreshments here and enjoy the view of the majestic towering rocks of the Wetterstein Mountains.

 

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

Author’s recommendation

From the last junction it is only 5 km more to go to King Ludwig II’s hunting lodge Jagdschloss Schachen.

 

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus
Updated: March 31, 2020

Difficulty
difficult
Stamina
Experience
Landscape
Highest point
1464 m
Lowest point
706 m
Best time of year
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Rest Stop

Hintergraseck, Almwirtschaft

Safety information

Phone number for Alpine emergencies: Phone 112 (Mountain Rescue Service)

 

Weather forecast for the local mountains of the Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn Bergbahnen cable car company: Phone +49 8821 797 979

Tips, hints and links

www. gapa.de, www.schachenhaus.de

 

 

Start

Bahnhof (train station) Garmisch-Partenkirchen (706 m)
Coordinates:
DD
47.491810, 11.097550
DMS
47°29'30.5"N 11°05'51.2"E
UTM
32T 657995 5261952
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Turn-by-turn directions

At the station turn right and cross the taxi stand to Lagerhausstraße. This street leads into Gehfeldstraße. After ca. 200 m, the road forks. Ensure that you keep right. At the end of Kochelbergstraße cross the railway tracks and turn left. Stay alongside the tracks and turn right at the next junction. After 5 minutes you will cross a bridge. Turn right again and cycle upstream along the Partnach River towards the Partnachklamm gorge. Behind the wooden bridge in front of the gorge, a very steep path leads you uphill (30% – if it is too steep for you, just get off and walk your bike – the very steep part is rather short). After 4 switchbacks you will reach Vordergraseck. Here you should turn left and go to Hintergraseck, across a beautiful mountain meadow and through a gate at its end. Continue uphill, cycle past the turnoff to Eckbauer. Then, a short downhill part over a bridge and uphill again will take you to the parking site Elmau. From here follow the stream Elmauer Bach for 1 km. Then, a forest track, level at first and then turning steeper, takes you to an intersection, where you will turn left. After 100 m stay right and go towards Wettersteinalm. At the end, the path is quite bumpy until you reach a turnoff at a gate. There you should go left and arrive at Wettersteinalm after 5 more minutes. Take the same route for the way back down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Alternatively, you can cycle on the toll road from Elmau to Klais, past the castle Schloss Kranzbach and on the cycle path along the state road B2, to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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all notes on protected areas

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 Partenkirchen/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 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.

Parking

Bahnhof (train station), (P4, paid parking)

Coordinates

DD
47.491810, 11.097550
DMS
47°29'30.5"N 11°05'51.2"E
UTM
32T 657995 5261952
w3w 
///rumble.juiciest.experiences
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 www.gapa.de. 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

Equipment

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

 


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Difficulty
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Distance
29.9 km
Duration
3:45h
Ascent
1185 m
Descent
1185 m
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