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Via the Esterbergalm to the Finzbachtal and lake Barmsee

Bike Riding · Zugspitz Region
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  • Die Esterbergalm mit Kapelle, im Hintergrund der Krottenkopf.
    / Die Esterbergalm mit Kapelle, im Hintergrund der Krottenkopf.
    Photo: Hans-Jürgen Bayer, Outdooractive Editors
  • / Barmsee
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Beschilderung zum Finzbachtal
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Daxkapelle
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Herbststimmung am Barmsee
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Mountainbiketour in der Zugspitz Arena Bayern-Tirol
    Photo: Zugspitz Arena Bayern-Tirol / Thomas Marzusch
m 1400 1200 1000 800 600 35 30 25 20 15 10 5 km Finzbachbrücke Hoher Fall Sankt Anton Finzalm Finzbachklamm Plattele Gerold Barmsee Pfeiffer Alm
A tour with changing scenery along with demanding sections, passing swimming lakes, uphill to mountain pastures and downhill to picturesque valleys, and always accompanied by the magnificent Alpine panorama.


Distance 36.8 km
3:15 h
788 m
788 m
The first, and steepest, leg to the Esterbergalm is duly rewarded. The mountain pasture with the Alpine hut is located at a beautiful spot between the mountains Wank, Fricken and Krottenkopf. In the summer months, the young cattle of the Partenkirchen farmers enjoy the tasty grass of the wide pastures. If you want to hike, e.g. with children, on a less exhausting trail, you can take the Wankbahn cable car to the middle terminal, and reach Esterbergalm via the Hüttlsteig trail in roughly one and a half hours. By the way: Directly opposite the Alpine hut there is a small chapel that adorns this idyllic spot. From here, after cycling up and down for a while, go downhill to the Finzbach stream to Krön. The picturesque lakes Barmsee and Grubsee invite you for a swim or at least a nice break.


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

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus
Updated: May 20, 2021
Highest point
1,297 m
Lowest point
699 m
Best time of year

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 and hints


Bahnhof (train station) Garmisch-Partenkirchen (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

Directly at the station you will start along Bahnhofstraße and cross the town hall intersection to the Partenkirchen part of town. Having passed the small church Sebastianskircherl you will turn left onto Münchnerstraße and follow its course until you arrive at the turnoff in the direction of the Wankbahn cable car. You will then follow Wankbahnstraße, pass the parking site on the right and pedal on over the cattle grid. After ca. 800 m turn left in the direction of “Esterbergalm”, where you will arrive 6 km later (1,264). Should you be thirsty, you can take a break here. On you go then on the main path towards Krün. You will pass the Alpine hut Hintere Esterbergalm, also called Farchanter Alm, on your right hand side and cycle downhill through the Finzbachtal valley to Krün. On reaching the valley, you will go to the right to Lake Barmsee, which you will reach after crossing a forest. Along the western bank and then to the right you will reach the swimming area at lake Grubsee. Here you should keep right again and follow the street to Klais. Parallel to the state road B2, the cycle track winds its way via Gerold to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. If you want, you can turn right to “Schlattan/Höfle”, cycle an easy climb and get back via the “Alte Gsteig”. This route is a lot quieter than the cycle track right next to the state road B2.



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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 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 then 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.


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


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

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


Questions and answers

Question from Thomas Eggle · September 26, 2019 · Community
Ist die Estbergalm Ende September noch bewirtet?
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