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Fixed rope route via Höllentalklamm gorge to Riffelscharte

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  • Durch die Höllentalklamm
    / Durch die Höllentalklamm
    Photo: Benedikt Staubitzer, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Blick zur Zugspitze
    Photo: Benedikt Staubitzer, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Höllental
    Photo: Benedikt Staubitzer, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Durch die Höllentalklamm
    Photo: Vivalpin
  • / Weg nach der Höllentalangerhütte
    Photo: Vivalpin
  • / Klettersteig
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m 2500 2000 1500 1000 500 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 km Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Höllentaleingangshütte Bushaltestelle Eibsee Das Brett Eibsee-Alm Höllentalangerhütte Christlhütte
A demanding day tour through Höllentalklamm gorge finishing with a great view of Lake Eibsee and the Ammergau Mountains.
Distance 18.5 km
6:30 h
1,622 m
1,622 m
2,135 m
748 m
This route will take you from Hammersbach through the impressive and easy to walk Höllentalklamm gorge all the way up to the Alpine hut Höllentalangerhütte, following the wild mountain stream. From here on you will continue to hike through Höllentalanger and up to Riffelscharte. You will then descend all the way down to Lake Eibsee on the northern side of this impressive part of the Wetterstein mountain range.


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

Author’s recommendation

Take your time walking through Höllentalklamm gorge and enjoy the hike across bridges, planks and tunnels.


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Update: December 29, 2021
A difficult
Highest point
Riffelscharte, 2,135 m
Lowest point
Parkplatz Hammersbach, 748 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop

Hammersbacher Hütte

Safety information

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


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

Tips and hints


Hammersbach car park (fee payable) (754 m)

Turn-by-turn directions

If you travel by car, you can get a summary of the tour by looking at the information board at the large car park for hikers. From here you follow the road to your right into Hammersbach, where you will reach a small chapel next to the stream. If you travel by Zugspitzbahn, you will take the footpath from the platform to the road, which will also take you to the chapel. The bus stops right here, so the chapel is an ideal starting point.


To the right of the chapel, the footpath takes you straight into the forest. Follow this path further uphill, ignoring the signs for “Höllental über Stangensteig” (Höllental valley via Stangensteig trail), following the signs for “Höllentalklamm” gorge. At the beginning of the gorge you will reach the Alpine hut marking the entrance, where you can pay your entrance fee (Adults 2.50 EUR/children 2 EUR/concessions for DAV-members and the disabled). Now you will enter the impressive Höllentalklamm gorge. It may be advisable to put on a rain jacket before, as the water is raging down the torrent and you may be splashed from above. You will go through the wild gorge on well secured paths, planks and bridges, through galleries and tunnels. Here you will experience the original force of water and nature. Don’t forget to look up every now and then: You can see thousands of little rainbows in the sunlight, innumerable waterfalls and a huge rock which got stuck between the walls of the gorge. After exiting the gorge, the path will take you further on through the steep, narrow valley all the way to Höllentalangerhütte. If you planned this tour to take two days, you can spend the night here (Especially during the main season, it is advisable to book in advance). To the right behind the hut, the path goes off uphill. You will then continue on a good path in westerly direction to the base of the Höllentalanger valley and up to the rocks until you reach a board with signs for the footpaths. Keep right. You will then continue further uphill, assisted by steel wires in the “Kramml”, and then zigzagging higher up. Then you will remain left until you reach the lowest green dip, called Riffelkar. At the edge of the rubble you will turn right and then left to cross the upper dip of the cirque. This way you will get up to Riffelscharte. You will then go in westerly direction around the north side, then secured by steel wires you will cross plates down to the rubble of the Riffelriss. Where the footpath splits up you keep left and walk down a rubble path with bends to the Riffelriss station. If you are struggling and getting tired, you can wait here for the next cable car. If you want to hike a bit further, you cross over towards the West and then hit a path coming from the Alpine hut Wiener Neustädter Hütte. Keep right and follow the path to Lake Eibsee. You can then take the bus or train back to Hammersbach.


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Public transport

Take the national train service to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (connections from Munich every hour, regular connections from Innsbruck and Reutte/Tirol). Right behind the Deutsche Bahn train station you will find the Zugspitzbahn station. There are hourly Zugspitzbahn trains leaving for Grainau, coinciding with the Deutsche Bahn timetable. Take the Zugspitzbahn train to the Hammersbach stop (NB: Request stop – please press the stop button in good time after the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn stop to indicate that you want to get off at Hammersbach).


Getting there

Take the motorway A95 from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the end of the motorway near Eschenlohe, follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the Farchant Tunnel first follow the signs for the Garmisch part of town/Grainau/Zugspitze. Carry on through Garmisch in the direction of Grainau/Zugspitze. Leave Garmisch-Partenkirchen and then take the first exit left into Grainau and follow the main road. After approx. 1.5 km a road leaves to the left to Hammersbach (signposted). Just after crossing the tracks of the Zugspitzbahn, you will see a large car park for hikers to your right.

Coming on the state road B2 from Innsbruck/Mittenwald carry on until you reach the intersection in front of the town hall in Partenkirchen. Here you take a left in the direction of Grainau/Zugspitze/Fernpass/Reutte and then follow the course of the main road (Bahnhofstrasse, St.-Martin-Strasse). Leave Garmisch-Partenkirchen and then take the first exit left into Grainau and follow the main road. After approx. 1.5 km a road leaves to the left to Hammersbach (signposted). Just after crossing the tracks of the Zugspitzbahn, you will see a large car park for hikers to your right.

Coming from Ehrwald/Tirol or Grainau/Zugspitze on the state road B23, you will take the second road to Grainau before you reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Follow the main road for approx. 1.5 km until you reach a road going off to the left to Hammersbach (signposted). Just after crossing the tracks of the Zugspitzbahn, you will see a large car park for hikers to your right.


Large car park for hikers just before Hammersbach (fee payable).


Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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Equipment for fixed rope routes, helmet and surety of step as well as a good head for heights essential.


Weatherproof clothing, provisions and beverages, first aid kit, sun screen.

Basic Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Hiking socks  
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
  • Sunglasses
  • Hiking poles
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Via Ferratas

  • Via ferrata set
  • Climbing harness
  • Climbing helmet
  • Via ferrata or hard-wearing safety gloves
  • Positioning lanyard / personal anchor system with screwgate carabiners for resting
  • Via ferrata belay kit if required (when accompanying beginners and / or children)
  • 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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Kaj Kusterer
February 28, 2020 · Community
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When did you do this route? August 15, 2018

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A difficult
18.5 km
6:30 h
1,622 m
1,622 m
Highest point
2,135 m
Lowest point
748 m
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