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From Kreuzeck via Längenfeld to the Osterfelderkopf summit

Mountain Hike · Zugspitz Region
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  • Kreuzeck Osterfelderkopf
    / Kreuzeck Osterfelderkopf
    Photo: Benedikt Staubitzer, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Genuss-Erlebnissweg
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Startplatz Drachenflieger
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Blick vom Nordwandsteig
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Weg vom Kreuzeck zum Osterfelderkopf
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
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Around the Alpspitze Mountain – right across from the hikers’ paradise of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Distance 6.4 km
5:15 h
561 m
561 m
This hike, which is at a higher altitude and amidst a magnificent landscape, leads you from Kreuzeck via the sunny mountain ridge at the Längenfeld – always with an impressive view of the Alpspitze and Zugspitze Mountains and the Loisach Valley down to the Alpine upland. Then, you will go to the summit of the Osterfelderkopf Mountain directly at the foot of the imposing north face of the Alpspitze – it is incredibly difficult to find and see more beautiful Alpine scenery.

You can comfortably go uphill and downhill by cable car. If you are more ambitious, you have several options for the climb uphill and downhill as well as for worthwhile extensions of the hike at this altitude (faces of the Stuibenwand Mountains, Bernadein Valley, Kreuzjoch Mountain or even a detour for rock climbing at the Alpspitze).


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

Author’s recommendation

After the steep climb uphill to the Osterfelderkopf, take a seat on the terrace of the cable car station at the Restaurant Alpspitze and enjoy a traditional hearty Bavarian snack, the so-called “Brotzeit”. With this impressive backdrop, it will taste even better!
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Update: April 04, 2019
Highest point
Osterfelderkopf, 2,023 m
Lowest point
Talstation der Kreuzeckbahn, 1,615 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Alpspitze, Bergrestaurant

Safety information

This is an Alpine hike, making it absolutely necessary to be surefooted and not afraid of heights. Please keep in mind the cable car schedules, so that you get back down to the valley in time.


The 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, (for information on cable car schedules),,


Top terminal of the Kreuzeckbahn cable car (1,636 m)
47.452060, 11.066970
47°27'07.4"N 11°04'01.1"E
32T 655809 5257472

Turn-by-turn directions

With the Kreuzeckbahn cable car you can reach Kreuzeck Mountain (1,651 m). From the cable car station, follow the broad footpath there for a couple of hundred metres to the south. Here, take the first turn to the right and walk on, passing under the chairlift of the Längenfelderbahn cable car. While staying at the same altitude, walk westward until you reach a turnoff. Stay left and follow the signs to Längenfeld. Cross the open spaces at the Längenfeld, which are sunny skiing slopes in the winter. Passing the top terminal of the double chairlift, hike southwards until the path becomes steeper and winds up to the Osterfelderkopf summit (2,050 m).


Alternative: From Kreuzeck walk on to the Hochalm and take the steeper path, crossing the skiing slope below the Schöngänge Mountains uphill to the Osterfelderkopf. If you want to take a shortcut, you can take the Hochalmbahn cable car directly to the Osterfelderkopf summit.

From there, start hiking back down the serpentine trail. After 200 m, look out for a turnoff to the left, following the signs to “Hupfleitenjoch/Höllental”. Follow this turn, walk down more serpentine trails and keep to the right (do not turn left towards Hupfleitenjoch and Höllental). From here, a nice mountain path leads you through the Hupfleite area in front of Kreuzeck Mountain. Shortly before reaching the base terminal of the Längenfelderbahn chairlift, you will reach the path that you already know from your way uphill. From here it is not far to go to the top terminal of the Kreuzeckbahn cable car.

More comfortable (especially for your knees) downhill alternative: Up on the Osterfelderkopf you can take the Alpspitzbahn cable car directly back to your starting point (parking site).


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (connections from München (Munich) every hour, regular connections from Innsbruck and Reutte). Right behind the train station you will find the station of the Zugspitzbahn railway station. Matching the schedule of the Deutsche Bahn, the Zugspitzbahn goes to Grainau every hour. Exit at the station Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn.

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 from Munich to its end at Eschenlohe, and then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Behind the Farchanter tunnel drive in the direction of the Garmisch part of town and Grainau/Zugspitze. Go on through Garmisch and towards Grainau/Zugspitze.

From Innsbruck/Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Turn left at the intersection at the town hall in the direction of Grainau/Zugspitze/Fernpass/Reutte and follow the course of the main road (Bahnhofstraße, St.-Martin-Straße). Just before leaving the town, follow the signs to the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn and turn left at the barracks. The street leads you directly to the baser terminals of the Kreuzeck and Alpspitzbahn cable cars.

Coming from Ehrwald/Tirol or Grainau/Zugspitze, turn right just behind the place name sign and before the barracks/Marshall-Centre at the set of traffic lights. Follow the signs to Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn. The road leads you directly to the large parking area between the two base terminals.


Large parking area at the cable car stations (P9)


47.452060, 11.066970
47°27'07.4"N 11°04'01.1"E
32T 655809 5257472
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

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Ankle-high walking boots, telescope hiking sticks are recommended

Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • 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
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes

  • Climbing helmet as required
  • 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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6.4 km
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561 m
561 m
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