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.
Safety informationThis 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 hintswww.gapa.de, www.zugspitze.de (for information on cable car schedules), www.hochalm-hammersbach.de, www.restaurant-alpspitze.de
Getting thereTake 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.
ParkingLarge parking area at the cable car stations (P9)
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentAnkle-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)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
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.