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Royal Palace at Mount Schachen - via Partnachklamm gorge and Kälbersteig

· 6 reviews · Mountain Hike · Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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  • Alpengarten am Schachen
    / Alpengarten am Schachen
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  • / Wanderung zum Schachen
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This tour will first take you through Partnachklamm gorge and then on royal paths to the royal palace (Königshaus) at Mount Schachen, surrounded by the idyllic alpine world, that once enchanted King Ludwig II.


Distance 20.5 km
9:10 h
1,238 m
1,237 m
1,863 m
725 m
This tour offers an incredible multitude of sights waiting to be explored. Right at the beginning of your hike, you will find an architectural masterpiece in the shape of the new ski-jump, which is host to the annual new year leg of the Four Hills Ski Jumping competition.


Only about 20 minutes further on your walk, you will see a geological highlight in the shape of Partnachklamm. In 1912 this gorge was declared a sight of outstanding natural beauty. With its wild and roaring waterfalls, rapids and rock pools, it never fails to amaze holidaymakers and hikers.

But the most impressive sight of this tour is still to come: The Königshaus (royal palace) at Mount Schachen. It was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1869 and completed in 1870 in its location at an altitude of 1866 meters. The façade is kept surprisingly modest, in the style of a so-called "Swiss house". In stark contrast to the modest exterior of the wooden building is the luxurious “Moorish Hall”, which occupies the entire upper floor. You will find a fantastic array of colors ranging from gold and red to blue. Every year on the 25th of August in the seclusion of the mountains, the king celebrated his birthday in this Turkish hall, furnished with divans and a fountain in its center. Not far from the palace there is a botanical garden, which was planted in 1900. There are plenty of exotic plants to see here. Alongside Bavarian Alpine flowers you will find plants from North America, Asia, the Carpathian Mountains and the Caucasus.


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

Author’s recommendation

On the 25th of August, the king’s birthday, hikers and royalists meet up for the traditional memorial service on Mount Schachen.


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Update: May 19, 2022
Highest point
1,863 m
Lowest point
725 m
Best time of year

Rest stops

Almwirschaft Hanneslabauer

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


Olympic Ski Stadium (727 m)
47.482442, 11.118298
47°28'56.8"N 11°07'05.9"E
32T 659586 5260953



Turn-by-turn directions

Your walk commences at the Olympic Ski Stadium. It is advisable to have a look at the large information board for orientation purposes before following the road upstream along the river Partnach. To the right of the path you will see crosses, which were set up in the memory of accident victims. Further along the way you will soon pass the base terminal of the cable car leading up to Graseck. Just after that, an asphalted path takes you to the entrance of the Partnachklamm gorge. Right by the water you will find the steep footpath leading through Partnachklamm gorge. At the end of the gorge the river Partnach runs into a wide valley. Follow the river upstream for a bit further until you reach a junction in the way. Continue straight on into the woods in the direction of “Schachen via Kälbersteig”. The “Kälbersteig” path will take you uphill for a further 3 hours or so. Half way up this path crosses the “Königsweg” (king's path), on which King Ludwig used to ride to his palace in a carriage. The footpath is well signposted throughout.



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Public transport

Hourly train connections between Munich main station and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Then town buses (routes 1 and 2) to the Olympic Ski Stadium.

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 to Eschenlohe, then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the tunnel to the Partenkirchen part of town, follow the main street (Hauptstrasse). Near the end of town, follow the signs for the Olympic Ski Stadium (Olympia Skistadion).

From Mittenwald take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, first road left, follow the signs for the Olympic Ski Stadium (Olympia Skistadion).

Via state road B23 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen: turn right into Gernackerstrasse at the second traffic lights, then follow the course of the road (St.-Martin-Strasse, Bahnhofstrasse). Turn right at the intersection in front of the town hall and stay on Hauptstrasse, near the end of town, follow the signs for the Olympic Ski Stadium (Olympia Skistadion).


At the Olympic Ski Stadium, fee payable at times (P13).


47.482442, 11.118298
47°28'56.8"N 11°07'05.9"E
32T 659586 5260953
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte (1:35.000)

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Ankle-high walking boots, weatherproof clothing.


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Anderl W.
September 27, 2018 · Community
Mal erhlich - eine tolle Tour - aber das braucht kein Mensch. Der Kälbersteig zieht sich durch bis man auf den oberen Forstweg stösst. Mit etwas können und entsprechender Kondition war ich von 07.15 Start Skischanze - oben auf der Schachenhütte halbe Stunde Pause mit Essen - um 14.30 wieder am Parkplatz. Klamm kostet jetzt 5€ und ist ab der Mittagszeit gnadenlos mit Sandalengehern und Touristen überfüllt die noch nie am Berg waren. Die Tour ist schön, aber den gleichen Weg runter geh ich nicht mehr, das ist langweilig aber abwechslungsreich und extrem anstrengend. Wer den Schachen sehen will oder weiter auf die Meilerhütte gehen möchte ist über Elmau besser beraten. Oder zumindest für den Rückweg sollte man einen anderen Weg in Betracht ziehen. Oben lag im Schatten heute schon Schnee und es war in der Früh demensprechend Kalt. Sonst alles TipTop und wunderschön.
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When did you do this route? September 27, 2018
Alexander Wieck 
March 06, 2017 · Outdooractive Editors
Sehr schöne Tour. Hab sie mir direkt auf den Merkzettel gepackt
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Catharina Jung
July 11, 2016 · Community
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20.5 km
9:10 h
1,238 m
1,237 m
Highest point
1,863 m
Lowest point
725 m
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