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Rest StopAlmhütte, Berggasthof
Safety informationAs the paths are often steep, it is necessary to be surefooted, in good physical condition and not afraid of heights. Bring along with you provisions and drinks for the hike! The part of the tour above the treeline is quite exposed and, in the summer, it might be hot between the dwarf pines. If you start the tour early enough, you will be back in the cool shades of the mountain forest when it gets hot at noon.
In the spring and late fall, there might be snowfields on the northern slopes of Mount Kramer. Additionally, the ropes and part of the climbing sections of the route might be covered with ice (descent over Kramerrücken, St.-Martin-Hütte).
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.stepberg-alm.de
Getting thereTake the motorway A95 from Munich to its end at Eschenlohe, and then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the Farchanter tunnel, drive in the direction of the Garmisch part of town and Grainau/Zugspitze. Go on through Garmisch and towards Grainau/Zugspitze. At the end of Garmisch (near the barracks) turn right onto Äußere Maximilianstraße over the Loisachbrücke (bridge over the Loisach River). Follow this street through a residential area until you will turn left onto a street to the Maximilianshöhe (direction of Almhütte/Tierheim) after approx. 500 m. Drive uphill until you reach the Almhütte on the Maximilianshöhe behind a small forest.
Coming from Ehrwald/Tirol on the state road B23, drive past Grainau and turn right over the Loisach onto Äußere Maximilianstraße when you have passed the town sign of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Follow this street through a residential area until you turn left onto the street to the Maximilianshöhe (direction of Almhütte/Tierheim) after approx. 500 m. Drive uphill until you reach the Almhütte on the Maximilianshöhe behind a small forest.
From Innsbruck/Mittenwald, take the state road B2 until you reach the town hall square (Rathausplatz). Turn left here and then follow the signs to the Garmisch part of town and Grainau/Zugspitze/Reutte/Tirol. Drive through the town and follow the signs to Grainau/Zugspitze. At the end of Garmisch (near the barracks), turn right onto the street to the Maximilianshütte (direction of Almhütte/Tierheim) after approx. 500m. Drive uphill until you reach the Almhütte on the Maximilianshöhe right behind a small forest.
ParkingParking spaces are available at the Almhütte.
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EquipmentAnkle-high mountain boots, telescope hiking sticks are recommended; bring enough to drink!
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.