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Via Stepbergalm to the summit of Mount Kramer (back via St.-Martin-Hütte)

· 3 reviews · Mountain Hike · Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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  • Kramergipfel in der Morgensonne
    / Kramergipfel in der Morgensonne
    Photo: GaPa Tourimus Online, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Steig zur Stepbergalm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Alm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / St. Martin
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Blick von der Stepbergalm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Almhütte
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Kramergebirge
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Trailrunning in der Nähe vom Kramer-Gipfel
    Photo: Zugspitz Arena Bayern-Tirol_Thomas Marzusch, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
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The ascent to Mount Kramer is worth it, which is not only because of the stop at the Stepbergalm (Alpine hut).
Distance 16.1 km
7:30 h
1,543 m
1,543 m
This is one of the most popular one day hikes via Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It offers everything a perfect tour needs: A stop at an Alpine hut for a bite to eat and refreshments, a break at the summit crucifix as well as nice mountain trails through the forest and past the treeline.


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


Author’s recommendation

A stop at the Stepbergalm is a must! The Alpine hut was mentioned for the first time in 1408 and is idyllically situated in a valley up in the mountains between Mount Kramer and the mountains Vorderer Ziegspitz and Hirschbühelkopf. In the summer, sheep and young cattle graze here. Next to the Almhütte you will find a cold water basin that is perfect for refreshing your feet and legs after the hike.


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Update: April 06, 2021
Highest point
1,971 m
Lowest point
790 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop

Almhütte, Berggasthof

Safety information

As 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 hints,


Almhütte (Alpine hut) at the Kramerplateau trail. (792 m)
47.493340, 11.062760
47°29'36.0"N 11°03'45.9"E
32T 655370 5262051

Turn-by-turn directions

From the Alpine hut at the Kramerplateau trail walk in the direction of the Herrgottschrofen (follow the signs) until you see the signs to the “Stepbergalm über gelbes Gwänd”. Turn right here. After a 2 hour 30 minute walk, which goes through a quiet valley and shady mountain forest, you will reach the peaceful Alpine hut (1,583 m). From here, a steep path and then a narrow trail lead to the summit at 1,985 m (2 h). During this part of the tour, you will have a great view over the Valley of the Loisach and the mountains of the Wetterstein- and Ammer. The quickest and most direct descent is on the same route. The following route on the mountain ridge of Mount Kramer is more beautiful, but longer as well. After the summit crucifix, a path leads you in the northern direction until you walk downhill via an extended rock and gravel field on the right hand side of the northern slope. You will then cross an idyllic saddle and pass the Kramersteig (a little bit of easy climbing is required here) until you reach the way between Königsstand and St.-Martin-Hütte. Then, you will reach the Kramerplateau trail. Keep to the right and hike the last part of the route back to the starting point at the Almhütte. The descent takes about 3 hours.


Wildlife protection area Kramer: November 15 - April 15
all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take a train of the Deutsche Bahn (German Federal Railway) to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (comfortable and regular connections). At the station forecourt, board a local bus (route 1). Get off at the Äußere Maximilianstraße bus stop. Walk to the next street to the left uphill to the "Maximilianshöhe" until you reach the Almhütte (this walk takes approximately 15 minutes).


Getting there

Take 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.


Parking spaces are available at the Almhütte.


47.493340, 11.062760
47°29'36.0"N 11°03'45.9"E
32T 655370 5262051
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Book recommendation by the author

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Author’s map recommendations

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Ankle-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)
  • 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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Maximilian Schmidt
September 25, 2021 · Community
Tolle Tour! Ich würde sie andersrum empfehlen. Der Abstieg mit hohen Stufen wäre im Aufstieg sicher angenehmer. Außerdem kommt man bei der angegebenen Richtung ziemlich früh auf der Stepbergalm an.
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When did you do this route? September 25, 2021
Matthias Kuckucksberger
October 06, 2014 · Community
Hat mir sehr gut gefallen. Die Aussicht vom Gipfel ist traumhaft und die Steppbergalm sehr idyllisch gelegen. Den Abstieg fand ich am Ende etwas langweilig. Ein bißchen Schwindelfrei und Trittsicher sein schadet beim Anstieg auf den Gipfel nicht, alles in allem aber recht harmlos. Dafür sind es relativ viele Höhenmeter. Insgesamt sehr empfehlenswert. Die Wegbeschreibung finde ich am Anfang etwas irreführend. Wenn man mit dem Bus gekommen ist und Richtung Almhütte läuft, kann man gleich die erste Abzweigung Richtung Steppbergalm nehmen und muss NICHT bis zur Almhütte vor laufen.
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When did you do this route? September 26, 2014
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16.1 km
7:30 h
1,543 m
1,543 m
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