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Via Aule-Alm to the Riessersee – short but beautiful trail

Nordic Walking · Zugspitz Region
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  • Aulealm
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  • Riessersee Restaurant
    / Riessersee Restaurant
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  • Blick auf den großen und kleinen Waxenstein
    / Blick auf den großen und kleinen Waxenstein
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  • Wegweiser zur Bobbahn
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Map / Via Aule-Alm to the Riessersee – short but beautiful trail
450 600 750 900 1050 m km 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 4 4.5 Aule-Alm Olympia-Bobbahn Rießersee Wasserfall

This is a romantic trail for athletes who also like to enjoy nature – this tour is always interesting, no matter which season. Enjoy the unique panoramic views and don’t miss the chance to have a refreshing swim in the summer – for body and soul.
4.6 km
0:45 h
143 m
143 m
The Riesersee (Lake Riesser) used to be the setting of ice sports and famous international winter sports competitions. Of course, when the weather is fine in the summer, nothing reminds one of this icy pleasure: The small public swimming area, boat hire and café located at the shores of the lake as well as the impressive panoramic view all make you immediately feel as if you were on a holiday.


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


Author’s recommendation

The Tourist Information of Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers guided tours. There are well-trained trainers available for each age group. If you would like to register, please call +49 8821 180 736 User
Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus
Updated: May 22, 2019

Highest point
820 m
Lowest point
712 m
Best time of year


Nordic Walking gear, shoes with solid and rough soles

Tips, hints and links


Hammersbacher Fußweg (756 m)
47.472370, 11.063380
32T 655478 5259722

Turn-by-turn directions

Your hking tour starts near the base terminal of the Kreuzeckbahn cable car. Walk a short distance on Kreuzeckbahnstraße in the direction of the town. At the first possibility, turn right onto a country lane that will lead you to the Aule-Alm Hut and further on to the Riessersee (Lake Riesser). In running along the lake’s northern shores, you will reach the Seehotel Riessersee and the Riessersee Hotel Sport & Spa Resort located next to it. Beyond the hotel, a small path will lead you downhill to the country lane. Turn left in the valley and continue your way back to your starting point parallel to the railway tracks.


Public transport

There is an hourly connection to and from München Hbf (Munich central station) land Garmisch-Partenkirchen Continue with the Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn to the Kreuzeck station. Alternatively, take the local bus and get off at Hammerbacher Fußweg.


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 follow the signs to the left to the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn when you are near the end of the town (at the barracks). This road leads you to the base terminal of the Kreuzeckbahn cable car.

If you are coming from Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and stay on the main road. Turn left at the intersection at the town hall (3rd traffic lights) in the direction of Garmisch/Grainau/Zugspitze. Just before leaving town, follow the signs to the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn.

If you are coming via the state road B23, drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and turn right at the first traffic light. Follow the signs to Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn.


Parking is available at the base terminals of the Alpspitzbahn/Kreuzeckbahn cable cars (P9).
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte und "Nordic Walking Führer" erhältlich bei Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus oder unter

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4.6 km
0:45 h
143 m
143 m
Loop Scenic With refreshment stops Family friendly Botanical highlights


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