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Snowshoeing to the Kochelbergalm

Snowshoe walking · Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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  • / Schneeschuhwandern rund um die Kochelbergalm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Blick von den Kochelbergwiesen auf das Hausbergskigebiet
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Kochelbergalm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
  • / Kochelbergalm
    Photo: Bettina Plank, GaPa Tourismus
m 900 850 800 750 700 3,5 3,0 2,5 2,0 1,5 1,0 0,5 km Hausberg, Restaurant-Hotel Kochelberg-Alm Alpspitz-Wellenbad Alpspitz-Wellenbad Hausberg Hausbergbahn Hausbergbahn Infotafel Infotafel
Walking along snow-covered Alpine meadows on this trail, snowshoeing is pure pleasure, especially for beginners.


Distance 3.7 km
2:15 h
142 m
142 m
850 m
708 m
This is a beautiful tour that even inexperienced snowshoe hikers can enjoy. Of course, you will also enjoy stopping for a bite to eat or refreshments at the cozy Kochelbergalm.


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 snowshoe hikes on easy routes that are also suitable for beginners. On principle, adolescents and adults having a shoe size of 38 (according to the Continental European System; UK: 5-5.5; US: 6-6.5) or more can participate. For further information and registration, please call: +49 8821 180 736
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Update: December 28, 2021
Risk potential
Highest point
Kochelberalm, 850 m
Lowest point
Alpspitz-Wellenbad, 708 m
Best time of year
Cardinal direction

Rest Stop

Hausberg, Restaurant-Hotel

Safety information

Phone number for Alpine emergencies: Tel. 112 (Mountain Rescue Service)


Weather forecast for the local mountains of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahnen cable car company: Phone +49 8821 797 979

Note that you are going on the tour at your own risk. Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus assumes no liability. Observe the local information and route descriptions.


Tips and hints


Parking lot at the Alpspitz-Wellenbad (707 m)
47.487860, 11.094730
47°29'16.3"N 11°05'41.0"E
32T 657794 5261507


Alpspitz- Wellenbad

Turn-by-turn directions

Starting at the Alpspitz-Wellenbad parking lot, the footpath runs alongside the stream and over the railway tracks in the direction of Hausberg/Kochelbergalm. Continue on the path towards Hotel Hausberg, which you will see from quite a distance away. Turn left here and follow the path over the fields to the path leading to the Kochelbergalm (signs will point you the way). Now, its the time to put your snowshoes on. The path will now lead you, steeply, over snow-covered meadows until you reach the Alm (Alpine hut) (837 m). Here, you can have something to drink or eat and recover and enjoy the sun.  For your way back, you can choose to walk over the road or return on the same way.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport


The Deutsche Bahn (German Federal Railway) offers comfortable and regular connections to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. When you have left the station, walk through the passage just behind the station; turn left at the station of the Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn and walk to the Olympic Ice Sports Centre. Walk past the Centre and in the direction of the Alpspitz-Wellenbad (the walk takes 5 minutes).

Getting there

Take the motorway A95 in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. When you have reached the end of the motorway at Eschenlohe, follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Follow the signs to the Garmisch part of town. In Garmisch, follow the signs to Alpspitz-Wellenbad/Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum.

If you are coming from Innsbruck/Mittenwald, follow the signs in the direction of Grainau/Reutte when you have reached the Rathausplatz (town hall square). After the station, you will drive through an underpass. Turn left right after it, and follow the signs to Alpspitz-Wellenbad/Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum.

If you are coming from Reutte/Ehrwald/Tirol via the state road B23, drive into Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Turn right at the second traffic light and follow the course of the road until you reach the traffic lights right before the underpass. Turn right here to the Alpspitz-Wellenbad/Olympia-Eissport-Zentrum.


Large parking lot at the Alpspitz-Wellenbad (public swimming pool) adjacent to the Olympia Eissportzentrum (Olympic Ice Sports Centre) (P6)


47.487860, 11.094730
47°29'16.3"N 11°05'41.0"E
32T 657794 5261507
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike

Author’s map recommendations

GaPa Wanderführer mit KOMPASS Wanderkarte (1:35.000) erhältlich bei Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus und unter Alpenvereinskarte, Wetterstein- und Mieminger Gebirge, Östliches Blatt (1:25.000) freytag & berndt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wettersteingebirge, Werdenfelserland (1:25.000)


Snowshoeing gear

Basic Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots appropriate for winter use (B1+ recommended)
  • Layered, moisture wicking clothing
  • Long, warm technical socks plus liners and spares
  • Rucksack (with rain cover)
  • Water- and windproof mountaineering jacket and trousers with ankle adjustment or separate gaiters
  • Lip protection (SPF 30+)
  • Water- and windproof gloves plus thin fleece inner gloves
  • Neckwear
  • moisture wicking skull / knit cap
  • Sunglasses
  • Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
  • First aid kit
  • Kit para bolhas
  • Bivy / survival bag  
  • Survival blanket
  • Headlamp
  • Pocket knife
  • Whistle
  • Cell phone
  • Cash
  • Navigation equipment / map and compass
  • Emergency contact details
  • ID

Technical Equipment for Snow Shoe Walking

  • Hiking poles fitted with snow baskets
  • Snowshoes  
  • 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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3.7 km
2:15 h
142 m
142 m
Highest point
850 m
Lowest point
708 m
Public-transport-friendly Circular route Refreshment stops available Clear area


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