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From Mount Kreuzeck through the Höllental (Höllentalklamm)

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  • Höllentalklamm
    / Höllentalklamm
    Photo: Benedikt Staubitzer, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
  • / Hupfleitenjoch
    Photo: Benedikt Staubitzer, GaPa Tourismus GmbH
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The descent from Mount Kreuzeck through the Höllental Valley and the Höllentalklamm Gorge is a tour throughout a great landscape and a must for anyone who loves hiking in the mountains.
Distance 11.5 km
4:30 h
550 m
1,437 m
1,757 m
741 m
The views of Mount Zugspitze and the Waxenstein Mountains into the Höllental and its glacier as well as the hike through the Höllental Gorge are some of the most beautiful things the Wetterstein Mountains have to offer. This tour leads you from Mount Kreuzeck via Hupfleitenjoch Saddle and past the Knappenhäusern to the Höllentalangerhütte (Alpine hut). Up to this point and further through the Höllentalklamm you will walk along historic routes. A glance to the left and right is always worth it: You can discover abandoned mining galleries and the ruins of an old electric power station. In addition, of course, the impressive setting of the complete Höllental, with a view over the Höllental glacier and the summit of Mount Zugspitze are also here for your enjoyment. The hike through the Höllentalklamm with its tunnels, bridges and planks over the wild and thunderous stream with all its whirlpools and waterfalls is an unforgettable adventure that is also suitable for practiced families.


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Author’s recommendation

Detour for skilled hikers: In front of the Hupfleitenjoch (in the northern direction) there is Schwarzenkopf Mountain (1,818 m). It is worth the effort put in to climb its summit to enjoy the great view into the valley of the Loisach and the views deep into the Höllental (max. 15 minutes).


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Update: December 28, 2021
Highest point
1,757 m
Lowest point
741 m
Best time of year

Rest Stop

Hammersbacher Hütte

Safety information

It is necessary to be surefooted, in good physical condition and not afraid of heights. Caution: In spring there might still be snowfields!


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

www.gapa.de, www.zugspitze.de (for information on cable car schedules), www.alpenverein-ga-pa.de (for the Alpine huts Höllentallanger- and Höllentaleinganshütte)


Top terminal of the Kreuzeckbahn cable car (1,635 m)
47.452100, 11.067050
47°27'07.6"N 11°04'01.4"E
32T 655815 5257477

Turn-by-turn directions

With the Kreuzeckbahn cable car you can reach Kreuzeck Mountain (1,651 m). From the cable car station, follow the broad footpath that is located there for a couple of hundred metres to the south. Here, take the first turn to the right and walk on, passing under the chairlift of the Längenfelderbahn cable car. While staying at the same altitude, walk westward until you reach a turnoff. Stay right and follow the signs to Hupfleitenjoch. When you have reached the Hupfleitenjoch, turn right and walk directly into the Höllental - always with a unique view through the steep faces of the valley and over the Höllentalferner (glacier) up to the summit of the Zugspitze. From here on, the trail goes downhill. Firstly, you will quickly descend on the steeply winding path and then the path goes more flatly along the rock face. The path leads you along historic grounds past the Knappenhäusern (not attended Alpine huts). Watch out all along the path for abandoned mining galleries and other evidence of past times. In the 19th century and particularly during the First World War, lead ore was exploited here. Continuing steadily downhill, you will come closer to Höllentalangerhütte (Alpine hut, 1,387 m). From here, it is only a short distance to the entrance of the Höllentalklamm. Directly at its entrance you can discover the ruin of an old electric power station on the other side. The path now leads you through the breathtaking and thunderous setting of the Höllentalklamm over bridges, planks, through galleries and a tunnel - built into the rock and surrounded by loudly bubbling water. At the exit of the gorge, an "entrance fee" is collected, which is used to maintain the well-prepared and safe passage through the gorge over the years and repair it each winter. Adults: € 2.50, children € 2, and the members of the German Alpine Club (DAV) and disabled persons all go free of charge.


Directly at the exit you will see the Höllentaleingangshütte. It seems to be floating over the narrow valley and permits you, after the narrow gorge, a view over forests and much more sky. Keep to the right after the Alpine hut and follow mostly the forest road/road in the direction of Hammersbach. In Hammersbach, turn right onto the street and walk along it until it crosses the railway tracks of the Zugspitzbahn and ends in the open valley of the Hammersbach meadows. From here it is merely a comfortable walk over the meadow to the base terminal of the cable car, which you can see from a distance.


all notes on protected areas

Public transport

Take the train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (connections from München (Munich) every hour, regular connections from Innsbruck and Reutte). Right behind the train station you will find the station of the Zugspitzbahn railway station. Matching the schedule of the Deutsche Bahn, the Zugspitzbahn goes to Grainau every hour. Exit at the station Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn.

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.

From Innsbruck/Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Turn left at the intersection at the town hall in the direction of Grainau/Zugspitze/Fernpass/Reutte and follow the course of the main road (Bahnhofstraße, St.-Martin-Straße). Just before leaving town, follow the signs to the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn and turn left at the barracks. The street leads you directly to the baser terminals of the Kreuzeck and Alpspitzbahn cable cars.

When coming from Ehrwald/Tirol or Grainau/Zugspitze, turn right just after the place name sign and before the barracks/Marshall-Centre at the set of traffic lights. Follow the signs to Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn. The road leads you directly to the large parking area between the two base terminals.


Large parking area at the cable car stations (P9)


47.452100, 11.067050
47°27'07.6"N 11°04'01.4"E
32T 655815 5257477
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 www.gapa.de. Alpenvereinskarte, Wetterstein- Mieminger Gebirge, Östliches Blatt (1:25.000) freytag & berndt, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Wettersteingebirge, Werdenfelserland (1:25.000). Die Tourist Information verleiht kostenlos einen digitalen Wanderführer mit interessanten Tipps zu Sehenswürdigkeiten, Pflanzen und Tierwelt sowie Einkehrmöglichkeiten. Weitere Infos unter +49 8821 180 700 oder auf www.gapa.de


Ankle-high walking boots, telescope hiking sticks are recommended; waterproof jacket for the gorge: Sometimes, the water sprays from above as well, which makes it quite cool here, even in summertime.

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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Vanessa T 
August 06, 2021 · Community
Eine absolute Traumtour und das Highlight unserers Urlaubs in der Zugspitzregion. Bis zur Klamm läuft man ungestört durch abwechslungsreiche Natur - durch die Unwetter der letzten Wochen sind manche Wege derzeit ein kleines Abenteuer für sich. Aber mit guten Schuhen und etwas Übung alles kein Problem. Ich würde die Tour auch nochmal machen, sie ist einfach unglaublich schön 🤍🏔 Trittsicherheit und angemessene Kleidung (Schuhe + Wanderkleidung/Regenjacke) sind aber auf jeden Fall ein Muss.
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Timo Cmarik
October 17, 2019 · Community
Sehr schöne Tagestour. Ich würde die Tour beim nächsten mal umgekehrt laufen und bei der Höllentalklamm starten. Die Tour ist absolut empfehlenswert. Der Steig am Hupfleitenjoch ist teilweise mit Stahlseilen als Handläufe abgesichert. An einer Stelle befindet sich ein Zaun als Absicherung. Das Stück am Hupfleitenjoch kann man meiner Meinung nach ganz normal laufen ohne das man den Handlauf benötigt, natürlich immer konzentriert mit Blick auf den Weg. Das Stahlseil das hier teilweise zu viel ist hätte man am Stangensteig anbringen sollen 😂
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When did you do this route? October 17, 2019
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Claudia Schmid
July 09, 2018 · Community
Haben die Tour vergangenen Samstag andersrum gemacht! Eine absolut super Tour, mit immer einem wahnsinnigen Blick zum stehenbleiben einlädt :-) sehr empfehlenswert, auch wenn die Klamm selber etwas „voller“ ist 👍🏻
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11.5 km
4:30 h
550 m
1,437 m
Highest point
1,757 m
Lowest point
741 m
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