Mount Zugspitze – Walking between Bavaria and Tyrol

Self-guided walking holiday in Germany

From € 660.- / 7 days
Price per person based on 2 people sharing

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Little town with high church in the foothills of a mountain. Nice green meadow on the front Hireks on a trail between rocks, wild river in the valley Walkers on a path in Bavaria
Mount Zugspitze belongs to the best-known summits of the Alps. This self-guided walking holiday allows you to walk around the massive Zugspitze, viewing it from different angles while exploring beautiful hiking territory. You’ll experience adventure by crossing several gorges, with the thundering waters below leaving unforgettable impressions.
Walking between Bavaria and Tyrol following former smuggling routes. Enjoy fantastic gorges, wonderful mountain pastures and Olympic cities.

Accommodation in Bavaria

You will stay four nights in small villages and two nights in a small city. All hotels are family-run and we book 5 nights in 3 star hotels and 2 nights in 3 star superior or 4 star hotels.
Bedroom with king bed
Hotel restaurant in Bavaria
Spacious bedroom with king bed and a sofa
All rooms are with ensuite bathroom. The hotels in Garmisch Partenkirchen, Mittenwald and Ehrwald are very close to the city/village centre. The hotel in Leutsach is in a small hamlet.
Beautiful hotel building with a rocky mount in the background
Hotel common space
Mostly they will have a buffet breakfast. If booked the dinner will be mostly in the booked hotels or nearby restaurants

Walking in Bavaria

This self-guided walking holiday offers a variety of hiking experiences, mostly easy to medium walk. You should be in average or above average hiking ability. You’ll walk on well-kept hiking paths as well as forest roads. If the path seems too steep, you can get a ride or take a cable car. The average daily walking time is about 5 “comfortable” hours. More challenging options are available for people who really like to hike!

Two hikers walking on a path, snowy mount on the left
Walkers looking at an ox next to the road

The route passes through idyllic alpine pastures and charming restaurants where you can enjoy “Brotzeit”, a time to enjoy hearty, local cuisine.

Highlights of the tour:

  • 2 gorges you will pass by with the thundering waters below
  • view from the Ehrwalder Alm over the Alps
  • the Olympic city of Garmisch Partenkirchen


Scenery village in Bavaria
View of a city from a mountain cart

Day 1: Arrival to Garmisch Partenkirchen

Day 2: Garmisch – Partnachklamm Gorge – Klais – Train to Mittenwald
Today’s start of the day begins near the steep Partnachklamm Gorge. This gorge was declared a natural monument in 1912. Take your choice of walking next to the river or on a high bridge overlooking the river. Afterwards, hike across lush hills and scenic alpine pastures to Klais. Afterwards please take the train to your hotel in Mittenwald.
Distance: 15.15 km and approx. 5 hours of walking time. 750m difference of altitude

Day 3: Mittenwald – „Geisterklamm“ (Ghost Gorge) – Leutasch
This exciting hike takes you along a path next to the gorge. To make the route accessible to walkers, there are bridges rising up to 40 m above the water. Afterwards, relax on an easy stroll along the Leutascher Ache into the valley. You’ll pass quaint hamlets and flower meadows with Wetterstein Mountain forming a stunning backdrop as you walk into the widening Leutasch Valley. Enjoy your hotel stay in Leutasch.
Distance: 14 km and approx. 4 hours of walking time. 200m difference of altitude

Beautiful valley with high snowy mount in the view
Grean meadow between high peaks

Day 4: Rest Day or Walking tour to Seefeld.
Today you are free to relax or hike over small summits to several scenic lakes around Seefeld. If you decide to hike, simply take the local bus back to your hotel in Leutasch.
Distance: 9 km and approx. 3 hours of walking time. 300m difference of altitude
Distance: 11.5 km and approx. 4.5 hours of walking time. 450m difference of altitude

Day 5: Leutasch – Ehrwald
Summer in Gaistal Valley is a picture perfect with wooden chalets, energetic ponies and brown cattle grazing in the fields. Start your walk on the Ganghofer Path across the alpine pastures up to the crossing to Ehrwalder Alm. Your views of spectacular scenery continue as you take the cable car downhill. Get a good night’s sleep in your Ehrwald hotel!
Distance: 14 km and approx. 5 hours of walking time. 500m difference of altitude

Day 6: Ehrwald – Lake Eibsee – Train/Bus to Garmisch
Today’s walk takes you up to the foot of Mount Zugspitze where you’ll see the famous scenic view of Lake Eibsee. Your hike ends at the lovely lake with another amazing view of the Zugspitz-Garmisch panorama. Breathtaking! If you like, take the cable car in Ehrwald to Mount Zugspitze or Lake Eibsee. Then return to Garmisch by train or bus and go to your hotel.
Distance: 13 km and approx. 4 hours of walking time. 500m difference of altitude

Day 7: Time to pack and leave the beautiful Garmisch area!

Dates and Availability

Two hikers in a gorge admiring the thundering waters below
Three hikers sitting for a rest next to a little chapel

Daily arrival from June to September.

7 Days / 6 nights

  • 04.06.-30.06. and 29.08.-18.09.:
    • Euro 660,- per person, double room
    • Euro 765,- per person, single room
  • 01.07. – 28.08.
    • Euro 680,- per person, double room
    • Euro 785,- per person, single room

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    Holiday Type:

    Walking Holiday

    Board Basis:

    Bed & Breakfast


    From € 660.- / 7 days
    Price per person based on 2 people sharing


    • GPS tracks available
    • Luggage transport
    • + Multiple accommodations

    What's included:

    • 6 x Accommodation in 3 star hotels
    • 6 x Breakfast
    • Tour book
    • GPS files
    • Luggage transfer

    NOT included:

    All other costs, including travel costs to the starting-point of this holiday.

    Walking Grade:

    hills and low mountains
    • Hills to low mountains
    • Easy to moderate walking


    Tailor-made walking possible

    Best time to go:

    June – September

    Contact Details:

    Mount Zugspitze – Walking between Bavaria and Tyrol, a Self-guided walking holiday in Germany by Bestseller Travel

    Contact: Helmut Wagner
    Telephone: +43 660 7347360

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    Languages spoken:

    German, English, French

    Getting there:

    • Munich International Airport (128 km)
    • Munich Central Station (91 km)

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    From Munich International Airport take a train to the main railway station and change to the train to Garmisch Partenkirchen. All together about 1,5 to 2 hours.


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