The Zugspitze Round Tour (Family Tour)

The Zugspitze Round Tour (Family Tour)

Germany » Self-guided (independent) hiking tours

  • Fascinating nature spectacle Partnachklamm ravine
  • Scenic Alpine walks for both adults and children
  • Cable car ascent to the Zugspitze summit
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  • dec

From 595 €

Duration (days): 7

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The Zugspitze summit, with an altitude of 2.962 m, Germany’s highest mountains, is one of the best-known climbing destinations in the Alps and can be easily summited by cable car. This walking tour takes you around the Zugspitze and you will discover this mountain from every perspective possible. On top of that the route encompasses the most amazing walking destinations: sensational and breathtaking ravine-crossings, most impressive with their height and the sheer volume of water! Then through wild-romantic alpine pastures, past grazing cattle from alp to alp. We recommend a recuperating break over a typical Bavarian lunch‚ Brotzeit’. As a final highlight of the tour you glide up to the Zugspitze summit by cable car – an especially memorable experience, not to be missed!
Varied walking tour only requiring a good basic fitness level. You walk on well maintained walking trails and partly on forest paths. Higher gradients are managed mostly by transfers or cable car. Daily walking times are max. 5 hours.

Day 1: Individual arrival at Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Day 2: Garmisch – Mittenwald/Klais, "Partnachklamm" ravine
The first and very special highlight on this walking tour is the Partnachklamm ravine. This nature spectacle with wild waterfalls, white water rapids and puddles will enthrall you. After that you continue via rolling hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald. Walking time: approx. 5 hours. (hiking duration: 18km; uphill walking: +700; downhill walking: -450)
Day 3: Mittenwald/Klais – Leutasch ‚Leutaschtal’ valley
The trails through the ‚Ghost Ravine’ (Geisterklamm) were carved directly into the rockfaces with expert precision, therefore these bold trails run up to 40 metres high above the water. Legend has it, that a ghost dwells deep down in the ravine at the end of the Leutascher valley. Visiting this ravine is a must and who knows maybe you even come across the ancient ghost? Then you walk  along the Leutascher Ache into the valley. Past little villages, meadows covered in flowers and surrounded by the Wetterstein mountains, the route leads you into the ever wider growing Leutaschtal valley. Walking time: approx. 4 hours. (hiking duration: 14km; uphill walking: +280; downhill walking: -20)
Day 4: Day of Rest or Lake Tour
Today you have a choice between a relaxing day of rest or exploring the climbing park Leutasch – an extremely exciting adventure! For this option you are best off to take the bus to the Ghost Ravine (a walk there is of course possible!). Enjoy this amazing nature climbing park, where your dreams of climbing in trees will come true in an instant. If however you fancy a walking tour, we recommend a tour around one of the Seefelder Lakes, or a cable car ascent on one of the Seefelder summits. (hiking duration: 9km; uphill walking: +260; downhill walking: -200)
Day 5: Leutasch – Ehrwald ‚Nature Paradise Gaistal’
In the morning short bus ride into wild-romantic Gaistal valley. The summer on the alpine pastures in the Gaistal valley is especially cherished by Haflinger horses, brown an grey cattle and Scottish Galloway cattle. The route continues along the Ganghofer Path into alpine pastures and scenery and uphill to the croossing for the Ehrwalder Alp. A perfect backdrop and setting for a sentimental movie and once a safe haven for the Bavarian writer Ludwig Ganghofer. Then ‚float’ via cable car into the valley to Ehrwald. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours. (hiking duration: 16km; uphill walking: +260; downhill walking: -200)
Day 6: Ehrwald – Garmisch, Lake ‚Eibsee’
Today’s tour takes you bit by bit up into the foothills of the Zugspitze and to the well-known scenic outpost ‚Eibseeblick’ where you can once again enjoy the wonderful mountain panorama. The route finishes at the lovely lake Eibsee with a great view onto the impressive Zugspitz-Garmisch panorama. If the weather is nice we recommend you take the cable car up to the Zugspitze summit. Once at the top you can reminisce about your week of walking whilst enjoying the view onto the valley. Return journey to Garmisch by  Zugspitzbahn. Walking time: approx. 4.5 hours. (hiking duration: 12km; uphill walking: +530; downhill walking: -500)
Day 7: Individual departure or extra days

Accommodation and luggage transportation:

3* hotels and very good family pensions, en-suite rooms, bed&breakfast (supplement for dinner is extra - see the "Dates, prices & remarks" tab for details). All luggage transfers are included.

Price: 595 Euro (+ 40 Euro/person for all July and August arrivals)

Halfboard supplement (min 3-course dinner): 140 Euro
Single supplement: 120 Euro

Group size: min. 2 persons

The price includes: Accommodation and meals as mentioned under Itinerary; Luggage transfer; Welcome meeting; Cable car descent Ehrwald; Cog railway ride Zugspitzbahn Eibsee – Garmisch; Carefully elaborated route description; Detailed travel and tour documents; Service hotline

The price does not include: Flights, insurance (recommended), entry fees, other meals and drinks, transfer from/to airport, public transportation costs, visitor's taxes.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday arrivals only (!) during the period June-September. Tour program, well suited for families with children of 8 years old and up. A walking tour rich in variety, you walk on well-maintained walking paths and in parts on forest roads. Bigger altitude differences are bridged by transfers or cable car rides. Overall comfortable walks requiring a basic fitness level. Only the tour on the first day through the Partnachklamm revine requires some endurance and stamina. We recommend children are used to a few hours of walking in one go and have some walking experience. Suitable for children from 8 years and above. Getting to the starting point: Train journey to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and then a short walk or a short bus ride to the start hotel.