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Autumn hiking in the Zugspitz region

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Brilliant autumn leaves, reddish shimmering sunlight and views that make tired calves worth it. It's that time again: autumn is just around the corner and will shine in its most magnificent colors - so hikers can look forward to it, because for many autumn is the most beautiful time of year to explore the Zugspitz region in the south of Bavaria.

Multifaceted through autumn and through the Zugspitz region

From the impressive Alpine panorama to paths that lead along the banks of deep blue lakes or to rustic huts with regional delicacies - the hiking trails that wind through the Zugspitz region are as diverse as autumn. Almost every one of the numerous hiking trails leads past a charming place and gives you the feeling of walking into an open picture book.

Barmsee in autumn

Six autumn hiking tours at a glance

No matter whether circular routes, hut hikes, that Three Lakes hike on the water along or paths that lead to wildly romantic natural spectacles, we present our favorite hiking tours in the Zugspitz region. There are also numerous accommodation options around the diverse hiking trails, from which travelers can use local public transport free of charge with the guest card. All hiking starting points are convenient and easy to reach without a car.

1. Three Lakes Hike: around 14 kilometers
The varied circular tour starting in Krün is suitable for the whole family and offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountain ranges in the Karwendel Alpine world.

2. Staffelsee hike: around 21 kilometers
A hike around the picturesque lake with its seven islands and views of the Alpine foothills.

3. Top hiking trail: 200 kilometers – 12 stages
A hiking trail for every taste: The most popular natural and cultural highlights of the Zugspitz region can be discovered on the top hiking trail.

4. Hut hike to the mountain restaurant “Die Laberei”: around 8,5 kilometers
When you arrive at the Laberhaus, you will be treated to a unique 360-degree panoramic view of the Zugspitze, the Ammertal, Murnauer Moos and surrounding lakes such as Staffelsee, Starnberger See and Ammersee.

5. Partnachklamm hike including the return route via Graseck: around 6 kilometers
The popular Partnach Gorge impresses with its wild natural spectacle and looks different at every time of day and year. A special highlight at the end of the tour: a stop at the Kaiserschmarrn-Alm in Graseck.

6. Hike to the Schafkopf in ZugspitzLand: around 11 kilometers
You can climb a summit cross on Farchant's local mountain in around four hours (from/to the center of Farchant).

Top hike: the Brunnenkopf

A hiking trail for all preferences: 200 kilometers of pure nature on the top hiking trail

In autumn the natural spectacle is on the Top hiking trail Particularly impressive: 200 kilometers of well-marked paths lead past the natural and cultural highlights of the Zugspitz region such as the Murnauer Moos, Linderhof Castle, Königshaus am Schachen, Höllentalklamm, Kuhwandel waterfalls and the violin-making metropolis of Mittenwald. If conditions are good, you will be rewarded for the climb with a unique view of the autumnal Wetterstein massif. The circular route is very well connected to the public transport system, so that the stages can be easily hiked in individual lengths and durations.

A special tip from the locals: It is recommended to hike the top hiking trail clockwise, as the views here are particularly impressive. As a circular route, however, there is no fixed starting or finishing point on the top hiking trail - the path is the destination.

Ferchensee pointed hiking trail

Hut hike with a stop at the mountain restaurant “Die Laberei”

360-degree panoramic views of the Zugspitze and a picturesque path through the mixed mountain forest await nature lovers on the Hut hike to the mountain restaurant “Die Laberei”. After starting on a forest path through the mixed forest, you go over tree roots and steps, past the gently rushing water, onto a well-developed hiking trail. Particular highlights of the tour are the unique views of Ettal, the surrounding mountains and the Loisachtal.

Once you have reached your destination, the Laberhaus offers a breathtaking all-round view of the Zugspitze, the Ammertal, the Murnauer Moos and the surrounding lakes such as the Staffelsee, Starnberger See and Ammersee. You return on the same path, with a great view back to Ettal or with the Laber mountain railway to Oberammergau.

The tour lasts around four hours, is eight and a half kilometers long and covers 763 meters in altitude.

Morning mood in the mountains
Zugspitze hut hike

Partnachklamm hike with a culinary highlight on the Kaiserschmarrn-Alm

Also ideal for the whole family is the hike through the wildly romantic Partnach Gorge, including the return route via Graseck. The easy circular hike around Garmisch-Partenkirchen impresses with its impressive nature, roaring waterfalls, rapids and pools - a wild natural spectacle that looks different at every time of day and year. The gorge was declared a natural monument as early as 1912. On the way back, the traditional Kaiserschmarrn-Alm in Graseck rewards you with the popular Kaiserschmarrn and other Bavarian delicacies.

The tour takes around two hours and is around six kilometers and 258 meters in altitude.

Goas Alm

Picturesque ZugspitzLand: Hike to the Schafkopf in Farchant

If you want to climb a summit cross and have time for a longer hike, hike to Farchanter's local mountain - the sheep's head. The ascent is already exciting with a color spectacle in the wonderfully calming forest that you have to cross. Once at the top, the view of the three towns in ZugspitzLand Farchant, Oberau and Eschenlohe as well as the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen is worth the altitude you have fought for.

The tour takes around four hours with a start and end point in the town center of Farchant and covers around eleven kilometers and 712 meters in altitude.

Sheep head
Schafkopf summit cross


The credo of the Zugspitz region is to be cautious, nature-friendly and passionate about traveling in the mountains. Traveling in a sustainable and environmentally friendly way and using the many public transport options is just as important as consciously protecting the flora and fauna.

© Photos: Alpenwelt Karwendel Rudolf Pohmann, Anton Brey, Oberammergau Tourismus, Zugspitz Region GmbH Wolfgang Ehn, Tourist Information Farchant, Erika Spengler



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