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Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Tirol / Bavaria, Austria/Germany, Europe

Lat/Lon: 47.42065°N / 10.98530°E

Object Title: Zugspitze

Elevation: 9717 ft / 2962 m


Page By: Diego Sahagún

Created/Edited: Apr 3, 2001 / Nov 30, 2007

Object ID: 150322

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Also called Zugspitz in the area, Zugspitze is part of Wettersteingebirge, a small but important group of limestone mountains on the Austro-German borther, immediately South of the ski resort of Garmish-Partenkirchen. There are a lot of routes on the mountain. The buildings at the top are realy nasty, there're a lot of people but the routes are really fine, especialy from Hamersbach. The easiest route leads through the Reintal but the nicest one is the way through the Höllental. The area is realy crowded and not cheap. But the Zugspitze is the Germany's highest mountain and the way up through the Höllental is beautiful until 50 meters under the summit.

First Climb

By the Germans G. Deutschl, Maier and K. Naus in 1820.

Getting There

You can reach Garmisch by motorway or German railways, even to Hamersbach. Also you've a bus (Eibseebus) or the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn. Start in Hamersbach up through the Höllentalklamm on the Brett (small ferrata), over the Höllentalferner (really small glacier in Summer, no crampons needed) to the ferrata up to the mountain height ap. 650 m. You have to be in good form because the start is at 770 m. There're almost 2.200 m to go but you can sleep at the Höllentalangerhütte, often overcrowded.

See the "External Links" section for more information (railway, bus, cable cars, etc).

Red Tape

Yes, for the Höllentalklamm is a few Euros, if you are there before 6 in the morning you'll find nobody. Late in the season the way through the Klamm is closed until May. You have to take the "Stangelsteig" that needs one more hour.

When To Climb

Good to climb from July to beginning of September (depends on snow). In winter there is often risk of avalanches so be careful.

Camping and Huts

There is a small campground on the way to Ehrwald. You could sleep at several mountain huts for ap. 20 Marks (if you are a member of a mountaineering society in Europe you can get your bed cheaper).


DAV, 65 places (12 emergency places, none in Winter), open from early May to the end of September / early October, 00 49 (0) 88 21 / 88 11. Guard: Richard Prommer, Postfach 1650, 82456 Garmisch Partenkirchen (or Zugspitzstrasse 3, D - 82490 Farchant ).
From Hammersbach (770 m), 2 hours. http://


OTK, 35 places (14 in Winter), open from July to the end of September, tel 06 76 477 09 25, zentrale@touristenklub.at
From Ehrwald Zugspitzbahn (1.228 m), 3 hours.

For information about REINTALANGERHUTTE (Angerhütte) and KNORRHUTTE see Normal route (Reintal) / Accomodation. I'll add more huts' data soon.

More Information

This site offers you information about weather and a webcam of Zugspitze:


Download your pdf format file about Wetterstein "clicking" on PANORAMA.

The maps of zugspitze.de

External Links

Additions and Corrections

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LuidgerUntitled Comment


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The Zugspitze ist the highest peak of Germany, but

only half of it is German. The border between Bavaria and Tyrol runs over the summit. It belongs to the Wetterstein range (which means weather rock, because it is hit first by incoming bad weather from the northwest, overshadowing the neighboring mountains to the north and west by more than 600 m).

On the Zugspitz Platt (a limestone plateau south east of the summit, gently descending to the east), there is a ski resort.
Posted Dec 19, 2001 3:44 am
teamguzbach.orgUntitled Comment


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hammersbach wird mit 2 "m" geschrieben ;)

ausserdem hast Du recht, dass die Höllenangertal-Wirtsleute unfreundlich sind.

die Klamm kostet soweit ich weiss für AV-Mitglieder 50 C.
Posted Aug 13, 2002 10:57 am
Sebastian HammMuenchner Hut

Sebastian Hamm

Voted 9/10

I have added the Muenchner hut to SP. Please add it to Zugspitze.

Object ID: 195168


Posted May 21, 2006 12:41 pm
nsalescoukRoute instructions

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I did this last year and have route instructions on this page:

Posted Apr 8, 2010 5:38 am
reinhard2Need of crampons


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It should be said that in summer the conditions on Höllentalferner are seldom so that one can do it safely without crampons. There are regularly important passages with blank ice.
Posted Sep 16, 2012 6:27 am
Diego SahagúnRe: Need of crampons

Diego Sahagún

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Reinhard, Mathias owns the Hollental route, where he says something about crampons. If you think it is not sufficient you could tell him.

Posted Sep 17, 2012 10:47 am

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In the glacier 7 October 2013 there was only ice. No way to pass without crampons. The snow can help you cross it earlier in the summer, but there was none at this time of the year.
Posted Oct 8, 2013 4:05 am

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