I used this as a summer descent route after ascending through the Klamm (which, as Bryan notes, is not to be missed). It's true there are a lot of tourists eating traditional German fare at the huts, and I might have had a few beers myself.
Not having got a pair of snowshoes that I felt really happy with in Janaury 2006, I got as far as some way above Kreuzeck in January 2006 just using normal hiking boots. (MSR snowshoes were obtained soon after!). So I completed the rest of this route to the Schwarzenkopf summit during a walk up to Osterfelderkopf late in June the same year, when there was still some snow lying on a North facing slope at around 1720m.
"After the first glass, you see things as you wish they were. After the second, you see things as they are not. Finally, you see things as they really are, which is the most horrible thing in the world."
--Oscar Wilde on Absinthe