Taubenstein

Page Type
Mountain/Rock
Location:
Bavaria, Germany, Europe
Activities:
Hiking, Sport Climbing, Scrambling
Season:
Summer, Fall
Elevation:
5551 ft / 1692 m
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Taubenstein
Created On: Nov 16, 2008
Last Edited On: Jan 10, 2013

Overview

TaubensteinTaubenstein as seen from Schinderkar in the south

High above the resort of Spitzingsee, located directly beside a cable car station, which heads up from the lake, you can find a nice piece of limestone rock: Taubenstein. Like its neighbours in the Bavarian Prealps it is embedded in beautiful meadows and forests, but it barely rises above the tree tops. Thanks to the cable car it is a very popular destination. Its easiest route is a short UIAA I scramble, heading for the summit from Taubensteinsattel across slabs. It is protected by a steel cable and a sign, warning that only experienced climbers should try the ascent, which unnecessarily deters a lot of unskilled people. The cabling makes sense for the descent in wet conditions but apart from this is outright dispensable.
Taubenstein north faceN face
TaubensteinSW summit
TaubensteinMain summit

Taubenstein, however, is more than just the 15 minute scramble from the cable-car. The short access and the 100m high vertical north-west face make it an ideal location for sports climbing in the area. Taubenstein is composed of solid limestone rock and up to 25 routes have been developed on the face. The first route went up in 1935 already but during WW II nobody thought of repeating it, even less of setting up new routes. During the post-war a few routes were developed but after that, the climbing possibilities of Taubenstein were forgotten. During the heyday of alpine sports cimbing – during the eighties and nineties – quite a number of routes went up. Another decade went by without much activity before in 200e the IG Klettern München & Südbayern started to restore the classical routes and started developing new ones as well.

The initiative was started by Tom Schlager, who also did a compilation of routes which you can find in the following links. The first one is the original compilation of 2002, the second one is a pdf document with the updated set of routes, from which the route overview above has been linked.

Route difficulties are up to 9, lengths up to four pitches.

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Route overview Taubenstein. Route listing here

Getting There

TaubensteinTaubenstein seen from the south

From Munich:
  • By car:
    • Take motorway A8 direction Salzburg
    • At the exit Weyarn switch to St2076 to Miesbach
    • There swiitch to B472, then B307 south
    • Drive through Hausham, Schliersee and Neuhaus until you get to the side road to Spitzingsee
    • Park your car at the cable car parking lot to the north of the lake

  • By train / bus (hourly service from Munich central station):
    • Take the train to Fischhausen / Neuhaus just north of Spitzingsattel.
    • Switch to the bus which will take you to Spitzingsee


Red Tape

Astrantia majorAstrantia major

There are no restrictions in the area. However, make sure that you park your car in a free parking lot. Many of the lots in Spitzingsee are privately owned and you are either not allowed to park there or have to pay a small fee.

Accommodation

For Accommodation in the Schliersee / Spitzingsee region, follow the following link:
Schliersee / Spitzingsee accommodation

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Maps & Books

Maps


  • Bayrischzell
    Kompass Map WK008
    1:35000
    ISBN: 978-3-85491-352-8
  • Tegernsee - Schliersee<
    Topographic Map UK 2
    1:25000
    ISBN: 3-86038-001-X
  • Mangfallgebirge
    Topographic Map UK L12
    1:50000
    ISBN: 3-86038-484-8

Books


  • Hiking
    • Leichte Wanderungen in den bayerischen Voralpen
      Heinrich Bauregger
      J. Berg Verlag
      ISBN: 978-3765840609

  • Ski Touring / Snow Shoeing
    • Winterwanderungen in den bayrischen Voralpen
      Heinrich Bauregger
      J. Berg Verlag
      ISBN: 978-3765840784


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