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.
By the Germans G. Deutschl, Maier and K. Naus in 1820.
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).
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).
HOLLENTALANGERHUTTE (1.379 m)
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://
WIENER NEUSTADTER HUTTE (2.209 m)
OTK, 35 places (14 in Winter), open from July to the end of September, tel 06 76 477 09 25, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
This site offers you information about weather and a webcam
Download your pdf format file about Wetterstein "clicking" on PANORAMA.
The maps of zugspitze.de
Information of all type about Zugspitze: weather forecast (1 day), transport, cogwheel train and cable cars, ski offer, restarurants, travel agency service, etc. In English and German.
Information about Garmisch-Partenkirchen area: news, hotels, transport, cable cars, gastronomy, hiking, weather forecast (1 day), etc. In English, German and Russian.
All around information about Zugspitze area including weather forecast (2 days), camping, cable cars, etc. In German.
General information about the Zugspitze area with links to the towns there... In German
Information about this village near Zugspitze, includes a webcam and weather information, links, etc. In German
Information on Zugspitze and Wetterstein (in German)
- Klettersteig Zugspitze - Klettersteige on via-ferrata.de
Via-Ferrata.de - Klettersteigportal - Over 100 fixed rope routes. Moreover detailed information over climbing, alps, hiking and other outdoor activities.
- Ehrwald Zugspitz Arena
Here you can find a lot of information about hotels, camping, cableways, weather at zugspitz area, etc.
- Austrian Map online
Online digital maps of Austria (OEK 50, OEK 200 and OEK 500) by the BEV (Bundesamt für Eich- und Vermessungswesen) - in German
- Zugspitze from the Austrian side
- Zugspitze: Attempt via the Hoellental in early spring
- Zugspitze via Hoellental and Rheintal