Zugspitze Climber's Log

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Kevin An

Kevin An - Aug 29, 2023 1:54 am Date Climbed: Aug 26, 2023

Climbed via the Reintal route  Sucess!

We attempted to climb this route in one day from Munich. Arrived at the ski jump at 6am, but it was raining quite heavily and there were thunderstorms so we did not set out until 620 when the rain slowed somewhat. You start the climb at around 700m elevation. Doing it in one day is not easy, we arrived at the final hut Knorhutte by around 2pm. We would likely have just missed out on the last cable car down (which was at 5:45) and fortunately found a cable car at around 2600m that took us up a very short segment to the top where there is another very short walk to the cross. Due to the bad weather there was almost no one at the top, so there was no line although the wind and rain was quite heavy. Overall, if you are a beginner to hiking or hike at a slower pace, I would try to leave at least 10 hours for this climb if you don't have a reservation for a hut on the mountain.


bobbyfm - Aug 9, 2022 2:05 am Date Climbed: Aug 1, 2022

Reintal Route  Sucess!

We had a great hike via the longest route to the highest peak of Germany. Stayed overnight at Reintalangerhütte but if you are fit enough you can do the route in a single day. The most unpleasant thing was that due to the cable car we had to wait about an hour to reach the very top and take some photos. So if you don't plan to use the cable car on your way down it's better to climb up outside its working hours.


Andinistaloco - Jul 15, 2022 9:04 am

hollental  Sucess!

SUper fun and a bit of everything - trail, scrambling, glacier, ferrata.


Kostěj - Apr 26, 2022 4:12 am Date Climbed: Oct 26, 2013

Stopselsteig  Sucess!

Boarding the Jubilaumsgrat

Iniyishia - Aug 13, 2021 10:20 pm Date Climbed: Jul 24, 2021

Nice scramble  Sucess!

Zugspitze via Hoellentall; amazing route but not a scary much of an undertaking as mentioned on the internet.


katelyngeselle - Jul 28, 2020 6:32 pm Date Climbed: Sep 17, 2018

WOW the views were incredible!  Sucess!

The views from the top and in this whole area are breathtaking-- it really looks like a movie set! After going to the top, we had some fun sledding in the flatter area!


chris.mueller - Jul 9, 2019 12:48 am Date Climbed: Jul 7, 2019

Eibsee to summit  Sucess!

Perfectly sunny day to climb to the summit. Few people on the route.


Scott - Jul 6, 2019 4:57 pm Date Climbed: Jul 2, 2019

Zugspitze  Sucess!

July 1

The weather forecast was bad and my feet were still very sore from Ortler, but Kessler and I decided to give Zugspitze a try to climb at least part way up anyway, especially since we already had a hut reservation at the Hoellentalangerhuette.

The weather was not promising. As soon as we boarded the bus, it began to hail and rain hard. We started up the trail in the rain and hail. By the time we reached the Hollentalklamm Gorge, it wasn't raining as much and since we were already soaked, we didn't have to worry so much about getting wet in the gorge!

The gorge was really impressive and spectacular as was the trail. There were tunnels and lots of waterfalls spilling down all over the place. There were also some huge snowbanks in the gorge at an elevation of only just over 1000 meters.

We eventually made our way out of the gorge and to the valley holding the Hoellentalangerhuette. We wore raincoats, but we still soaked anyway so we decided to dry our clothes out before doing some exploring around. In the evening, the weather cleared a big and we explored the upper valley to as high as the beginning of the via feratta route known as Brett.

We returned back to the hut there. There were alpine salamanders all over the place and some frogs as well. It was suprising to see so many cold blooded creatures in a place that was so cold. We also saw a chamois on the cliffs above Brett.

July 2

The weather forecast was bad again, so we decided not chance climbing the Hoellental Route. Instead we hiked around the mountain to a cable car station and rode the cable car the rest of the way to near the summit. We then made the final climb up the easy but exposed ladders and cables to the summit. We got lucky since the weather was partially clear at the summit. After we left the summit, everything clouded up again.

It was a good climb, but I still wish we would have been able to complete the Hoellental Route. Maybe some day.

Houdy - Jul 2, 2019 2:29 am

climbed  Sucess!



luciezr - Jan 28, 2019 12:42 pm

Zugspitze from Ehrwald via Stopselzieher  Sucess!

An easy klettersteig got much more fun with a bit of snow :-)



Clubbox42 - Dec 23, 2018 3:22 pm Date Climbed: Jul 31, 2018

Zugspitze ('18)  Sucess!

Just took the tram up then scrambled over to the true summit. May end up going back to actually climb it, it's a gorgeous peak, the views from up there are some of the best I've ever seen. At the very least, I plan to climb a bunch of the other peaks in the area. My first country HP and my 5th Ultra as well, would definitely recommend


jck - Jul 29, 2018 11:23 pm Date Climbed: Jul 28, 2018

Twice  Sucess!

Jubilaumsgrat, June 25, 2020
E-W version, from Alpspitze. 8 hours on the ridge itself, 6:30 PM on the summit of Zugspitze. What did we think deciding to descent along Reintal on the same day?

Stopselziehersteig, July 28, 2018
Everything was really nice until we got to the summit...
Started from Eibsee and went via Wiener Neustadterhutte.


wdimpfl - Dec 29, 2017 1:33 am Date Climbed: May 15, 1974

Took the train  Sucess!

Date approximate. On three week bus tour of Germany with the Alexander Von Humboldt Stiftung with fellowship colleagues from many countries the whole group was treated to a trip to the summit on the train. At the summit I was tempted to plunge step down the snow to the lower section of the summit complex, but I didn't.


jonah.bandy - Dec 25, 2017 1:14 am Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2017

Winter climb

Having attempted this climb once prior (December 2, 2017), I figured I needed to finish what I started. Poor choice on my part. After checking the weather report, there was a calling for sunshine all day. So I decided I would drive straight there and begin my climb at 0400. During this whole climb there was approximately 3 feet of snow, soft snow. Starting my climb, I made good time to my first checkpoint, which was the Höllentalklamm. Stopping for a brief snack and a few nighttime photos, I was off. Now I realize this section is closed at this time of year but it is possible to pass it relatively safe. There is a section of a bridge that is removed to deny access, but with alittle skill and nerves, this is not so bad. Making my way through this gorge, the melting ice rained down on me. This was not a problem, just more of a hassle. Making my way out of Höllentalklamm, I am standing in 3 feet of snow. This section, in my opinion, requires snowshoes. Crossing a stream and climbing a couple hundred feet up the side of the hill, I was on my way to the Höllentalangerhütte. At this point I was feeling exhausted from struggling through the snow for about 4 hours (double the time it should take in the summer). Eating my lunch and taking some more beautiful photos, I set off feeling unmotivated and very tired. Making it a few hundred meters up from the hütte, I reached my decision point. This was the point I decided that I still had a minimum of 6 hours of climbing to go (that is the average summer pace) and I was not going to make it in time to get on the last cable car leaving the summit. Disappointed in myself, I began following my deep tracks back through the gorge. Realizing that my first winter climb ended several hundred meters from the summit was devastating to me. However, this experience has really opened my eyes to the conditions required to achieving the summit of any mountain.


Redwic - Aug 5, 2017 8:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 30, 2017

My first country highpoint!  Sucess!

While on a work trip in Munich, I was able to convince my four co-workers who were with me that going to Zugspitze would be a great idea for us to do on our day off (and my only full day off from work during the trip). Three co-workers settled for the "top" that most people go to, while one co-worker and I went to the true highpoint of the peak. It was so awesome to go up the via ferrata, rail, and ladder system... but the exposure was not for the faint at heart. Everything was wet from the overnight weather, which made things more gnarly and required extra caution; a slip there would be deadly. It was funny to see my cell phone give me a "Welcome to Austria" text message when I got onto the true summit, as well. The views were spectacular. Highly recommended!


Miken - Jun 22, 2017 6:31 am Date Climbed: Sep 22, 2016

Höllental  Sucess!

Good weather and shiny after a day of rain, a few hours up to the top, cant remember,and was greeted by Cold beers and Octoberfest up on the top! :) Great view


Kef2782 - May 13, 2017 3:55 am Date Climbed: Aug 25, 2016

Via Hollental  Sucess!

Took the Hollental Route through the gorge, across the glacier, and via ferreta to to the summit. Started at 0430, on the summit by 1130. Got blessed with amazing weather and awesome views


ye2bnik - May 9, 2017 3:00 am Date Climbed: Aug 8, 2014

easy via Hoellental  Sucess!

less than 4 hours nice climb

bruno baschung

bruno baschung - Aug 17, 2016 3:29 am Date Climbed: Aug 15, 2016

normal route from Ehrwalder alm  Sucess!

Wonderful climb in the bavarian and tirolean Alps. Views and landscapes are really amazing. Nice weather except on arrival on the final ridge. the hike is quite long from Ehrwalder Alm (approx 1500m) since it means with ups and downs about 1600 m to climb over 13 km, but path is very well marked. Steepest sections, (Gatterl short crossing) + the final 250m are well equiped with fixed lines (but avoid being there in case of thunderstorms danger of course whihc is not uncommon).
FromEhrwalder Bahn, just buy the gatterl ticket (36 euros in August 2016) so you can use ehrwalderalm cable car, cable car down from summit + bus , and if you want to cheat a bit (whihc I didn't do!) you can also use the cable car from sonnalpin to the summit to avoid the steepest last 400m section to climb (the firts part of it is really a steep scree slope before your reach at approx 2710m the continuous section on firm and easier ground wher you just have to follow fixed lines).

Really on of the finest climbs one can enjoy, but there are plenty of other longer and more difficult routes as well to consider on this mighty peak

Bruno baschung

Jake Robinson

Jake Robinson - Jul 26, 2016 8:53 pm Date Climbed: Aug 2, 2013

Took the cheater's way up  Sucess!

Stood on top in my flip flops and enjoyed a very large German beer

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