via different routes.
1981 Jubiläum ridge in winter with a friend in the following way:
Ropeway to Kreuzeckhaus. Next morning Alpspitze via Schöngänge and SE ridge, over to Jubiläum ridge to bivy hut. Clouds fell in that evening, but the morning brought the sun's splendor back again, with -16°C inside and -18°C outside the hut. Continued to Zugspitze bypassing several steep ridge sections using snow gullys on the S side of the ridge. Arrived at summit just 20 minutes before the last ropeway went down.
Fascinating alpinistic experience.
Via Reintal May 1984 and Sept 2004, both times in clouds above Knorrhütte.
From Ehrwald via Gatterl in June 2007 - very nice hiking tour.
Via Höllental in Aug 2011 - very impressive indeed!
Nice hike but too many people on top.
Nice but busy...
Took the Gondola up and the train down. I know, I know...
It used to be my favorite one very long day trip going early down to Garmisch and climbing the Zugspitze. It was a real apine experience in winter.
I did the route probably ten times.
I would like to return to climb this mountain proper. Skiing is great on the top too!
A great ridge climb on one of the last sunny weekends in the fall. We were alone on the ridge. Beautiful.
This is one of my favorites, through the Hollental
Climbed in summer 2003, very god weather but on top it was cloudy. The next day the trip over the Jubiläumsgrat to the Alpspitze
In 1 day from Hammersbach via Höllental to the top - 7 hours ascend. And when we reached the cross it started to rain - big luck!
10/2004: One day trip via Hoellental
10/2006: One day trip via Hoellental
I was on vacation and hired a guide on the fly. No regrets. One of the best climbs I have ever done. Amazing red skies in the morning, beautiful views of the surrounding peaks, and a sense of accomplishment when clanking by the tourists eating their brattwurst and drinking their beer!
i've climbed him twice wonderful panorama at the top
One of my first real Alps.
See the trip report and pictures here:
It´s a must. I reached the highest summit of my home-country Germany. A nice day and a good beer at the summit restaurant. But too much "non-climbers" coming with cable railways.
Where can you sign your summit log while being on the summit itself? Here on Zugspitze you can. 2 h ascent brought us yesterday to Hoellentalanger hut, 4 h today on the summit on the Hoellental route, that is a medium via ferrata - but with snow and ice on the upper part. Stepping on the summit and meeting hundereds of tourists there - and this internet port - is unbelievable...
Very nice hike with fun long scramble to summit from the hutte. We did this with two 12 yr old boys and had to hustle to keep up with them in the upper reaches. 5 hours on the trail including a half hour at the hutte. Early start is a good idea (6 am) to beat afternoon weather. Everyone enjoyed the trip and handled the cables without difficulty.
Hi John, I'd love to do this route (did the other Ehrwald route last year) but can't find much info about exactly how hard it is (and what sort of a head for heights you need!). Can you offer any advice?
Neil (junk1 at shorney.co.uk)
Solo winter traverse
Starting at the station in Garmisch (708m) I went through Partnachklamm and Reintal going up to Knorrhut (2051m) which of course was closed because of the time of the year. Bivouacing in front of the hut. Summiting (2962m) on the next day at 14:00 after negotiating the ice and snow covered summit ridge where a heavy wind blew. Leaving summit at 15:00 and descending down to Wiener-Neustädter Hut (2209m). It wasn't that easy with a steep and hard crusted snow surface which didn't leave much room for mistakes. Using my half-rope to rapel down some uncomfortable sections. Getting to the hut after sunset . Wind was very strong by then and I looked forward to a high wind chill factor in my bivouac, but miraculously the hut was open, though abandoned. I slept inside, still with temperatures far below zero, but without wind. All my drinks were frozen the next morning. Descending down to Ehrwald (994m) and feeling exhausted, yet damned good. It was my eigth summiting of Zugspitze, but my first winter traverse.