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The Classic Zugspitze Circuit 36

The Classic Zugspitze Circuit


Zugspitze, the highest peak in Germany at 2 962 m, stands mighty on its southern border, commanding views into four different countries. On the Classic Zugspitze Circuit, you will start from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and make a full loop around the base of the mountain, following panoramic trails through beautiful scenery and traditional Alpine towns and villages, famous for their exquisite frescoes (Lüftlmalerei).

  • Partnach Gorge
  • Leutasch Valley
  • Gaistal Valley
  • Lake Eibsee

The walks are easy to moderate, up to five hours per day, the steepest sections being done by car or cable car transfers, so this holiday is appropriate for a wide range of walkers. Enjoy stunning gorges and idyllic alpine pastures and take your time to enjoy a typical Bavarian & Tyrolean hospitality.

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Day 1: Arrival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Arrival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The resort was formed when the two towns united in 1935. Garmisch is considered the more fashionable part, while Partenkirchen’s cobblestone streets retain a traditional Bavarian feel.

Day 2: Garmisch – Mittenwald/Klais | 16 km

The day starts with a wild and idyllic walk through Partnach Gorge, where the waters of Wetterstein massif meet. You continue via soft rolling hills and alpine pastures to Klais or Mittenwald.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 5 hours, 16 km, ­↑­­­­640m ↓430m
  • Accommodation: Post Hotel Mittenwald or similar

Day 3: Mittenwald/Klais – Leutasch | 14 km

Precise stone masonry cuts the route through the gorge into steep rock walls. Bold wooden footbridges cross the river up to 40 m above the water. Enjoy the contrasting walk along the Leutascher Ache river into the valley. Past hamlets and meadows covered in flowers with the Wetterstein massif in the background, you walk into the widening Leutasch valley.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 4 hours, 14 km, ↑­­­­220m ↓30m
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tirolerhof or similar

Day 4: Day off or Lake Walking Tour | 9 km

Today you can choose between relaxing or taking a walk to the lakes in and around Seefeld. You can also reach one of the Seefelder summits, either by walking or taking the cable car. Return to Leutasch by bus.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 3 hours, 9 km, ↑­­­­300m ↓220m (longer option: 4-5 hours, 12 km)
  • Accommodation: Hotel Tirolerhof or similar

Day 5: Leutasch – Ehrwald | 17 km

A short bus ride takes you to Gaistal valley. During the summer, you can spot the local Haflinger horses wandering across the fields and the brown and grey cattle and Scottish Galloways. You walk along the Ganghofer path through picturesque scenery and up to the Ehrwalder alpine pasture where Bavarian author Ludwig Ganghofer sought a retreat in the past. Take the cable car down into the valley and continue to Ehrwald.

  • Walking for the day: approx. 5-6 hours, 17 km, ↑­­­­440m ↓290m
  • Accommodation: Hotel Restaurant Stern or similar

Day 6: Ehrwald – Eibsee – Garmisch (Optional Mt Zugspitze climb) | 12 km

Step by step, you walk up to the foothills of Zugspitze and take in the famous Eibsee scenic view. The tour ends on the banks of the lovely lake Eibsee with a full view of the magnificent Zugspitze-Garmisch panorama. You may take the cable car to Mount Zugspitze. Take the Zugspitze train back to Garmisch (fare included).

  • Walking for the day: approx. 4.5 hours, 12 km, ↑­­­­540m ↓510m
  • Accommodation: Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten or similar

Day 7: Departure

Departure on your own or extension upon request.

What to Expect


Accommodation is in welcoming 3-star hotels and country inns. All places have been carefully hand-picked by us and their quality is regularly monitored. We have tried to choose accommodations that offer friendly service, clean and comfortable rooms and local flavour.

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Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, Alpenrose, Hotel Stern

Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel (from the ones pictured above) is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.

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Staudacherhof, Post Hotel Mittenwald, Sonnenspitze, Biohotel Leutascher Hof

Garmisch: Staudacherhof 4*

It’s a family-run hotel located in a central yet quiet location in the heart of the Alpine town of Garmisch. At the start and the end of your hiking holiday, you get to enjoy two relaxing nights in comfortable rooms with Alpine decor. There are plenty of facilities to deeply relax such as the in-house very charming spa area with an indoor and outdoor pool, sauna, steam room and many more. The restaurant serves Bavarian and international specialities.

Mittenwald: Hotel Post 4*

Hotel Post is beautifully designed in the former Thurn and Taxis-postal station. In the typical Bavarian public rooms and the quaint beer garden, regional cuisine and cool beer are served. Charming modern rooms and a pool provide the necessary relaxation.

Leutasch: Biohotel Leutascherhof 4*

Biohotel Leutascherhof offers pure quietness and relaxation, surrounded by this unique mountain ambience, which you get to marvel at from the sun lounge after the hiking tours. Additionally, there is a spa area with sauna, a so-called ‚Brechlbad’ (herbal steam room) and a ‚Kraxnofen’ (Carinthian hay bath oven). For breakfast and dinner, an elaborate cuisine awaits with freshly sourced, local produce.

Ehrwald: Hotel Sonnenspitze 4*

You will enjoy your stay there, be it on the sun terrace with a view onto the impressive mountain world of the Zugspitz-massif, in the small but luxurious spa area with sauna and steam room or in the comfortable rooms with a regional interior. The cosy hotel-restaurant serves regional Tyrolean and Austrian cuisine.

Note that hotels are subject to availability. In case a particular hotel (from the ones pictured above) is fully booked for your desired dates, we will replace it with a hotel of equal or higher value and quality level. We will provide exact accommodation details to you upon booking confirmation.


Breakfast is included on all days, and for dinner, you will have plenty of choices for dining out. When no restaurant is available on the route, lunches and snacks can either be bought from local shops, or packed lunch can be pre-ordered from your hotel the night before.

Difficulty & terrain

The walking sections require a basic fitness level. You will walk on well-maintained walking trails and partly on forest paths. The steeper sections are negotiated mostly by transfers or cable car. Daily walking times are not more than 5 hours (read more about difficulty grades). We strongly advise you to follow only marked trails and never try to shorten the path through the unknown and unmarked terrain. We will provide you with detailed road notes and maps, and you can call our 24/7 local assistance phone number anytime. More detailed info on route navigation will be included in your holiday information pack.

When to go

This trip is available from end-May till early October. The flexibility of self guided holidays means that there are no fixed dates, and you can start your trip on any date during the season.

The climate in the region is continental, cold and temperate. Depending on location and altitude, temperatures vary, but, in the June-September period, the daily averages are 15 – 25C. Spring and autumn are cooler with occasional rain. Expect the weather to change rapidly during the day.

Getting there

FCO up-to-date travel advice

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By plane

Our recommended airport for this tour is Munich.

By train or bus
  • There are good train connections from Munich. Once you arrive at Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station, you can reach your starting hotel by a short walk or a bus ride.
  • Limited free parking is available at the starting hotel. Public parking garage costs approx. EUR 20 per week. No reservation possible.



  • 6 overnight stays as listed above
  • 6 breakfasts
  • Luggage transfers on walking days
  • Detailed route descriptions, travel and tour documents
  • GPS-data to use via our smartphone app
  • Welcome briefing
  • Downhill fare cable car Ehrwald on Day 5
  • Fare Zugspitzbahn from Eibsee to Garmisch on Day 7
  • 24/7 phone assistance by our local office/representative


  • Airfare and connecting land transfers
  • Lunches, dinners, drinks and snacks
  • Travel insurance (required – get a quote online)
  • Personal expenses such as phone calls, extra transfers, tips, etc.
  • Local tourist taxes
  • Any items not specifically mentioned as ‘included’ in the programme

Options, extras & supplements

  • A supplement applies to members of a group who require a single room
  • This holiday is available for solo travellers; a supplement will be charged as accommodation and luggage transfer costs are not shared (we never mix and match – solo travellers will be accommodated in single rooms)
  • Hotel upgrades
  • Extra nights in Garmish-Partenckirchen before/after the tour or in any of the towns along the route