Hiking in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Hiking holidays for all senses
What you smell: cool, fresh mountain air. What you see: impressive summits, shady forests and blooming meadows. What you hear: the gentle chiming of cowbells and beautiful birdsong. Hiking in Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an experience for all senses. Feel the sunshine on your skin and enjoy the taste of a tasty bacon bread on a wooden bench.
Hiking is more than just a fresh-air exercise. Hiking means to find your inner self with every step surrounded by breathtaking panoramic views instead of everyday worries. For small wonders lining your path instead of gloomy thoughts. There’s no other sport that combines the enjoyment of nature with exercise in quite as beautiful a way as hiking does. Especially with the glorious backdrop of the Wetterstein mountain range! Up on the summit or down in the valley, over hill and dale: Expect hiking pleasures galore!
To make the most of these pleasures, you need time. So how about an extended hiking holiday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen? You won't find better opportunities anywhere else …
Our tip: Did you know that you can hike on prescription in Garmisch-Partenkirchen? As part of the local climate movement therapy, amazing fresh-air experiences are what the doctor prescribes in your Bavarian holiday region. Find out more about Hiking on Prescription in Garmisch-Partenkirchen!
Routes for every taste
300 kilometres of hiking trails – this equals at least 300 unforgettable memories for you and your loved ones! Experienced mountaineer or pleasure hiker, family trip or athletic challenge: The mountain world of Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers great hikes for every taste. After all, you can find everything from short to long and from flat to steep among the hiking trails criss-crossing the Zugspitze area. You’re looking for a particularly scenic or historically interesting route or a tour that is suitable for early spring hiking? How about one of the following three hiking gems?
For early starters:
For those with a historical bent:
With a total length of around 20 kilometres, this difficult hike is quite challenging. Your reward: fascinating insights into the King’s House of Ludwig II of Bavaria – a highlight not just for culture vultures!
For fans of scenic views:
This hike of intermediate difficulty rewards you with amazing views of the Bavarian mountain world. With only moderate climbs and descents, this hike is suitable for the whole family.
Our tip: Check out the convenient GaPa tour planner for detailed tour descriptions and information on walking times and difficulty levels – the perfect inspiration for your next hike!
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is not just a paradise for experienced mountain hikers – its varied hiking trails are also perfectly suitable for the little ones! Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers a multitude of relaxed walks and easy hikes that are perfect for all age groups. No too long, not too steep, but full of thrilling discoveries and family-friendly refreshment stops along the way!
The following hikes are especially suitable for families:
Running up that hill: trail running in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Conquering the Zugspitze region on foot? Certainly, and why not at a run? If hiking is too slow for you and you’re looking for a bit more speed and adrenaline, you should try running. Swap your gym’s treadmill or grey neighbourhood asphalt for hedge and ditch, forests and puddles! The mountain world surrounding Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers perfect conditions for trail running. Expect challenging routes with breathtaking views! For instance, how about the 35-kilometre trail from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Ehrwald? Or the trail that takes you to St. Anton, the Tannenhütte, the Eckenhütte and up the Wank? Find these and many more routes with detailed information in our GaPa tour planner!
Take a breather and enjoy
We all know that fresh air makes you hungry. And so does exercise! Whether you’re on a family walk, a mountain tour, a trail run or a pleasure hike – a savoury cold platter or delicious piece of cake at a traditional mountain inn tastes even better after a bit of outdoor activity! Hiking without a stop at one of Garmisch-Partenkirchen’s mountain huts and restaurants? We don’t think so!
Simply heavenly: Discover the most beautiful refreshment stops in and around Garmisch-Partenkirchen!
Heaven on earth: pilgrimage in Bavaria
When you think of pilgrimage, you first think of Santiago de Compostela? Then it might surprise you that you don’t have to go as far as Spain to enjoy your personal pilgrimage experience. After all, Partenkirchen is located along one of Europe’s most famous pilgrim routes! From the German town of Stade, the Via Romea takes you to Rome via three different countries – a highlight for all those who measure their best holiday memories in kilometres!
Another place of pilgrimage is located right in the vicinity of your Bavarian holiday resort. The Pilgrimage Church of Wies or "Wieskirche” is not just home of the “tear miracle”, but is also the heart and soul of the pilgrimage to the Scourged Saviour. Taking a look at the church’s splendid rococo façade, it’s no big surprise that this beautiful House of Worship was declared a UNESCO world heritage …