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Tour report: Around Zugspitze

Read the day-by-day hiking experiences of one of our extended Reservations team who went on the Around Zugspitze hiking holiday in the latest instalment of our blog series.

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Day 1: Arrival at Garmisch Partenkirchen

We drove from Salzburg to Garmisch in the pouring rain. After a 2-hour journey, the clouds cleared and the sun greeted us. We were warmly welcomed at our hotel, 'Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten' (Four Seasons), and had a pleasant meeting with the local stage manager, Paolo. To end the evening, we walked through the beautiful parts of town.

Day 2: From Garmisch to Mittenwald

We woke up to sunshine and enjoyed a delightful breakfast. We decided to take a footpath along the river Partnach towards the Garmisch ski stadium. Inside the stadium, we were impressed by what we saw. Unfortunately, the famous ravine 'Partnachklamm' was closed due to the weather. Instead, we took a detour with great views of the meandering river.

The route led us uphill through meadows and forests to the mountain inn 'Berggasthof Eckbauer' and then to the alp 'Elmauer Alm'. We descended to Klais and took a train to Mittenwald, known for its wall paintings and violin-making.

Day 3: From Mittenwald to Leutasch

We set off to visit the 'Geisterklamm' (ghost ravine), a highlight with a unique atmosphere. Afterwards, we continued along the gorge and enjoyed the stunning mountain backdrop and blooming flower meadows. We walked along the river Leutascher Ache, occasionally stopping to tread water.

Upon reaching Leutasch, we received a warm welcome at Hotel Tirolerhof from the Gruber family. The hosts took great care of us, and the half-board meals were delicious.

Day 4: Circular Tour to Seefeld

An early morning hike through the forest led us to a marvellous viewpoint called the 'Rappenlöcher'. We walked through the peaceful woods from the alp 'Hochmoosalm', enjoying the birdsong and unspoiled nature.

As we descended toward Seefeld, the sun shone brightly, and the village was adorned with beautiful flowers. We took a bus back to Leutasch, where we savoured an excellent dinner.

Day 5: From Leutasch to Ehrwald

We were picked up by a shuttle bus and taken to the Gaistal Valley for the start of our tour. Along the way, we encountered herds of grazing animals. Initially, the weather was sunny, but it deteriorated as we approached our destination. We got caught in a downpour, but our wet weather clothing protected us.

After a rest in a hut, we descended into the valley by cable car. The rain subsided, and we completed the final kilometres to Ehrwald in dry conditions.

Day 6: From Ehrwald back to Garmisch

On our final hiking tour, we followed scenic cart tracks and forest paths to the Zugspitz cable car. We ascended to the Hochthörle hut and reached the Eibseeblick viewpoint shortly after. We walked through the woods and reached Lake Eibsee, where the sun appeared.

We took the newly built cable car up Mount Zugspitze, although the summit was covered in clouds. We decided to take the cog railway 'Zugspitzbahn' back to Garmisch due to rain. We ended the day at Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten, enjoying a Bavarian beer.

Day 7: Back home from the Zugspitze region

Since the weather improved, we took the cog railway to Lake Eibsee and hiked the circular route around the lake. It was a fantastic decision, as the lake's beauty was indescribable.

The turquoise-green glow around its five islands created an incredible atmosphere. After completing the walk, we returned to Garmisch-Partenkirchen by railway and then made our way back home.

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Around Zugspitze

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