8 days
Duration
Challenging
Difficulty
Austria, Germany
Location
June-September
Availability

  Start at the foot of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain

 Walk the winding path through the Höllentalklamm (Hell valley gorge)

  Hiking on thrilling mountain ridge trails in the Wetterstein & Karwendel ranges

  Follow in royal footsteps on the Königsweg to King Ludwig’s Schachen mountain retreat

  Explore the stunning beauty of the Karwendel National Park nature reserve


Self-guided hike along the Tirolerweg from Garmisch to Innsbruck

The Tirolerweg is the perfect trail for experienced hikers and mountain enthusiasts looking for a varied week-long walking holiday.

The borderland between Germany and Austria is home to some truly impressive mountains, as well as some of the most spectacular scenery in the Alps. Gorges and deeply cut valleys lead up to alpine pastures and the intimidating summits of the Wetterstein and Karwendel massif. This tour starts in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the heart of Bavaria and at the foot of Germany’s highest peak; the Zugspitze. From there, you hike up into the Wetterstein mountains, crossing the border from Bavaria to the Austrian Tyrol. You will explore the stunning Alpine beauty of the Karwendel National Park, the largest and most beautiful nature reserve in the Eastern Alps. Finally, you cross the Karwendel massif to the jagged peaks of the Nordkette (North Chain) before taking a cable car down to the Tyrolean capital of Innsbruck. Along your route you will enjoy fresh mountain air, blooming Alpine meadows, deep gorges, raging rivers, snow-capped peaks, and of course magnificent panoramic views!

8 DAYS / 7 NIGHTS From €650 per person sharing*

*A high-season supplement will apply from 28/06 to 22/08
*A single supplement charge will apply for solo walkers.

ACCOMMODATION

Four overnight stays in 3*** hotels in en suite rooms and three nights in mountain huts in dormitory rooms. The standard accommodation of this trip is listed below. If any are unavailable, we will book alternative accommodation of a similar standard.
MEALS Breakfast is included each morning. Picnic lunches can be ordered on site from the hotels/mountain huts for an additional charge. You can have dinner at your accommodation or at restaurants in the towns and villages along the way.
AVAILABILITY You can start on Fridays & Sundays, subject to availability, between June 11th and September 19th.
INCLUDED
7 x nights in selected accommodation
7 x breakfasts
Luggage transportation (except overnight at Schachenhaus)
Welcome briefing
Day 2: downhill cable car from Kreuzeck
Day 5: transfer in the Karwendel valley
Day 7: downhill cable car from Hafelekar to Innsbruck
Detailed info pack with maps and route notes (1x per room)
GPS tracks
Service hotline
NOT INCLUDED
Flights & travel insurance
Lunches & dinners
Transport to Garmisch and from Innsbruck
Local tourist taxes
Any other items not mentioned in the program
OPTIONAL EXTRAS
Additional nights
Single room supplement
DIFFICULTY / TERRAIN This tour is rated as challenging overall. It is a demanding trekking holiday with walking stages from 4.5 to 7.5 hours. The routes are partly in high alpine territory therefore experience, surefootedness and a good head for heights is required. Some shortcuts are possible.
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Day 1: Arrival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Your trip begins in the heart of Bavaria, in the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The towns of Garmisch and Partenkirchen were merged for the 1936 Winter Olympics. Located at the foot of the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest peak, at 2962m), Garmisch is considered to be the Alpine capital of Germany.

Overnight: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Day 2: Höllental Gorge high-altitude path

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 1,090 m | Descent: 180 m | 5 hrs approx.

On your first walking day you will explore the stunning Alpine terrain around Garmisch. You begin by following the winding path through the Höllentalklamm (Hell valley gorge), past thundering waterfalls framed by striking rock formations. As you reach the alpine pasture Höllentalangeralm, you will enjoy wonderful views to the Zugspitze summit. You then take the high-altitude path above the gorge to the Hupfleitenjoch saddle before crossing more alpine pastures to Mt. Kreuzeck. From there you take the cable car back down to Garmisch.

Overnight: Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Day 3: From Garmisch to Schachenhaus

Distance: 12 km | Ascent: 1,170 m | Descent: 30 m | 4½ hrs approx.

The day starts with a walk through another gorge at the foot of the Wetterstein Massif. A steep trail then takes you up to the Königsweg (King’s Path). This gravel path is so-called because it was used by King Ludwig II to ride his horse up to his King’s House on Schachen. Ludwig chose this spot (at 1866 m altitude) for his mountain retreat because it offers one of the most magnificent vistas of the high mountains to be seen anywhere in the Bavarian Alps. The lodge itself is rather unpresumptuous on the outside but the inside is very glamorous. The upper floor is extravagantly decorated in an Oriental style.

Continuing further up the saddle, you will find your accommodation for the night in the comfortable Schachenhaus mountain hut.

Overnight: Schachenhaus*

*You will need to carry your overnight kit in your day pack as the Schachenhaus is high in the mountains and only accessible by foot. Your main luggage will be transferred from Garmisch to Scharnitz where you spend the following night.

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Day 4: From Schachenhaus to Scharnitz

Distance: 20 km | Ascent: 900 m | Descent: 1,800 m | 7½ hrs approx.

Today’s route is an exhilarating mountain hike across the Wetterstein massif and into the Austrian Tyrol. You begin with an ascent to a rocky mountain pass and then on to the Meiler mountain lodge at the Austrian border (2,366 m altitude). The views from here are well worth the effort! As you descend from there into the Leutasch valley, the rocky mountain terrain slowly gives way to grassy slopes, mountain forests, and finally the green valley floor. You cross one more mountain pass before reaching your accommodation in Scharnitz.

The village of Scharnitz is known as the gateway to the Karwendel Nature Park, the largest and most beautiful nature reserve in the Eastern Alps. Here you will find babbling mountain brooks, deep ravines and roaring torrents.

It is possible to shorten today’s walk by taking a bus.

Overnight: Scharnitz

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Day 5: From Scharnitz to Halleranger Alm

Distance: 5 – 10 km | Ascent: 550 m | Descent: 0 m | 2½ – 5 hrs approx.

A much easier day today after yesterday’s exertions! A transfer is included this morning to take you deep into the Karwendel valley, where the Isar river rises. You will have a gentle uphill hike to the Halleranger alpine pasture (2 hrs approx.) You can then choose to relax for the rest of the day or continue up to the Überschalljoch mountain pass (1,910 m). The next two nights are spent at the peaceful and idyllic Halleranger Alm (1,774 m).

If you want a longer walk today you can just ask your driver to let you out earlier along the Isar.

Overnight: Halleranger Alm

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Day 6: Summit hike on the Karwendel massif

Distance: 5 km | Ascent: 500 m | Descent: 500 m | 2 – 3 hrs approx.

Today you will have the chance to tackle a steep and challenging ascent to the summit of the Sunntiger Spitze (2,321 m). This is for experienced hikers with surefootedness and a head for heights only. Alternatively, you can take a less challenging hike along the Reps peaks, which also offers fantastic panoramic views. Of course, there is also the option of simply enjoying a rest day at the idyllic alpine cabin and just enjoying the stunning surroundings of the Karwendel National Park.

Overnight: Halleranger Alm

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Day 7: Karwendel crossing from Halleranger Alm to Innsbruck

Distance: 13 km | Ascent: 1,000 m | Descent: 500 m | 6 hrs approx.

The final stage of the Tirolerweg is like a summary of all the previous days. This is a day of wonderful mountain paths and impressive views in the middle of the Karwendel National Park.

You hike along a marvellous high-altitude path, crossing several ridges to Innsbruck’s famous Nordkette (Northern Chain). There are a couple of sections that require surefootedness and stamina. Finally, you reach the summit station of Hafelekar where you have an included ticket for the cable car to take you down to Innsbruck.

If you have some energy left you can spend the evening exploring the architectural marvels of the magnificent city of Innsbruck – known as the ‘Capital of the Alps’.

Overnight: Innsbruck

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Day 8: Departure or extension

Your walking holiday on the Tirolerweg comes to an end after breakfast this morning, unless you have booked any additional services with us.


Getting to Garmisch-Partenkirchen

  The most convenient airport is Innsbruck. You can also fly into Munich airport.
  • From Innsbruck airport, you can take a direct train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1 hr 10 mins approx.).
  • From Munich airport, you first take a train to Munich central station (40 mins) then another train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (1 hr 20 mins approx.).

For timetables and fares, please see the OBB website.

If travelling by car, there are a limited number of hotel parking spaces available free of charge. Reservation is not possible but there are also plenty of parking options free of charge near the hotel.

Departure from Innsbruck

If you need to return to collect your car in Garmisch, there are regular direct trains from Innsbruck (journey time approx 1 hr 20 mins.).

Tirolerweg hiking in the Austrian Tyrol
Hiking in the Höllentalklamm (Hell valley gorge)
Hiking through the Partnach Gorge, Garmisch-Partenkirchen
View to the Zugspitze
The King's House on Schachen
View above the Schachenhaus
Hiking in the Austrian Tyrol
The Karwendel is the largest mountain range of the Northern Limestone Alps
Nature Watch Steinadler im Karwendelm (c) Otto Leiner
Hiking to the Hallerengeralm
Hallerangeralm alpine pastures
Chapel at the Hallerengeralm
Hiking signposts on the Tirolerweg
Almhuette along the Tirolerweg
Spectacular Tyrolean views
Enjoying the view over Innsbruck from the Goetheweg
Hiking above the clouds on the Nordkette
Hikers on the Nordkette
Stunning views on the Nordkette
View above the clouds on the Nordkette
View above the Hafelekar cable car station
Descending to Innsbruck by cable car (c) Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner
Innsbruck, Mariahilf
Innsbruck (c) Innsbruck Tourismus / Christof Lackner

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