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Via Wamberger Höhenrücken to Elmauer Alm

Snowshoeing · Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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Be immersed in the partially untouched winter landscape with fantastic views over the spectacular Mountain Range of the Wetterstein.


Distance 12.2 km
5:00 h
158 m
653 m
1,296 m
725 m
This tour is perfect for beginners, as it starts by riding uphill via the Eckbauer cable car. At the top of the mountain, you will have a perfect view of all the sides of these Alpine mountains. The tour to Elmauer Alm (Alpine hut) leads over the ridge of Mount Eckbauer parallel to the Wetterstein Mountains. There are hardly any ascents or descents and the tour is well-signed. If you prefer to have a guide for this tour, please contact the Tourist Information, which regularly offers snowshoeing tours. You can borrow the gear needed for these tours from the Tourist Information.


For a more detailed description of the tour, please refer to "PDF Print" above.


Author’s recommendation

When you walk the tour the other way round, we would like to recommend your visiting the Partnachklamm. It is also worth a visit in wintertime. Therefore, please allow extra time for the detour into the winter wonderland of ice and snow!


The Tourist Information of Garmisch-Partenkirchen offers guided snowshoe hikes on easy routes that are also suitable for beginners. On principle, adolescents and adults having a shoe size of 38 (according to the Continental European System; UK: 5-5.5; US: 6-6.5) or more can participate. For further information and registration, please call: +49 8821 180 736

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Update: January 24, 2023
Highest point
Bergstation Eckbauer, 1,296 m
Lowest point
Parkplatz Eckbauerbahn, 725 m
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Rest stops

Eckbauer, Berggasthof
Elmauer Alm
Elmauer Alm

Safety information

Ensure to check the up-to-date avalanche warnings. This snowshoeing tour is also perfect for beginners.


Note that you are going on the tour at your own risk. Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourismus assumes no liability. Observe the local information and route descriptions.

For Alpine emergencies: Phone 112 (Mountain Rescue Service)

Weather forecast for the local mountains of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahnen cable car company: Phone +49 8821 797 979

Tips and hints






Top terminal of the Eckbauerbahn cable car (1,222 m)
47.467160, 11.135810
47°28'01.8"N 11°08'08.9"E
32T 660952 5259291
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Olympia Skistadion

Turn-by-turn directions

Behind the top terminal, take the left path to Wamberg and hike along the cleared paths of the longish plateau of Mount Eckbauer. The path slightly descends and then forks. Follow the path to "Elmauer Alm". Please put on your snowshoes now, if you have not already done so. The path is no longer cleared from now on but it is still well-signed. After about one hour, you will reach the small wooden hut with its cosy small restaurant and the nice terrace from which you have great views. For your return trip, walk a short distance on the same way until signs point you to the hiking trail to Wamberg. Follow these signs and start the descent to your starting point at the Olympia Skistadion via the small village Wamberg, which even has its own church. From Wamberg, walk alongside the well-cleared hiking path, which winds, sometimes steeply, down into the valley.


If you do not yet want to return from Elmauer Alm, you can walk further via Schloss Elmau (Elmau castle) or Schloss Kranzbach (Kranzbach castle) to Klais (5 km). On this tour, you will have great views over the rough Karwendel Mountains and the Mountains of the Wetterstein. (Stamina is required for this tour, it takes about 2 hrs). In Klais, you can go by Deutsche Bahn or board the local bus (RVO) back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The bus stop is at the station.


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Public transport

Hourly connection to and from München Hbf (Munich central station) and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. In Garmisch-Partenkirchen, board the local bus (routes 1 or 2) at the station. Get off at the Olympia Skistadion.


Getting there

Take the motorway A95 in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. At the end of the motorway at Eschenlohe, continue on state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the tunnel, follow the signs to Partenkirchen/Mittenwald/Innsbruck. Near the end of the town, signs will point you to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).

If you are coming from Mittenwald/Innsbruck, follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and turn left at the first possibility. Follow the signs to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).

Then coming from Reutte/Ehrwald/Tirol/Grainau via the state road B23, drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and turn right onto Gernackerstraße at the second traffic light. Follow the signs to Partenkirchen/Mittenwald/Innsbruck. Near the end of the town, signs will point you to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).


Parking is available at the Olympia Skistadion (P13), which is partially paid parking.


47.467160, 11.135810
47°28'01.8"N 11°08'08.9"E
32T 660952 5259291
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Christoph Hentschel 
April 21, 2015 · Community
Eckbauer: Sanfte Schneeschuhwanderung hoch über Garmisch- Partenkirchen . Hier mein kleines Video dazu: http://youtu.be/N78WGM5AJwQ
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12.2 km
5:00 h
158 m
653 m
Highest point
1,296 m
Lowest point
725 m
Circular route Scenic Refreshment stops available Cableway ascent/descent
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