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A long and challenging hike to the highest peak in Germany! There are several hiking routes leading you to the summit of the highest mountain in Germany, this one being one of the longest.
Between June and September are your best times to hike this route with minimal snow.
The route is possible in one day but requires a very early start.
Other options are to divide it into two days and stay at one of the 3 huts along the route: – Partnachalm at 983 m / 3225 ft – Reintalangerhütte at 1369 m / 4491 ft – Knorhütte at 2,052 m / 6732 ft You'll be doing about 23km / 14 miles and 2200m / 7200 ft of elevation. The start of the hike is along the beautiful Partnach river in the Reintal Valley and is very easy going.
You'll pass both the Partnachalm and Reintalanger huts, great places for a break but also check the opening times.
Approaching and past the Knorrhütte the route gets steeper and more challenging - good hiking boots required! The final section is the hardest part, but you are rewarded with incredible views as you approach the Münchner Haus and the summit of the Zugspitze.
It is very rocky and loose with some sections of Via Ferrata, so don't forget your gloves. Once at the Münchner Haus it's a very short last section to reach the summit and enjoy 360 degree views of the German and Austrian Alps. If you don't feel like walking back down, you can take the Zugspitze Cable Car to get down and enjoy the wonderful view over Eibsee Lake.