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Panorama Trail around Vank Mountain

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With delightful views of the Wetterstein mountains, today you’ll walk around Vank Mountain and back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Distance 13.4 km
3:45 h
267 m
1,273 m
After a delicious breakfast at the hotel, take the mountain railway up the beautiful Wank Mountain. During your hike around the mountain, you’ll get to enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding scenery throughout the day. And saving the best for last - the combination of Bavarian delicacies you’ll get to enjoy in the mountain lodges and the unique panoramic views of Zugspitze and the Wetterstein mountains you’ll get to see are sure to make this hike a truly unforgettable experience.
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Update: March 14, 2019
Highest point
1,777 m
Lowest point
708 m

Safety information

Today you may be walking past a few different areas where cows graze. Although generally very docile and used to walkers, keep your distance and never turn your back on a cow that is behaving strangely or aggressive. Be particularly vigilant around cows with calves. 

In rainy weather, the narrow trails can be muddy and slippery. Make sure to wear closed and sturdy footwear with plenty of grip. Walkers need to be steady on their feet.

Tips and hints

Information on Vank: 

Information on Esterberg Alm: 

Information on Pfeifferalm: 


Wankbahn Valley Station (1,739 m)
47.507304, 11.143868
47°30'26.3"N 11°08'37.9"E
32T 661436 5263769


Wankbahn Valley Station

Turn-by-turn directions

0.00km Today’s hike starts from the top of the Wankbahn mountain station.

0.30km Uphill and past Wankhaus Lodge, you’ll reach the summit cross of Wank Mountain. To the left of the ridge, the trail heads back down between two mountain peaks.

0.60km Keep RIGHT and follow trail 413, 415 over the bends to the next fork in the path.

2.80km Keep RIGHT until you reach the wider forest path, which, after a short while, brings you to Esterberg Alm.

3.50km Having arrived at Esterberg Alm, keep RIGHT and continue (trail 412) up the longer ascent until you reach the saddle, where you’ll once again enjoy fantastic views of the Wetterstein mountains.

5.10km TURN LEFT as the path winds downhill on trail 412 towards Geschwandtner Bauer.

7.00km CROSS the Gschwandtner Bauer farmstead and then TURN RIGHT heading down a wider farm track. Follow this track to Schlattan and towards Pfeifferalm.

8.50km In Schlattan, TURN LEFT towards Pfeifferalm and CONTINUE on the hiking trail for a further 2.5km towards Partenkirchen.

11.00km You’ll reach the first houses. CONTINUE along the trail via Sankt Anton back to the Wankbahn valley station.

13.40km When you arrive at the Wankbahn valley station, you’ve reached your destination for today.


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Public transport

This morning you can either walk to the Vankbahn 'Talstation' (Valley floor station), or take a bus (no. 5, from the train station). 

When you arrive at the Talstation, take the Vankbahn (one-way journey) which costs approx. 14 euros. The Journey takes approx. 18 minutes and runs every 30 minutes, the first departure being at 08.45. 


47.507304, 11.143868
47°30'26.3"N 11°08'37.9"E
32T 661436 5263769
Arrival by train, car, foot or bike


Food and drink

During your hike, you’ll be able to stop off at the mountain lodges for a bite to eat. Nevertheless, we recommend you stock up on supplies and plenty of water before setting off. 


You’ll be walking on forest trails and mountain paths. Please remember to bring sun cream, a hat and plenty of water. If you’re used to walking with poles or hiking sticks, we highly recommend you bring them along. Given you’ll be crossing a small stream, we also recommend you wear waterproof hiking boots.

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13.4 km
3:45 h
267 m
1,273 m


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