This circular hike taking you through the spectacular Höllental Valley is an unforgettable journey through some unique and phenomenal natural landscapes.
Distance 11.4 km
For today’s leg, you’ll begin in Hammersbach and explore the wondrous landscapes and gorges of Höllental Valley along a well-marked hiking trail. After a break at Höllentalangerhütte Lodge with its fantastic views over Zugspitzland, the trail continues on a forest path back into Hammersbach.
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.
Entry into the Höllental Valley costs around €5, (not included). The valley is open 24 hours a day between May and the end of October subject to weather conditions.
Hammersbach (Train Station) (768 m)
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Hammersbach (Train Station)
0.00km Today’s hike begins at Hammersbach train station.
0.10km From Kreuzeckweg, TURN RIGHT and walk towards the chapel on your left-hand side.
0.20km TURN LEFT onto Klammweg, the entrance to the Höllental Valley. FOLLOW the hiking trail towards the entrance hut to Höllental via a steep incline. Then FOLLOW the signs and the hiking trail towards the ‘Höllentalangerhütte’.
5.00km For your return journey, go back to the Höllental entrance hut the same way you came.
7.60km IGNORE the steep descent to your right, which you came up. Instead, KEEP LEFT and FOLLOW the ‘Stangensteig’.
7.90km After ‘Dr. Heinrich Weg’ (trail 831), you’ll soon reach a wider forest path. FOLLOW this path until you reach the turn-off to your RIGHT heading down into Hammersbach (see GPS).
11.40km Finally, you’ll reach today’s destination back at the train station in Hammersbach.
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Today’s walk starts and ends at Hammersbach Train Station. To get there, you can either take the ‘Zugspitzbahn’ (train) from Bahnhof (post) Garmisch-Partenkirchen to ‘Hammersbach Zugspitzbahn, Grainau’ or you can take the ‘Eibseebus’ (bus) from Garmisch-Partnekirchen to Hammersbach. Journey time is about 10 minutes and a return ticket costs approx. 6 euro per person. Entry into the gorge costs approx. 5 euro per person and is to be paid locally.
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Arrival by train, car, foot or bike
We recommend wearing hiking boots that are well broken-in, plus a rain jacket and waterproof trousers in wet weather, as well as taking sun cream and a hat on nicer days.
In your information pack, you’ll find a detailed list of all the required hiking gear, including some good hiking boots, appropriate clothing, a rain jacket and a backpack.