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Winter hike from Klais to Mittenwald

Winter hikes

Start: Klais railway station car park - Destination: Mittenwald train station car park

Tour dates

  • Duration4:03 h
  • Distance14.9 km
  • Difficultymedium
  • Altitude211 m
  • Lowest point918 m
  • Highest point1088 m

Tour highlights

    Tour description

    The winter hike from Klais via the Krüner districts of Kranzbach and Elmau as well as the two excursion destinations of Ferchensee and Lautersee to Mittenwald, is a varied hike through forests covered in deep snow and the unique landscape of the Karwendel Alpine World.


    The highlights of the tour

    • past the world-famous Elmau Castle
    • groomed winter hiking trails away from the traffic routes
    • Ferchensee & Lautersee as highlights of the tour

    The tour description

    This winter hike is not technically demanding, but still extends over approx. 14 kilometres and requires physical endurance. The tour starts at the Klaiser Bahnhof station. This can be reached by public transport and initially runs along the Elmauer Weg to the start of the winter hiking trail, which leads in the direction of Kranzbach and Elmau. Shortly after Kranzbach Castle, follow the trail through the "Drüsselgraben", which ends in front of Elmau Castle (1,008 m). In front of the castle grounds, past the hotel car park and continuing on the hiking trail along the Ferchenbach, hikers first reach the Ferchensee (1,060 m), where there is a stop for refreshments at the inn of the same name. Now the forest trail leads up to the Ferchenseehöhe (1,088 m) before descending to the Lautersee (1,013 m). To get back to Mittenwald from the Lautersee, either hike along the geological nature trail to the valley station of the Kranzberg chairlift and on to the village centre or follow the hiking trail through the Laintal, which leads directly to Mittenwald.

    Your stops along the way

    • Gasthaus Ferchensee (closed on Fridays)
    • Lautersee Stub'n 
    • Seehof Lautersee (closed on Tuesday in winter)
    • Lautersee-Alm (in bad weather Monday day off)
    • Gastronomy in Mittenwald and Klais

    Trail numbers

    • 843
    • 820
    • 819 (alternative driving road)
    • 828 or 826

    General information about the tour

    Alternative route & further tips:

    All hikers who have not yet had enough at Lautersee can still ascend from there in the direction of the Mountain InnSankt Anton . Here there are numerous other hiking options or the possibility to rent toboggans to go down to the valley station via the toboggan run on the Kranzberg.

    Public transport

    • Bus stop Klais train station (Alpenwelt Karwendel ski and guest bus - Oberbayernbus line 9608 & 9618)
    • Klais train station (DB Munich - Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Innsbruck)


    • Parking "at the station" in Klais 
    • "P1" - car park at the railway station in Mittenwald (free of charge)

    Best season

    • all year round

    In emergencies:

    In an emergency, please notify the nearest rescue coordination centre. You can reach them regardless of location and throughout Germany under 112.

    The ascent or ascent of all described tours of Alpenwelt Karwendel is at your own risk. The topicality and completeness of the contents cannot be guaranteed.

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