Mountainbiketour around the Wetterstein mountains

(round trip),

Along with the Karwendel Loop, the Wetterstein Loop is one of the "classics" among the mountain bike tours of the Alpenwelt Karwendel region. This circuit around the imposing Wetterstein massif offers the full program – the turquoise-green Eibsee lake, steep ascents, magnificent views and unparalleled descents...

Highlights of the tour

  • Circuit around the Wetterstein massif at approx. 2,000 meters
  • View from the turquoise-green Eibsee lake to the Zugspitze (2,962 m)
  • Descent through the unique landscape of the Gaistal valley (Leutasch)

Tour description

One of the most impressive undertakings in the Alpenwelt Karwendel region is the complete circuit around the mighty Wetterstein massif. An early start is important, as your riding time alone can easily total up to eight hours. The day-long tour starts at Bahnhofplatz in the center of Mittenwald with a ride to the two mountain lakes – Lautersee & Ferchensee – and down to Elmau, before climbing again toward the Hintergraseck alpine hut. Passing the nearby Vordergraseck, the route leads down to the ski stadium in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Along the railway line and the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn cog railway, passing the base station of the Alpspitzbahn cog railway, the comfortable bike path leads to Hammersbach and Obergrainau. Here, the ascent begins to the lovely Eibsee lake and further up to the Hochthörlen-Hütte alpine hut at 1,459 meters. The steep descent will take bikers down to Ehrwald, where things get quite steep again. The climb to the Ehrwalder Alm alpine restaurant is among the most challenging on the route, but the unparalleled views of the Wetterstein mountains make it worth it at the end. From the highest point of the approach, the rapid descent leads through the idyllic Gaistal valley to Leutasch. Bikers will ride on the bike path through the mostly flat Leutasch valley back to Mittenwald.

Refreshment stops along the way

  • Numerous refreshment options on the route
  • Restaurants in Mittenwald, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau, Ehrwald and Leutasch

General information about the tour

Alternative routes & other tips
A little tip: Those who would like to avoid the steep ascent of about 400 meters to the Ehrwalder Alm alpine restaurant can board the gondola of the Ehrwalder Almbahn with their mountain bikes. This makes the descent through the Gaistal even more enjoyable...
Parking options
  • Parking lot P1 at the train station in Mittenwald (free)
  • Parking lot P3 on the street Im Schwarzenfeld in Mittenwald (fee required)
Best time of year
  • Accessible from June to October (weather-dependent)
In case of emergencies:
In case of emergency, please inform the closest rescue coordination center. You can reach this regardless of your location, and across Germany, at 112.

Alpenwelt Karwendel Mittenwald Krün Wallgau Tourismus GmbH
Alpenwelt Karwendel Mittenwald Krün Wallgau Tourismus GmbH
Zuletzt geändert am 20.09.2019 10:06:00

tour data

  • Duration: 07:38 h
  • Distance: 87,6 km
  • Altitude: 2148 m
  • Difficulty:Difficult


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