Westliche Karwendelspitze

Through forests and moon landscape up through the clouds

Basic info

This is a beautiful Alp day hike just about an hour from Munich. Even if it’s that close it feels like you are in the middle of the Alps when you are at the top. And what a feeling it is; Like you are on the top of the world.

Starting point: Opposite of Karwedelbahn (the cablecar station)
How to get there: Take a train from Munich to Mittenwald followed by a short walk to the starting point (2 h).
Length: 8 km
Walking time: 4 h 30 min
Elevation: + 1475 m
Difficulty: Difficult

Photos: peterdijkgraaf



Day hike

This might be one of the more diverse day hikes I know around Munich. You will experience everything from an old beautiful forest to a rocky moon landscape and end it off a 360 view of the Alps.

The way I like to do the hike is to hike up at take the cable car down. To do this you start out on the opposite side of the cable car station (you will see the sign) and start ascending through an old forest. It’s a bit of a serpentine climb where you snake back and forth until it finally opens up and you will see a beautiful rocky valley (see the picture bellow). This valley will bring you up in a gap between the mountains all the way to the top. Be aware that it a heavy climb in this moon landscape. It’s a big rock bed, so when you walk they move quite a bit.

If you get tired and want to rest along the way there’s a traditional hut half way up where you can get a Radler or something to eat.

At the very top you will find a tunnel taking you through the mountain that is being used for skiing in the winter. And once on the other side you have reached Karwendelspitze. This is where the cable car can take you down again, but I would advice you to keep climbing to the very top where you will get the most amazing 360 degree view of the Alps.

The Karwendelspitze day hike offers ever changing landscapes

Useful links for the trek

Komoot – Route guide with GPS integration
Karwendelspitze, Westlichekarwendelspitze & mittenwalder-klettersteig – Instagram inspiration
Karwendelbahn – Cable-car info (be aware that last time I did it you need to pay cash or with a german ec card, meaning no international credit cards)
Deutsche bahn – Getting there

5 best day hikes from Munich – Bucket-list of similar day hikes
Mittenwalder klettersteig – Want something a bit more challenging, try the Klettersteig, gives you even more spectacular views and Instagram worthy pictures 😉

The Herzogstand hike can and should be enjoyed during different seasons.
Walking the ridge between Herzogstand and Heimgarten can be a thrilling experience.
Herzogstand day hike fwill make it feel like you are on top of the world.
From Herzogstand you can see half of Germany on a clear day.

Photos: roaming.with.lovehike.the. Check out Instagram for more inspiration of the beautiful Westliche Karwendelspitze day hike in the Alps from Munich, Karwendelspitze, Westlichekarwendelspitze & Mittenwalder-klettersteig