Tyrolean Alps: Garmisch to Sterzing8 Days & 7 Nights
- Cross the Austrian Alps from Germany to Italy
- Walk in the shadow of the magnificent Zugspitze
- Enjoy a true high-mountain experience with one night spent in an Alpine hut
- Feast on regional specialties like kaiserschmarrn, pretzels and local wurst
- Explore the historical old town of Tyrol’s capital, Innsbruck
Self Guided | Go at your own pace on an independent tour.
Inn to Inn Walking | A classic point to point walking trip, staying in a different location each night
This trip is suitable for:
As a guide, we would suggest that the minimum age of traveler this tour would be suitable for is: 12 Years
Ideal if you have an interest in:
- Personal Growth
- Alpine Hiking
Activity Level & Terrain
We have graded this tour as challenging, with some days being easier and others more demanding. This trip is suitable for experienced mountain hikers. The routes are not technically difficult, but some paths follow narrow alpine paths, and it is important for your enjoyment of the tour to have a good head for heights, be sure-footed and not suffer from vertigo as some of the days will involve walking along narrow paths with steep drop offs.
All of the walks are way-marked, and we provide you with turn-by-turn instructions for each walk, maps and access to our GPS smartphone navigation app, so you will have no problem finding your way.
Experience & Fitness
This is an alpine trip and therefore to get the most from this tour you should be in good physical shape, be sure-footed and have a head for heights as some sections can be steep and exposed.
We will accommodate you in selected 3–4-star hotels, in a double or single ensuite room. For your overnight in the mountain hut, you will stay in a dormitory with shared bathroom (sleeping bag required).
All of our accommodations are hand-picked and offer a warm welcome to walkers. You will find an example of the accommodation we normally use on the itinerary. If these accommodations are not available, we will use a hotel of a similar of better standard than those described.
There are only a few accommodations in Trins and Obernberg where availability issues frequently arise during peak season. If this occurs, we will arrange a two night stay in Steinach am Brenner instead of Trins & Obernberg and arrange a transfer, information regarding the local bus to make it to the start or end of your walk. You can find more detailed information on this in your travel documents.
Single Rooms and Solo Walkers
This trip is not available to solo walkers due to the remote nature of the terrain. Single rooms are available if you require single rooms in your party, but there is a supplement payable.
- 6 nights in 3 - 4 * hotels
- 1 night in a dormitory with shared bathroom in a mountain hut
- 1 Dinner
- Transfer from Mittenwald to the Hinterautal
- Detailed information pack , route notes, maps and access to our navigation app
- Luggage transport between the accommodations (except day 3)
- Arrival / Departure Travel
- Lunch, dinner (except Day 3: dinner is included)
- Public transport (including cable cars) (additional costs approx. € 50)
- Drinks and snacks
- Travel insurance (required)
- Personal equipment
- Tourist tax (when necessary)
- Additional nights during the holiday
When To Go
You can embark on this adventure from mid-June to September and you can start your trip any day of the week (except Tuesday). Any time during this period is ideal for walking, mid-July to mid- August is high season and the towns along the way will be busy with local holiday makers and therefore if you are looking to travel during this time period to book early. June and July is the ideal time to catch the Alpine wildflowers in full bloom.
Please keep in mind that the weather can be changeable at high altitudes, and cold fronts can occur even in the summer (snowfall in the Alps at the height of summer is not unheard of).
Weather and Climate
The weather in the Alps can change very quickly. You should be prepared for all weather conditions and pack accordingly. Please bear in mind that the weather can be changeable at high altitudes, and cold fronts can occur even in the summer (snowfall in the Alps at the height of summer is not unheard of), especially at the beginning of the season at the end of June / beginning of July you may still have to cross melting snowfields.
Getting to the Start
By Train: Garmisch-Partenkirchen has excellent train connections with the Deutsche Bahn network. From most larger cities there are connections via Munich to the Garmisch. You can find more information on the Deutsche Bahn website.
By Car: You can travel by car via the A95 from Munich to Garmisch. There are various parking options in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to park your car for the duration of your trip. Further information can be found in your travel documents. The local tourist information office can also provide information about the options on site.
By Plane: The nearest airports are Munich or Innsbruck. We are happy to organize a private airport transfer for you at an additional cost.
Getting from the End
By Train: From Sterzing there are good connections to Innsbruck and from Innsbruck, simply take the train back to Munich airport (approx. 1 hour 45 mins, direct) or depart from Innsbruck airport, which is just a 10 minute taxi ride from the centre of Innsbruck. Train times and more info can be found in English at www.bahn.de/en
By Plane: From Innsbruck airport there are direct connection to Frankfurt or Amsterdam and other European cities.
Your bags will be transferred between your accommodation as per your itinerary. We ask you to limit your luggage to one bag of up to 20kg per person. Please note that there is no bag transfer to the Pfeishütte (day 3) due to its remote location. On this day, you will carry a few overnight necessities in your day pack, and you will be reunited with your luggage the following day at the next accommodation (day 4).
On certain days you need to catch a bus to get to the start of your days hike, and they can also be used to shorten or skip a stage (more details are provided in your information pack).
On days 2, 4 and 5, the use of mountain railways / chair lifts is required. The mountain railway will need to be paid for on site and the additional costs for mountain railways are roughly € 40.
Tourist and local taxes
In some places there may be local tourist taxes. Where possible, we will cover these costs for you in advance. It is unfortunately not always possible to pay them in advance and therefore you have to pay them directly at your accommodation. The amount varies, depending on the location it is usually between €1 and €3 per person per night.
You will need good walking shoes/boots (ideally waterproof), comfortable walking clothes, waterproof jacket and trousers a day pack and hats/gloves etc. Your information pack has a detailed equipment list which includes standard walking gear such as good walking boots or shoes, warm and waterproof clothes and a day pack. A detailed kit list is included in your information pack.
You need a sleeping bag for the night at the Pfeishütte.
ItineraryDay 1 Arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, it is easily reach by train from Munich or Innsbruck Airport . In the evening you can stroll through the picturesque Bavarian town at the foot of the mighty Zugspitze mountain.
This imposing, historic hotel is located in the center of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Das Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten empfängt Sie im Herzen Garmisch-Partenkirchens am Fuße der Alpen.
This 3-star hotel is 700 meters from Garmisch Partenkirchen's town hall and offers great views of the Zugspitze.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast in your hotel before setting off for today’s hike. Starting your walk with a ride on the mountain railway to Eckbauer, follow the varied panoramic trail through meadows filled with alpine flowers to Wamberg and it’s noble Ellmau Castle. The trail follows a wide gravel path, descending past the alpine lakes of Ferchensee and Lautersee lakes before reaching today’s destination, the pretty spa town of Mittenwald.
Alpenhotel Rieger is a traditional, family-run mountain hotel in a quiet, central location in Mittenwald is surrounded by a beautiful Alpine landscape in Upper Bavaria.
The hotel, which is still run by the Rademacher family, is located in a former Taxis station, at the foot of the Karwendel Mountains.
The Alpenrose Hotel offers you cozy stay with a traditional Bavarian ambience and excellent local specialities.
In the morning transfer to the luscious green Hinterautal Valley where you begin your walk. Following the river Isar through the exciting Gleirschklamm Gorge before ascending steadily up to the Möslalm Hut, where you can take a break before continuing your walk to the Pfeishütte. Situated between the vertical cliffs of the Karwendel mountains, follow the path as it winds it’s way up to the idyllic Pfeishütte Hut.
Stay in the quaint Pfeishütte hut. High in the Karwendel mountains, sitting at an altitude of 1922 m, surrounded by rugged, majestic mountain peaks such as the Rumer Spitze, the Stempeljochspitze, the Bachofenspitze and many more.
A short but adventurous hike awaits you today as you walk along the Goetheweg Path over the Innsbrucker Nordkette mountains. Walking on the mountain ridge offers spectacular views over the Karwendel mountains and the Inn Valley below. From the Hafelekar mountain station, take the cable car down to the colourful alpine city of Innsbruck to complete the walk.
The family-run Hotel Zach is quietly located in a side street in the center of town and is only a 5-minute walk away from Innsbruck's old town.
The stylish 4-star Hotel Central is located in the heart of Innsbruck, in a corner building with an artistic facade. It combines tradition with modern comfort and ambience.
This historic 4-star hotel, built in 1870, adorns a colorful facade. It is located in the center of Innsbruck.
In the morning the bus will take you to the Stubaital Valley, where you will travel via gondola to the start of the hike. The trail takes you past the Maria Waldrast monastery, the highest monastery in Europe, it is worth poking your head in – continue your walk to Blaser, keeping your eyes peeled for edelweiss as they grow in this region. Enjoy a break at the Blaser Hut for a local beer before descending steeply to the small town of Trins in the Gschnitztal Valley.
Surrounded by a spectacular mountain range, the Hotel Zita offers you comfortable, country-style rooms.
In the center of Steinach, the Hotel Wilder Mann welcomes you with warm Tyrolean hospitality.
The idyllic, family-run hotel is situated in a charming building with a painted facade from 1731, it offers a warm welcome to the Gschnitztal Valley.
Start with a steep ascent as you hike through the light dappled mountain forest and then over the sprawling alpine meadows to the Egger Joch summit, where you are spoiled by wonderful views of the Stubai Alps. The path continues to wind it's way down to the small Lichtsee Lake and further into the Obertal Valley before reaching the tranquil hamlet of Obernberg.
Ascent/Descent: 1020/860 m
This cozy, family-run 3-star alpine hotel in located in the charming mountain village of Obernberg am Brenner and sits at 1,400 m above sea level in the Tyrolean Alps and only a few kilometers from the Italian border on the Brenner Prass.
The Aktiv Hotel Zur Rose is located in Steinach am Brenner, in the region of Tyrol.
In the center of Steinach, the Hotel Wilder Mann welcomes you with warm Tyrolean hospitality.
On your final stage, embark to the turquoise alpine lake of Obernberger See, steadily ascending to the Sandjoch pass which marks the border of Austria and Italy. Here, on a clear day you are rewarded with a view of the Dolomites far off in the distance. The path leisurely winds its way down into the South Tyrolean village of Gossensaß. From there the train will take you to Sterzing, with its beautiful old town and South Tyrolean Dolce Vita flair.
Ascent/Descent: 1040/1350 m
Stay in a modern Alpine hotel, with an impressive wood facade. It is located on the edge of the Nord Waldpark Forest Park.
This boutique hotel, with its original architectural features, has been in continuous operation since 1461. It is located in the pedestrianized zone of the historic city of Sterzing.
Dieses freundliche, familiengeführte Hotel liegt inn der malerischen Altstadt von Sterzing, 150 Meter von der Fußgängerzone entfernt.
Today, after breakfast your alpine crossing adventure is over. The best way to get back to Innsbruck is by train, continue to Garmisch or any other city from there.
We are happy to organize a transfer back to Garmisch for you. Please contact our sales team, who will be happy to make you an offer.
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