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"Schachen" Alpine Garden - Schachen Mountain Tip by iaint

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  • about halfway - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
      about halfway
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  • Wettersteinalm - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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  • looking back on G-P - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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  • getting close to the summit - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
      getting close to the summit
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  • on the top, looking west - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
      on the top, looking west
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This is a great way to see the surrounding Alps, get off the beaten track, fill yourself with fresh mountain air, take some serious exercise... need I say more?

The hike starts in a car park (a fee of €3) in Elmau, just south of town on the Innsbruck road. It takes you up to the Schachen at 1,870m, through forests and mountains, and takes about 3.5 hours on the way up. The descent takes just over 2 hours.

The way is over forest roads and tracks, but they’re all wide and easily negotiated. You don’t need to be a mountaineer - just fit enough. It’s well signposted too.

You will be rewarded with stunning views over the surrounding mountains and down to the town below. You can also get a beer and super lunch at the top, as well as seeing the palace - check my other separate tips.

There are no toilets or water points on the route unless the Wettersteinalm is open - it wasn’t when we were there, the cattle having been taken down to the valley the week before.

From that alm you have the choice of 2 routes to the top - an easy one and a tougher one. We took the easy way, so I’ve no way of knowing how tough the other is. We did it in early September, when it was 25c and sunny. Warm work.

Address: see website
Directions: see above

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