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Snowshoeing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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Snowshoeing in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
© Alexander Rochau

Time for something a bit different: Snowshoeing around Garmisch-Partenkirchen allows you to experience winter magic on the foot of the Zugspitze in a whole new way.

Even the most die-hard fans of the slopes are always surprised by a hike on snowshoes where you can tackle a number of different routes around Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 

Everything goes by that little bit more slowly on snowshoes as hikers proceed at a more leisurely pace. This can be quite an appealing escape from our often hectic everyday lifestyle. Even more so as you trot along on the fascinating white trails – right in the middle of breathtaking nature, a million miles away from everyday hustle and bustle.

Popular tour: Snowshoeing on Mount Wank

Snowshoeing often turns into a real-life winter fairytale. You can experience hiking on your own, with a partner or as part of a group. Guided tours are also offered to those who enjoy company or those who prefer to take the safer option with a guide.

One such tour leads guests along Mount Wank, a popular destination for snowshoe hikers and ideal for beginners. However, you will need to have a certain level of fitness because, after all, you will be spending four hours on two legs as you tackle 500 metres of elevation including ascent and descent. 

More information on the snowshoeing beginners’ tour on Mount Wank

More tours for snowshoe hikers

Other popular destinations for snowshoeing hikes in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region include:

  • Kochelbergalm
  • Pfeiffer-Alm
  • Gschwandtner Bauer
  • Elmauer Alm
  • Jagdschloss Schachen
  • Alpspitze (in spring)
  • Hoher Fricken
  • Rotenkopf

The different options already show: Snowshoe enthusiasts can really let loose in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region and find the tour that best meets their wishes and requirements.

Learn more about these tours

The allure of snowshoeing

There’s something special about snowshoeing. You gently plod along through the snow, often far away from everyday life and all the action on the ski slopes. You get to discover something new, enjoy the wonderful views in the holiday region around Garmisch, spectacular scenery beyond your wildest dreams, and eventually return exhausted after hours on your feet but feeling satisfied to be back home or in your holiday apartment.

You feel good as you know that you have done something positive for yourself and your body because snowshoeing is a great way to train while spending hours on end breathing in fresh air.

The history of snowshoe hikers

However, winter hiking wearing snowshoes also has a long history. We know this from the discovery of a snowshoe, which, according to scientists, dates back several thousand years before Christ to the Neolithic Period (more information on Wikipedia).

People in snowy regions like the Alps obviously discovered very early on that getting around during the winter months could be made much easier by wearing such snowshoes. 

You can also experience this feeling for yourself on one of the many snowshoeing hikes in the Garmisch-Partenkirchen region!

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