Climbing in the Garmisch-Classic area
Fun & panorama meet good-grip Wetterstein limestoneThe Alpspitze area is very popular among alpineers. An unbelievable world of high-alpine tours, protected climbing routes and climbing gardens unveils itself when you get off at the Alpspitze mountain station.
The Alpspitze area offers the full spectrum of alpine climbing: Alpine challenges of all difficulties, Wetterstein limestone with a good grip and views from dizzy heights. And what's best: With Bayerische Zugspitzbahn, it's only a short ascent of 15 minutes to the heads of the alpine climbing routes from the Alpspitze mountain station.
Families with children can also take their first try at rock climbing in the "Müsliprotz" and "radelnde Hexe" ("granola show-off" and "cycling witch"!) climbing gardens. Ambitious beginners can scale sloped limestone plates of up to 30 meters (100 feet). By contrast, the "Himmelsburg" and "Nordwand" climbing gardens with their perfect terrain for demanding routes will make every sports climber's heart jump with joy: From sloped to overhanging, top-rope to lead climbs of multiple rope lengths, from 15 to 150 meters (50 to 500 feet). And if you still haven't had enough, the multiple rope-length climbs in the Schöngängen cliffs, the Bernadeinwand wall or the Alpspitze north face offer sheer climbing pleasure.
The new "Mauerläufersteig" protected climb has made Alpspitze richer by yet another attraction: The climb was just opened in the summer of 2009 and already counts among the most demanding routes in the northern Alps. The "Mauerläufersteig" climb (difficulty: "very difficult to extremely difficult" D/E) and, just as prominent, the "Alpspitz-Ferrata" (difficulty: "moderately difficult" B) form an especially adventurous "ferrata" duo in the mighty backdrop of Alpspitze.