Germany’s superstar always in your sights

On this picturesque scenic path you’ll always have a glimpse of Germany’s highest mountain

The Kramer plateau path has everything you need for a beautiful winter hike. It’s quiet and a safe distance away from all the hustle and bustle. The path runs a little bit above the valley floor offering you the best panoramic views and even passes by a romantic mountain lake. It leads you to interesting sights, past small chapels and also to the historical ruins of a castle.

You can start the tour in Grainau, the romantic neighbouring village to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. There the tour heads uphill via the Eibseestraße to the Höhenrainstraße until you reach Höhenrain. Then continue on the Höhenrain panoramic path, later you’ll cross over the Loisach and then at approximately 800m asl head through the woods, past clearings with splendid views towards the Maximilianhöhe. There the first place to stop for a break is waiting for you. The hut is really a splendid guesthouse and thanks to its sweet specialities also known as the Windbeutel-Alm (famous for its creamy puffs). Shortly afterwards it’s worth making a detour to St. Martin, the mountain inn at 1,024 metres asl. In winter the path up to the guesthouse is also a run for sledging down on later.

Mountain lake and castle ruins

The Kramer plateau path itself then carries on north-eastwards to the solitary lake, the Pflegersee, where it’s very quiet in the winter. On your way back to the valley a short stop at the ruins of the Werdenfels castle is also very appealing, as it once used to be a strategically important location with very good views. Afterwards head down towards the Sonnenbichl and then take a bus or taxi back to the centre of Garmisch-Partenkirchen or to Grainau again.


How to get here by public transport

There are regular train services to Garmisch-Partenkirchen from Munich, Innsbruck and Reutte. From Munich you can also take the Flixbus. From the railway station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen catch the local bus (lines 3 and 5) to the bridge over the Loisach (Loisachbrücke).

Local car parking

Car parking spaces are available at the Wittelsbacher Park in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Tourenverlauf: Kramerplateau

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Start: Centre of Grainau

Destination: Pflegersee

Length: 12 km

Difference in altitude: 397 m

Character: leichter Höhenweg mit Bergauf- und Bergabpassagen


Einkehr: Windbeutel-Alm, Gasthof St. Martinshütte

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