Ideas for getting active in Garmisch

There are a wide range of leisure activities in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding area. The Zugspitz region provides many options for outdoor and indoor activities during summer, autumn, winter and spring.

You can find a selection of activities here. We wish you a pleasant holiday!

Alpspitz Wave Pool (Alpspitz-Wellenbad)

Alpspitz Wave Pool is situated just 1km from the Hotel Königshof.

The leisure pool, featuring a sauna area, diving platform and outdoor pool (50 x 21m) with a lawn for sunbathing offers plenty of pool fun with a 96m-long shower pipe and a 9m high speed slide. The 34 x 15m wave pool creates waves every hour. Small children can enjoy the mother and baby pool.

Opening times and admission prices

AlpspiX and Gipfel experience route
View of Garmisch

The AlpspiX viewing platform offers breathtaking “in-depth views”. The AlpspiX is embedded into the rocks at a height of 1000m above ground level, and above the Alpspitz mountain train station. The viewing platform is secured by steel arms which are 24 metres long.

The view over Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zugspitze and Höllental is amazing!

The Gipfel experience route and viewing platform is a free highlight and is open all-year-round in conjunction with the Alpspitz train opening times. The 700m long Gipfel experience route is set out as a circuit and is mostly suitable for pushchairs.

Tour of the Big Olympic Ski Jump
Big Olympic Ski Jump

Being able to defy gravity and fly through the air – that’s a feeling the fearless sportsmen and women taking off from the Olympic Ski Jump know pretty well.

Now you too can follow in their footsteps with a tour up to the ski jump on the Gudiberg mountain in Garmisch-Partenkirchen – your chance to see for yourself the kind of terrain you would otherwise only see in televised sports events, such as the famous Four Hills Tournament (the Vierschanzentournee) which takes place every New Year’s Day.

Partnach gorge – a great outing for children too

A real nature experience which everyone should experience. The Partnach gorge is carved-out gorge in Reintal, close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It is 702 metres long and more than 80 metres deep in parts from Wildbach Partnach. In 1912, the Partnach gorge was declared a natural monument.

It is ideal for family trips or as a starting point for walking tours.
You will be amazed!

Opening hours: 
May-June and October08:00 - 18:00
July-September08:00 - 19:00
November-April09:00 - 18:00
Adults:€ 3,50
With a guest card:€ 3,00
6-16 years:€ 2,00

Sturdy shoes and rainwear are recommended.

Paragliding School in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

To be on a par with the top of the mountain!

That’s how those who have experienced the thrill of paragliding describe it. Now you too can enjoy the fantastic sensation of flying, either as a hang gliding passenger or on a tandem paraglide. Discover a whole new horizon!

Tandem paraglides – explore the third dimension under the safe guidance of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Paragliding School.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is an amazing place for flying

The Zugspitz region has by far the most attractive mountains to fly around in Germany. The short walks to get to the flight areas are ideal. All starting points area reachable by mountain railway and the landing areas are well marked-out. You can take flights here all year round, even during winter, provided the conditions are suitable.

Paragliding starting point

Osterfelder - at 2020 m
With good thermals, you can circle the mountain summit of the Alpspitze at 2618 m.
Access: via the Alpspitz mountain railway

Kreuzeck - at 1650 m
Access: via the Kreuzeck mountain railway

Hausberg - at 1250 m
Access: in winter via the railway

Wank - at 1720 m
Access: via the Wank railway

Pflegersee lake and Kramer plateau – biking, walking, swimming
Pflegersee lake

An idyllic romantic tour, which is also suitable for families or Nordic walking.

The picturesque Pflegersee lake can be reached from Hotel Königshof via Burgstrasse in around 20 minutes by bike. The mountain guesthouse situated on the bank of the lake offers people travelling past a chance to fortify themselves in the cosy Bavarian atmosphere.

The walk begins at Pflegersee lake and continues up over fixed steps leading across to the tip of the Kramer. Take in the amazing views and then climb a little further. Follow the track until you reach St. Martin-Hütte (St. Martin’s mountain hut). Once there, you can enjoy the panoramic view of the Loisachtal valley. The tour takes you over the Kramer plateau path back to Pflegersee lake, which offers refreshing bathing opportunities in summer.

If you like, you can take a short detour and follow the castle nature trail to the ruins of the castle Werdenfels, which gave our region its name.


Fascinating snowshoe tours

Snowshoe walks allow you to experience that real outdoor feeling. You will be amazed! Stomp through the snow away from the beaten track and discover total holiday relaxation with every step.

Fascinating snowshoe tours can be enjoyed in the surroundings of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, including the Wank region, Zugspitze and Alpspitze.

The magnificent mountain scenery and the peace of the wintery mountains creates a fantastic winter holiday delight, whether with the family, as a group, or alone.

Guided snowshoe tours

Guided snowshoe tours and introductory tours can be booked from the Garmisch Tourist Information or from Vivalpin.

Mount Wank is also a popular destination for tours in winter. The view from the terrace of the Wank house over the Wetterstein mountain range is phenomenal. The tour is medium difficulty level but is also suitable for people with low experience. You can travel from the Hotel Königshof by city bus to the Wank railway and begin the tour from the mountain station.

Tips for snowshoe walks

Snowshoes can be hired from the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski-rental shop. You can try on the shoes at your own leisure and decide if snowshoe walking is for you. Snowshoes fit on any good walking shoes. It is recommended to bring hiking poles with snow plates or alternatively ski poles. It is advisable to wear layers of practical winter clothing, and don’t forget sunglasses. We recommend beginners try one of our guided snowshoe tours.

Stay safe:

Shovels, probes and pagers are a must for snowshoe tours. Pay attention to the Lawinenwarndienst.

Cycling & mountain biking
Cycling & mountain biking

Garmisch-Partenkirchen has 453 kilometres of cycle path. Families, beginners and biking professionals can find a bike route for their active holiday in the Bavarian Alps – from easy to difficult and expert.

Bike tours through the Loisachtal valley

Take a scenic bike tour through the Loisachtal valley until you reach Eschenlohe or Ohlstadt – whatever takes your fancy.

The tour is suitable for the whole family. There is wonderful countryside along the way for picnics on the river bank. We will be happy to make you a light meal in the hotel for you to take.

MBT tour: A route around the Wetterstein mountains and Zugspitze

For experts: A dream route with everything that mountain bikers need to get the heart racing: dirt tracks, single trails…and amazing views.

The route requires a good level of fitness: approx. 90 km, height 2104m, length: approx. 8 hours.

Starting point: Skistadion Partenkirchen - Eibsee - Hochtörlehütte - Ehrwalder Alm - Weidach -

Leutasch - Mittenwald – Partnach gorge - Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

At the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Tourist Information you can get maps for cycling and mountain biking. Bike hire is free for guests staying at Hotel Königshof.

Garmisch-Classic ski resort
Garmisch-Classic ski resort

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is Germany’s winter sport region. Ski enthusiasts can enjoy skiing and snowboarding over 40 kilometres of pistes and 5 snow-covered valley descents in the Garmisch-Classic ski resort. You will be in close contact with the Alpine World Ski Championships. Three of the ski mountains can be reached in several minutes from the Hotel Königshof.

The Hausberg mountain is particularly suitable for families and beginners: blue and red pistes. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen ski school and ski-rental is also situated here. The Kinderland is perfect for junior skiers to practice.

The Kreuzeck mountain with its legendary black Kandahar ski slope and other red pistes is ideal for experienced skiers and snowboarders.

The Alpspitze, at 2628m, has mainly red pistes. The unique mountain scenery and diverse ski runs are impressive: 12 km blue, 18 km red and 10 km of black pistes.

Open pistes and ski lifts

You can purchase your ski pass directly from us at Hotel Königshof.

Ski- and

Zugspitze ski resort
Peak of Zugspitze

With natural snow enjoyment at 2962m, this is Germany’s highest mountain and only glacier region. Skiers and snowboarders will enjoy the 20 kilometres of ski pistes and stunningly beautiful views.

For deep snow fans there are cool freeride checkpoints and guided freeride courses.
More information about the Zugspitze in winter.

Find ski ticket prices here. Take advantage of family discounts and multi-day tickets in association with the Garmisch-Classic ski resort.

You can purchase your ski pass directly from us at Hotel Königshof.

Ski- and

Kochelberg-Alm idyllic mountain hut walks “a bisl wie früher”

Enjoy idyllic, beautiful mountain huts: Fish ponds, clucking poultry, goats and wonderful mountain air. A great walk for the family.

Set off on foot directly from the Hotel Königshof and after around 40-60 minutes you will reach the Kochelbergalm from the Hausberg railway station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, at a height of 850m.

The route leads through forest paths and is an easy walk. From the valley station, go past a few houses into the forest. Simply follow the signs. Cross over the stream at the small bridge, then after a few minutes turn right and take the steps.

If you are taking a pushchair, follow the wide forest path to the left. After the steps the path continues into the forest for a short while. Then you will see the green meadows of the Kochelbergalm.

The hut’s interior design is basic and most walkers prefer to sit outside on the banks and enjoy a light snack or the classic dish: Kaiserschmarrn (traditional pancakes with raisins).

Big and small kids can discover the area and watch the animals. There is also a small children’s play area next to the terrace. Enjoy the view of the mountains and the healthy, healing climate of the Alps.

Either return back to Garmisch and begin your walk towards Partnach gorge or continue the the circuit until you reach Riessersee lake and Aule Alm, then head back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.


Riessersee & Aule Alm walk – swim in summer
Riessersee lake and Aule Alm

This beautiful, easy walk along the Riessersee lake is suitable for families and is a great jogging route directly from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch. Enjoyable at any time of year!

The Riessersee lake, with an area of around 3 hectares, situated in front of a breathtaking panoramic view of the Alps, provides pure holiday enjoyment. The lake is set in a forest clearing above Garmisch at 785m and the water is a shimmery, beautiful turquoise blue. Enjoy the amazing view across the Wetterstein mountains.

The Riessersee lake has a large sporting history: Various ice sports and international competitions used to be held here. In summer, people often swim in the lake. The public beach, the boat hire and lake terrace café in front of the beautiful mountains promise real holiday enjoyment. In winter, it is possible to ice skate on the lake.

Begin your walking or jogging route directly from the Hotel Königshof in a southeast direction, then walk or jog over Riffelstraße onto Rießerseefußweg. After approx. 30 minutes’ walk and around 2km you will reach the Riessersee lake. You can walk or jog the path either left or right around the lake.

Both paths meet at the head, at the historic bobsleigh (Bobbahn). From 1910 to 1966, lots of races took place on the legendary Garmisch bobsleigh course, and in 1936 the Winter Olympic bobsleigh event took place here.

From the Riessersee lake, it is around a 20 minute walk along the forest path to the “Aule Alm”. The traditional restaurant is idyllically located in the forest and is a good place for a break. You can enjoy the panoramic view of the Alps from the beer garden, with a view of the wax stones, and children can run around and play on the little playground.

Home-made specialities and tasty cakes are served to satisfy the body and soul. The restaurant has a separate room for the colder weather, which also has children’s games. It is closed on Thursdays.

From the Alm, walk or jog either along the Riessersee (along the other side of the bank) back towards Garmisch. Or, walk to the Kreuzeck railway station and take the bus or Zugspitz train back to Garmisch.


Farchant forest adventure trail

The Farchant forest adventure trail is situated just 5 km from the Hotel Königshof.

The forest adventure trail has 18 stations, allowing you to experience the forest with all of your senses on a 3 km circuit, which is also suitable for pushchairs. Forest schools, Kneipp pools, tree telephones and much more. Ideal for family days out and also ideal for combining with a bike tour directly from the hotel. You can order lunch packages to take out from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch.

Winter walk with sledging and tobogganing at Wank

Leave the Hotel Königshof, over Ludwigstraße onto Hasentalstraße in Partenkirchen. Then, simply follow the signs towards the Gamshütte restaurant in Wank. The toboggan run is on a prepared route with a view over the Zugspitze mountain.

Tobogganing fun for old and young!

White water – kayak, rafting, Canadian

Whitewater: A wet, exciting nature experience. The Im, Loisach and Isar are rivers surrounding Garmisch-Partenkirchen and belong to some of the most beautiful white waters in Germany and Tirol.

Whether in a kayak, Canadian or raft, you can discover excellent paddling areas in the Alps. Wow! The Imster gorge has plenty of water, high waves and nice stretches of gushing water. Loisach and Isar feature amazing stretches of river and unforgettable experiences.

Die whitewater school in Garmisch has a rental shop and offers tours for beginners and experts.

Feed wild animals in winter at the Almhütte

Rudolph? Up to 70 red deer can be found in the Almhütte region. From the Christmas holidays until the end of February each year, the public can feed the wild animals at Almhütte. Feeding wild animals is a long-standing tradition here, and is fun for adults and children alike.

Feeding displays take place on Thursday to Sunday from 4 pm. This is just a short walk from the car park at the Almhütte mountain restaurant.

Tips for walks and Alpine tours

The surroundings of the Hotel Königshof offer a range of opportunities for attractive walks, some of which lead through high Alpine regions. Good health and a robust constitution is therefore a basic requirement to undertake these walks without difficulty.

Walking tips

Clothing: Sturdy shoes (sport, trekking or walking shoes) are a basic requirement for walks. Consider taking a detailed walking map (and possibly also a compass). Take a sufficient amount of liquids and a snack with you into the mountains. Avoid drinking alcohol and heavy meals. Don’t forget to take suncream with a high SPF factor, and pack rainwear. The weather in the mountains can change very rapidly. Mobile telephones may not be that useful, since signal is significantly more limited here.

Be responsible: Protect nature. Keep to the marked paths. Please do not leave behind any litter.

Useful contacts for Alpine tours in Garmisch-Partenkirchen
Mountain hiking info - Tourist InformationTel: +49 8821 180 744
Tour information, arrangements for mountain and ski tours
Bergwanderschule Garmisch (Garmisch mountain hiking school)Tel: +49 8821 969 866
Information and equipment hire 
Alpinschule Garmisch (Garmisch Alpine school)Tel: +49 8821 730 5885
Mountain guides and equipment hire 
Mountain rescue service in Garmisch-PartenkirchenTel: +49 8821 3611
Zugspitze weather reportTel: +49 190 116 012
German weather
Avalanche warning