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Grainau, the Zugspitze village


Whether for hiking in summer or skiing in winter - Grainau is a wonderful destination in all seasons. Located in a spectacular setting at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain and only a few kilometres from the Olympic town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, all the ingredients are there for a wonderful holiday in our Zugspitz village.

Come and visit us and see for yourself - 5 good reasons for your trip to Grainau:

Grainau is a hiking paradise

Prepare to be amazed when hiking with us. Family-friendly trails lead past crystal-clear mountain lakes and rustic alpine huts. Ambitious hikers get their money's worth on challenging hikes and mountain tours around the Zugspitze or through the Höllental. And the unique panoramic views of the Bavarian Alps compensate for all your exertions and make for an unforgettable hiking holiday.

Zugspitze - Germany's highest mountain

Grainau is the Zugspitz village. As the name suggests, we are located directly at the foot of Germany’s highest mountain, towering above the village with an altitude of 2,962 m. In winter, pristine slopes invite you to ski and snowboard. It is open for tobogganing all year round, on natural snow. And the unique 360° view includes 400 Alpine peaks in Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy in its panorama.

Your Hosts

There are almost 300 hosts in Grainau. In addition to three and four star hotels, there are also a large number of holiday apartments, private rooms and camping sites available. Need help finding the right accommodation? Use our accommodation search or give us a call. Our team at the Tourist-Information Grainau is there for you.

Grainau GuestCard

Our 300 landlords within the municipality of Grainau offer you free public transport, free admission to the Zugspitzbad, spa concerts and much more during your holiday with our guest card. Discounts for museums and other attractions are also included.

Winter wonderland

Grainau turns into winter wonderland when the days get shorter. Freshly groomed cross-country trails and winter hiking trails invite you to discover the snow-covered nature. Toboggan runs and the natural ice rink are not just for children. For those who prefer to ski, the ski resorts of Zugspitze and Garmisch Classic are just a few minutes away and the other resorts covered by the Top Snow Card are just around the corner.

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Maintenance work of the cogwheel train and cable cars

Due to regular maintenance work the cogwheel train and cable cars are closed on a couple of days in spring and autumn.

Eibsee cable-car and cogwheel train:

Zugspitze cogwheel train

closed from 4th until 8th November 2019

Eibsee cable-car

closed from 16th until 18th October 2019
and 21st until 25th October 2019


Alpspitz cable-car

closed from 4th November 2019 until start of winter season

Kreuzeck cable-car

closed from 4th November 2019 until start of winter season

Hochalm cable-car

closed from 4th November 2019 until start of winter season

Hausberg cable-car

closed from 1st April until start of winter season 2019/2020


Wank cable-car

closed from 4th November until 24th december 2019
and 7th January until 9 April 2020


Eckbauer cable-car

closed from 11th November until 6th december 2019

Open facilities

Bayerische Zugspitzbahn

Seilbahn Zugspitze


Talstrecke Zahnradbahn


Garmisch Classic