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From Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Reschberg Mountain to Ettal

Starting point: Bahnhof (train station) Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Ending point:

  • Route length:30,7 km
  • Highest point: m
  • Altitude uphill:955 m
  • Duration:2.75 Std
The uphill part of this tour is one of the most popular mountain bike routes in the area of Werdenfelser Land. At the turnoff to the Gießenbacher Weg, the real "mountain" bike tour starts with a very steep climb and a trail down to the Gießenbach stream, including a passage where you have to carry your bike. Later on, the way gets easier after a short uphill section in Oberau and then it takes you back to the starting point.

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Starting at the station, pass the travel agency, turn left onto Von-Brug-Straße and then onto Parkstraße. Then, cross the bridge Loisachbrücke and follow the cycle path on the right hand side until you get to a pedestrian light. Cross the street and turn left to Burgrain at the next possibility. Cycle on through and take the last road to the left within the village limits up to the parking site at the edge of the forest. This is the real start of the tough trip. First, take the forest track in the direction of the Reschbergwiesen and uphill on the slopes through the woods to the Gießenbacher Weg (ca. 5.3 km). Here you will get off the beaten biking track. Turn right onto the way to "Notkarspitze, Gießenbacher Weg", which will soon turn steep. On the highest point, go straight on towards Ettal. Very soon after, follow the way to the right, downhill to "Ettal". At the path towards "Oberau" you will need to carry your bike and then follow the steep downhill track to the left to "Ettal" until you reach the bottom of the valley. Once more you will need to carry your bike for around 10 minutes before you can cycle on again. At the junction of three ways above the state road B23 stay right and go towards Ettaler Sattel. Then, you will meet the state road (going left, you will reach Ettal), cycle down the road to the right and turn right after ca. 450 m onto a gravel path to Oberau. Follow the path through Oberau, past the train station and on the cycle path in the direction of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The path runs along the Loisach river until you reach Farchant, further to Burgrain, and back to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station.

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Weatherproof clothing, cycling helmet, water bottle, repair kit, first-aid kit, and protection against the sun