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Via the Esterbergalm to the Finzbachtal and Gschwandtnerbauer

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

  • Route length:30,9 km
  • Highest point: m
  • Altitude uphill:1183 m
  • Duration:4.25 Std
This tour has everything: a steep climb, a romantic lonely high valley, downhill on single trails and, towards the end of the tour, magnificent panoramic views. First you cycle - on a way with rather steep uphill sections - to the Alpine hut Esterbergalm. From there a nice forest track leads you through the Finzbachtal valley, which is the heart of the Esterberg Mountains. On a great single trail you will arrive at the Alpine hut Gschwandtnerbauer, where you can marvel at the wonderful view of the Wetterstein Mountains. Along the foot of Wank Mountain you can get back to Partenkirchen.

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Directly at the station start along Bahnhofstraße and cross the town hall intersection to the Partenkirchen part of town. After having passed the small church Sebastianskircherl turn left onto Münchnerstraße and follow its course until you get to the turnoff in the direction of the Wankbahn cable car. Follow Wankbahnstraße, pass the parking site on the right and then pedal on over the cattle grid. After ca. 800 m turn left in the direction of "Esterbergalm", where you will arrive 6 km later (1,264). Should you be thirsty, you can take a break here. On you go thereafter on the main path towards Krün. You will pass the Alpine hut Hintere Esterbergalm, which is also called Farchanter Alm, on your right hand side and cycle downhill through the Finzbachtal valley. After crossing the Finzbachbrücke bridge, take the forest track uphill in the direction of the Gschwandtnerbauer. After ca. 2 km you will reach an intersection of three tracks. Keep to the right and pass the huts of the Schweizer Alple shortly afterwards. Go on ahead at the next junction and turn right ca. 60 m later. Now you will cycle downhill through the forest on narrow, sometimes technically challenging, paths. After a while you will reach another forest track, which you will cross and then follow the shortcut along a forest path. On the next forest track turn left and cycle downhill. Around 3 km later turn right in the direction of "Gschwandtnerbauer". You will reach the inn after crossing a meadow. Here you can recover and enjoy the impressive scenery of the Wetterstein Mountains. After a break, take the gravel path downhill. A little bit later you will come to Schlattan and pedal slightly uphill to the Pfeiffer-Alm. Just in front of the mountain inn turn left onto the gravel path. Now you should cycle along the foot of the Wank Mountain above Partenkirchen. At the following bend to the left, go on ahead, turn right at the next junction and then left dowhill to Partenkirchen. When you reach the first buildings, stay on the tarmac road. Follow Michael-Sachs-Straße to the Floriansplatz square. Here you will head downhill to the right until you come to Hauptstraße. Cross the town hall intersection and go straight on to the train station.

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