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Lake Eibsee

A crystal-clear natural wonder right at the foot of Zugspitze mountain

Directly at the bottom of the Zugspitze, lies one of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps - the Eibsee. Formed more than 3000 years ago by a landslide, the mountain lake offers a variety of sporting activities and excursions.

In summer, the Eibsee invites you to swim in the crystal clear water in addition to various hiking trails. Sporty people can rent pedal boats, rowing boats and stand up paddle boards and explore the lake on their own. Those who prefer it a little quieter can take a round trip on an electric boat - always with the Wetterstein Mountains and Zugspitze in view. You can find all the information here: boat rental

Even in winter, the Eibsee with its picturesque winter landscape is absolutely worth seeing. The Eibsee circular trail is also passable in winter. In January, the lake is often completely frozen which gives the landscape something magical.

The Zugspitze cable car, opened in 2017, is located in the immediate vicinity of the Eibsee and you can go directly to the Zugspitze.

Good to know:

  •     Camping or spending the night at the Eibsee is prohibited.
  •     The Eibsee is located in the water protection area
Eibsee couple on the bridge, © ZABT
Lake Eibsee with view to the hotel and rental boat, © Touristinformation Grainau - Foto Ehn
Lake Eibsee with view to the hotel and rental boat
Excursion boat "Reserl" on Eibsee, © Eibsee-Hotel
Excursion boat "Reserl" on Eibsee
Eibsee Round walk with family, © Zugspitzland
Eibsee Round walk with family
Lake Eibsee with view to Zugspitze, © Zugspitzdorf Grainau - A. Brey
Lake Eibsee with view to Zugspitze
Eibsee couple on the bridge, © ZABT
Lake Eibsee with view to the hotel and rental boat, © Touristinformation Grainau - Foto Ehn
Excursion boat "Reserl" on Eibsee, © Eibsee-Hotel
Eibsee Round walk with family, © Zugspitzland
Lake Eibsee with view to Zugspitze, © Zugspitzdorf Grainau - A. Brey

Arrival & Parking

    By public transport

    • by EIBSEE bus (commutes between Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau and Eibsee) - the bus stop is 100 meters from the lake.Timetable Eibsee Bus
    • by cogwheel train of the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn BZB (commutes between Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Grainau - Eibsee - Zugspitze) - Zugspitz railway station is located 300 m from the lake.Timetable cogwheel train

    By car

    We are only one hour away from Munich via the A95 motorway and only 10min from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Grainau.

    Parking fees

    At Eibsee, public parking is available for a fee from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.

    There is no parking available for camping vehicles of any kind. Maximum vehicle height: 2.1 meters. Overnight parking is not allowed.

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    Lake Eibsee with kids

    Have fun in refreshing water

    Pack your swimming trunks, air mattress, water wings and everything you can use for the water. Families can have an unforgettable day at the beautifully landscaped pebble beach on the south side.

    Hiking fun and strawberry ice cream

    The 7.4 km long lakeside path around the Eibsee is also easily accessible with strollers. There are also plenty of places where kids can put their feet in the lake or go for a swim. As a reward after the hike there is an ice cream at the "Eishütterl am See" for all foodies.

    Playground at the Eibseealm

    Only a 10-minute walk from the lake is the Eibsee-Alm with a beautiful playground for children. With swings, climbing tower and tractor, the smallest guests can really let off steam while parents sit comfortably on the terrace.

    Boat rental at the Eibsee

    SUPs, as well as rowing boats and pedal boats can be rented at the Eibsee. Some pedal boats are equipped with a slide, which makes the boat trip even more interesting.
    On the other hand, if you want to learn more about the lake, you can take a round trip with the electric boat "Reserl". During the 25-minute round trip, passing the islands and beautiful bays, the captain explains the history of its creation and you can lie back and relax.
    You can find more information here: Boat rental Eibsee

    Stop by the lake

    After a hike around the Eibsee or a hot summer's day in the cool water, your stomach growls. In the beer garden directly at the lake or lake restaurant, tarte flambée, grilled specialties or Bavarian cuisine await you.

    Webcams Eibsee

    unique views of the crystal clear mountain lake

    Did you know...

    Due to its unique position at the foot of the Zugspitze and its clear, emerald-green shimmering water, the lake Eibsee is known as one of the most beautiful lakes in the Bavarian Alps. It arose, when the Isar-Loisach-Glacier backed down. A sink, filled with water, was left. A huge landslide more than 3700 years ago shaped the present lake with its 29 submarine basins and 8 islands. A unique mountain lake, since it is very unusual that islands and shallows are geogogically much younger than the lake's basin. The Eibsee takes its name from the yews that used to grow around the lake.

    FAQs Arrival to Eibsee

    Caravan parking Eibsee

    Please note the height limit of 2.10 m and the ban on overnight parking from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. There is no parking space for camping vehicles of any kind.

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    Can I swim in the Eibsee?

    It is possible to swim in the Eibsee. There are many places around the lake where you can access the water. In summer the water temperature reaches 20-22 °C.

    What is the quickest way to get to Eibsee?

    For Grainau guests, it takes 18 or 15 minutes to reach Eibsee from Zugspitzbahnhof Hammersbach or Zugspitzbahnhof Grainau by our Zugspitzbahn. 
    All other options from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Hausberg or Kreuzeck-/Alpspitzbahn vía the cog railway and are therefore at the Eibsee in a maximum of half an hour. 
    All travel times and parking options at

    What can I do in bad weather around Eibsee?

    In our Zugspitz Spa Grainau, you can swim and relax, regardless of the weather. More information:

    The rain also makes no difference while ejoying the natural spectacle of the Höllental Gorge in Grainau or the Partnach Gorge  in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

    However, during heavy rain or storms they are closed to visitors for safety reasons.

    Can I take my stroller to Eibsee?

    The Eibsee is also easy to navigate with strollers, the riverside circular path is 7.4 km long. More info:

    Can I use the cog railway for free with the Deutschlandticket?

    No BUT - It is only valid on the valley route, i.e. between Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Grainau. The trip from Grainau to Eibsee costs Euro 4.-

    Does Deutsche Bahn run to Eibsee?

    No, you can continue from Garmisch-Partenkirchen train station with bus line 9840 or take the Zugspitzbahn - the Deutsche Bahn train station and the Zugspitzbahn train station are only a few meters apart, so you can change quickly.

    How often do trains and buses go to Eibsee?

    Bus and Zugspit train run every hour.

    Why doesn't the bus come on time?

    On busy days the bus is also stuck in traffic. Unfortunately, this can lead to delays.

    Why did the bus pass the stop?

    If there are already too many people on the bus, the driver has instructions not to let any more passengers get on. However, amplifier buses are used. Please be patient.

    When is there less going on at Eibsee?

    This cannot always be answered in general terms. There are usually fewer people at Eibsee early in the morning or after lunchtime.

    Can bicycles be taken on buses and cog railways?

    Unfortunately, it is not possible to take bicycles with you due to capacity reasons.

    Where is there parking at Eibsee?

    The Bayerische Zugspitzbahn and the Eibsee Hotel each have public parking spaces at Eibsee.

    How much does parking cost?

    At the Eibsee Hotel, parking depends solely on the duration. For the Zugspitbahn car park, it also plays a role whether a mountain railway ticket is purchased. A price overview is available at

    Do I always get a parking space?

    Unfortunately not. However, if the parking spaces are full, this will be indicated in good time on the way to Eibsee, as will alternative parking spaces.