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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


Arrival & Parking

By car

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

  • Zugspitze 100 m
  • Grainau 3 km 
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen 11 km 
  • Füssen (Neuschwanstein Castle) 62 km 
  • Innsbruck (Austria) 63 km 
  • Munich 95 km

By public transport

  • by EIBSEE bus (commutes between Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau and Eibsee) - the bus stop is 100 meters from the lake.
  • 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.


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.


More information

Walk around the lake Eibsee

Hiking at the Eibsee is family-friendly and absolutely recommendable. The difficulty levels are between valley trail and easy. Some hiking trails are barrier-free and suitable for strollers. Again and again you will be rewarded with new impressions, such as the great view of the Zugspitze or the turquoise-blue water.

Tour suggestions and hikes to the Eibsee and around the Eibsee can be found here


Lake Eibsee with mountain view, © Tourist-Infomation - Fotograf Ehn
Lake Eibsee with mountain view
Eibsee with family, © Tourist-Information Fotograf Ehn
Eibsee with family
Eibsee rowboat, summer, Grainau, © Touristinformation Grainau - Foto Ehn
Eibsee rowboat, summer, Grainau
Standup paddeling, © Zugspitzland - T.Marzusch
Standup paddeling
Lake Eibsee with mountain view, © Tourist-Infomation - Fotograf Ehn
Eibsee with family, © Tourist-Information Fotograf Ehn
Eibsee rowboat, summer, Grainau, © Touristinformation Grainau - Foto Ehn
Standup paddeling, © Zugspitzland - T.Marzusch

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.



Rustic mountain inn with sun terrace, playroom and adventure playground. Serves Bavarian delicacies.

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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.