Gaistal Wetterstein Ehrwald
Gaistal Wetterstein Ehrwald

Wetterstein Mountains

The Zugspitze, which is the highest peak of Germany, is the most famous mountain of the Wetterstein Mountains.

The Wetterstein Mountains are a compact mountain chain between Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Mittenwald, Seefeld in Tyrol and Ehrwald and extends in Bavaria in Germany as well as in the province of Tyrol. The mountain chain is bounded by the Ammergau Alps in the north, the Bavarian pre-Alps in the north east, the Karwendel mountain chain in the east and the Mieminger mountain chain in the south.

Like the neighbouring mountain chains also the Wetterstein Mountains date back millions of years and were formed out of sedimentations of the Tethys sea. These layers of seashells as well as corals folded up later on and formed the Wetterstein.

Peaks: The most famous mountain of the Wetterstein Mountains, the Zugspitze mountain (2,962 m), is at the same time the highest mountain of Germany. The other high summits of the Wetterstein Mountains are the Schneefernerkopf (2,875 m), Zugspitzeck (2,820 m), the Nördliche, Mittlere and Östliche Wetterspitze (2,750 m, 2,750 m, 2,720 m), the Mittlere, Innere and Äussere Höllentalspitze (2,745 m, 2,743 m, 2,721 m) and the Hochwanner (2,746 m).

Trails: The Wetterstein Mountains are an eldorado for alpinists and climbers, who often have to face huge altitude differences. Moreover the red path of the Via Alpina traverses the Wetterstein Mountains. It also offers fixed rope routes of various levels of difficulty, e.g. on the Riffelscharte, on the Zugspitze mountain, on the Schneefernerkopf and the popular Alpspitze. Popular starting points for hikes in the Wetterstein Mountains are Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria and Ehrwald in Tyrol.

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