Säuling (2047m) – A mountain that has been on my list since I moved to Germany.

I remember the very first time I went to Füssen and to Schloss Neuschwanstein. It was back in 2015 and we had just moved to Germany. We were standing on Marienbrücke when I saw Säuling, as a big pyramid in the sunset. I remember telling Elias that we need to find out what that mountain is called and hike it! Eventually we did find out what it was called, but it took me two and half years to finally stand on top of it. Therefore it was a little special to stand on top of Säuling today. It just had been on my list for so long!

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Just couple of words about the Säuling itself. You can hike if from German side or from Austrian side. Or do like us, and hike if from one country to another. We Started from Pflach in Austria and ended in Füssen in Germany. I did not know that one could take Bayern ticket the whole way to Reute im Tirol and Pflach, so that was a nice surprise 🙂  From Pflach we used 2 hours to Säulinghaus. It is a nice hut to take a small break before the really steep ascent to the Säuling peak. We used 40 minutes from the hut to the peak. The weather was perfect, but we were not sure how much snow there could still be. Luckily there was almost none, because this hike would be very difficult to do with snow.

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After a nice lunch and some selfies on the top, we started our descent to Neuschwanstein. I must say, I did not expect the descent to be so steep and so long. Therefore I recommend to start and end the hike in Pflach instead of hiking down to Neuschwanstein and taking the train from Füssen. That is unless you really want to see the castle. We had already seen the castle plenty of times so in retrospective I think it would have been nice to avoid all the tourist and the super slow train from Füssen to Munich. A map of the route is available on outdooractive here.

Säuling in not the only hike that can be started from Füssen, Branderschrofen is also a nice hike that has a hut and is not as long as Säuling. From Branderschrofen you will also have a very nice view to Säuling. I wrote a small post about it here.

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This was the first hike over 2000m in Germany this year, I’m happy to see there that the season is here and the snow is gone.

PS. My next hike is already planned and will be from Kufstein area, so stay tuned.

 

Last hike for this season? Nahh..

The hiking season in Germany is much longer than in Norway. This is one of the things I love about living here. While it’s already snowing in Norway and people are preparing their skis, here you can still climb a 2000 m high mountain in tights 😀

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This weekend we hiked Kramerspitz (1985 m). Kramerspitz is in Garmich, Germany. We have actually not done much hiking in this area. The reason being simple – I like the mountains in Austria better. Why?  Well, Garmish is very popular amongst hikers and tourists, so you never hike alone. Also, Germans seem to like to have a lot of beer huts on their hikes and these huts require roads. So way too often you find yourself hiking on roads in the forest, rather than trails. I like it natural and I don’t care about the beer, so therefore I prefer Austria.

BUT moving on to this weekends hike.

Rote: Garmisch (800 m) – St. Martinshütte (1028 m) – Kramerspitz (1985 m) – Stepbergalm (1592 m) – Garmisch (800 m)

Elevation gain: 1200 m

Time: We used 3 1/2 hours to the top (inkl. 2 long breaks). We were told that the route down would be shorter via Stepbergalm, but that’s not true. The shortest way down is to follow the same route down as up.  The route via Stepbergalm is not really worth it, unless you really don’t like to do the same path twice.

Transport: Just take the train to Garmisch then walk to Baiyernhalle. The trail starts just next to it.

Huts: There is one hut on the way, you will reach it after 45 minutes or so and it is an excellent place for the first lunch break. You have a perfect view to Zugspitze, Germanys highest mountain. I even made a new friend, Josy.

 

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There is a road to the hut, after the hut you will follow a normal forest trail and it gets steeper. After a while you will get up to a plateau with a small bench. Here the trail divides into two but there are no signs 😦  You should follow the trail to the left. With nice weather you can spot the peak from here. The rest of the trail is not so steep, and is easy to follow.edited.jpgedited2When we did the hike there was some snow, but you can see where the trail goes.From the top you can see down to Garmich, you can see Zugspitze, Eibsee and Alpspitze ( on my list for hikes to do). A complete panorama with peaks can be found here.IMG_20161023_151613.jpgDid you get to hike this weekend or have you declared the hiking season over already?

Große Arnspitze (2196 m)

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This weekend the weather was on our side and so we decided to hike up Große Arnspitze (2196 m) just across the German border. As a matter of fact you start in Germany and end the hike in Austria. Hiking from one country to another is fun!

To be exact the route we took was the following: Mittenwald (923 m) – Riedkopf (1860 m) – Arnspitzhütte (2003 m) – Große Arnspitze (2196 m) – Arnspitzhütte (1955 m) – Scharnitz (964 m). 

This means it is almost a 1300m climb. Its not for a beginner, but nice easy intermediate hike. Actually the hardest part is not the elevation gain, but the fact that the hike is long. The signs say 5.25h to the top and we used that time including two long lunch breaks. I mean, with weather like this its a crime not to take breaks to enjoy the view.

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Can you spot the hut?  Scharnitz is down in the valley.

We had some trouble finding the trail from Mittenwald, since there are no directions to the hike in the train station. Here a map and GPS were useful.

The trail it self is quite easy. The first hours are on a smooth and even trail in the forest. The only problematic part is that it is easy to loose the trail while looking at the Karwendel on the opposite side of the valley. Especially since the path is not that visible all the time, so keep looking for the red markings every now and then.

After a while you come higher up and have even better view of Karwendel. Therefore, I recommend to wait until you are just above the tree level before having a lunch break. Its a bit far but its amazing to sit and have lunch to this view.

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This is not Karwendel, but to the left is Wettersteinkopf, which is a really nice hike!!

After walking across the Riedkopf its a more or less even path to Arnspitzhütte. Btw I think this is not a serviced hut and when we did the hike it was closed, so take enough food and water with you. From the hut its approximately 200 high meters to the top of the peak. This is pretty steep so its heavy but fast. Just the way we like it! I think we used 30 -45 min up. On the top there are two peaks. One that is a peak for less experienced hikers (read nubs) and the real Arnzpitse. In order to get to the real Arnspitze where the cross is, you need to cross a short exposed ridge. Don’t do it in rain or if its slippery! This is me crossing the ridge:

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Now after enjoying the view and eating your chocolates, you go down to the hut again and then take the trail pass the hut direction Scharnitz.  Its a long way down. Really – the path does go further away from Scharnitz before it turns back to Scharnitz. I recommend waking to Gießenbach instead, since it is the same distance and then you don’t need to walk backwards.

As we don’t own a car we normally get to the mountains by public transport. With car there are so many more opposites and it is normally easy to figure out how to get to the starting point, therefore I will just give the instructions for public transport from my current base, Munich.

So how to get there: 

Take a train from Munich Hbf as early as possible. We took the seven a clock train. Coming back is also easy, just take the train from Scharnitz/Gießenbach.

I even got sunburned this weekend. In the middle of October? Can you believe it? Crazy, but I like it! I hope you guys got a change to escape the city and enjoy the mountains this weekend.

Until next time,

Caho!