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There are innumerable spectacular walks on 300 km (186 mi) of marked trails through the lower slopes' pinewoods and upland meadows. If you have the time and good walking shoes, try one of the two trails that lead to striking gorges (called Klammen).
Deutscher Alpenverein. Call here for details on hiking and on staying in the mountain huts. Von-Kahr-Str. 2–4, Munich, 80997. 089/140–030. www.alpenverein.de.
Höllentalklamm. The Höllentalklamm route starts in the town and ends at the mountaintop (you'll want to turn back before reaching the summit unless you have mountaineering experience). You can park in the villages of Hammersbach and Grainau, and start your tour. Garmisch-Partenkirchen. 08821/8895. www.hoellentalklamm-info.de. May–Oct. (depending on weather).
Zugspitze Mountain railway terminal. Zugspitze Mountain railway terminal Olympiastr. 27, 82467.
Partnachklamm. The Partnachklamm route is quite challenging, and takes you through a spectacular, tunneled water gorge (entrance fee), past a pretty little mountain lake, and far up the Zugspitze; to do all of it, you'll have to stay overnight in one of the huts along the way. Ride part of the way up in the Eckbauer cable car, which sets out from the Skistadion off Mittenwalderstrasse. The older, more scenic Graseckbahn takes you right over the dramatic gorges. Day cards for the cable car cost €23 (cheaper depending on how far you want to ride and time of year). There's a handy inn at the top, where you can gather strength for the hour-long walk back down to the Graseckbahn station. Olympia-Skistadion, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 82467. www.eckbauerbahn.de.
Lohnkutschevereinigung. Horse-drawn carriages also cover the first section of the route in summer; in winter you can skim along it in a sleigh. The carriages wait near the Skistadion. Or you can call the local coaching society, the Lohnkutschevereinigung, for information. Olympia Skistadion. 0172/8604105. www.kutschenfahrten-garmisch.de.
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