The Wankberg mountain is an amazing spot to view the Bavarian Alps from a height at 1,765 m overlooking forests, tall trees and the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany. This day trip started with no plan and ended up being one of the most amazing days of my life. But how ? Because when we arrived l just asked a local from which mountain I can get the best view.
How to get there ?
The easiest way to get around is by public transportation or car. The public transports have a lacking time schedule on the weekends. Ask the locals to find the bus station to get the bus no. 3 or 5 up to Schützenhaus. From there you have to option to make several hikes or hop onto the Wankbahn. The train or bus connection to/from Munich runs almost every hour and takes about 1,5 hours.
The unique local experience of Garmisch-Partenkirchen & Wankberg
The incredible views
Not sure if I have to say more but the pictures tells you more than a 1,000 words – just outstanding. I really loved the peace and quietness, the colored leafs and a less touristy spot during that time of the year. The hike down was a little bit exhausting for my professional ballet dancers but we made it after around 2,5 hours.
My travel companions
The people like always make the trip and in this case I was lucky to have had my girlfriend and my friend James with me. He was the reason that we were invited for an amazing Japanese dinner of his girlfriends relatives – cheers mate.
Japanese dinner with locals & friends
An unexpected but probably the most delicious dinner ever after an emotional long day and hike down to Garmisch-Partenkirchen for about 2,5 hours. The invitation by Danny and his wife came spontaneous and at the end I’m glad my girlfriend and me didn’t deny it. The dinner lasted as long as we were able to stay because at the end we had to catch a bus back to Munich. So yummy with the thin cut meat, vegetables boiled in a pot containing Shōchū.
The Wankbahn cable car
The Wankbahn provided a irresponsible catastrophic service and they didn’t return the money. On the way up to the top, the Wankbahn suddenly stopped three times, swinging back and forth. When we realised, I tried to balance it out with my weight as fast as I could – very terrifying experience.
The opportunity to take an amazing jumping photo with a professional ballet dancer was something I didn’t even need to think twice but I can assure that my landing wasn’t quite as professional as it may seem in the jumping photo. I can guarantee that it wasn’t a soft landing on a very hard floor like you can imagine the floor to be on an almost wintery day.
I TRAVEL FOREVER’s VIEW & RECOMMENDATION
I would probably recommend to stay there for 1-2 nights in order to see more of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and take the cable car up to Zugspitze. Like already mentioned a couple of times but again save the money (14 EUR one way) for the Wankbahn and enjoy a beautiful round trip hike to the top and down. Also make sure to make your way down to the Schützenhaus early enough to reach the last bus back to the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Check the bus schedule beforehand or try to hitchhike back. You may found yourself difficult with the last thing because don’t forget you are in Germany and the culture is not the most outgoing but doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Recommended accommodation / restaurants