One of the most beautiful gorges in Bavaria is the German Höllentalklamm (Valley of Hell Gorge), a wild, narrow gorge at the foot of the Zugspitze in Germany. A roughly 1 km long, exciting, well-constructed trail leads through the gorge, which families with children are guaranteed to enjoy.
Wedged into the high mountains, the working Hammersbach stream carved out the gorge. The river transports the glacial water of the Zugspitze (Germany's highest mountain) into the valley.
On your way, you can admire how the river falls in the pools and gorges formed by the rocks.
|Season||End of May - End of Oct|
|Opening hours||0-24, every day|
|Address||Höllental, 82491 Grainau, Germany|
|Parking||8 euros (automata)|
|Dog-friendly?||Yes (on a leash)|
The Höllentalklamm is one of the wildest gorges in the region.
Map - Where is Höllentalklamm?
Address, map, distances, approach, entrance, parking
The gorge belongs to the village of Grainau, located in the southern part of Germany - in the province of Bavaria. You are in the Bavarian Alps in the region of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
- Address: Höllental, 82491 Grainau, Germany
- Distance from Innsbruck: 70 km / 1.5 hours
- Distance from Munich: 100 km / 2 hours
- Distance from Zugspitze: 20 km / 1 hour
There is a paid parking lot 500 meters away from the entrance. You should pay 8 euros/day by using the automata.
Opening hours and prices
The gorge is closed in winter and when it snows, so the season usually starts at the end of May and lasts until the end of October - but this can differ every year. However, the daily opening hours are from 0 to 24; finish your tour before dark.
- Season: May - October
- Daily opening hours: 0-24, every day
- Adult prices: 12 euros
- Children's prices: 6 euros
- Under 6 years old: free
- Parking: 8 euros / day
You can buy tickets to the gorge on the spot. Online ticket purchases are not possible. Cash should be with you in case there is a service problem. Children can enter for less, and kids under 6 can enter for free. You can pay for the parking with a machine.
The hiking trail in the gorge is approximately 1 km long. It is bordered by a barrier on the side above the river, while in the more technical parts, you can (also) hold on to a steel cable. Here and there, the path goes through short tunnels, making the journey even more exciting.
If you go from the parking lot, calculate roughly 2.5 hours for the excursion if you come back through the gorge.
For a longer program, you can start your hike at the lower village of Hammersbach in Grainau, near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Or use the mountain station of the Kreuzeck cable car as a starting point, which is a much more scenic route.
Tour from the Kreuzeck cable car
|Kreuzeck cable car tour||Information|
|Level diff||approx. 600 meters|
|Huts along the way||Höllentalangerhütte, Höllentaleingangshütte|
|Starting point||Kreuzeck cable car (valley station) -> then by cable car to the upper station|
Route: Kreuzeckbahn valley station – Kreuzeckbahn gondola mountain station – Hupfleitenjoch (saddle) – Schwarzenkopf (optional summit) – Knappenhäusern Höllentalangerhütte – Höllentalklamm (gorge) – Kreuzeckbahn valley station
Yes, you can even go to the pitch with small children. We recommend the longer cable car tour only with older children experienced in hiking.
No. The gorge is unfortunately not barrier-free, so wheelchairs or strollers cannot access it. Safe movement coordination is essential.
Yes, feel free to bring your dog, but keep a leash because they only let you in with it.
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