Grainau is a picturesque village set at the foot of Zugspitze Mountain. It’s a launchpad for outdoor adventures in Bavaria, with hiking, cycling and rock climbing just some of the activities on offer. Summit one of the tallest mountains in Germany, explore a million-year-old gorge and enjoy hearty Bavarian cuisine. Winter snowfall transforms Grainau into one of Bavaria’s top ski resorts.
Things to do in Grainau
At 2,962 metres above sea level, Zugspitze is one of the tallest mountains in Germany. The challenging hike to the summit takes around eight hours and rewards you with sweeping views over the surrounding mountains and countryside. Alternatively, you can ride the cogwheel train up to the plateau, then take the cable car to the summit.
Ski season on Zugspitze Mountain runs from November to May, one of the longest in Europe. Explore more than 20 kilometres of slopes and enjoy family-friendly activities like sledding and tobogganing. The high altitude means some of the pistes are often above the clouds, giving Zugspitze a magical feel. After a day on the slopes, soothe your muscles at a wellness spa.
Formed over millions of years, Partnach Gorge is surrounded by soaring gunmetal grey rock walls. Trails and boardwalks wind through the gorge and take you past tumbling waterfalls, foamy rapids and glassy pools.
In the village centre, you’ll be charmed by alpine-style chalets decorated with colourful flower baskets. The village is dotted with places where you can enjoy traditional Bavarian dishes, including favourites like “schweinebraten” roast pork, freshly baked pretzels and locally brewed wheat beer.
Getting around Grainau
Grainau is pedestrian-friendly and easy to get around on foot. The village is a 1.5-hour drive from Munich and Munich International Airport. Trains run between Grainau and Munich in around 1.5 hours while rental cars offer the freedom to explore the surrounding region at your own pace.