Behind the old base station of the Tyrolean Zugspitze Railway, the path begins (at the “Wiener Neustädter Hütte, Zugspitze” signpost) along the skiing track. You follow this up to the start of the “Schotterreise” (“gravel journey"). You cross the gravel field and, via a steep track, reach the meadow ridge. If you go past the massive Pillar 2 of the Tyrolean Zugspitze Railway, you reach the Austrian Schneekar on a secured steep track. Here, on the right, lies the Wiener Neustädter Hut (walking time to get there, approx. 2-3 hours). The marked path often runs under the Tyrolean Zugspitze Railway in open areas. Often the railway is above you or is at least visible.
From the hut, the steep track leads first of all through boulders, ascending slightly to the upper left end of the Schneekar. Having arrived at the entrance to the steep climbing track (well secured with clamps and steel cables, the further ascent leads upwards to a sloping, chimney-like gap, the “Stopselzieher” (German for “corkscrew”). From the end of the following gap, you continue a little bit further upwards until the security fencing leads towards the right over a further gap, to the gently sloping rock face. You cross it, ascending until the climbing tracks again lead straight up behind a flat ridge. If you follow the markings, you reach the ridge station. On the ridge, which begins here, you continue to the peak terrace (walking time from the Wiener Neustädter Hütte a further ca. 2-3 hours), on which many guests who have taken the comfortable route with the train are waiting on fine days and receive the mountaineers with curiosity and admiration.
The journey back down into the valley can be covered with the Tyrolean Zugspitze Railway, after drinking a cool drink at the peak and enjoying the view. Entrance to the “Fascination Zugspitze” is also included in the ticket down into the valley.
Submitted by: henrytwin_m on 2009-06-15
Last Modified: 2009-09-21
Route ID: 100247
3 Friends from work asked if I could take them up the Zugspitze. I agreed and it was an easy day hike. We had the chance to stop at the hut this time and enjoy a bowl of pea soup. It was a very nice day to climb. We met family members who had take the German side cable car to the top.
Great hiking/climbing. I would recommend bringing a helmet, harness, sling and carabineer. The route can be done without a harness, but I would strongly recommend bringing a helmet. We observed a small amount of rock fall and experienced some of it first hand. Overall the climbing is very easy, mostly I would call it scrambling.