Lake Eibsee in Bavaria with its shimmering green, crystal-clear water and the Zugspitze massif in the background.

Tranquillity at 1,000 metres above sea level.

Here at Lake Eibsee you will feel like you are in paradise. Close to nature to recharge your batteries: on the paths around this picturesque gem, on a boat trip on the paradisiacal lake or on the terrace of the lakeside restaurant Eibsee-Pavillon.

Trip Profile

Easy - T1
2 Hours
9 KM
Altitude difference
182 m
Max Altitude
1035 m
on request
on request
Jan - dec


Your circular route around the Eibsee begins directly at the large, elegant hotel. Follow the lakeside path past the Eibsee pavilion and hike leisurely towards the south shore.

The hiking trail leads you along the wooded shore, and with every step you take, you enjoy the magnificent view of the green-blue water and the mountains opposite.
You can also clearly see the small, forested islands left behind by the great landslide in the lake from the southern shore. The path climbs a little, but on the west bank, it leads directly down to the water again.

Here the Kotbach stream flows into the lake. Apart from the narrow stream, there is no upstream tributary. Interestingly, there is also no outflow from the lake.

You follow the hiking trail along the north shore, and here the Eibsee unfolds its dramatic beauty.

The Zugspitze massif towers mightily and awe-inspiringly into the sky above the southern shore of the lake.

This view is one of the most beautiful mountain panoramas in the entire Alpine region. The fabulous view continues to accompany you as you hike leisurely along the lakeside path back to the tour’s starting point. For families, it is worth making a detour to the Eibsee-Alm. The older hikers can enjoy a cup of coffee, while the younger hikers can play in the fantastic playground.


By public transport:

By train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and from there with the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn to the Eibsee Zugspitzbahn stop, Grainau.

By car:

Address for navigation: Am Eibsee 1, 82491 Grainau
Route planner: Directions to Eibsee (from Munich approx. 100km, 1:15h)
Directions: From Munich take the A95 to Garmisch, after the Farchanter Tunnel turn right towards Fernpass / Reutte (B23). Shortly after Garmisch, turn left towards the Eibsee and park directly at the Eibsee (charges apply).

Equipment Information

  • hiking shoes;
  • hiking clothes;
  • rucksack;
  • food and water;
  • hiking poles;
  • sun screen, sun glasses;
  • rain clothes according to the latest weather forecast;
  • first aid kit.