Climbing area - Zahn

Alpine climbing

The wild jagged rock between the Kofel and the Pürschling is the perfect summer climbing area and an ideal place to practise for beginners and advanced climbers alike.

Klettergebiet am Zahn
Klettergebiet am Zahn - © Author: Thorsten Unseld, Source: Birgit Gelder
  • Type Alpine climbing
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 1:35 h
  • Distance 4,1 km
  • Ascent 693 m
  • Descent 3 m
  • Lowest point 854 m
  • Highest point 1543 m


The Zahn is located on the ridge between the Kofel and the Pürschling and is characterised by wild jagged rock.

The holes made in the rock have added a number of new routes over recent years. Most of the existing routes are North facing and therefore more suitable for the warmer months. Endeavours will shortly be undertaken to extend the area, and there is the potential to do so. The great views of the surrounding mountains are a particularly attractive feature of the landscape.

This is an ideal practice ground for beginners who are seeking a gradual introduction to Alpine climbing.

Difficulty: 3 to 8-

Nature protection: The area is located in the Ammer Mountains Nature Conservation Area. Please behave accordingly.
Information on current conditions on the rock is available at 
This section merely contains information on accessing the climbing area.

Access: coming from Oberammgau, go past the Kolbenalmlift, and parking is available on the right-hand side approximately 100 metres further on. There is a further car park below the Calvary statue.

Turn left onto the flat hiking trail (Grottenweg) heading towards the Kofel and follow this path for about 10 minutes until it descends sharply for the first time.
Now turn off right into the woods and follow the "Maxersteig" uphill. The trail will become increasingly apparent. After a further 15 minutes, you will reach the first routes located directly next to the uphill path (Max and Moritz).
You will now see the routes of the Bergwacht climbing crag at regular intervals (every 5 to 10 minutes ). You will need to turn off the path to the left. Continuing to follow the path, you will soon arrive at a gorge. The routes Edge and Bätsch are located at its entrance on the right-hand side.
Nach der Kletterei empfiehlt sich ein Abstecher ins Ortszentrum von Oberammergau um ein leckeres Eis in der Eisdiele Paradiso zu probieren. 
Im Notfall verständigen Sie bitte die nächstgelegene Rettungsleitstelle. Unabhängig vom Standort erreichen Sie diese deutschlandweit unter der Telefonnummer 112.
A95, B23 via Ettal to Oberammergau
Oberammergau, car park at the Kolben (charges apply)
bus stop: Oberammergau, Bahnhof
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen 
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)
train stop: Oberammergau, Bahnhof

Guests in the Ammergauer Alps Region can use their electronic guest pass or the "KönigsCard" to obtain free bus travel. 

Kletterführer Oberammergau - Autor: Robert Heiland,
Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile