Hike – Schleifmühl Gorge - Kolbensattel Hut

Hiking trail

On the trail of the whetstone makers. From the waterfalls of Unterammergau to a balcony offering views of Oberammergau. 

  • Type Hiking trail
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 4:40 h
  • Distance 13,1 km
  • Ascent 576 m
  • Descent 576 m
  • Lowest point 830 m
  • Highest point 1344 m


This hiking trail shows you how the elements of stone and water once secured the livelihood of an entire village whilst also providing a unique natural spectacle. The final highlight awaits you on the terrace of the Kolbensattel Hut in the form of a typical Bavarian culinary treat.
The route from Oberammergau to the neighbouring municipality of Unterammergau provides an ideal way to warm up before moving onto the Schleifmühl Gorge from the hikers' car park at the Steckenberg.

As you meet various waterfalls, you will also pass by the former workplaces of the whetstone makers of the region – the grinding mills. Until into the last century, whetstones were still used to sharpen knives, scissors, scythes and the like. The inhabitants of Unterammergau mined these stones in the mountains and used the water power supplied by the grinding mills to create finished whetstones for shipping right across Europe.

After passing the grinding mills, continue through the gorge heading for the former royal hunting lodge the Pürschling House. At St. Joseph's Chapel, which is decorated with fresco paintings, turn left onto the ridgeway heading for the Kolbensattel.

This path provides continuously fabulous views towards the Hörnle, the Aufacker and the Alpine foothills.

After crossing the mountain forest to the Kolbensattel Hut, you will enjoy further majestic panoramas of the Laber and of Oberammergau. 

You can enjoy an unforgettable hiking experience in the Ammergau Alps as long as you have the right gear. Visit the "Best of Wandern" Test Centre in Bad Kohlgrub to try out the latest outdoor equipment free of charge.

- GPS devices

- rucksacks, child carriers, children's jackets

- multifunctional jackets

- hiking boots

- sticks and head lamps

- binoculars

- tour software

- snow shoes

- backpacking umbrellas

The Best of Wandern Test Centre is located at Hotel Schillingshof, directly opposite the Hörnlebahn ski lift. adress: Fallerstraße 11, Bad Kohlgrub tel.: +49 8845 7010.

For more information, visit: www.ammergauer-alpen.de/testcenter

Am Pfingstmontag (Deutscher Mühlentag) ist die Wetzsteinmühle in der Schleifmühlklamm den ganzen Tag und am 2. Samstag im Monat, von Juni bis September, von 13 bis 16 Uhr offen für Besichtigungen mit Führung.

Im Notfall verständigen Sie bitte die nächstgelegene Rettungsleitstelle. Unabhängig vom Standort erreichen Sie diese deutschlandweit unter der Telefonnummer 112.

A95, B23 to Oberammergau via Ettal
Oberammergau, car park at the Tourist Information Centre/Ammergauer Haus (free of charge)
bus stop: Oberammergau, Bahnhof oder Eugen-Papst-Str. 

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

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter www.ammergauer-alpen.de/onlineshop oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile