Mountain Hiking – Schleifmühl Gorge - Kolbensattel Hut

Mountain tour

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

  • Type Mountain tour
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 5:30 h
  • Distance 12,9 km
  • Ascent 591 m
  • Descent 593 m
  • Lowest point 832 m
  • Highest point 1351 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:

On Whit Monday (German Milling Day) the whetstone mill in the Schleifmühlklamm is open all day and on the 2nd Saturday of the month, from June to September, from 1pm to 4pm for guided tours.
In an emergency, please notify the nearest rescue control center. Regardless of the location, you can reach them throughout Germany on 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. 

9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9606 Füssen - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
9621 Oberammergau - Saulgrub - Bad Kohlgrub - Murnau
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)
train stop: Bhf Oberammergau
Murnau -   Oberammergau

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

Wanderkarte Naturpark Ammergauer Alpen

Kartenmaterial erhalten Sie im Onlineshop der Ammergauer Alpen GmbH unter oder in den Tourist-Informationen vor Ort.

Map and arrival

Elevation profile