Mountain tour – Notkarspitze

Mountain tour

A challenging mountain tour from Ettal over the Ochsensitz and Zieglspitz up to the Notkarspitze (1889 metres) and a steep descent to Restaurant Ettal Mill.

  • Type Mountain tour
  • Difficulty medium
  • Duration 6:09 h
  • Distance 11,1 km
  • Ascent 1091 m
  • Descent 1091 m
  • Lowest point 862 m
  • Highest point 1882 m


This tour begins directly in front of the Benedictine Abbey in Ettal.

The abbey is set in an enchanting location and was founded by Emperor Ludwig in 1330 upon his safe return to his homeland. Centuries later, King Ludwig II also admired the special location and built Linderhof Palace in the Graswang Valley only a few kilometres away.

A brief climb onto the Ochsensitz will make the motivations behind the building plans of the two royal personages even more clear. Breathtaking views of the Ammergau Alps, the Ester Mountains and the Wetterstein will accompany you as you make your way along the ridge and over the Zieglspitz to your destination – the Notkarspitze,

affectionately known by locals as the "Not". You descend into a corrie and continue down into the valley via a path and a steep twisting route. Once you arrive below, it is well worth while stopping off at Ettal Mill. Enjoy a refreshing drink and a tasty Bavarian snack before returning to the starting point of the tour, a journey of only 20 minutes.

Starting from the car park at Ettal Abbey, proceed along the main street past the Klosterhotel Ludwig der Bayer and take the first street on the right, Notalmweg. Continue in a southerly direction   across a short section of meadow heading towards the mountain forest. This is the start of the climb up to the Ochsensitz, from where many paths lead up steeply through the woods. From the Ochsensitz, the tour now continues along the ridge over the Zieglspitz to the Notkarspitze. The whole route offers fabulous views of the Karwendel, Wetterstein and Ammergau Alps. The descent from the Notkarspitze takes place in a northerly direction down to the Großkaralm. Steep and twisting turns   quickly take you back down into the valley. When you arrive below, take the path along the edge of the forest back to your starting point.
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:

Nach der Tour lohnt ein Abstecher zur Schaukäserei Ettal. Probieren Sie hier unbedingt den Feuer- oder Bierkäse, der aus heimischer Milch hergestellt wird.

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

A95, B23 via Ettal
Car park at the abbey
bus stop: 
Start: Ettal Klosterhof, Return: Graswang
9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9606 Füssen - Wieskirche - Oberammergau - Garmisch-Partenkirchen
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Palace)

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