Mountain tour - Notkarspitze - Graswang

Mountain tour

The Notkarspitze is one of the classic peaks in the Ammergau Alps. A strenuous tour to the summit of Ettal's "home mountain".

  • Type Mountain tour
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 7:45 h
  • Distance 16,4 km
  • Ascent 1095 m
  • Descent 1110 m
  • Lowest point 855 m
  • Highest point 1883 m


This is a route with secure pathways that are easy to walk. The most attractive part of the tour does not, however, begin until you reach the summit of the Notkarspitze.

From here, proceed along the ridge, which is also easily walkable, until you reach the descent to the Kuhalm. The mighty Wettersteinblock will be your constant companion and will provide fabulous views of the Dreitorspitze, Alpspitze and Zugspitze.

Via the Kühalpenbach Valley, you will arrive in Graswang – one of the most beautiful villages in the Bavarian Alps. From here, there is a bus service back to Ettal.

From the car park at Ettal col, follow Gießenbacher Weg heading towards the Gießenbach Valley. After a few hundred metres, turn right up onto the mountain. Proceed through the mountain forest until you reach your first interim destination, the Ochsensitz at 1550 metres.

The attractive pathway continues on up to the Zieglspitz at 1719 metres. More and more views of the surrounding mountain terrain will now open up. After a further climb of just over 200 metres, you will reach your destination – the summit of the Notkarspitze at 1988 metres .

After taking a rest at the summit, follow the path towards the Brünstlkopf. This path leads along the ridge. You then turn off right towards Kuhalm, heading towards Kühalpen Valley.

Pass the derelict Gießenbach Alm and hike down to Kuh Alm. The path branches off directly at the alm. Follow this path along the Kühalpen stream until you reach the valley.

You will pass the Chapel of St. Gertrudein Dickelschwaig on the way to Graswang. From Graszwang, take the bus back to your original starting point.

The bus stop is located on the edge of Ettal, only about 300 metres from the car park at Ettal col.

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.

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Das Restaurant Ludwig der Bayer befindet sich direkt am Endpunkt der Überschreitung

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

A95, B23 to Ettal via Oberau
Ettal, hikers' car park at Ettal col
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

Map and arrival

Elevation profile