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Historic DAV base camp for Zugspitze ascents since 1855.

The Knorrhütte has been located on the Zugspitzplatt southwest below the Brunntalkopf in the expansive Wetterstein Mountains since 1855. At 2,052 proud metres above sea level, it is also the closest hut to the majestic Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany and Austria, and is therefore particularly well suited as a base camp for the three-day Zugspitze tour. During the summer months from May to October, a total of up to 112 people can then spend the night at the DAV refuge and enjoy delicious meals served by hut host Gernot on the cosy sun terrace.

From May to October, hikers can also stay overnight at the historic refuge. A total of 28 cosy room beds and a whole 84 traditional camp places for a maximum of 112 people are then available. There are washrooms with showers and toilets, hut sleeping bags are compulsory and the necessary advance reservation can also be made conveniently online. During the winter months, an unlocked winter room is also available for emergencies.

The approach to the Knorrhütte is from the Salzbach car park, for which a charge is made, in the Gaistal alpine paradise near Leutasch. The starting point of the hike can also be reached comfortably by public transport from the towns in the Region Seefeld to the Leutasch Geistal/Salzbach bus stop. The ascent is via wide gravel roads and well-signposted hiking trails through the Gaistal valley and over the Tillfußalm pasture to the Knorrhütte hut via the Zugspitzplatt. Alternatively, you can hike from the other side via the Eibsee in Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the stone refuge.


  • To the Knorrhütte. Challenging, extensive and long (two-day) hike through the Wetterstein mountains to the Knorrhütte. From the starting point in the Gaistal, the route follows the famous Ganghoferweg trail to the Tillfussalm. From there, continue to the Hochfeldernalm and over the Felderer Joch, the Gatterl and the Zugspitzplatt to the Knorrhütte. Here you can stay overnight if you wish and follow up with a multi-day ascent of the iconic Zugspitze.


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