Eibsee is one of the most fascinating lakes in Bavaria around 100 km southwest of Munich. I’ve been there already twice, once with the Munich Travel Community and once on my own. In this blog you can read about Eibsee, how to get there from Munich and about possible hike trails. 

1. What is Eibssee?

Eibsee is a lake lying at the base of Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain. See in German means lake. Eib has no meaning. 🙂 The emerald green water surrounded by breathtaking alpine nature is 32,50 m deep. It’s greatest length is 2450 m and its greatest width is 850 m.

If you go there in winter and want to know whether the conditions are suitable for hiking or want to know whether the lake is frozen, you should call the Sportbetriebe am Eibsee on this numebr: +49 882 198 810

2. From Munich to Eibsee by public transportation

2.1 From Munich to Garmisch- Partenkirchen by train

The cheapest ticket for this trip is the Bayern-Ticket. If you don’t know the Bayern-Ticket yet, make sure you check my blog about the Bayern-Ticket.

To get the best out of your day, start at least as early as 8 am, especially in autumn. To check the timetable select Garmisch-Partenkirchen as your destination. If you want to plan ahead, you can purchase the Bayern-Ticket right away.

Once you get to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, you have two options. You can either take the Zugspitzebahn and then walk or simply take the bus to Eibsee.

2.2.1 From Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Eibsee by Zugspitzebahn and by walk

When you get off in Garmisch, take the Zugspitzebahn (Zugspitze railway). When you get off the train, go down the stairs and signs will show you the direction.

If you have the Bayern-Ticket, the ticket will be valid for the Zugspitzebahn until Grainau.

How do you get the free ticket for the Zugspitzebahn

Yes, the price of the ticket is included in the price of the Bayern-Ticket. Nevertheless, at the station of the Zugspitzebahn, you need to get a ticket for the Zugspitzebahn. All you need to do is to present your Bayern-Ticket at the ticket counter and you will receive your ticket free of charge. Each of you will get a ticket card as everyone needs a ticket card in order to go through the ticket barrier to get to the train.

Tip for getting the ticket

When you get to the station, you will see the ticket counter right away. But if you see people queuing up there, just go to the second one which is inside the station. Most people don’t notice that and they just keep lining up for the ticket outside.

Get on the Zugspitzebahn and you have two options again. You can get off in Hammersbach or later in Grainau.

Walk from Hammersbach to Eibsee

Difficulty level: medium
Distance: 6,6 km
Duration: 1:40
Ascent: 390 m
Descent: 150 m

Walk from Grainau to Eibsee

Difficulty level: medium
Distance: 4,5 km
Duration: 1:10

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You can also make friends on the way. 😀

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Make sure that in both cases, you pass the Badersee, one of the highlights of both routes.

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2.2.2 From Garmisch-Partenkirchen to Eibsee by Zugspitzebahn and bus

I’ll be honest, I haven’t tried this, but I made the research on this. Take the Zugspitzebahn to Grainau as explained above. Then, from Grainau take the Eibsee bus.There is a bus every hour to Eibsee. As the Bayern-Ticket is valid until Grainau, take the bus from there. The ticket from Grainau to Eibsee costs €3,20 one way.

3. Walk around Eibsee

Difficulty level: medium
Distance: 7,5 km
Duration: 2 hours
Ascent: 224 m
Descent: 224 m

You can decide how much you wanna walk and plan your trip respectively. So from Hammersbach to Hammersbach including walking around Eibsee, you’ll tackle roughly 20, 70 km and from Grainau to Grainau with the circular track around Eibsee you’ll walk around 16,50 km.

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Travel to Eibsee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective
Travel to Eibsee with travel blogger The Globetrotting Detective

4. Lunch at Eibsee

You can either have a picnic in the arms of nature or you can go to the Eibsee-Pavillon. From its spacious terrace, you can enjoy the view of Eibsee.

5. Budget summary for Eibsee

Obligatory
Bayern Ticket: €10.60 (if you are five persons)

TOTAL: €10.60

Optional

Two-way bus ticket: €3,20*2= €6,40
Tea, Coffee: ~€4.00
Lunch: ~€12.00

6. From Munich to Eibsee by car

If you are not into hiking, rent a car and drive all the way to Eibsee. Just enter Eibsee-Hotel in your navi and you’ll get to the parking lot next o the lake. 🙂

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