Mountain tour - Ettaler Manndl

Mountain tour

Mountain tour from Oberammergau onto the Ettaler Manndl (1633 metres) with via ferrata. Descent to Ettal.

  • Type Mountain tour
  • Difficulty hard
  • Duration 6:00 h
  • Distance 14,1 km
  • Ascent 825 m
  • Descent 825 m
  • Lowest point 838 m
  • Highest point 1586 m


A tour up onto the Ettaler Manndl and down via the Soila Lake to Oberammergau is a must for every serious hiker visiting the Bavarian Alps.
The starting point of the tour at Ettal Abbey and the views from the Ettaler Manndl over to the Zugspitze formation form a harmonious ensemble of natural spectacles and cultural monuments that is rare, even in the Germany Alpine Region.
Starting from the car park at Ettal Abbey, make your way past the abbey buildings to the left. You will soon reach a forest road that takes you ever deeper into the mountain forest.
The forest road ends and becomes a narrow hiking pathway. Pass the Tiefen Valley Forest Hut and continue to ascend the mountain round a series of sharp bends until you reach the access point for your final ascent below the mighty rocks of the face of the Ettaler Manndl.
Over the first few metres of the climb, test whether you feel secure enough to make your way up to the summit (a proper set of via ferrata climbing equipment is recommended). Use the fixed wire ropes to climb up into a small wind gap, then follow a ledge up to the left and through the rock face before completing a final direct climb up onto the summit area, the Ettaler Weibl. The summit cross is only a few steps away via a wind gap and a gully. Although the supporting link chain is firmly attached, it is not suitable for securing yourself.

Once you have safely descended to the main road, turn left to head for the Soila Alm. You will firstly reach the Solia Lake, an idyllic corrie loch. From here, it is only a few minutes to the Soila Alm, where refreshments are available in summer if the weather is good. After a short rest, proceed down into the valley to Oberammergau, passing the valley station of the Laber Mountain Railway.
Go through the village and exit via the Enzian Trail heading for Ettal. The route winds its way along the main road, gently climbing to your starting point in Ettal.

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.

- TEASE GPS devices
- VAUDE (rucksacks, child carriers, children's jackets and trousers)
- Jeff Green (multifunctional jackets)
- SCARPA (hiking boots)
- Black Diamond (sticks and head lamps)
- Zeiss (binoculars)
- MagicMaps (tour software)
- TUBBS (snow shoes)
- EuroSCHIRM (backpacking umbrellas)

The Best of Wandern Test Centre is located at Hotel Schillingshof, directly opposite the Hörnlebahn ski lift. Hiring periods: Monday - Saturday: 9 am - 12 noon or by telephone arrangement/returns possible at any time For more information, visit:

Besuchen Sie nach der Tour die Schaukäserei Ettal und probieren Sie die Käseköstlichkeiten, die hier jeden Tag aus heimischer Milch entstehen.

Das letzte Stück zum Ettaler Manndl ist ein kurzer und teilweise exponierter Klettersteig! Hohe Rutschgefahr bei nassem Fels!

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
car park at Ettal Klostergasthof
bus stop: Ettal Klosterhof           

9606 Garmisch-Partenkirchen - Oberammergau - Wieskirche - Füssen
9622 Oberammergau - Ettal - Linderhof (Schloss)

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