Garmisch-Partenkirchen, or GaPa if you're in the know, lies in a valley below the Wetterstein chain's dramatic Zugspitze, which at nearly 10,000 feet is the highest peak in Germany. The smaller 4,100-foot-high Eckbauer peak is known for its easier trails. The sunny and higher Hausberg and Wank peaks have great views of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen valley. Not for the vertigo-challenged hiker, a new two-branched steel observation arm called the AlpspiX-Plattform is cantilevered over the Höllental, or Hell's Valley, with the floor more than 3,000 feet below. The Höllental and the Partnachklamm are craggy river gorges with popular trails that in places consist of elevated wooden platforms that extend over the water.
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