Wank Mountain, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Wank is a mountain in southern Germany, situated in the Loisach valley close to the Austrian border in the southwestern Ester Mountains range near Garmisch-Partenkirchen. It rises from about 700m above mean sea level up to 1780m at the summit. The mountain is crowned by a grassy summit which offers spectacular views over Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the surrounding region. The summit can be reached via the eponymous Wankbahn, a cable car system that runs during the summer months, or by an extensive network of footpaths that criss-cross the area. It is possible to both eat and sleep on the Wank at the Wank-Haus, a mountain hut on the summit, and a nearby scientific observatory plays an important role in monitoring atmospheric and climatic conditions. The Wank is a popular destination for hikers, day-trippers from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and paragliders.
The mountain's geology, which is dominated by calcareous rocks, is typical of the Bavarian Alps. Its climate is also typical of the region. Precipitation is high, ranging from about 1300mm at valley level to 1800mm at the summit. It peaks in the summer and is lowest in winter. The Wank's mean annual air temperature ranges from 7C in the valley to 3C at the summit. The prevailing wind comes from a westerly direction but for about 30 to 40 days a year the mountain experiences a warm, dry föhn wind. A local wind system also operates in the area giving a daily uphill/downhill circulation. Inversion layers occur for about 30 days per year, predominately in the autumn and winter.
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  • I chose the first day of my stay in Bavaria on a funicular trip to Wank. I was captivated by the view, especially the Zugspitze and Alpspitz. Sun loungers are available on the top.
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  • Most people want to go to the Zugpiste so they can stand on the highest peak in Germany. However, you can’t photograph it when you’re on it. You might opt for the Alpenpiste which costs a bit less and...  more »
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  • A beautiful mountain that offers an almost 360 view of the area. The cable cart is cheap and offers a great experience to the top of the mountain. The mountain still had some ice on it which created some mud in certain areas so clean shoes are will definitely get dirty. I highly recommend this.
  • The view from the top of this mountain is really stunning. Best panorama you can have in this area.
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