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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  • This 360-degree views are strongly recommended. We are Rauf moved to shut up to the mid-station and the Hall dough. One is on the tourist routes with several peaks move for hours (of course the best for clear skies and point of view). Great wide guaranteed benches and loungers invite to the Sun a. The descent to the mid-station is well within.
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  • Since we migrated the days before very much, we chose high minute drive roll train the 18, simply to enjoy the view. We paid for the Mountain & Valley trip together to the €21 per person. For a total of 36 minutes drive this is definitely a good value for money, if one compares this with the rides in the district. The view up there is breathtaking and myself up there you can wander a little discretion. There are many beautiful viewpoints with seating and it was our luck a bit Crowdy. There also two cottages are located where you can take a drink or food to be (cake, soup, snack...). Of course, the prices of conditions are adapted, because we must create everything up there. Because the roll has a central station, you have at any time once the opportunity on the half or to get out what I think is really great. I would really recommend to anyone this experience!
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  • I took a good friend to Wank - but he hesitated saying it wasn't a very private place. I told him not to worry as most people who come up to Wank are happy to be seen. Often I've enjoyed the company of complete strangers who've also come to Wank.
  • This is my favorite Mountain cable car in Germany. I love walking on it and being greeted by the sound of cows with bells. The views are spectacular and the hike down is is also wonderful yet a bit challenging. This is a case where climbing up and taking the cable car down would be easier.
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