Snowshoe: Herzogstand above Lake Walchen

Snowshoe: Herzogstand above Lake Walchen

Snowshoe walking, Winter | Difficulty: easy

The Herzogstand is a popular touring destination due to its fantastic view of Lake Walchen.

Tour data

  • Starting point:Car park at the Kesselbergsattel
  • Difficulty:easy
  • Route:11.006772723 km
  • Duration:3:30 h
  • Ascent:869 hm
  • Descent:869 hm

Beste Jahreszeit


This easy snowshoe tour takes us to an excellent panoramic mountain above Lake Walchen. As soon as we have reached the summit of the Herzogstand with its pavilion on only gently sloping to moderately steep slopes facing south to south-east, we are offered a magnificent view of the Karwendel and the Alpine foothills. With the Herzogstandhaus, we also have an almost year-round catered refreshment stop (closing time from around mid-November to Christmas), which allows us to pack our backpacks a little lighter, because we can have our snack there. Orientation is mostly easy, as a large part of the ascent is on the edge of the ski slopes.


From the car park at the Kesselbergsattel at 860 m, we first follow the signposted forest path to the Herzogstand through the forest in a south-westerly direction until we reach a wide ski slope. We follow this uphill in an alternating gradient. Even if the forest road turns away from the piste, it is better to stay on it. After a short stretch downhill, the slope becomes much steeper and turns to the left. Almost level, we then reach the wide mountain basin of the Schlehdorfer Alm. Behind the information board "Skibergsteigen umweltfreundlich" ("Environmentally friendly ski mountaineering") of the German Alpine Association, we turn left to climb more steeply uphill on the slope to the left of the T-bar lift on the Fahrenberg. We cross this and, after crossing a last ski slope, arrive at the Herzogstandhaus (1575 m). From here, a traverse leads westwards to the slope of the summit, which is covered in mountain pines. It is requested to follow the serpentine course of the summer trail to the summit in order to spare the vegetation when the snow cover is low.

At the summit there is a wooden pavilion where we can take a sheltered rest at the summit and enjoy the view.

The descent is along the ascent route back to the starting point.

Anfahrt, Parken, ÖPNV


A95, exit Murnau/Kochel; B11 via Kochel to Kesselbergsattel


Car park at the Kesselbergsattel

Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel

Rail connection to Kochel; from Kochel bus connection to Kesselbergsattel.

Sicherheitshinweis & Ausrüstung


Only in extreme conditions is there a risk of avalanches here under certain circumstances. In any case, check the current avalanche report beforehand. Snowshoe tour also suitable for beginners.



Snowshoe touring equipment with avalanche transceiver, shovel and probe