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.Physical characteristicsThe 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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  • Great way to burn a few hours and get some exercise; leisure hike to the top in ~3.5 hours; restaurant at the top has a good selection of Bavarian specialties. Great way to get a holistic view of G-P.  more »
  • The base station of the cable car to mount Wank was easy walking distance from the centre of town. We went up after there had been a big snow fall, so there was plenty of snow for hours of fun and a b...  more »
  • Opposite on the Zugspitze, Alpspitze and Kramer, the roll is a perfect vantage point – you can see a 360 ° panorama front - SUPER easy! The rolling train can bring one to the Summit - we got off at the central station and the 600 HM went to the Wankhaus. Up only a little round, which is however also wheelchair. The descent to the ester meadow requires very good Footwear and slip resistance. It is the Bavarian volunteering map railway-> price reduction ;-)
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