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Wank Mountain, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

(4.8/5 based on 190+ reviews on the web)
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, who are able to take advantage of its strong thermals to make exceptionally long flights.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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  • Warning, this assessment is absolutely not neutral, as the roll is my absolute favorite mountain! The ascent via the ester mountain pasture (best Kaiserschmarrn) to the Wankhaus is the most beautiful. Then after a few hours sleep the departure of the train. What better is there hardly.
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  • Ideal in sunny weather, one can make beautiful walks and the sun shines there the longest. We believe this mountain ideal to have a rest and enjoy the Sun.
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  • We took the lift up to Wank mountain, and considering that I am afraid of heights I did surprisingly well inside the lift. The cabin is completely enclosed, and it was a pleasant ride up. The views ar...  more »