Wank Mountain, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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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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  • August 18, 2017
    The views are insane and there are also good and cheap food and drinks. The ride with the roll line is worth.
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  • August 17, 2017
    An absolute must when you are in Garmisch-Partenkirchen and environment. Already the ascent with the roll line is a treat: 20 minutes from the Valley to the mountain station with wonderful views of all surrounding mountains, especially of course the Wetterstein with Zugspitze and Alpspitze. Once at the top we have taken the two panoramic routes. The Roß roll trail is somewhat strenuous because more altitude to overcome, the Ameisbergrundweg is much easier. Both offer terrific views of the Wetterstein mountains, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the Eibsee, the Kar spiral tip and all other surrounding mountains. An unforgettable excursion that can be recommended to everyone.
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  • August 10, 2017
    We have migrated in beautiful weather from the middle station on the roll, what has worked well with children (11 and 6 years old) and inspires all. However, the pricing of the wank-lift is very getting.
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