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The Krottenkopf (German pronunciation: [ˈkʁɔtənˌkɔpf]), 2,086 metres/6,844 ft, is a peak in the Ester Mountains and the highest mountain in the Bavarian Prealps. It lies within the Bavarian district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

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The Krottenkopf (2,086 m) from the Bischof (2033 m)
Highest point
Elevation2,086 m above sea level (NN) (6,844 ft)
Prominence1,156 m
Isolation12.7 kilometres (7.9 mi)
Coordinates47°32′43″N 11°11′34″E / 47.54528°N 11.19278°E / 47.54528; 11.19278Coordinates: 47°32′43″N 11°11′34″E / 47.54528°N 11.19278°E / 47.54528; 11.19278
Krottenkopf is located in Bavaria
Parent rangeEster Mountains
Age of rockTriassic
Mountain typeOberrät Limestone in the summit region , otherwise Main Dolomite[1]
Normal routePartenkirchen – Esterberg Alm – Weilheimer Hut – Krottenkopf

Location and climbing optionsEdit

It lies in the westernmost part of the Bavarian Prealps in the Ester Mountains near the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Immediately below and a half an hour from the summit is the Weilheimer Hut (1,955 metres/6,414 ft), the highest Alpine Club hut in the Bavarian Prealps.

There are four climbing options:

  • From Oberau a very steep climb, the Oberauer Steig, follows narrow mountain paths via the Frickenboden and later runs past the Bischof mountain, which is also over 2,000 metres high, but less well known. This climb requires about 4 hours.
  • From Klais another path runs via the Krüner Alm (1,620 metres/5,310 ft) and the Michelfeld
  • From Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Farchant the route goes via the Esterbergalm taking about 4½ hours to reach the top of the Krottenkopf.
  • In addition, there is the even longer climb from Eschenlohe past the 1,922-metre/6,306 ft Hohe Kisten to the summit.


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bayerisches Geologisches Landesamt, 1998, Geological map of Bavaria with key 1:500,000

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