Photo by Marcus Maenner
|Best months for climbing:||Jul, Aug, Sep|
|Year first climbed:||1799 or 1800|
|Nearest major airport:||Munich, Salzburg|
Thanks to Luidger Röckrath for adding this peak.
The most famous peak in the Berchtesgaden Alps. The view from north with the several peaks of the big and small Watzmann is very impressive.
The secondary peak - called Hocheck (2651 m) - can be easily reached from the Watzmannhaus.
At the Hocheck the narrow ridge begins which leads to the two main peaks - Mittelspitze (2713 m) and Suedspitze (2712 m). The traverse of the ridge is secured with cables, but nevertheless not easy. Parts of the route are very exposed, the rock is very polished by the hordes of Watzmann climbers. The traverse should only be undertaken in stable good weather. From the South Peak, the usual descent goes to the Wimbachgries.
Also famous is the east face overlooking the Koenigssee, a very long climb of moderate difficulty (UIAA II-III).
Thanks to Luidger Röckrath for this description.