The Kramerspitz is an imposing mountain at the Southern end of the Ammergauer Alpen, (part of the Bavarian Alps), in Germany. It is just North of the small town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Whilst that town has the Alpspitze and Zugspitze, (Germany's highest mountain at 2962m), with the linking Jubiläumsgrat, (Jubilee ridge), between them to the South and South West, it is really the much closer Kramerspitze that dominates many of the views from the town. Especially as it's Northern placing in relation to the town means on sunny days it always looks bright and sharp, not suffering the haze and shadow that it's larger but more distant cousins to the South suffer as the day progresses.
It is purely a hiking mountain. But with some undulations, (one quite large), on the Eastern approach to the summit adding to the day's efforts, it does provide a full and very worthwhile day out from a starting point at around 700m, in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The Ammergauer Alpen have little of the commercialization of the mountains directly to the South where cable cars, a cog wheel railway, and multiple huttes and winter ski lifts have encroached upon the landscape. So the Kramerspitz, like many of it's neighbours, can be a pleasant and quiet experience, with just the huttes at St Martin, (Grasberg) to the East and at Stepberg-Alm to the West. Both some way down from the summit.
Quite rightly the hike on this mountain is well known for the wonderful views it offers.
Photo: Thomas Siegler / Amit Verma