Most people traveling to Munich, Germany, take a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle. Not many know about the town of Oberammergau in the midst of the Bavarian Alps. Located only a 50-minute drive from the famous Disney castle. Enjoy a ride with the nostalgic Laber Ropeway up to Laber Mountain and get views of the breathtaking Bavarian Alps, including Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze. 

Here’s how you get to the Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau:

Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau - The Perfect Day Trip From Munich


Welcome to Oberammergau

If you stay in Munich, you can easily reach Oberammergau by regional train (detailed directions at the end of the article). You can spend half a day in the city itself and the other half up in the mountains. Oberammergau is famous for its production of a Passion Play and its woodcarvers. Visitors especially appreciate the traditional southern German architecture, and the beautiful views you get of the surrounding Alps.

Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau - The Perfect Day Trip From Munich

Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau - The Perfect Day Trip From Munich
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Take a Ride with the Laber Ropeway

Even though it’s not the highest peak of the Bavarian Alps, you will be rewarded with some of the most breathtaking views over the area. Buy a roundtrip ticket for €15.50 and enjoy the views as you ascend the ropeway. On the foot of the mountain is a lovely spa called “Mountain Wave”, where you can go after climbing the mountain for free with a combined ticket for €17. It is also possible to hike up or down the mountain and purchase one-way tickets. Hiking up might take up to 2.5 and more depending on your fitness. There is also a German restaurant on top of the mountain at the ropeway station that offers delicious traditional food at reasonable prices.

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Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau - The Perfect Day Trip From Munich

Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau - The Perfect Day Trip From Munich

Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau - The Perfect Day Trip From Munich


Breathtaking Views From The Top

Standing on the top, you have perfect views of surrounding mountains, such as Wank, Fricken and Krottenkopf, the Wetterstein mountain range. On a clear day, you even get to see as far as Munich and also view Germany’s highest peak “Zugspitze”. There are different hiking trails leading to surrounding areas as well as a big circle trail. One trail leads to the famous Ettal Abbey.

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Directions

By train:
a) Line Munich – Garmisch.-P. change trains in Murnau to Oberammergau;
from Oberammergau station 30 minutes walk to the cable car;

b) Line Munich – Garmisch.-P. in Oberau take bus to Ettal/Oberammergau;
in Oberammergau exit at bus station ”Aufackerstraße”; now a 5 minutes walk to cable car.


Visit Oberammergau and Ride the Laber Ropeway!

If you want to know what to see and do in Munich, check out this itinerary. If you wanna know what you must absolutely eat in Munich, check here… and if you want to know where to stay in Munich, read here.

Laber Ropeway in Oberammergau

  • Bryony Clapperton

    It’s so easy to forget the countryside when you’re in a big city. I love how you’ve given all the relevant information on the train and how to take this trip.

    Great post, thanks for sharing. Will be sure to check this out next time I’m in Germany 🙂

    • Linda D.

      Thank you so much for your kind words Bryony! Would love to see you in Germany!

  • I had the hardest time trying to pronounce “Oberammergau”! Haha. This really does look amazing though – would you recommend taking the lift up and hiking down?

    • Linda D.

      Hi Flo! I haven’t done the hike down because I was with my grandparents at the time but I think it’s a great idea to hike down! Yeah, some German words are hard to pronounce hehe