Hike Spitzingsee: Beautiful photo hike to the top of the mountain

The Spitzingsee in the south of Munich is one of these wonderfully situated alpine pearls in the Bavarian Alps. A classic mountain hike in the Munich local mountains leads to the Brecherspitz. This hike is our suggestion for a successful photo hike in the region around Schliersee/Spitzingsee.

Hike Spitzingsee – Brecherspitz (Directions)

From one of the parking lots at Spitzingsee you navigate to the west side of Spitzingsee. Depending on where you start from, you will find a signpost to the Brecherspitz or a hint to the way to the upper or lower Firstalm.

Upper Firstalm
Upper Firstalm and the Munich area in the background
Picturesque views to the Firstalm

The paths to these two alpine pastures are suitable for prams, the terrain only becomes steeper above the upper Firstalm, and the path becomes alpine. From the foothills of the Brecherspitz (1643 m) the trail becomes much more challenging, exposed and partly covered by rope insurance. Those who have the necessary step security, no fear of heights and alpine experience will be rewarded with an even more beautiful view of the main peak of the Brecherspitz (1683 m). The descent follows the ascent, or alternatively over the north ridge to Neuhaus (900 m).

Experienced mountain hikers will not have any difficulties for the final climb, but beginners or people with fear of heights will. If the clearly signposted places are too demanding for me, I will stay at the lower summit and take photos for example of the other mountain hikers climbing the “counter slope”. Alternatively, I can walk west to the chapel, where you will also find a nice photo location on a less exposed ridge.

Tour information:

  • approx. 560 m altitude
  • walking time approx. 3-4 h
  • final ascent only suitable for experienced mountain hikers

Photo tour Spitzingsee: Our suggestion for a successful hiking photo

At the starting point of the tour you can dedicate yourself to the Spitzingsee early in the morning. The western shore is halfway untouched and not as built-up as the eastern side.

Morning light at Spitzingsee – our favorite photo motif here.

In our opinion, the most rewarding photo motif in the Spitzingsee region is the direct view from the Brecherspitz to the Schliersee. The north ridge is an advertised hiking trail and of course leads to the Schliersee. Who shoots here a hiking photo of himself or a friend, is certainly not far off for a beautiful motive.

We don’t want to reveal too much for all photo spots at this point, after all, the uncertain is part of your adventure. Let yourself be inspired by some photos. If the tour inspired you, we are happy to see your results in the comments. If you are still looking for some general tips for outdoor photographers, click here or read our mountain photography guide. You will also find many photo spots in the Alps in our overview. If you would like to learn more about outdoor photography in a group and e.g. on this tour, please take a look at our outdoor photo courses e.g. at the mountain “next door”, the Herzogstand (Alpine Experience Munich).

Brecherspitz with a view to the Schliersee – anyone who skillfully places someone here has a beautiful memory photo.

Mountain Moments photo tip: View from the Brecherspitz to Schliersee.

Schliersee from above
North ridge Brecherspitz, hike to Neuhaus – here a barely edited hiking photo taken at lunchtime, how it comes out of the camera in raw format, so you can see how the location looks realistic without image editing.

A further successful motif is a so-called counter-face photo between the lower summit and the main summit of the Brecherspitz.

The final ascent to the Brecherspitz (main summit)
Alpine hiking trail at the Brecherspitz

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