Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Zugspitze
This tour takes you up the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain at 9.718 feet, located in the Werdenfelser Land, as this part of the German Alps is called.
How are you getting up there? After buying the tickets, you have a choice:
- A leisurely ride on the Zugspitzbahn, a historic cogwheel railway that has taken guests up to the Zugspitzplatt since 1930. From there a 4-minute ride on the Gletscherbahn to the summit.
- The new cable car, which sets three world records, takes you from the Eibsee car park up to the peak in 10 minutes. Among other things, it overcomes the world’s highest altitude difference of 6.381 feet
In good weather the summit offers a fascinating panoramic view over Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland with about 400 peaks. Then even up to 155 miles of distant view are possible – a virtually unforgettable experience.
In addition, you can “just like that” cross the border to Austria via the western summit. The “Austrian side” offers the adventure museum Fascination Zugspitze and – in a second exhibition – informs about the variety and beauty of the snow crystal.
Too much information at 9.840 feet? Then take advantage of one of the gastronomic offers on the summit or simply enjoy the view of the almost endless mountain world.
If there is any time left…
After visiting the Zugspitze there is still time for further activities in the surrounding area. All the following suggestions depend on the length of stay on the mountain:
- Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a very well known spa, host of Olympic Winter Games and numerous alpine competitions. The picturesque Ludwigstraße in the district of Partenkirchen, or the Marienplatz in the district of Garmisch, which is surrounded by elaborately painted houses, invite you to stroll, eat or go shopping
- The Partnach is one of the two rivers that flow through Garmisch-Partenkirchen and at the same time marks the border between the two districts. A footpath along the Olympic sports facilities and the Great Ski Jump is leading to the Partnachklamm. The gorge, which the Partnach has dug over millions of years, is accessible and a particularly impressive natural spectacle. In addition to solid shoes and rain capes (no umbrellas!) are recommended, as water is constantly dripping from the narrow and steep walls.
- The Eibsee or the smaller Rießersee are only two of the numerous small lakes at the foot of the Zugspitze, which you can hike in a leisurely manner. Eibsee approx. 2 hours, Rießersee approx. 1 hour
- Kochel- and Walchensee on the way back to Munich: both lakes are a treasure of nature, located in the so-called “Blue Contry“. The historic Walchensee hydroelectric power station is located on the slope of the two lakes
Garmisch-Partenkirchen + Zugspitze – on top of Bavaria
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