Zugspitze

Zugspitze höchster Berg Deutschlands, Foto: Shutterstock
Foto: Shutterstock

At 2964 meters (8892 feet) above sea level, the Zugspitze is not only the highest point in Germany, it’s also an especially attractive getaway destination. Whether nature lover, sun worshipper, skier, or hiker, on the Zugspitze everyone gets their money’s worth.

History

The Zugspitze is part of the Wetterstein range in the Northern Limestone Alps and lies on the border between Germany and Austria. In 1590 it was first referred to as the Zugspitze, and in 1820 it was ascended for the first time. Since 1897, the Münchner Haus (“Munich House”) has been located on the Zugspitze with a weather station (Fraunhofer Institute and climate research).

Hiking at its best

Routes to the Zugspitze go from Grainau through the Höllental (“Hell’s Valley”), from Partenkirchen through the Partnachklamm (“Partnach Gorge”) with connection to the Reintal (“Rein Valley”), and from Ehrwald to the Tyrolean side via the west flank of the peak. One can expect a total time of 7 to 8 hours for a climb, depending on conditions. Of course it is faster and more comfortable to use the cog railway that travels from Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the peak in 75 minutes.

Relaxation beckons at the mountain station: here hungry mountain climbers can enjoy Bavarian ambience and food at over 2900 meters (8700 feet) in the Gipfelalm lodge. A vista is available from the Panorama Lounge.

Special features

  • Bavarian Zugspitze Rail – 75 minutes with the cog railway from Garmisch Partenkirchen to the summit
  • glacier skiing area from November through May
  • cable car from Ehrwald (Tyrol) and Grainau
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