As the train chugs and makes its way along snowy wonderlands passing by the traditional Bavarian houses, forest covered in mist, snowy white fields, and trees blanketed with a fresh layer of snow; all you can do from the coziness of your train is gaze out and marvel at the breathtaking scenery. Want to know more about this amazing Alpine experience in Germany? Let’s take you on a day trip from Munich to Zugspitze, Germany’s Highest Peak.
Your journey to the highest peak of Germany starts with boarding the cogwheel train that takes you all the way up to the Zugspitzplatt and then hopping on to a cable car or continuing the journey that takes you all the way up to the top of Germany. The cable car is the faster option, so opt for the cable car if you have limited time on hand.
Located south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Zugspitze stands tall at 2962 meters, is part of the Zugspitze massif and there are many other peaks and plateaus nearby. One of them is Zugspitzplatt which is a high karst plateau dotted with numerous caves. Zugspitze is famous as Germany’s highest peak. It was first climbed in 1820 by Josef Naus.
There are three glaciers, including the two largest in Germany: the Northern Schneeferner with an area of 30.7 hectares and the Höllentalferner with an area of 24.7 hectares. The third is the Southern Schneeferner which covers 8.4 hectares.
How to reach Zugspitze
Day trip from Munich to Zugspitze is very popular. Trains from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen are convenient and run hourly. It takes 2 hours to reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Right next to the Garmisch station, you have the Zugspitze Bahn(station). The train goes to Grainau, Eibsee, and all the way up to the top of the peak.
There are two options –
Option 1: Take the cable car from Eibsee straight up to the top of the peak in just 10 minutes.
Option 2: Continue your journey in the cogwheel train all the way up to the and then from there hop on a cable car which takes you all the way to the summit.
Tip: Don’t forget to check the LIVE Web Cams for the exact weather conditions before planning your visit.
If you love skiing and want to choose from other options that are available. Do check the prices of day passes at their official site.
Cable Car from Eibsee
As mentioned earlier, you can opt for the cable car from Eibsee. It is beautiful to see the entire façade of the mountain from the glass-clad cable cars that can hold up to 120 people. The cable car that was opened in 2017 is one of a kind experience. It is the world’s longest free span at 3,213 m offering breathtaking views of the idyllic Lake Eibsee, Alpspitze, and Waxensteine.
THINGS TO DO IN ZUGSPITZE
Apart from taking in the amazing views from the summit, don’t forget to enjoy cuisine from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and Italy and wash it all down with a German beer at the highest Biergarten of Germany at the super cool Panorama 2962 restaurant. It offers impressive views of the valley with panoramic glass windows to take it all in.
Here is a list of things that you can do in Zugspitze.
- Glacier Hike
- Toboggan Run
- Stay at Iglo village in winter
- Münchner Haus (only open in summer)
- Grab a drink or sample delicacies at restaurants like “Gletschergarten” and the self-service restaurant Sonnalpin.
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In winter make sure you are dressed well as the temperature drops below zero near the summit. A good winter jacket, boots, gloves ( a must), beanies, hand warmers, scarf, sunglasses and don’t forget to wear your thermals. Make sure you also carry your power bank and extra battery for your camera. There are power sockets at the summit near the lift in case you are out of your phone battery.
You don’t need winter jackets and boots in summer though but make sure you wear comfortable shoes for walking and wear a light jacket.
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