The Zugspitze - Top of Germany

Zugspitze Round Trip

Zugspitze Round Trip

Enjoy the complete mountain experience in comfort: Take the cog wheel train from Zugspitze station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Grainau to the idyllic Lake Eibsee. Either you continue your trip on the cog wheel train or you ascent with the Eibsee cable car. It offers spectacular views down to the lake, before new horizons open up with a powerful panorama at the Zugspitze Peak. The Zugspitze Glacier at 2,600 metres is then accessed using the glacier lifts, before the rack and pinion railway comfortably transports you through the Zugspitze Tunnel and back to your original starting point. A well rounded trip!

Please note: In due to an accident the Eibsee cable car is not working. You can reach the top by the cog wheel train. Please click here for more information.

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A summer day on the Zugspitze offers mountains of possibilities: Let your eyes wander up to 250 kilometres in the distance, visit the historic Zugspitze exhibition, take an exciting glacier hike or toboggan run on natural snow. Culinary pleasures are provided by the Sonnalpin Glacier Restaurant, Glaciergarden, Gipfelalm and Panorama 2962.

Inviting sun terraces with deck chairs and fantastic mountain panorama.

Exploring Zugspitze

Experience the highest summit of Germany in all its facets. Enjoy the remarkable 360°-Panorama to more of 400 peaks in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Hold on to your personal summit moment and take a picture at the PhotoStop. Or visit the historic exhibition "Tourism, technique, nature" and follow the development of Zugspitze. Beginning with the very first ascent in 1820 until today.

This is expecting you:

  • 360° Panorama: Overwhelming four-countries-view on the highest summit of Germany in an altitude of 2,962 metres
  • Photo Stop Zugspitze: Your personal peak-portrait
  • Zugspitz exhibition: „Tourism, technique, nature – the Zugspitze“

Exploring the glacier

It is possible that you sense a shift in time when you take the glacier lifts up to the Zugspitze Glacier at 2,600 metres above sea level. Even in summer high season, you can feel the primeval power of the elements here and discover how wind, rock, snow, ice and sun have left their indelible mark on the mountains over the course of thousands of years. An interactive adventure trail, guided glacier tours, a spot of tobogganing, Germany’s highest chapel and a child-friendly AlpinPark all ensure that your adventurous day on the Zugspitze Glacier literally flies by!

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There is another very interesting institution on the Zugspitze Glacier:

The Environmental Research Station "Schneefernerhaus"

In the southern slope of the Zugspitze summit in busted, 2,650 feet above the sea, is Germany's highest research establishment, the "Environmental Research Station Schneefernerhaus", named after the nearby glacier. Anchored nine storeys high, with two floors laid in the rock, it is sounding station, observatory and communication device at the same time. In addition, it is also the world's only training centre for atmospheric scientists from developing countries.

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