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Hanging out at the top of Germany, 2 of 4

I wrote previously about hanging out at the “top of Germany” from the German side just after arrival at the Zugspitze summit.

I wandered over to the Austrian side of the summit to have a look around for the view, which is about the time the clouds below started to clear.

Zugspitze Austria

Former border-control entry point from Bavaria, Germany to Tirol, Austria.

Zugspitze Austria

L-to-R: Austrocontrol Flugüberwachung (air traffic control), Bergstation Tiroler Zugspitzbahn, Sendmemast ORF (broadcast tower)

Zugspitze Austria

Looks cold, doesn’t it? -12C (+10F) temperature at the summit, but -20C (-4F) with the windchill. At least the sun’s out.

Zugspitze Austria

Bergstation (mountain station), Tiroler Zugspitzbahn.

Zugspitzeck Zugspitze

Partly obstructed view through blowing snow down to Schneefernerkopf (upper left), Zugspitzeck (centre).

Schneefernerkopf Zugspitze

Zooming in on the ski-lift near the top of Schneefernerkopf.

Zugspitzeck Zugspitze

High winds and clouds surrounding Zugspitzeck.

Tiroler Zugspitzbahn

Bergstation (upper station), Tiroler Zugspitzbahn cable car.

Tiroler Zugspitzbahn

Arrival of Tiroler Zugspitzbahn cable car, Bergstation (upper station).

The series:

•   Ascent to Zugspitze, the top of Germany
•   Zugspitze summit : part 1, German side
•   Zugspitze summit : part 2, Austrian side (this post)
•   Zugspitze summit : part 3, Austrian side, after the clouds cleared
•   Zugspitze : part 4, the summit and the plateau below

I made the photos above on 9 October 2011 with the Canon EOS450D camera, EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS kit-lens, and the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM lens. This post is originally published on Fotoeins Fotopress at

13 Responses to “Hanging out at the top of Germany, 2 of 4”

    • fotoeins

      Hi, and thanks! I took the railway from Garmisch to Eibsee, followed by the Eibsee cable car to the summit proper; I wrote about the ascent in part 1. 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by!


    • fotoeins

      Hi, Christy.

      I think the view would look and feel a lot “warmer” in the summer with blue skies above and green colours below. But on this visit, it was definitely cold (-12C) at the summit!

      Thanks for your comment!


    • fotoeins

      Hi, Katie.

      Thank you! It was worth the trip up to the summit, cold and all. Given that early-October is still considered “summer season” in these parts, the early snow dump was a good reminder that the weather can be fickle. 🙂 As I write and judging by the webcam at the summit, a lot of snow has gone.

      Thanks again for your comment!


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