Visitors to southern Bavaria and the twin towns of Garmisch-Partenkirchen should aim high with Zugspitze in their sights. At a height of 2962 metres (9720 feet) above sea level, Zugspitze is the highest point in Germany, and can be reached from the Bavarian side in Germany or the Tyrolian side in Austria. As shown above, crosses appear on both Austrian and German (taller) sides. Most will take advantage of one of the following three ways to ascend to the summit:
- Bayerische Zugspitzbahn (Zugspitze cogwheel railway): from Partenkirchen to glacier plateau, then glacier cable car to mountain summit
- Eibsee-Seilbahn (Eibsee cable car): near Grainau at the base of the mountain, direct to the summit on the Bavaria/Germany side
- Tiroler Zugspitzbahn (Tirol cable car): from Ehrwald in neighbouring Austria, direct to the summit on the Tyrol/Austria side
On a clear cloudless day above and below, panoramic views from the summit include sight lines to other Alp peaks in Germany and Austria.
Hourly regional-trains from München (Munich) reach Garmisch-Partenkirchen in under 90 minutes, and trains from Innsbruck across the border in Austria take between 80 and 90 minutes. Have a look at the German Rail or Deutsche Bahn website for times and fares.
More from the area
I made all of the photos above on 9 October 2011. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at fotoeins.com as http://wp.me/p1BIdT-6tt.