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Zugspitze summit crosses (Gipfelkreuze) on Austria and Germany,

Alpen panorama from Zugspitze, the top of Germany

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:

On a clear cloudless day above and below, panoramic views from the summit include sight lines to other Alp peaks in Germany and Austria.

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Bayerische Zugspitzbahn, Zugspitze, Germany,

Fotoeins Friday: early snow over Eibsee lake in Oberbayern

Just below Riffelriss at a height of about 1600 metres (5200 feet), the downhill journey of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn cog (rack) railway emerges from underneath the Zugspitze mountain tunnel with this view north towards Eibsee lake and various peaks on the other side. Here in Oberbayern (Upper Bavaria), spectacular views of the German Alps never seem to end, on the ground or at elevation. Compared to Zugspitze, Germany’s highest point at almost 3000 metres, some might label the surrounding 2000-metre formations as “hills”.

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I made this photo on 9 October 2011 with the Canon 450D, 18-55 kit-lens, and the following settings: 1/250s, f/5, ISO100, 32mm focal length (51mm full-frame equivalent). This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany

Germany’s highest postal code on Zugspitze

Here you are; you’ve made it all the way up onto Zugspitze, the highest point in Germany.

You’ve always appreciated receiving handwritten mail in letters or postcards. As you’re traveling, it’s time you reciprocated by sending cards to family and friends, and you’ve written up a few postcards, ready to send. You’ve come up to the summit and you have the postcards in hand with correct postage already affixed to the postcards.

And in passing, you’ve just noticed there’s a mailbox here … at an elevation of over 9700 feet (almost 3000 metres) above sea level.

Sitting on Zugspitze’s west peak is the Münchner Haus (Munich House), started in 1897 and maintained since by the Deutscher Alpenverein (German Alpine Club). The building has the mailing address and post-code: “Münchner Haus, 82475, Zugspitze”. The accompanying and familiar yellow Deutsche Post mailbox here on Zugspitze is the highest in the country (obviously), and the box’s contents are emptied at 1030am every morning except Sundays (“Leerungszeiten”).

There’s no guarantee your mail will get a “Zugspitze” postal mark before the mail is sent to its destination, but one thing is true: that mailbox has a stunning view of the Alps to call its own.

Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany

Münchner Haus, Deutscher Alpenverein (2011).

Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany
Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany

Germany’s highest mailbox (2011).

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Münchner Haus’ east-southeast view, towards Gletscherbahn (glacier cablecar) and Reintal valley (2011).

On a repeat visit to Zugspitze in 2017, I discovered the mailbox on the summit was no more. The “highest” mailbox and post office in Germany is located in the warm confines of the Sonn Alpin on the Zugspitzplatt plateau below the summit proper.

Münchner Haus, Zugspitze, Germany,

No more mailbox (2017).

Deutsche Post, Sonn Alpin, Zugspitzpltt, Zugspitze, Germany,

Deutsche Post office with PLZ (postal code) 82475 at the highest point in Germany.

I made the photos above on 9 October 2011 and 25 February 2017. This post appears on Fotoeins Fotopress at as

Fotoeins’ Favourite 5 in Germany

I’ll be the first to admit it.

I’m apoplectic with rage if a person answers “Oktoberfest” as their first and only thought when asked what they think about Germany.

There’s nothing wrong with the raging keggers and oom-pa-pa at Oktoberfest or the beautiful city of Munich. But there’s a lot more to Germany than Oktoberfest. For example, there’s a festival lasting months: the Karneval on the Rhein …

I’m very fond of the country and her people; so I can be defensive when it comes to my “adopted” Deutschland. Yes, the people can be a little ornery, but break past their gruff orderly fastidious exteriors, and they are a lovely warm and generous people.

Sounds a lot like you and me, doesn’t it?

To encourage favourable views about different parts of the country, here are my 5 faves while I’m in the big D:

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Hanging out at the top of Germany, 4 of 4

This is the final post in the series about visiting the Zugspitze summit, the highest point in Germany.

Admiring the spectacular view from the Austrian side, I wandered slowly back to the German side of the mountain. You know how you want to soak in everything you see, afraid that it’ll slip away if you turn your head or close your eyes. Fact: leaving behind a snow-covered landscape is a difficult thing to do.

Frosted peaks

Zugspitze Germany

Welcome (back) to Bavaria, Germany.

Zugspitze Germany

Clouds have cleared: Schneefernerkopf, Zugspitzplatt, Zugspitzeck.

Zugspitze Germany

L-to-R: Hochwanner (2744 m), Kleinwanner (2548 m), Reintal, Hoher Kamm (2376 m), Gatterl, Hohe Munde (2662 m), Östlicher Gatterlkopf (2475 m).

Zugspitze Germany

Bergstation Gletscherbahn – Upper station, glacier cable car.

Zugspitze Germany

L-to-R: Gipfelkreuz (summit cross), Hochblasen (2707 m), Innere Höllentalspitze (2741 m), Jubiläumsgrat, Leut. Dreitorspitze (2682 m), Oberreintalschrofen (2523 m), Hochwanner (2744 m).

Zugspitzplatt (Zugspitz Plateau), below the summit

The Gletscherbahn cable car takes you down 300 metres (about 1000 feet) from the summit proper to Sonn Alpin at the Zugspitzplatt plateau “below”. It’s also at the plateau where I’ll take the cogwheel railway back into the valley to complete the daytrip.

Zugspitze Germany

Sonn Alpin, Zugspitzplatt (plateau); the Zugspitze summit proper is at the upper right.

Zugspitze Germany

Schneefernerkopflift, Gletscherseelift ski-lifts.

Zugspitze Germany

Kirche Maria Heimsuchung, the highest church in the country.

Zugspitze Germany

Sonnenklar and Weisses Tal ski-lifts.

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Sonn Alpin, with Gletscherbahn and Zugspitze summit in the background.

With the final view from Sonn Alpin, it’s time to head back into town. Thanks for following me on this trip up to Zugspitze!

The series:

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

I made on 9 October 2011 the photos shown above. This post appears originally on Fotoeins Fotopress at

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