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Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

Categories: Mountains, Ski Areas, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
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It is often said that Germany touches the sky at Zugspitze, which features the highest peak in the country. It's also one of the country's most popular ski resorts. Rising nearly 3,000 m (9,700 ft) above sea level, this mountain was first conquered in 1820 by military officer and surveying technician Josef Naus. Today, you can choose one of three routes to the summit. You can reach the top much easier than Naus and his team did: Choose one of three cable cars running up and down these slopes. They transport about 500,000 people each year. Nine ski lifts cover the area during the peak of the winter season. Both hikers and skiers can find two well-known alpine huts on the western slopes of the mountain. You can purchase tickets for the ski areas online. Plan your Zugspitze visit and explore what else you can see and do in Garmisch-Partenkirchen using our Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation builder.
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  • At the time we went (October 2016) was relatively empty. We don't expect much to enter the cable car station and the ascent is quick to distance traveled. The views you have during ascent and upstairs are wonderful. And the cold q makes up there is to take seriously. Take note that even on hot days, the temperature upstairs is pretty low. On the day we went the temperature upstairs was about 18 degrees lower than at the base of the cable car. So well prepared for the cold. We took a day with plenty of wind and, although we are with appropriate clothing, the cold was a little limiting to two locals, rs.
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  • Have enjoyed a great fondue evening on the Zugspitze. When the weather is beautiful driveway at sunset! With appropriate musical accompaniment a good drops and fondue at 2964 m - just a great experience
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  • A must-see program for those in southern Germany near Munich. The Zugspitze is the highest point in Germany with 2962 m to climb there are many ways. The most commonly used are the two lifts, one from Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Eibsee) in Germany and the other from Ehrwald (Lermoos) in Austria. It's worth remembering that the border between the two countries goes on top of the mountain. CLIMBERS: there are at least 5 trails that lead to the Summit. Some are very quiet and take a long time to be covered. You can stay overnight in huts along the way. Others are more aggressive and short but require conditioning and eventually some equipment. Tip for those who like a physical challenge is to make the path from Lermoos (where the Austrian cable car). It is the shortest route (5.5 km) to the Summit. Takes between 3 and 6 hours to be traversed (depends on conditioning) and goes through a stretch of staples in the rock. If you've ever climbed the Pedra do Baú in Campos do jordao-SP Brazil, technically is easier but it's more difficult for taking more and more rarefied air by altitude. UPSTAIRS is a visual show to all sides. You can see into Germany or South view the numerous mountains that make up the Alps. Don't waste your time going up there in cloudy rainy days, because you won't see anything. Always take a cold because the temperature is always lower than the base. You can also eat sausages and a beer in the highest! Good fun!
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  • This could be an amazing experience. It's very scenic, but as I see it there's two big issues: the price and the fog. Visibility is poor most days and it costs over €50 to get from the Garmisch station to the summit. Nonetheless, a marvel of engineering and a fun afternoon.
  • We went up towards the end of September at 8am in the morning and it was cold at the top (just above freezing) and the pavers on the top still had ice on them so we had to be careful moving around. The benefit was that there were no other tourists at the time we went as the others in the cable car were all skiers, climbers and hikers who disappeared soon after arrival. The views were amazing with some cloud cover mostly on the Austrian side (you can take a cable car from there as well which operates for an extended time and with more frequent operation from what I saw) that cleared up soon after we arrived. Worth the money to visit, the cable car ride was amazing both up and down. Ask to open one of the windows to take photos as the perspex is all scratched on the cable cars, we went back down at 9:30 and were the only two in the cable car apart from the operator. The ride up was packed so no chance to take photos. There are restaurants but we didn't check them out and a souvenir shop. If you take the funicular train up or down this terminates at the glacier level so there is another cable car that takes you to and from the summit. As we were staying at Lake Eibsee and had limited time we took the cable car up and down. Time required depends on what you want to do (eat, drink, play with snow), how many people are up there and how many photos you want to take. We could have done this in 45 minutes as there were no other tourists but the return cable car was not until 9:30 so we kept looking. Visited September 2014
  • The tickets for the gondalo seem high, but it is without a doubt worth every penny. The sites are amazing and one could spend hours there. Bring a coat its much colder on the top.
  • I am guessing one of the fastest cable car rides I've done. The view is so amazing also it is really the fastest way to get to the top.
  • Nice weather on the day I summit. Clear sky and you can see hundreds of miles. Train takes an hour then by cable car. Fare much lower than in Switzerland. Worth to go.
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