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Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen

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#1 of 26 in Winter Sports in Germany
Mountain Ski Area
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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  • Well worth the train ride up into the mountains although the viewing area is not very large which could be a problem in high season. I believe the area is being extended but this could take some time ...  more »
  • Clear afternoon. Yes it was expensive to go up, but the views are breathtaking. We had to go up with the cog train. The gondolas aren't working due to a new gondola system currently being built. We ha...  more »
  • Go up on a clear blue sky. View from top amazing. €43 each well worth it. See for miles over Germany and Austria. Lunch at top Bratwurst and Gluewein. Well worth doing, something you won't forget.  more »