Zugspitze Tours and Activities
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Located close to the Austrian border and soaring to a height of 9,718 feet (2,962 meters), the snow-crowned Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain and one of its most popular ski resorts. The views from the top are spectacular, spanning the German and Austrian Alps.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the starting point for scaling the Zugspitze. From there, trains run to the Eibsee, the lake at the foot of the mountain, where a cable car and cogwheel railway depart for the summit. A popular choice is to ride the cogwheel railway on the way up, then descend via the cable car, leaving enough time at the top to visit the Zugspitze exhibition and marvel at the 360° panoramic views.
Tours from Munich that follow a scenic route through the Bavarian Alps often include nearby attractions such as Neuschwanstein Castle or the Highline179 in Austria, one of the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in the world.
Things to Know Before You Go
- At the top of the Zugspitze there is a souvenir shop and two restaurants, the Glaciergarden and the Sonnalpin.
- Be sure to dress warm, as there’s snow on the mountaintop even in summer.
- The Zugspitze cable cars and observation decks are wheelchair accessible.
How to Get to There
Trains run from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Grainau to Eibsee; from there, you can either ride the cogwheel railway up the mountainside or take the Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car to the top. Travel time from Garmisch-Partenkirchen is about 75 minutes by train, or 35 minutes by cable car. From the Austrian side, cable cars run from Ehrwald to the summit and take around 10 minutes.
When to Get There
It’s possible to visit the Zugspitze all year-round, but the best views are on clear days. The ski season runs from October to May, while those who enjoy hiking or climbing should stick to the summer months.
Outdoor Activities at the Zugspitze
The Zugspitze is home to Germany's highest ski resort, a great destination for skiing and snowboarding during the winter. The Zugspitze Glacier Ski Resort also has toboggan runs, and a half-pipe and fun park for snowboarders. During summer, hikers can explore trails at the base of the mountain, as well as around the summit. Experienced climbers can also tackle one of several routes to the Zugspitze summit, stopping overnight at a mountain hut.
Address: Garmisch-Partenkirchen 82491, Germany
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Zugspitze
Explore the entrance to the Bavarian Alps and summit Germany’s tallest mountain on this private day tour of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Zugspitze Mountain. Take the cable car to the peak of Zugspitze Mountain with a guide and enjoy spectacular views over the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. Cross the Austro-German border at the top, then take the cable car onward to the mighty glacier. Back on terra firma in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, explore the pretty village with a private guide and immerse yourself in Bavaria’s rich history and culture.
This private sightseeing trip leaves nothing to be desired. With this unique customizable offer you can easily visit the most beautiful destinations from Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Oberammergau in just one day. Whatever your choice, you will always benefit from: • Your licensed, friendly & experienced guide Stefan, who will give you professional and entertaining information about the history and current affairs of the visited sights, the country and its inhabitants • Our new Volkswagen Minivan, in which you are safely and comfortably chauffeured through magnificent foothills and mountains to your various destinations • Our smooth organization and coordination of your day (purchasing the coveted Skip-the-Line tickets, EVEN FOR NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE AT SHORT NOTICE(!) / selecting scenic and convenient routes / restaurant recommendations, etc.) Simply let us know your desired destinations or choose your favorites in the "What to expect”-tab below and create your perfect day out!
Price varies by group size
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures
Face masks provided for travelers
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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