For many, it is Garmisch-Partnekirchen’s number 1 landmark. An important point on the “bucket list”. Of locals and far-traveled alike. Germany’s highest mountain. And the highest peak of the Wettersteingebirge. At 2,962 vertical metres. The Zugspitze!
The Zugspitze belongs to the landscape of the region, like beer to Bavaria. You can spot it from almost every corner in Garmisch – whether you’re cycling, hiking or simply enjoying your afternoon coffee on the Staudacherhof terrace.
The “Top of Germany” is not only the home of three glaciers, but also offers its visitors a unique view of the Alpine peaks of the neighboring countries Austria, Switzerland and Italy. This panorama will commit to your memory! Fortunately, the Zugspitze station is only a stone’s throw away from the Staudacherhof. Thus, nothing stands in the way of your summit adventure!
The journey to the top of the Zugspitze
Your starting point is the Zugspitze railway station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen. From there, the cog railway takes you via Hammersbach, Grainau and the Eibsee up to the Zugspitzplatt. There you can enjoy the first high-alpine impressions before you take the last few meters onto the viewing platform with the Gletscherbahn.
We would recommend to return to the valley with the new Zugspitze cable car, which heads for the Eibsee train station. Enjoy the incredible view of the lake during your ride!
Arriving at the Eibsee, the rack railway brings the Zugspitz visitors back to Grainau, Hammersbach and Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Alternatively, the Eibsee bus can also be used for that journey.
The first rack railway of the day from the Eibsee to the Zugspitzplatt leaves at 8:15 a.m.. The last ride from there back to the Eibsee takes place at 4:30 p.m.. One should schedule 45 minutes per route.
The new Zugspitze cable car completes its first ascent at 8:30 a.m.. From there, it runs every 30 minutes, on the hour and on the half hour. At 4:15 p.m. the cable car offers its last ride for the day. The journey between the Eibsee and the Zugspitzgipfel takes only 10 minutes.
During the operating hours of the rack railway and the Zugspitze cable car, the Gletscherbahn regularly travels back and forth between the Zugspitzgipfel and the Zugspitzplatt. The journey time is 4 minutes.