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Advice on Zugspitze

Hello! We are driving from Munich and want to take take the gondola to the top of Zugspitze. What is the latest we can arrive in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in order to have ample time to summit/enjoy the view/possibly toboggan and come back down?

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Victoria, Australia
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1. Re: Advice on Zugspitze

Check out

zugspitze.de/en/…oeffnungszeiten.htm

for opening hours and timetables. How long you need up the top depends on you really. Our 1st visit was on a gloriously sunny day and we spent most of the day up there. There are bars and restaurants, a pretty good souvenir shop and wonderful views!

Weather permitting you may want to do the round trip, Garmisch Partenkirchen to the glacier on the cogwheel railway then a short cable car to the summit, then return on the longer cable car ride to Eibsee, then a short trip back on the train to Garmisch.

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You could also consider crossing the border into Austria and taking the cable car up to the panoramic summit from Ehrwald, from where you can look down on the Plateau. The plateau can be reached by another short cable car ride down. I find this route faster than the Eibsee alternatives, and the Ehrwald cable car often operates at times when the Eibsee cable car cant because of wind conditions. I do however like the cog wheel train ascents and descents from Eibsee.

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How should one allocate time to spend for both doing all? 3-4 hours enough??? Thanks

Edited: 12:14 am, May 08, 2013
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4. Re: Advice on Zugspitze

For Wendy F,

Just barely. It takes 1h15 to go from Garmisch to the Zugspitze, and trains only leave once an hour, and it's the same for the return trip. So it will take 2h30 just for transportation. The return train will depart a minute after you arrive, and the next departure is an hour later -- so you really have to stay at least an hour at the top. So the entire trip will take 3h30.

s

Nottingham, Uk
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We will be travelling to Zugspitze in September and wish to make the cog wheel railway/cable car round trip to the summit. We intend to stay in Garmisch the night before so we can make an early start the next day. Does anyone know if it is necessary to pre-book the trip? I have looked at the online booking site but cannot understand the system as, although you can put in a specific date, the process always returns to the date of purchase. We'd be grateful for any advice.

Frankfurt, Germany
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>>Does anyone know if it is necessary to pre-book the trip?

Don't bother about pre-booking, just turn up at the ticket office on the morning and buy your round trip. There is no reservation possible on the gondolas or cogwheel train.

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7. Re: Advice on Zugspitze

Hi SVT,

As Srshenoy notes above, there is no reason to pre-book the trip; I don't think you'd want to, anyway.

Having a good trip to the Zugspitze depends entirely on having clear skies, or else you'll spend a lot of money and time to go and stand inside a cloud. Weather forecasts in the mountains are not very reliable more than 12/24 hours in advance, so you cannot tell in advance if the skies will be clear or not.

I'll also add that having only one night here doesn't give you much chance for clear skies. The longer you stay, the better your chances will be for clear skies.

Have fun as you plan!

s

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Hello, sorry to jump in. We are off to Germany in a few weeks and intend to visit this location. Where is the best place to park the car for the train ride to the top.

Nottingham, Uk
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9. Re: Advice on Zugspitze

Thanks for your advice, most helpful. I take your point about the weather, however, we will be staying around the area so hope to pick up at least one clear day during our trip!

Frankfurt, Germany
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10. Re: Advice on Zugspitze

>>Where is the best place to park the car for the train ride to the top

Drive straight to the Eibsee where there is a huge parking lot. You can take the cable car directly from there or the cog wheel train. There is small fee for the parking

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