Zugspitze
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At nearly 10,000 feet, Germany's highest peak is a popular ski area during the winter and a challenging hiking trail during the rest of the year.
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  • annrA6169JN
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth the visit
    This was an amazing experience, from the train ride from the town, to the cable car to the top. When you get in the cable car, stand facing down the mountain for the best views. Many people stood the other end and all they could see was the side of the mountain! Have a walk around outside and make sure to see all of it. There is a little museum exhibition which is really interesting about how the train track and tunnel were built. The smaller cable car is fun too, and takes you to another viewpoint where it is also possible to do a toboggan ride. We didn’t come down in the train as one of the staff said a lot of the journey is inside the tunnel and a bit boring! We came down the cable car and the views of the lake were fabulous.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 29, 2023
  • Maria
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Value for the money (experience vs expensive cable car)
    We took the first train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the whole trip was a great experience. We were back around noon and it was a pleasure to visit Zugspitze before there was a rush and longer waiting times. Early birds get the best photo spots. The staff at Garmisch Zugspitze-station was great and helpful. Please note that Zugspitze trains do not leave at the main railway station but a railway station next to it (about 200m).
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written June 30, 2023
  • 612traceyh
    61 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic views
    What an amazing day we had. Started off on the cog wheel train up the mountain which had incredible views. Got to the top which was amazing . We had a picnic but there is a restaurant. Then caught the cable car to the summit, here we went to Austria side and had a drink again with amazing views before catching the cable car back down to eibsee Lake. Would totally recommend, 168 euros for 2 adults but a full day out if you want it to be.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 15, 2023
  • PollyH
    43 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Confusing getting there but worth it!
    Zugspitze Summit is absolutely beautiful! Spectacular views all around! There is a restaurant at the top, we didn’t eat there, but it looked like there were plenty of good options. Gift shop was nice, too…oh, and there are bathrooms at the top. I will say our trip getting to the summit was very confusing. We purchased the cable car tickets to the top online. When we got to the station, the lady at the counter told us to board the train and it’ll take us to the cable car. After several train stops and one train change (not sure if we were supposed to do that but everyone else on the train seemed to be doing that) we got off at Zugsplatte and boarded a cable car that did bring us to the Zugspitze peak. But we later found out there was a different cable car we were supposed to get on. It was a bit of a downer because that cable car was the much cooler, exciting, and faster one (for the kids of course 😉). But overall, amazing trip! Just know what you’re buying and which train/cable car you’re supposed to board. Have fun!!!
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 3, 2023
  • jbg74
    Saint Paul, Minnesota1,060 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful Views from the Top
    We took the cogwheel train up the mountain from Garmisch then the large cable car back down to Eibsee where we got back on the cogwheel train. The top of the mountain has incredible views of the Alps and part of the building at the top is also in Austria. This is one of the best things to do in Garmisch. You need to do it at least once.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written September 21, 2023
  • Shoosh3
    Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates60 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful way to spend the day
    Really beautiful experience despite it being really cloudy, so I can only imagine how much more beautiful it would be on a clear day. The facilities at the summit included a mosque/prayer room which is really unexpected, and very clean washrooms. We took the cogwheel train from GaPa to Eibsee, than the cable car to the summit and spent time up there. On the was down we took the smaller cable car to the glacier/plateau and then the cogwheel back down to Eibsee to spend time by the lake, which is also so beautiful! Try to come as early as you can to have time to also spend time by the lake before taking the last train back to GaPa.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Michael S
    Strobl, Austria11 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hiking in Garmisch
    Had a good time in Garmisch. Stopped at Oktoberfest for a morning in Munich then a train to Garmish. Stayed near the station train and cable car to Zugspitze peak was very convenient. Hiked Partnachklamm gorge and some trails around it, then back through old town. 3rd day hiked to Werfenfels Castle ruins not much to see but very nice views nice hike. Would recommend some online videos for the hikes.
    Visited September 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 13, 2023
  • Sym
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A day very well spent!
    A must visit! Beautiful views from the top and on the way up/down. We even crossed over from Germany into Austria for some food at the top! Trains were easy enough, once into Garmisch-Partenkirchen station, follow the signs to the Zugspitzebahn (under the under pass and on the other side of the station). The price is fairly steep (approx £58 each) but that was for about 5 hours spent travelling up/down, time at the top etc, I personally think a worthy spend. My main recommendation would be to take proper walking/climbing boots if you want to go to the actual summit, it is a small climb right at the top and is LETHAL in trainers or anything less. Note you don’t have to do this part, you opt to if you would like to but, if like me you enjoy the adrenaline, make sure you have good footwear on!
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written October 17, 2023
  • Jeanne P
    Denver, Colorado37 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must.
    Skiing was amazing on the glacier although the T-bars did provide some laughs. Visited another day by train up and cable car down. Simply amazing place. Have a drink outside the Iglu-Dorf hotel, sledding is at another level in Germany and see into several other countries from the top.
    Visited February 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written November 18, 2023
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Ty W
Apex, NC19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I went up twice (cable car is amazing!) The first day (Saturday) was ski trip, but was snowy and visibility was poor. Thus, I returned up on Sunday morning, hoping for sun, and was not disappointed. The view is spectacular. A banana, danish, and a coffee at the ski lodge will run about 8 Euros, but is very good. Rode the cog train back to Grainau where you change to a train that takes you back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen station, making stops at Garmisch Classic, Alpspitz, and Hausberg.
Written January 25, 2022
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MoonaMuslim
739 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
Of course, such an attraction is an attraction for tourists from all over the world, and 48 euros for the cable car ride is a lot. Regardless, it's worth it.

The view from Germany's highest mountain (2,962 m / 9,718 ft above sea level; and the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains) is impressive. The rough and barren rocky landscape with a view as far as the eye can see - the crystal clear shimmering Eibsee is clearly visible at the foot of the mountain.
However, one should pay attention to the weather forecast and better with a clear view of the mountain without clouds. Unfortunately, the weather forecast is not always 100% correct. That's just the way it is. But also in the clouds - in between - a great experience.
The top station is futuristic and fascinating, almost gives the impression of being somewhere in space.
Written May 25, 2020
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simmondsi
Darmstadt, Germany751 contributions
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Aug 2021 • Couples
A cool experience and one of the highlights of a trip to Garmisch. €61 per person for the train trip from GaPa is of course expensive - a possibility to save is to drive to Eibsee and buy tickets up from there.

I found the English instructions and map on the flyer a bit unclear, so here's the way to do it: Take the train from GaPa all the way up to the Gletscher (glacier) plateau, do not get off at Eibsee where many do. (Exception: If you don't like tunnels). From the glacier (which has some sights / often better visibility than the very top) take the cable car up to the summit. For the way down, take the other way: Cable car down to Eibsee and from there the train back to GaPa.

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Written September 20, 2021
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Around the World
Berlin, Germany616 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
The highest point (2962 meter) and for sure under the top 10 in Germany.
For a family a bit too expensive. For 2 adults and 2 kids you must pay around 170 USD. For this you can go up and down one time. You can take any kind of transport like the new cable car (2017) or the train. Beware it can be cold in summer (5 degrees). So bring a warm jacket. And book in advance because many tourists want to go up. It’s definitely a must to visit.
Written July 9, 2020
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bananaseason
Tobolsk, Russia4 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Friends
Being honest this is not what we expected. For 240€ They only let us stay on the top of the mountain for 10 minutes. It was cloudy so we didn’t see anything from the top. They are just making business. They don’t care about customer service. They have ads on their parking lot that cable car clients are getting 10€ discount for the parking ticket but they don’t ask if you need it and therefore we were forced to pay full 17€ for 1h:30 that we were on their territory. We tried to ask for help but security guy couldn’t speak english and hang up on us when we tried to use Google Translate. For the same 240€ you can book a flight for 4 people to paris and back and what do you get here - 10 minutes lift and then 10 minutes looking at fog and going back. It was totally not worth the fuel, parking price and a short lift.
Written October 24, 2021
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Nicole D
7 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
You’ll spend about 8-10 hours traveling or standing in line for about 2 hours worth of experience. It is incredible at the top and, at times, worth the travel - but, it was a very, very long day. Also, way too many people for what capacity the transportation allowed!

To get an idea… the train from Munich to GaPa is about 2 hours, then the line to turn your zugspitze reservation into a ticket is about 1.5 hours, then the wait for the cogwheel train was about 1.5 hours. That was all to get to Lake Ebisbee when you then take the gondola up to zugspitze. To get down on the gondola we waited about 1.5 hours, then another hour wait to get back into the cogwheel train, then the 2 hour train ride back to Munich. Long day of travel for beautiful views!!!
Written August 26, 2021
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Marlowtony
Marlow, UK30 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
We had an exceptionally good day on our visit, to the top of Germany. However we went by train, and this journey takes 90 minutes. If you have a car drive to the cable car, but you will still need to watch the times as they seemed quite slow to me and infrequent .
The runs are quite short, but the weather and snow conditions were perfect.
The ice bar and hotel worth a visit.
Written January 5, 2020
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Amy S
York, PA29 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
We had a great time skiing on the glacier. The snow was fresh and not a lot of people were on the mountain. The ride up is not for the faint hearted since at the end you're riding the enclosed gondola straight up the side of the mountain. The restaurant in the ski area is cafeteria style, so this worked well for our family. The apple strudel was delicious and overall, the price is very affordable so if you're thinking of going to Garmisch, try skiing on the Zugsptize!
Written February 23, 2020
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FUN1400
23 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
We took the train from Munich and purchased tickets for the cable car/train up to the Zugspitze after we arrived. Our whole experience was excellent with the exception of the man selling tickets and the woman in the office. They were both very rude. She used profanity in describing how busy the restaurants would be since it was New Year’s Day and a ski jumping competition was taking place that day. It is unfortunate that those two unhappy employees are the face of the operation.

The cable car rides were very scenic. Try to go on a clear day. We were blessed with beautiful weather and lovely views. We did not purchase food at the top. Be sure to take the cable car down to the ski area.
Written January 14, 2020
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Sym
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
A must visit! Beautiful views from the top and on the way up/down. We even crossed over from Germany into Austria for some food at the top!
Trains were easy enough, once into Garmisch-Partenkirchen station, follow the signs to the Zugspitzebahn (under the under pass and on the other side of the station).
The price is fairly steep (approx £58 each) but that was for about 5 hours spent travelling up/down, time at the top etc, I personally think a worthy spend.

My main recommendation would be to take proper walking/climbing boots if you want to go to the actual summit, it is a small climb right at the top and is LETHAL in trainers or anything less. Note you don’t have to do this part, you opt to if you would like to but, if like me you enjoy the adrenaline, make sure you have good footwear on!

Written October 17, 2023
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