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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  • elizzledizzle
    Virginia52 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Visit in morning
    One of the highlights from our trip! Yes, it's pricey, but how many times are you going to get to visit the top of Germany? We went around 10am and spent about 2.5 hours there. That seemed to be the right time as the place started getting busy when we left.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 9, 2023
  • Jenny M
    Ankeny, Iowa363 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great expensive views
    You can drive there regardless of what anyone says...there is also a bus or train to get there. $8+ for parking. The bus is about $10 round trip per person. The views are great going up of the lake and glaciers. The top has great views if there are no clouds. It is $68 to go to the top and you can get tickets online.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 12, 2023
  • Tish
    Yorktown Heights, New York398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular
    Just stunning! We had a lovely day and went up the Zugspitze, took the cable car up (not for those with height fears). The views are amamzing (if you get good weather). After about two hours of pure enjoyment, clouds started rolling in. Two things...it was not as cold as I expected, just needed an extra jacket, lots of people in shorts. Secondly, food was great up there and reasonably priced. So much fun to enjoy beer, a pretzel and a brat!
    Visited June 2023
    Written June 13, 2023
  • annrA6169JN
    15 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
    20 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
    46 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
    22 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, Minnesota1,057 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 Emirates45 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
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Ada W
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
I bought the ticket for round trip to Zugspitze. When we went down, my friend went for the cable car but I went for the train. I realised I lost the ticket when I was in the Zugspitze train station and I was alone. The person in the counter asked me if I have friends with me or a receipt. I said no but I have the credit card record, and she asked me to buy another ticket and get the money back when I rejoin my friend down hill.
After arriving Garmisch Partenkirchen station, I went to the counter with my friends and their tickets to check for refund, the lady said it’s not possible to do so since I have already use the ticket.
I am really disappointed with the information provided by the lady in Zugspitze station, while my friend who took the cable car noticed that people were able to get on the cable car even they have lost their tickets.
Written April 10, 2024
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John D
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
We’ve been there back in February. What a great time we had there. We’re so lucky with the weather! Breathtaking views to Austria and Italy. After all we had lunch in the restaurant. Quite decent food to a fair price!
Written March 3, 2024
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Glenn M
Seekonk, MA66 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
This place is beyond beautiful omg the views are unbelievable you can see the Alps in Austria and Switzerland 🇨🇭 and Germany has 2 good restaurants and connections to the giant ski bowls on back side absolutely not to be missed if you’re in the Garmish Partenkithen region
Written February 24, 2024
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Mel B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
Unreal place and easy by train, book your trip at the main station will cost you half what a booked tour would cost you,,includes cable car and train passes! Take the cog wheel train up then enjoy the views from the cable car down
Written February 13, 2024
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Aniri
Munich, Germany1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Friends
Not worth your money. We paid 60 euros for person and honestly, the view is nothing special. I liked the crows there since I am a bird lover:) I've seen way more beautiful sights in Romania for free:) Just my opinion
Written January 25, 2024
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drichardsongs43
Little Rock, AR4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family
The trip was amazing, views were spectacular. Take a jacket, its much colder on top. It was very enjoyable. So much to see. There are bathrooms, food and drink .
Written December 28, 2023
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Jeanne P
Denver, CO23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
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.
Written November 18, 2023
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my82pink
San Diego, CA341 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
We set our GPS for the cable car parking lot which is the same lot as lake Elsbie. Massive traffic already started at the base and all the lots were slowly being blocked for full capacity.

Parking:
We parked at Eibsee for the cable car which is also the same lot for the lake. We got lucky and got the last few spots. It’s all one way and very tight. Lot full at 11:30am.

Make sure you go to the correct parking machine to pay before you leave. If you park at the bottom lot then the machines are at the bottom next to the exit not the upper lot by Eibsee building.

Tickets:
68€ round trip. Keep the ticket with you to scan for ascent and descent. The cable car runs every 30mins and takes 10mins to the top. It fits about 50 people standing. There are benches on each side for elderly. Last descent is 4:45pm.

When you get off the cable car, you’ll follow the passage and pass by the gift store then to the right is a sliding glass door leading you outside. You go up the stairs and from there it’s a 360 platform.

Food:
There’s a cafe and outdoor restaurant on the platform on the Bavarian side. A quick kiosk for those sausage sandwiches for 6€. Cash only. There’s an indoor restaurant with a view which was where we went. Choice of chicken schnitzel, curry wart, or meatloaf. We got lucky and saw them put out crispy roasted pork next to the meatloaf which was not on the menu. We got that and potato salad as the side item with gravy on the side. It was delicious. There’s a restaurant on the Austrian side.

Check the hours because they close at random times. Before we left, we got coffee at the Panorama Kaffeebar.

Platform:
It was 52F. You get panoramic views of Bavarian and Austrian side. There’s a stamp at each entrance as you cross over.

Peak:
Very busy at 1pm. There’s a line and one way. I did not have the right foot ware to climb but I saw regular sneakers and a guy going barefoot. Later at 3:30, no line.

Gift store:
There is a store at the main entrance. We always get magnets and they were 3-7€. A small gift shop at the platform cost a bit more and started at 7€ but they have different design. You can use credit card above 10€.

Overall, it was the fastest, quiet, sturdy and comfortable cable car I’ve been on compared to the ones in Austria. Get there before 12 noon for parking. Put aside 2h for the platform, more if you’re climbing the peak. Have cash. Last descent is 4:45pm. It comes every 30mins.
Written October 23, 2023
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Explorer49167764678
2 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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Michael S
Strobl, Austria11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2023 • Family


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.

Written October 13, 2023
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