Zugspitze

Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen: Address, Phone Number, Zugspitze Reviews: 4.5/5

Mountains • Ski & Snowboard Areas
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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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1-2 hours
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Christina E
Germany3 contributions
Climbing Zugspitze
Jul 2021
It was my first time to climb this Mountain. I thanks to my Guide for big support. Yes you can climb Zugspitze in one day. I left around 9:30 in the morning from Garmish Partenkirchen. If you are in good shape it's doable in 5-6 hours to climb up. Unfortunately you have to share the summit with all the people who took the easy way up, not really my taste. I returned back down the other side of the mountain, from where you can take the buss back to the starting point, or have pleasant (flat) walk back.
Written November 8, 2021
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Harrison F. Carter
Cologne, Germany9,719 contributions
Beautiful Zugspitze
Oct 2021 • Couples
It is a wonderful peak, so high and majestic, and beautiful to see from so many vantage points... Favourite of which being from Eibsee.
Written November 2, 2021
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bananaseason
Tobolsk, Russia6 contributions
Mediocre
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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Detjits
3 contributions
Climb up and down Zugspitze in one day
Jun 2021 • Solo
Yes you can climb Zugspitze in one day. I left around 9:30 in the morning from Garmish Partenkirchen. If you are in good shape it's doable in 5-6 hours to climb up. Unfortunately you have to share the summit with all the people who took the easy way up, not really my taste. I returned back down the other side of the mountain, from where you can take the buss back to the starting point, or have pleasant (flat) walk back.
Written October 23, 2021
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simmondsi
Darmstadt, Germany748 contributions
Tips for getting there from Garmisch.
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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Ian B
Ventnor, UK1,486 contributions
A great experience, if not the cheapest. If you have car, try Eibsee. Dog friendly.
Sep 2021 • Solo
If you get a decent day this is a great experience; the cable car ride is breathtaking with the world’s biggest cable span between towers, and there’s plenty to do at the summit including walking the glacier. And some reasonable food options (the one down at the glacier station was a lot less crowded).

Having read the reviews about the queues in Garmisch and then the lengthy train ride, I took the car up to Eibsee and parked there. Electronic signposts as you leave Garmisch tell you whether there are free spaces at Eibsee, helping to avoid a wasted trip, but the catch is that the parking there adds another €18 to the cost. A mile or so back down the road there’s a small free car park, if you arrive early enough to get a space and are prepared to slog up the last mile, and for the exceptionally early or very lucky there’s free parking in a small lay-by within half a mile.

I took the cable car from Eibsee both ways - there were no queues at all (total ticket numbers are currently covid restricted and most people start from Garmisch) and we were up on the mountaintop within fifteen minutes of parking. I saw the cog railway come into Eibsee when we were leaving; it’s an attractive little train and a marvel of engineering, but the ride up the mountain is basically half an hour in a tunnel - how interesting can that be?

The cable car ride is such an experience that I was happy to ride it both up and down. Plenty of people took their dogs up, and mine had a great time running about in the snow. The were a couple of areas off limits to dogs, and we couldn’t do the toboggan rides (nor the rope climb to the actual summit, which wouldn’t have been safe with a leashed dog - it looked a scrum to get there and back in any event) but overall I’d rate it a good dog friendly experience.
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Written September 13, 2021
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Martin H
Shrewsbury, UK211 contributions
The Top of Germany
Aug 2021
Expensive getting up there but a choice of transport. Eight minutes by cable car but MUCH longer on the train, with the top half of the trip in a tunnel. Experience VERY dependent on the variable weather
Written September 2, 2021
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Nicole D
6 contributions
Think twice before visiting from Munich!
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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Priti Upadhyay
Dubai, United Arab Emirates155 contributions
Must visit the Top of Germany - Breathtaking views
Jun 2021
An amazing experience going up the top of Germany - Zugspitze. We took the cable car round way i.e. going up and down. You can also take the cog wheel train while coming down. They are both great experiences and the place offers breathtaking views. Recommended time is 2 hours. Always visit on the clear day so that you can have a look at 4 countries from the top. Also do not forget to explore Lake Ebsee when coming down. You can book the cable car even 2-3 days advance.
Written August 15, 2021
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TomasWH
Copenhagen30 contributions
Breathtaking views
Jun 2021 • Family
Even though we spend much time waiting in queues it was definitely worth the time … choose to go on a day with few or no clouds as it would spectacular views… we took the train to/from Garmisch… the logistics was a disaster and we would have been much better off taking the car and pay the parking fees near the cable car (which seemed reasonable)… taking the train added another 2 hrs to waiting in queues :-( … would also recommend a walk around the nearby Eibsee Lake - very beautiful… please not that they is a combioffer on tickets if you plan to go to Alpspitz also…
Written July 21, 2021
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