During our recent visit to Germany we spent some time in Garmisch and had the opportunity to go to the top of the Zugspitze on the cable car. We actually drove into Austria to take the aerial cable up from that side. It is cheaper and the parking is easier and free.
If you have the opportunity to do this on a clear day take it by all means. On a cloudy day it is probably not worth the not cheap price of the cable car. The view is everything and if you can't see anything what's the point? So, check the weather carefully and plan ahead.
We went in October and it was cold up there, so plan accordingly. There was a good amount of snow and ice at the top - always take a jacket.
The ride up and down is fast and somewhat thrilling. You are moving up or downhill at a significant clip and it is a sensation that is somewhat between thrilling and ominous. The views just get better and better.
The observation deck is big and give an outstanding panoramic view of that section of the alps. You should take a map if you can so you can pick out the directions and the landmarks. You really are on top of the world up there.
There are two or three restaurants at the summit. They are pretty crowded so you will need to stake out a table. The food is surprisingly good. I would suggest a bowl of soup and a good beer.
The museum is pretty cheesy. I personally would put more time into the view which is world class and get my information from the guidebook.
This is not cheap but how often to you have the chance for this kind of experience. Do it if you can and enjoy!!!
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