In September 2019, I was extremely lucky to be one of ten travel agents selected to do a familiarisation trip to Germany and Austria with Lufthansa and Singapore Airlines. One of the highlights of the trip was a stop at Zugspitze – Germany’s highest mountain.
Where is it?
Zugspitze is right next to Tyrol, Austria – famous for it’s ski slopes. It sits directly on the Germany/Austria border.
How do I get there?
The best ways to get to Zugspitze are:
- By train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen which is a 1.5 hour direct train ride from Munich, Germany.
- A full day tour by coach from Munich
- A 1 hour drive from Innsbruck, Austria.
If arriving by train, you can get a round trip ticket for the cogwheel train up the mountain.
What’s so great about it?
I must admit, having not known much about Zugspitze beforehand, I was very pleasantly surprised. I wished we had been able to spend more time there.
The scenery alone is worth the effort. If you time it right, the peak is likely to be covered in snow. We were blessed to have a stunning day with clear blue skies and a fresh dump of snow a few days earlier which made for the most stunning vista – almost impossible to get a bad photo! On a good day you can see 400 peaks that are located in 4 countries – Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
Zugspitze’s Panorama 2962 is a restaurant at the top which not only has some of the best views in the world but also makes some delicious German cuisine.
If you are anything like me, snow is a real novelty and I turn into an overgrown child whenever I get near it. There is sledging, hiking trails, rock climbing, glacier tours and you can check out Germany’s highest church.
The Zugspitze cable car holds three world records:
- The highest steelwork pylon for aerial tramways – 127 metres
- The greatest overall height difference over one section – 1945 metres
- The longest unsupported span – 3213 metres
It’s a wonderful piece of engineering but if that doesn’t excite you, the view certainly will.
Here’s a little Facebook live video I took while I was at the top. You can probably see how excited I was about Zugspitze!
If you are planning a trip to Germany or Austria, Zugspitze should definitely be on your hit list. Maybe you are looking at flights travelling via Munich and want to add a stopover. Either way, I highly recommend Zugspitze – another of Earth’s beautiful gems.