Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze, can also be reached from the Austrian side. The scenic gondola ride up to its summit is a fabulous experience in itself, topped only by the stunning views which await visitors at the top.
Capture panoramic views of Tirol’s lofty mountains and the German foothills of the Alps as the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn Gondola, deeply rooted in legend, whisks you from Ehrwald to your Alpine summer adventure in ten minutes. The gondola cabin boasts a capacity of 100 people and has to scale an impressive 1,725 vertical meters from valley to peak. As you glide silently past the craggy western face of Germany’s tallest mountain there are plenty of opportunities to take in the scenery before you reach the summit at 2,962 meters on the German side of the border. On clear days, Zugspitze Peak will leave you breathless as you take in amazing 360 degree views of four countries and the rugged peaks of the Eastern Alps from the stunning observation deck of the summit restaurant. To the north are the Alpine foothills of Bavaria and the skyscrapers of Munich, and to the west, Switzerland’s Piz Bernina is visible, at 4,049 meters the only mountain in the Eastern Alps over 4,000 meters as. The southern view has commanding vistas of Hohe Tauern Mountain Range. Little wonder that the Zugspitze is famous for having some of the best views anywhere in the Alpine region!
And even if the weather gods are not smiling when you visit, there is still plenty to see and do. A special feature atop Zugspitze Mountain is the Museum that traces the history of the mountain, from the early pioneers who first ascended its heights in 1820 to the construction of the gondola in the 1920s – Tirol’s first cable car. The former engine room is today used to screen 3D films. Since May 2018, visitors to the base of the gondola have been able to get a taste of what awaits high above in the brand-new “BAHNORAMA anno 1926” Museum that showcases the technology used decades ago when the first cable car up onto the mountain was built in 1926 and following how it has developed up until today.