The Zugspitze – the highest mountain in Germany

Zugspitze = the highest mountain in the Federal Republic of Germany. With its 2962 m above sea level, it offers ingenious tour possibilities and is located in the Wettersteingebirge in the Eastern Alps.

The Zugspitz Massif is located south-west of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria and the north of Tyrol. The border with neighboring Austria runs across the western summit. To the south of the Zugspitze is the so-called Zugspitzplatt, a karst plateau with numerous caves.

On the flanks there are three glaciers: the northern Schneeferner with 27.9 ha and the Höllentalferner with 24.7 ha; as well as the smaller Southern Snow Remover with 4.8 ha.

First ascent of the Zugspitze

The first ascertained ascension was made on August 27, 1820, by the surveyor and then lieutenant of the Bavarian army, Josef Naus, his measuring aid Maier, and the mountaineer Johann Georg Tauschl.

Hiking trails to the highest mountain of Germany

Today there are three “normal ways” on the summit:

From the north east from the Höllental, from the southeast from the Reintal valley and from the west through the Austrian Schneekar.

Connects with the Jubileum Ridge, the Zugspitze, Hochblassen and Alpspitze, one of the best-known ridge routes of the Eastern Alps leads to the Zugspitze.

Cableways to Zugspitze peak

Three cableways lead to the top of the cable-

1) The Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn was built in 1926 and ended on a ridge below the summit, before the end station was moved directly to the summit in 1991.

2) A rack railway, the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn, leads through the interior of the northern flank and ends on the Zugspitzplatt, from where a further cable car leads up to the summit.

3) An average of 500,000 people reach the summit every year with the Bavarian Zugspitzbahn and the Eibseeseilbahn, the third aerial cableway.

In winter nine ski lifts serve a ski resort on the Zugspitzplatt. The meteorological station, which was inaugurated in 1900, and the Schneefernerhaus research station are mainly used for climate research.

Enormous visitor interest

The Zugspitze is a huge visitor magnet, which is sure to favor the cableways. Through them many tourists are transported upwards and on weekends the summit is completely overrun.

The ascent of the Zugspitze was carried out. However, this does not have to be done a second time …

Zugspitze besteigen

Zugspitze Peak

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Knorrhütte auf dem Weg vom Reintal zur Zugspitze


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