Mountain Ascents via cogwheel train and Gletscherbahn cable car

Germany’s highest peak remains accessible until the new Zugspitze Cable Car opens in December 2017

Germany’s highest mountain will have a new cable-car by December 2017. As part of ongoing construction work on the new Zugspitz cable car, the existing Eibsee-Seilbahn cable-car has been decommissioned. From Monday, 3rd April 2017 until the new cableway opens on 21st December 2017, the Zugspitze will only be accessible from the German side using the cogwheel train and the Gletscherbahn cable car. For this reason, a new timetable applies from 3rd April 2017 onwards. Trains operating between the Eibsee train station and the Zugspitzplatt Glacier station no longer run at least every hour, but at half hour intervals. Operating times of the Gletscherbahn cable car, which connects Zugspitzplatt with the summit, depend on the arrival and departure times of the cogwheel train.

Information for guests with mobility restrictions.

Construction-related suspension of operations, as well as the structural and operational conditions of the rack and pinion railway mean that access to the Zugspitze will unfortunately be impossible for persons with limited mobility who require a wheelchair, between the 3rd April and 20th December 2017. In this context, Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG asks its guests for their understanding and is pleased to offer a modern, wheel-chair accessible cableway from 21st December 2017 onwards.
If you have any questions regarding your visit to the Zugspitze, please do not hesitate to contact us by phone on +49 8821 797 0, or by email under

Information for winter sports enthusiasts

The 2016/2017 winter season continues in the Zugspitze ski resort until 1st May 2017. For this reason, an early morning train departs at 7:45 hrs from Eibsee train station to the Zugspitzplatt at weekends and holidays. On weekdays, the first train to the ski resort departs from Eibsee train station at 8:15 hrs.

Information regarding ongoing construction work at the Zugspitze

The peak stage of construction work on the Zugspitze cable car began on 3rd April. The Zugspitze summit, summit station and summit terrace opposite the summit cross are all accessible and open for Zugspitze visitors during the coming months of construction. The Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG, however, asks its guests for their understanding that construction noise, dust pollution and possible short term closures may occur near the summit terminal during progressive construction work in the summer of 2017. Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn visitors will be informed of any restrictions on site.
During construction work, however, Zugspitze visitors are offered the rare opportunity to witness a technical masterpiece in the making. With this in mind, free tours of the construction site will again be offered this summer.

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