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Three cable cars

to take you to the highlights of the Zugspitze

Zugspitze Round Trip

in summer & in winter

Information about the round trip

Three mountain railways and all the highlights of the Zugspitze included: The Zugspitze Round Trip takes you to all the important scenic viewpoints on Germany’s highest mountain!

  • Start and destination: Zugspitzbahn station Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Stops: Garmisch-Partenkirchen – Zugspitze plateau– Zugspitze summit – Lake Eibsee – Garmisch-Partenkirchen
  • Duration: 3–4 hours (early arrival recommended)
  • Mountain railways: cogwheel train, Gletscherbahn cable car, Zugspitze cable car
  • Season: summer & winter
  • Highlights:
    • tradition meets modernity: rides on the nostalgic cogwheel train, the Gletscherbahn cable car and the ultra-modern Zugspitze cable car
    • visit to the Zugspitze plateau right by the glacier
    • 360-degree views from the summit of Germany’s highest mountain
    • scenic views of 400 surrounding mountain peaks

Itinerary of the Zugspitze Round Trip

All stops at a glance
Stage 1

From Garmisch-Partenkirchen to the Zugspitze plateau

The 90-year-old cogwheel train takes you from the Zugspitzbahn station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Grainau to Lake Eibsee and through the 4.5-kilometre Zugspitztunnel. First stop: Zugspitze plateau at 2,600 metres above sea level.

Activities and highlights on the Zugspitze plateau:

Refreshment stops: Gletscherrestaurant Sonnalpin, Gletschergarten

 

Stage 2

From the Zugspitze plateau to the Zugspitze summit

Up to the summit of Germany’s highest mountain in just a few minutes: the 1,000-metre-long Gletscherbahn cable car takes visitors from the Zugspitze plateau to the top station. From there, it’s only a few metres to the golden summit cross.

Activities and highlights on the Zugspitze summit:

  • innovative glass architecture of the summit station at almost 3,000 metres above sea level
  • culinary delights served at Panorama 2962
  • exhibition on the history of the cogwheel train in the summit station
  • the famous golden summit cross
  • unique scenic views of 4 countries from the summit terrace

Refreshment stop: Panorama 2962

 

Stage 3

From the Zugspitze summit to the Zugspitze cable car station at Lake Eibsee

Take the Zugspitze cable car downhill – from the Zugspitze summit to the Eibsee valley station.

Highlights:

  • ride on an ultra-modern world record-breaking cable car
  • The Zugspitze cable car holds three world records:
    • The cable car’s steel supports are the highest of their kind at 127 metres.
    • Unique in the world: The difference in altitude between the valley and mountain stations is two kilometres.
    • The section between the last support and the summit is the longest freely suspended section of rope in the world (3.2 kilometres).
  • Scenic views of the valley and Lake Eibsee throughout the ride.

The cogwheel train takes visitors from Lake Eibsee back to the starting point in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Note

Of course, visitors can also do the round trip in the opposite direction. Alternatively, they can use only the cogwheel train and the Zugspitze cable car to reach the top of Germany’s highest mountain.

FAQ regarding the Zugspitze Round Trip

The opening times of the cable cars, the timetable of the cogwheel train and up-to-date information on business hours can be found under Operating Hours & Timetables

Dogs are allowed on the premises and facilities of Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG. Please note: Tickets for dogs are only available on site at the ticket counter. Price: EUR 6 (one-off). A muzzle is not obligatory but is recommended out of consideration for other passengers, especially in large cabins and on the cogwheel train.

No. Bicycles are not allowed on mountain railways operated by Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG.

It is possible to take a pram or pushchair on the Zugspitze cable car and the Gletscherbahn cable car without any problems. Due to limited space and because of the non-barrier-free entrances and exits, it is rather difficult to take prams and pushchairs on the cogwheel train.

Only the Zugspitze cable car and the Gletscherbahn cable car are barrier-free and can be used with a wheelchair or rollator without any problems. Due to limited space and because of the non-barrier-free entrances and exits, it is difficult for wheelchair users and people with a rollator to use the cogwheel train.