Trip to the Zugspitz Plateau

Glacier feeling 2,600 metres above sea level

You can experience elemental forces up close on the Zugspitze glacier. Snow and ice have shaped the mountain landscape over thousands of years, providing a wonderful playground for adventure and relaxation in nature. Especially in summer, mountain lovers of all ages enjoy spending refreshing hours high above the valley floor.

The ascent is easy on the cogwheel train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen or the station at Eibsee lake, running through the 4.5-km-long Zugspitze Tunnel, which is the first big highlight for many visitors. Active families and seniors, nature lovers and sun worshippers can also use the Gletscherbahn cable car to descend to the Zugspitz Plateau from the summit in just a few minutes. The Sonnalpin restaurant is the starting point for activities and fun of every variety. Sledging on natural snow is a real hit, particularly on hot days. When snow conditions allow, the sledging route runs from the Gletschergarten restaurant down towards the Zugspitze glacier – visitors can borrow “Zipfelbobs” and sledge to their hearts’ content. If you’d like to learn more about the Schneeferner glacier, you can become an expert step-by-step on the Glacier Adventure Trail. Five interactive stations provide interesting facts about the various elements and high alpine landscapes of the Zugspitze world. This is an experience for all the senses that increases awareness about the fascinating world of snow and ice.

First contact with rock for climbing fans

A detour to the Alpinpark is practically a must if you’ve got children with you. This has ideal conditions for kids who love to be on the move. They can try their hand at climbing for the first time, improving their balance and dexterity in a playful way. With a climbing wall, suspension bridge and the MinispiX viewing platform, the Alpinpark has what it takes to become a favourite place for the kids (and grown-up climbers too). If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, why not enjoy a culinary treat in the Sonnalpin glacier restaurant or the Gletschergarten while the others are exploring their climbing talent.

Germany’s highest church

Aim high is also true in the spiritual sense on the Zugspitz Plateau. At almost 3,000 metres above sea level, the Maria Heimsuchung Chapel braves all earthly weather has to throw at it. As Germany’s highest church, this is the closest worshippers can get to heaven. The little chapel is also a popular place of peace and reflection for day-trippers and climbers.