Zugspitze round trip

Germany’s highest mountain dominates the skyline

The round trip on three different lifts combines all the highlights around the Zugspitze. Alongside lifts in a class of their own – from nostalgic to ultra modern – visitors will find fascinating views, high alpine activities and unforgettable impressions.

Ride to the top

Cogwheel train, Cable car Zugspitze and Gletscherbahn cable car

There are some things that you have to do at least once in your life. A trip to the Zugspitze is definitely on that list. The cogwheel train gently rattling its way upwards, the exciting tunnel, floating over the final metres to the summit, the incredible views down to the Caribbean-like Eibsee lake – each section of the Zugspitze round trip has something wonderful and astounding to offer and shows Germany’s record-breaking mountain from the best angles. 

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Enjoy the complete mountain experience in comfort!

The classic round trip starts at the Zugspitze station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen where guests take their seats on the cogwheel train. The trip continues via Grainau and Eibsee to the 2,600-m-high Zugspitz Plateau. Passing through the 4.5-km-long Zugspitz Tunnel is the undoubted highlight. Opened in 1930, it has enabled countless visitors from all over the world to enjoy the glacier experience. Once you reach the plateau, it’s time to disembark and explore the high alpine world. There are easy circular walks and attractive experiences, such as the Glacier Adventure Trail, the AlpinPark or sledging on natural snow. The Sonnalpin glacier restaurant and the Gletschergarten with their outstanding cuisine are certainly a good reason to take a break. Having acclimatised to the altitude, you then take the Gletscherbahn cable car for just a few minutes straight to the Zugspitze summit at 2,962 metres. A grandiose 360° panorama of 400 peaks in Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany leaves visitors speechless. You can see up to 250 km on clear days – a perfect backdrop for a selfie in front of the golden summit cross. 

After plenty of time enjoying the spectacular vista and some refreshments in the brand-new summit restaurant, there are more thrills to come. The descent on the new record-breaking Cable car Zugspitze delivers an awe-inspiring drop beneath your feet and uninterrupted views from the floor-to-ceiling windows. In the 10 minutes between the top and bottom stations, passengers enjoy staggering views far into the foothills of the Alps and down to the wildly romantic Eibsee lake at the foot of the mighty Zugspitze. From Eibsee, the cogwheel train then takes you back in comfort to Grainau and Garmisch-Partenkirchen – the perfect opportunity to wave farewell to the peak and to reflect on the experiences of your round trip.