Cable car Zugspitze
New record-breaking cable car to Germany's highest peak
The beginning of a new era
Three years of planning and construction finally have come to fruition on 21st December 2017, when the cable car Zugspitze embarked on its maiden journey. A feat of engineering lies ahead of this memorable day, one that enables excited passengers to be transported on a panoramic journey par excellence. From this day onwards, the 50 million Euro project will provide Zugspitze visitors with the very best in comfort and boost tourism in the entire region.
Two cable-mounted and brand new cabins in a chic, understated design are ready to carry 120 passengers each to Germany's highest peak. Along their journey, they will traverse the world’s highest steelwork pylon for aerial tramways at 127 metres, the worlds greatest overall height difference of 1,945 metres over one section, as well as the world’s longest unsupported cableway span of 3,213 metres. Three incredible records - without even mentioning the magnificent panoramic views offered by the spacious cabins with floor-to-ceiling glazing. Thanks to heated windows, unobstructed visibility can also be enjoyed in bad weather. Views extend even as far as Munich on clear days.
Investment in an economic upswing
This incredible cable car experience will transport alpinists, summer hikers, winter sports enthusiasts and tourists from all over the world to the Zugspitze Peak in first-class comfort. The old cable car previously managed to transport around half a million visitors annually to the Zugspitze; however the historic Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car built originally in 1963, reached its transport capacity limits on busy days. "After installing the rack and pinion railway, tunnel to the Sonnalpin and Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car to make the Zugspitze accessible to the public, the new cable car Zugspitze forms one of the biggest milestones in our company history," says Peter Huber, Technical Director of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG, with pride about this enormous boost in service quality. The company has invested 50 million Euros into this project - and what a great investment this has proven to be: “The new cable car offers maximum comfort with no queues either on the mountain or down in the valley, which will ultimately attract 10% more users”, estimates Commercial Board Representative of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn Bergbahn AG, Matthias Stauch. An increase that represents a positive development for the entire predominantly tourist orientated region.
“State of the art“ - from valley to peak
The fully accessible and disabled-friendly building will provide access to and from the cable cars in a spacious entrance area on one single level. Thanks to a central sliding platform, passengers are able to board and exit the cabin more comfortably and efficiently. The cable car journey culminates at the new mountain terminal, where three passenger levels facilitate access to the glacier cable car, gastronomic infrastructure and the summit terrace, with 360 ° panoramic views. Visitors can also access Münchner Haus and the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn via the terrace. Fully glazed platforms provide an eye-catching feature and unexpected views on entering and exiting the facility. The south side of the mountain terminal features a spacious and fully glazed stairwell, modelled along the same lines of the existing sundeck seating steps built between 1963 and 1990 between the 2nd and 3rd upper floors, offering stunning views of the Alps and a place for quiet reflection.
In retrospect: The creation of a landmark
As impressive as the new mountain terminal may be, the technical masterpiece it houses at almost 3,000 metres above sea level is its pièce de résistance. The greatest challenges encountered during its creation were the altitude and weather conditions. These included everything from snow and ice in high summer to fog and incessant rain. Fair days, however, compensated the construction workers with the highest and most panoramic workplace in the country. Logistics were also an exciting theme, as limited storage space on the summit meant everything, ranging from cement supplies to steel girders, had to be delivered on a “just-in-time” basis. The past three years on the Zugspitze have provided an incredible spectacle for interested visitors. After construction began in autumn 2014, the creation of the new Zugspitze Cable Car was closely monitored by means of a webcam, online construction diary and a little later, tours of the construction site.
This phase now belongs to the history books. The vision of a new cable car on Germany’s highest peak has now come to fruition. She will commence duty, whilst meeting the highest demands of mountain loving visitors for many decades to come.
Technical data Cable car Zugspitze
Aerial Tramway (120-ATW)
Difference in elevation
Mountain terminal Zugspitze (platform height)
2.943,75 meter above sea level
Valley station (platform height)
998,50 meter above sea level
Travel speed max.
Capacity of vehicle
120 persons + 1 cabin guard
Number of vehicle
Two cable-mounted cabins
Capacity per hour
ᴓ 4 x 72 mm
ᴓ 1 x 47 mm
Number of towers
1 steelwork pylon (127 meters)
At the valley station │ Rated motor 1700 kW
Ropeway engineer company
Fatzer AG Wire Ropes
CWA Constructions SA/Corp.