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Zugspitze

Zugspitze

Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, 82491

The Basics

Garmisch-Partenkirchen is the starting point for scaling the Zugspitze. From there, trains run to the Eibsee, the lake at the foot of the mountain, where a cable car and cogwheel railway depart for the summit. A popular choice is to ride the cogwheel railway on the way up, then descend via the cable car, leaving enough time at the top to visit the Zugspitze exhibition and marvel at the 360° panoramic views.

Tours from Munich that follow a scenic route through the Bavarian Alps often include nearby attractions such as Neuschwanstein Castle or the Highline179 in Austria, one of the longest pedestrian suspension bridges in the world.

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Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
$117.19 per adult
Traveler Favorite
My favourite
Loved this tour, went again the second year in a row from Australia. Guide was fantastic and the bus was fresh and new each time. Views are amazing.
rebeccahj2019, Sep 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

star-5
Stefan was great, Breathtaking scenery at the top!
Ameera_C, Nov 2021
MY * GUiDE Exclusive Mount ZUGSPITZE & SNOW Much More Tour from Munich
This was one of our highlights of our trip to Munich. Stefan was a really great guide and extremely helpful & considerate. As our visit was during COVID 19 and the numbers in Germany were on a rise, there were some new requirements and restrictions we were not aware about. Stefan made sure every requirement was met and informed us in advance. For example it became a requirement to have a negative test to enter Zugspitze, Stefan not only let us know about this update but also informed us about where to get one which is close to our hotel. Before we went on our tour a quick check list was done to make sure we have our identification and papers ready for a smooth entry. That did make a huge difference. The tour it self is really great, we passed by some nice towns and the scenery is amazing! Stefan was great in explaining and giving historical locations stories and interesting information. We requested some stops in certain shops and he accommodated that into our schedule. A map and information on the site and where to go and meeting point location was provided, we really appreciate a well organized communication. The place itself is breathtaking! We enjoyed the scenery and the weather was perfect. We really enjoyed our time up at the highest point in Germany. I do highly recommend this tour and Stefan will definitely make your trip smoother and memorable. Thanks Stefan
star-5
Great trip
Amreen_S, Jul 2019
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
It was a wonderful tour. The guide was very friendly and well explained. Well organised and punctual.
star-4
Cloudy
LykkeKolberg_P, Jun 2019
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
Unfortunately it was really cloudy so we had no view at all, but i’m Sure it would have been amazing if it hadn’t been cloudy
star-5
Great!
elisabissen, Jul 2018
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
Great time, very good tour guide a lot of information, we really enjoyed. We didn't have the perfect weather to see all the beautiful mountains but we had a great time.
star-5
Fantastic views, excellent fun
Joel_N, Aug 2019
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
Booked through Viator on grey line tours from Munich to the Zugspitze with my family. The ride there was comfortable in a double-decker bus with large windows to see the scenery on the way, The cable car trip up the mountain was breathtaking, Up top, there was great views all around and fun to walk from Germany to Austria. My kids loved the part of time given in the lower section where they sled on the snow in August! There was plenty of time to take pictures and have fun. The cogwheel train return was interesting with nice views. Our tour guide Debbie was fun and interesting and gave us lots of information on the area.
star-4
Boring Guide
Susan_T, Jul 2019
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
This trip would have warranted 5☆ despite the mixed weather conditions but for the guide. I have never heard a guide talk so much and say so little so watch out for Peter.... The trip itself was spectacular but even in July it was 5°c with a cold wind. However, once the cloud lifted the views were to die for! We had over 2.5 hours at the summit, which was plenty of time to grab a bite to eat & take as many photos as we wanted. The trip down on the cog wheel train took 1hr 20 but was a really interesting trip & the train itself was a true feat of engineering! If you have the time - don't miss this trip!
star-4
Nice day; worth the trip
Heather M, May 2019
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
We had a good experience and trip to Zugspitze. The weather was a bit overcast so we couldn't see as far as we'd hoped, but it was still lovely. Overall, I think the time spent at the top could be shortened by 45min-1 hour; but the day was lovely. Our guide Arnuld, was pleasant and helpful, but not super engaging. He was a bit cranky upon our arrival. My group and another couple had been told to arrive in the morning by 10:15 (the Viator paperwork indicated that), but Arnuld was upset and shared that we were "supposed to be there at 10am." I am not sure of the mitskae's origin, but he left before 10:15am, so if anyone else was still arriving, he left them there!
star-4
This is a fun day trip with beautiful...
Rand N, Sep 2016
Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich
This is a fun day trip with beautiful landscapes everywhere. We enjoyed the tour, but there were two downsides to the trip. First, Gray Line sold virtually every seat on our bus. Therefore, even though our tour guide was excellent, it was sometimes hard moving more than sixty people from place to place. Second, there really isn't much to see at Ettal Monastery--only the chapel. Perhaps a better place to visit, which is not much farther away, would have been Wieskirche--a Unesco World Heritage sight.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • At the top of the Zugspitze there is a souvenir shop and two restaurants, the Glaciergarden and the Sonnalpin.

  • Be sure to dress warm, as there’s snow on the mountaintop even in summer.

  • The Zugspitze cable cars and observation decks are wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get to There

Trains run from Garmisch-Partenkirchen via Grainau to Eibsee; from there, you can either ride the cogwheel railway up the mountainside or take the Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car to the top. Travel time from Garmisch-Partenkirchen is about 75 minutes by train, or 35 minutes by cable car. From the Austrian side, cable cars run from Ehrwald to the summit and take around 10 minutes.

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When to Get There

It’s possible to visit the Zugspitze all year-round, but the best views are on clear days. The ski season runs from October to May, while those who enjoy hiking or climbing should stick to the summer months.

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Outdoor Activities at the Zugspitze

The Zugspitze is home to Germany's highest ski resort, a great destination for skiing and snowboarding during the winter. The Zugspitze Glacier Ski Resort also has toboggan runs, and a half-pipe and fun park for snowboarders. During summer, hikers can explore trails at the base of the mountain, as well as around the summit. Experienced climbers can also tackle one of several routes to the Zugspitze summit, stopping overnight at a mountain hut.

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