Your tourist guide to Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze

Aerial view over the Zugspitze

Aerial view over the Zugspitze ©

The highest mountain of Germany, the astonishing Zugspitze rises at an altitude of 2,962 m. It is situated in the southernmost region of the country (on the border between Germany and Austria), in the Wetterstein Mountain, in the southern part of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

The Zugspitze is a major tourist destination in Germany, attracting many lovers of winter sports and climbing. Besides, you can admire the almost virgin nature, the beautiful plants and animals and visit the breathtaking glaciers of the region. If you find this introduction convincing and would like to visit the mountain, I suggest you to read the following guide first. It will serve as your tourist guide to Germany’s highest mountain, the Zugspitze.


Many tourists are lovers of climbing. The mountains attract dozens of climbers all around the world. The astonishing Zugspitze also attracts a large number of tourists every year. It is absolutely a paradise for climbers. There are numerous routes leading up to the Zugspitze. As there is a huge difference of elevation between the summit and the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen (2.200 m), the climb can be challenging for trained mountaineers, too. Climbers can go through the Reintal or the “Valley of Hell” (Höllental). The easiest way leads through the Reintal, but it is also the longest one. The harder, yet more popular route is though the “Valley of Hell”. Whatever you’d choose, you will surely have part of an unforgettable experience.

Aerial view over the Zugspitze

Aerial view over the Zugspitze ©

Practicing winter sports

Zugspitze is a great destination for the lovers of winter sports, too. Besides climbing and hiking, there are various options for practicing winter sports, such as skiing and snowboarding. The Zugspitze is an extremely popular destination among the lovers of these sports during the winter months, presenting numerous slopes on both sides. The Zugspitzplatt is the highest ski resort of the country, being very popular among tourists. Tourists can make their way up to the mountain by their own or opt for one of the three cable cars which run to the top of the mountain.

Eibsee Lake, Zugspitze

Eibsee Lake, Zugspitze ©


Are you interested in glaciers? You will find some breathtaking ones at Zugspitze. Three of the country’s five glaciers are located here. These are very popular among the fans of glaciers. The largest glacier of Germany, the Northern Schneeferner can also be found here. It is a beautiful glacier surrounded by magnificent peaks. The other two glaciers of the mountain are the Southern Schneeferner and the Höllentalferner.

View over the Reintal

View over the Reintal ©


As for the accommodation, there are several mountain huts in the region of which some are the following: Höllentalanger Hut, Reintalager Hut, Münchner Haus, Wiener-Neustädter Hut and Schneefernerhaus. Staying at any of these huts will surely make an unforgettable experience.



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