Here in Ehrwald we do like to treat our guests to trips abroad, and what adventure could be better than a visit to the top of Germany?! At 2962m, the Zugspitze is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as Germany's highest mountain. It can be approached via cable car from Ehrwald, or from the beautiful lake Eibsee just over the border in Germany. In fact, the border itself runs over the Zugspitze's western summit meaning that you can spend time in both countries at the top, with a small tunnel connecting the separate German and Austrian tourist areas. The number of facilities available is really quite incredible, and you can even chose to dine in a large outdoor cafe/bar or in one of two stunning restaurants offering 'Bavarian Haute Cuisine'…all with free Wifi! There are museums on both the German and Austrian sides, however we would strongly recommend a trip around the Austrian museum which gives a fascinating insight into the history of the mountain and the construction of its various trains and cable cars.
As you would expect, the views from Germany's highest vantage point are just ridiculous! On a clear day, there are over 400 visible peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland, including the highest mountains in the eastern Alps such as the Großglockner (3,798 m), Wildspitze (3,768 m), Ortler (3,905 m) and Piz Bernina (4,049 m). There is even the opportunity to wave to our friends in the Dolomites, with the Marmolada (3, 343 m) making an appearance on the horizon. You can easily spend a couple of hours soaking up these magnificent views over a coffee or a beer, and we recommend getting an early (ish- you are on holiday!) lift in the morning to beat the queues and to allow time for a walk to the nearby Hochthörle Hütte for lunch in the afternoon. Of course, for the super keen there is the option of walking to the summit from Ehrwald- ask us for more details!
The Ehrwald-Zugspitze cable car is open daily from 8.40 am to 4.40pm, and departs every 20 minutes.
A return journey costs 39 euros, however this journey is included in the Z Ticket, a local lift pass that allows multiple use of lifts throughout the Zugspitze arena, as well as several other attractions. We will talk this all through with you on your arrival.
Many thanks to Kate for the words and photos. She'll be sending in pictures and blogging for us regularly from the Austrian Alps!