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The cross on the Zugspitze summit can be reached via a narrow fixed rope route – here you need to be surefooted and must not be afraid of heights (caution: slippery when wet!). Otherwise, the view from the terrace to the cross on the summit is also very nice.
In the building of the upper station of the Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car you can see an exhibition on the history of the Zugspitze and its touristic development, with lots of interesting and entertaining pictures, films and inventive contemporary exhibits.
Sonn-Alpin auf der Zugspitze
Safety informationThis is high Alpine terrain, making it absolutely necessary to be surefooted, not afraid of heights and already have Alpine experience. Please keep in mind the Zugspitzbahn cable car schedules. If you want to stay overnight, you should book in advance (call the huts directly), especially during holidays and at weekends. Due to the length of the tour, we recommend for you spend a night in one of the Alpine huts.
Tips and hintswww.gapa.de, www.zugspitze.de (for information on the cable car schedules),
www.alpenverein-ga-pa.de (for phone numbers to book overnight stays)
www.charly-wehrle.de (Reintalangerhütte), www.bergfuehrer-zugspitzland.de
Getting thereTake the motorway A95 from Munich to its end at Eschenlohe, and then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Just after the Farchanter tunnel, drive in the direction of the Garmisch part of town and Grainau/Zugspitze. Go through Garmisch and towards Grainau/Zugspitze. Just before leaving town, follow the signs to the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn and turn left at the barracks. The street leads you directly to the base terminal of the Kreuzeck and Alpspitzbahn cable cars.
Coming from Innsbruck/Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Partenkirchen. Turn left, in the direction of Grainau/Zugspitze/Fernpass, at the intersection at the town hall and then follow the course of the main road (Bahnhofstraße, St.-Martin-Straße). Just before leaving town, follow the signs to the Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn and turn left at the barracks. The street leads you directly to the base terminal of the Kreuzeck and Alpspitzbahn cable cars.
Coming from Ehrwald/Tirol or Grainau/Zugspitze, take the state road B23 and turn right just after the place name sign and in front of the barracks/Marshall-Centre at the traffic lights. Follow the signs to Kreuzeckbahn/Alpspitzbahn. The road leads you directly to the large parking area between the two base terminals.
ParkingLarge parking area at the cable car stations (P9)
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EquipmentThe appropriate gear is very important! Hiking boots, telescope hiking sticks, provisions and enough (!) to drink, protection against the sun for your head, eyes and skin (glacier!) and protective clothing in case of inclement weather – the weather can change very quickly and extremely at this high altitude.
Basic Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Sturdy, comfortable and waterproof hiking boots or approach shoes
- Layered, moisture wicking clothing
- Hiking socks
- Rucksack (with rain cover)
- Protection against sun, rain and wind (hat, sunscreen, water- and windproof jacket and suitable legwear)
- Hiking poles
- Ample supply of drinking water and snacks
- First aid kit
- Bivy / survival bag
- Survival blanket
- Pocket knife
- Cell phone
- Navigation equipment / map and compass
- Emergency contact details
Technical Equipment for Mountain Hikes
- Climbing helmet as required
- The 'basic' and 'technical' equipment lists are generated based on the selected activity. They are not exhaustive and only serve as suggestions for what you should consider packing.
- For your safety, you should carefully read all instructions on how to properly use and maintain your equipment.
- Please ensure that the equipment you bring complies with local laws and does not include restricted items.