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The cross at the summit of the Zugspitze can be accessed from the summit terrace via a steep, narrow footpath, which is suitable only for the sure-footed who do not suffer from dizzy spells. Be particularly careful when the ground is wet! The view from the terrace across to the summit is also very beautiful.
In the summit station of the Eibsee cable railway there is an exhibition on the history of the Zugspitze and its development as a tourist attraction which features many interesting and entertaining pictures, films and original exhibits.
Safety informationHigh Alpine trail - you should have some Alpine experience, be fit, sure-footed and should not suffer from dizzy spells. Please check the Zugspitz rail schedule beforehand. Given the length of this trail, we recommend an overnight stop in one of the DAV huts. Overnight stops should be booked/reserved in advance – especially during holiday seasons.
Tips, hints and linkswww.gapa.de
www.zugspitze.de (Cable car schedules)
www.alpenverein-ga-pa.de (for telephone numbers of huts to make reservations)
www.charly-wehrle.de (Reintalanger hut)
Getting thereTake the motorway A95 to its end at Eschenlohe, and then follow the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After the tunnel drive in the direction of the Partenkirchen part of town. Near the end of the town, follow the signs to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).
If you are coming from Mittenwald, take the state road B2 to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Turn left at the first possibility. Follow the signs to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium).
If you are coming via the state road B23, drive to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and turn right onto Gernackerstraße at the second traffic lights. Follow the course of the road (St.-Martin-Straße, Bahnhofstraße). Turn right at the intersection at the town hall and stay on the main road until signs point you to the way to the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium) near the end of the town.
ParkingAt the Olympia Skistadion (Olympic Skiing Stadium), some of which is paid parking (P13).
Author’s map recommendations
EquipmentHaving the right equipment is important: mountain boots, telescopic walking sticks, sufficient provisions and fluids, sun protection for face, eyes and skin (glacier!) and weatherproof clothing (the weather at this altitude can change very suddenly).