Getting up and down the Zugspitze
The Eibsee aerial cablecar departs from a station near the Eibsee (a lake at the foot of the Zugpitze) and rises 1950 meters or 6,397 feet to the mountain's summit ridge. The trip lasts 10 minutes.
The meter-gauge rack railway begins in Garmisch, next to the railroad station, and travels along the valley to Grainau and on to Eibsee before ascending the Zugspitze under cogwheel power. At the Zugspitzplatt or Zugspitze Glacier Plateau, 2600 meters up the 2964m mountain, you switch to the Gletscherbahn aerial cablecar for a quick ascent to the summit ridge. Total travel time is 75 minutes from Garmisch, 60 minutes from Grainau, or 35 minutes from Eibsee.
For more information on Zugspitze transportation (including wheelchair access), check the summer and winter timetables at Zugspitze.de, which is operated by the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn. (Use the "Language" item in the top navigation menu to select from 15 languages.)
The Tiroler Zugspitzbahn, an aerial cablecar, climbs to the summit ridge from Ehrwald, Tyrol in 10 minutes. (In winter, tickets are one-way; in the summer, you can ride in both directions by cablecar.) If the English flag icon doesn't work, translate with Google.
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