Visiting Zugspitze - the highest mountain in Germany and Eibsee Lake
Updated: Apr 17, 2020
The plan for the day was to visit both Zugspitze and Eibsee Lake. The perfect round trip started by taking the cogwheel train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen station to Eibsee station, after which, the cable car up to the peak of Zugspitze. To get down, I took the cable car again but you can also take the cogwheel through the Zugspitze tunnel back to Eibsee station. At Eibsee station, I spend some time to trek around Eibsee Lake and lastly, I took the cogwheel train back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
The Zugspitze mountain stands at 2,962m above sea level and it is the highest peak in Germany. It is possible to hike up to the summit but unfortunately I don't think I am up to the task. Instead, I chose the route that most people would go which is to take the cable car up.
I managed to get the best spot in the crowded cable car which allowed me to film the spectacular ascent to the peak.
It took a total of 9 mins to reach the peak. The views were amazing and awe-inspiring.
It was really cold and what I wore was not enough to keep me warm.
I had some fun exploring the area on top. Even though it was really misty, the sun's UV rays were very strong, bringing sunglasses is a must.
On a clearer day, you would be able to climb up to the highest peak. But unfortunately, it was clearly impossible for me to do so.
What is really unique is that you can actually visit Austria without having to use your passport! I took a little break at the restaurant at the Austria side and had a delicious apple strudel.
Zugspitze is a mountain you should not miss when visiting Germany. While there may not be many activities you can do at the top, just being there is an unforgettable experience!
Before going back to the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, I visited the beautiful Eibsee lake.
By using the measure distance function on google maps, I've estimated that the walk around the lake would be about 6.6 km long. I roughly took around 1 hr and 15 mins to finish the circumference.
The lake is impressive in size and at whichever point you are at the lake, there will always be an opportunity to capture its beauty.
The path around the lake is mostly flat and easy to walk.
There are smaller lakes at the north-east side of the lake.
Besides walking around the lake, you can experience the lake in a different way through a really fun activity - paddling. I wished I had done this but unfortunately I was really tired from climbing Wank Mountain and I needed to get back to Munich in the same day.
If you are looking to take great pictures, visit two countries at the same time and be enveloped in picturesque scenery, you have to visit Zugspitze and Eibsee Lake.