9,000′ Mountain Peak On Border of Germany and Austria (April 2001)
On April 9th, we headed south to Garmisch, Germany on the Austrian border. The big (and we do mean BIG – 9,000+ feet high) attraction there is Zugspitz, a mountain on the Germany/Austria border. It was the site of the Winter Olympics several years ago, and is a skier’s dream come true. Getting to the top required quite an adventure, starting with a regular train, then a cogwheel train (with a big toothed gear underneath that pulled the train along a special center track) to Eibsee. From there, we rode a cable-car (about the size of a small van) up to the top. At one point, we were several thousand feet above the ground, looking down on snowy peaks and valleys. Mom did really well – she’s not one for heights, you know. On the top, the observation building is half in Austria and half in Germany. There’s even an official border crossing with customs and a guard! We were blessed with a remarkably clear day, and could look out over hundreds of square miles of southern Germany and northern Austria.
ZUGSPITZ – Highest Peak In Germany
The Zugspitz, at 2,962 m above sea level, is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany. It lies south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the Austria–Germany border runs over its western summit. Wikipedia
After an enjoyable day exploring summit of Zugspitz, we decided to walk around the town of
Garmisch/Partenkirchen at the base of the mountain.
Hope you enjoyed joining us for a tour of Garmisch and Zugspitz.