Zugspitze: The Top of Germany

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While Stefan and I were in the Garmsich-Partenkirchen area we made sure to  get to the top of Zugspitze, the tallest point in Germany. At precisely 2,962 meters above sea level, the Zugspitze is the highest mountain in the country, home to three glaciers, and Germany’s highest ski resort.

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To be completely honest with you, I felt that going to the top of Zugspitze was entirely overpriced. I believe we paid €60 each to go to the top. Unfortunately, between the time we purchased the tickets and time we stood in line to get to the top, clouds were covering the top of the mountain. No refunds, of course. So for us it seemed like a waste of money. I think the better value is the Alpspitze, the second tallest mountain in Germany. Bonus: it only costs €26 euro per person.

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So after you buy your tickets and wait in line you can ride up this cable car to get to the top. It’s pretty scary honestly. It moves with the wind and you are really jam packed in there. We did pass Lake Eibsee on the way up though, so that was nice.

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Once you get to the top you can eat and have a beer with a theoretically nice view.

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The views were still ok despite it being cloudy.

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If you want to officially go to the highest spot in Germany you can climb up this makeshift ladder. I was not about to do that and die, but Stefan thought it would be fun.

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About this time I called to up the life insurance policy on him. 😉

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The gold cross is the official highest point.

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After a few hours we decided to head back down. You take the cable car back down which is less scary than taking it up. This time I got close to a window to get some pictures.

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Then we decided to walk to Lake Eibsee just to see it. It was a very pretty and clear lake, but we decided food and a hot shower sounded more appealing than sitting next to a freezing cold lake in the mountains!

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