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Saturday, 6 November 2010

Zugspitze

Google Maps: Zugspitze, Germany
Trip: Zugspitze > Pisa > Rome > Vatican City

The highest point of Germany was just a stop in my journey to Rome. An early train from Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and then a semi-expensive Zugspitzebahn (Cog Wheel + Ropeway: Round Trip = EUR 35; no discounts) brought me in 3 hours on top of this beautiful peak.

Zugspitzebahn@Zugspitze


Zugspitze is a heaven for ski-lovers. Length of each slope ensures a breathtaking experience. There are several of them. The crowd on Saturday morning convinced me that I have missed something.

Bavarian Alps@Zugspitze

Zugspitze peak has been made tourist-friendly through a restaurant-building and an expansive roof. A good part of German Alps is visible from the top not to forget the Austrian and Swiss Alps partly visible.

Lake Ebsee from top@Zugspitze

The panorama from the top is stunning at all sides. At a height of 3000 meters, the peak boasts of beauty spread in 360 degrees.

Amazing silver lining formations@Zugspitze 

The western terrace is specially windy and there is an open staircase if one is brave enough to climb down the narrow rocky terrain. The slippery ice makes it specially tough as I realized in my first few steps before retrieving.

Down the ropeway@Zugspitze

Lake Ebsee is a mesmerizing little geographical structure as visible from the top. A cable car directly takes you down at a considerable gradient to Ebsee station from where one can continue on to Garmisch.