For those of you who don't know, the Zugspitze is a mountain in the Alps, in the German part, and is the highest point in Germany. The summit is 2964m. You can get up there either by cog train or cable car. You go up to the plateau at 2600m and can take the short cable car journey up to the summit. As I believe, it takes an hour on the cog train and 10 minutes in the cable car. I went on the train, because I am not a huge lover of cable cars.
Anyway, here are a selection of pictures of the Zugspitze. Some of these are from the ground, some of these are from up the mountain. The quality of some of these may not be fantastically good because they were taken from a moving car. Also, none of these pictures have been tinkered with so the distance ones up the Zugspitze will not be fantastically clear - the camera doesn't pick up things in the way the eye sees them, or at least not that camera...
View from the carpark at the train station.
At the train station. We wanted to go from Garmish-Partenkirchen but there was 'a problem with the train' so we went up to the next stop like we were told to, only to wait there for a while and to end up getting on the same train we were going to be on before, for the same price! Even had to pay for parking there too! Rip off!
Anyway, an hour later, and we got off the train at 2600m.
My brother revels in the fact that there is snow on the mountain.
It really is snow too
But look at that view!
I can't remember if this was the highest church in the world, or just the highest church that the Pope has visited. I think that's what it said, but I'm not 100% sure.
I didn't go up to it or in it because there was actually a service going on at the time.
There's even a cafe and restaurant at 2600m
The summit is up there...
Pretty cool view from 2600m high isn't it?
Then we stopped for a while to admire the view over a drink. My brother and I decided in our infinite wisdom to joke about the height while he played with my drink.
By the way, 2600m is more than a mile high, so naturally we were joking about the mile high club. The conversation was something along the lines of 'I wonder if you can join the mile high club up here' 'They've got a shack round the back' 'I wonder if you get a membership card'. Or things akin to that.
After drinks we decided to head up to the summit.
I think these are views from the summit station of the cable car.
A selection of views from what's probably about 2960-2963m. I didn't actually go right to the summit. As you'll be able to see, there are railings around here so you don't fall off etc (there are restaurants on the top of the mountain too) but annoyingly the railings can get in the way of pictures. The second picture here is my desktop at the moment :)
I even crossed over the border into Austria ontop of the mountain. Here you can see the Austrian side (marked with the red and white)
Back to Germany
And back on the ground again. Somehow it felt so different to see the Zugspitze from the ground after having just been up it.
Before I finish, I should also explain about the temperature difference up the mountain. When we left on the train, it was probably about 27C (I think it was about 30C when we got back). At 2600m it was 17C but it didn't feel particularly cold. When we went up to the summit, it was 7C. 7C stood ontop of a mountain at 2963m in a tshirt, and it was fine. I wouldn't want to go up there like that when it's colder though!
I'm probably also one of the few who found it pretty darn cool to cross the border ontop of a mountain, but it was strangely exciting at the time. Actually, strike that, it is still strangely exciting! Talking of Austria though, I know you can go up the Zugspitze from Austria, but I don't know if it's only by cable car or not. I have a feeling that it is, and that you can only get the cog train from Germany, but don't quote me on that.
I would quite happily go up the Zugspitze again (and after looking at all these pics and remembering, I'd rather like to go up there again), but I'd take the train again, even if it does take an hour and goes through some of the mountain. The thought of descending 2000m + in 10 minutes really does not thrill me at all, especially as I don't like cable cars much!
So, did you like the view?