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Zugspitze pics

In celebration of me not having to do anymore JobCentre courses, sort of, but mainly just me being insanely slow on sharing pictures from my holiday last year, I bring you pictures of the Zugspitze.
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...


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View from the carpark at the train station.
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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!
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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.
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It really is snow too
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But look at that view!
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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.
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I didn't go up to it or in it because there was actually a service going on at the time.

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There's even a cafe and restaurant at 2600m
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The summit is up there...
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Pretty cool view from 2600m high isn't it?
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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.
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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.
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The summit!
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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 :)
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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)
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Back to Germany
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And back on the ground again. Somehow it felt so different to see the Zugspitze from the ground after having just been up it.
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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?

Comments

( 14 humble opinions — Your humble opinion? )
loveberlinxo
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Oh man, I would love to live somewhere like that.
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 9th, 2009 03:45 pm (UTC)
By the mountains, or up the mountain? I adore the mountains. I have to admit that I kind of felt at home with them, and I was sooo disappointed when we had to leave (in general).
loveberlinxo
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
Like that village in the valley
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Nice. There are plenty of villages around and in the Alps, in and out of Valleys so you should be ok down there :) I love that area. Give me mountains any day compared to a beach!
f1_roxie
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:27 pm (UTC)
It just looks ahmazing i luff how blue the sky is thats pretty random but its lush, it looks awesome lucky you lol.
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 9th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Heheh it was pretty epic being up there. We were lucky it was clear - you could see for miles but the camera doesn't quite pick that up.
shortbutfast
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
*sigh i miss home.
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 9th, 2009 06:06 pm (UTC)
Aww sorry! Whereabouts in Germany are you from?
shortbutfast
Jun. 11th, 2009 09:02 pm (UTC)
i'm actually swiss and was born in geneva. my mother is swiss, my father's from germany. we lived in both countries. but my heart is in switzerland and the alpine region in general. your picture are nice by the way. <3
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 12th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
Ah right. I love the alpine region too :) Glad you like the pictures
melodias
Jun. 10th, 2009 02:26 am (UTC)
descending 2000m + in 10 minutes

That would probably kill my ears. T_T We used to drive up a mountain resort in my hometown and it always hurt my ears driving back down. :(

These are gorgeous pictures by the way. Makes me all excited to climb a mountain (or volcano, most likely, considering where I live) soon. :D
ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 11th, 2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
Well yeah, and I get vertigo, so I didn't do it - the train which takes longer is fine though :)

I love the mountains, almost makes me feel like I'm home when I see them, only there are no mountains like that around here!
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ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 11th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Aww glad you like them! I've been meaning to share them for ages, so it's bad that it's taken me until now to do that!

I'm ok with heights but I do get vertigo from time to time. Pictures give you the idea, if not quite the same experience, so glad you could kind of enjoy it with me :)
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ladyofsalzburg
Jun. 11th, 2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Good good. I want to go back there now though, after looking at my pictures!
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