The first highlight is the spectacular ascent with the record-breaking cableway. And after having made it to 2,962 altitude metres in the most comfortable way possible, visitors from all over the world can admire the view of four countries and enjoy culinary delights made fresh at the top. All those who want to experience the glacier’s enternal ice up close can choose between athletic or more indulgent activities on the Zugspitz plateau – in winter and in summer.
Zugspitze rises confidently from the eponymous mountain range in southern Bavaria and what with it being Germany’s highest mountain it is known far beyond the borders of the land. Its popularity allegorises man’s need to remove himself from everyday life and quite literally ‘stand above it all’. Thanks to the state-of-the-art cableway, day trippers, tour groups, families, and sun lovers can comfortably reach Germany’s highest point. The 1,945 altitude metres between the valley station at Eibsee lake and the peak are covered in a mere 10 minutes. And with the floor-level glazing in the cabins the guests can enjoy thrilling views of the lake and the rock face as it comes closer and closer making the minutes pass in a flash.
On the way up passegers traverse the world’s highest steelwork pylon for aerial tramways (127 metres) and cover the world’s longest unsupported cableway span of 3,213 metres. An anything but ordinary experience for young and old, wheelchair drivers and flat country people but also experience mountaineers. The summit station with its stunning glass front proudly sits atop the rock and it first lures guests to its terrace from where the legendary panoramic view of 400 alpine peaks in four countries is best admired. On clear days even Munich, the land’s capital, becomes visible. The golden summit cross near the viewing terrace is a popular motif for souvenir photos.
Panorama 2962: Treats for body and soul
At 3,000 metres an empty stomach is not always a good thing – but on Zugspitze it’s just what you want. The sustainable concept of the kitchens at the summit restaurants and cafés that make up Panorama 2962 follows a simple motto: ‘The best from four countries’. Aside from Bavarian specialties there are all sorts of delicacies from the alpine region, always made from produce that is as regional, seasonal, and fair as possible. The five state-of-the-art restaurant areas are smartly presented to make sure that almost every table has a stunning view: depending on the direction it may be of the summit cross and AlpspiX, turquoise-coloured Eibsee lake, the Alpine foreland or the cableway technology. From cosy self-service restaurant to the separate summit parlour all the way to various coffee bars both indoors and out – here everyone is bound to find the right spot for a quick energy boost, romantic tête-à-tête or group celebrations and events.
Coffee and art, please
The Dallmayr coffee bar and lounge is a particularly cosy spot where the sophisticated guest likes to linger. The reason for this is hard to miss: a four-part painting by the renowned illustrator Ameli Neureuther visualises the great variety of experiences Germany’s highest peak has to offer in a way the newly interprets the imagery of historic tourism and mountain railway posters. Neureuther herself grew up at the foot of Zugspitze and she created the colourful work of art to perfectly fit the space of Dallmayr Kaffeebar.
Up close to the glacier: activities on eternal ice
On the terrain level below, at 2,600 metres, the Zugspitz plateau beckons with day trip and dining options for everyone. Guests from all over the world can get here comfortably, either using the glacier cable way from the summit or the cog railway from the Eibsee valley station. Refreshing activities in summer include rushing down the natural snow piste on mini bobs, exploring the glacier experience path, climbing at Zugspitze Alpinpark or visiting the chapel Maria Heimsuchung. The Bayerischen Zugspitzbahn mountain railways offer welcome ways of getting up (and down) the mountains in comfort.
The cosy glacier restaurant Sonnalpin and the glazed glacier garden are two high-quality culinary establishments that offer fresh, creative cuisine on the Zugspitz plateau. Their sunny terraces invite guests to dine and enjoy the stunning panoramic views. During the cold half of the year winter sports lovers can find welcome sustenance here – that is when they’re not busy exploring the glacier ski resort’s 20 kilometres of natural snow slopes on their skis and snowboards. The resort is located at 2,000 to 2,720 metres which guarantees snow throughout the extra long skiing season – and every year an igloo camp is built at the centre of the resort. Inside the snowy huts guests can stay nice and warm during their overnight stays and the bar, kitchen, whirlpools, and sauna offer a suprising level of comfort.
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