Tuesday, 11 July 2017

The Alpspitze and the Wetterstein Mountains

The Zugspitze is Germany's highest mountain and is part of the Wetterstein range that tower over our campsite on the edge of Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

We plan on ascending the Zugspitze soon, but for a starter we took the cable car up the nearby Alpspize, rambled around the plateau down to Hochalm, then made our way across to Kreuzeck where we descended by another cable car.

You can get a better idea of the route by looking at this map (external website).

If you are planning on following in our footsteps and go up one cable car and down another AND go up and down the Zugspitze on the Zahnradbahn from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, then we would recommend you ask for a 2-Gipfelpass Kombiticket. It costs 64 € per adult, but is worth it (with thanks to the half-German, half-Welsh woman at the ticket office for the Alpspitzbahn who pointed this out).

At the top of the Alpsitzbahn is a restaurant at 2,080 metres with typical Bratwurst / Bier / Apfelstrudel fare:

However, the main attraction here is to cautiously edge out on two 24 metre long transparent grating walkways arranged in an X 1000 metres over the Höllental valley. If you have a fear for heights, it is quite thrilling. And if you are not a wimp, it is gives you amazing panoramic views of the valley and the Wetterstein mountains.

And here's the view looking directly down!

From here we walked along a well-defined path that was not too strenuous via Hochalm (and some Apfelstrudel and Buttermilch! ) to the Kreuzeck cable car and back down again.

Unfortunately the batteries ran out on my camera, so I can't share the beautiful meadow flowers and stunning mountain views (including real snow!). You'll just have to take my word for that.

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