Discover Germany, Issue 35, February 2016

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Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Zugspitze – two of Germany’s highlights So, this is what it feels like to have the world at your feet: at a height of exactly 2,962 metres the Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. Boasting three glaciers it is also Germany’s highest elevated skiing area. TEXT: SILKE HENKELE

Regardless of whether you are a ski enthusiast or a romantic, whether you love nature or are a fan of relaxing sunbaths: the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn will help you to make the best of Zugspitze’s enthralling alpine surrounding. Getting there Top floor and back, please! Starting at the Zugspitze station in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the cog railway will get you to the Zugspitzblatt via Grainau and Eibsee. From here, the Gletscherbahn will take you to Zugspitze’s peak. On your way down, the Eibsee-cable car will present you with an unrivalled view of the Eibsee before the cog railway sees you safely back to the station.

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Things to do Zugspitze skiing area welcomes all sorts of visitors. Skiers and boarders, families and beginners as well as experienced carvers or snowboarders are warmly welcomed here. All may equally benefit from 20 kilometres of expertly groomed easy to intermediate slopes. Weather allowing, the breathtaking Riffelriß-slope is opened and will add to a fantastic skiing experience. Yet Germany’s highest ski resort will also charm nonskiers who will find many ways to equally enjoy these beautiful surroundings: from Zugspitze’s top the visitor enjoys a 360degree panoramic view of more than 400 mountain peaks. The Zugspitze exhibition informs about the history of Germany’s

highest elevated ski resort. An igloo village, Germany’s highest elevated church, as well as illustrious restaurants are also there for the visitors to explore. Why not end a fantastic day going downhill on a luge? The Zugspitze region offers a choice of three remarkable luge tracks. The rides are quick, they are fun and, above all, the view is simply stunning! Gastronomic delights Breathtaking views, fresh mountain air, silence, rocks – and a great choice of restaurants. Why not spoil yourself and make the most of a perfect day with a visit to one of the four restaurants where the mountains touch the sky. The Gletscherrestaurant Sonnalpin, Gletschergarten, Gipfelalm and Panorama 2962 are prepared to treat their guests to the best the local Bavarian and international cuisine has to offer. No matter whether you go skiing, boarding or hiking, whether you visit the sights or are lazily en-