Photo of Zugspitze
Photo uploaded by J. Vranjes

Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany, located near the Austrian border, just over fifty miles south of Munich. There is an excellent variety of rock climbs on the mountain, although its proximity to Munich has made it a popular tourist area, and there is much development. An atmospheric research station and a hotel are both situated near the top, and countless trails, two ski lifts, and a railroad all converge on the Zugspitze summit.

Part added by J. Vranjes: Two standard climbing routes are from the south (Reintal) and the north-east (Höllental). The Reintal route in summer requires only basic walking gear. The attractive Höllental route starts from the willage Hammersbach (at around 750 meters above the see level) and it includes walking over glacier (almost without crevasses) and lengthy ferratas. Gear for this route: v-rope and helmet, eventually crampons too. There is an entrance fee of 3 Euro for the Höllental route, in Hoellentalklamm above Hammersbach.

There is also the Jubiläumsgrat Ridge route which connects Alpspitze with Zugspitze.

Huts: Höllentalangerhutte (1379 m) in Höllental, and Reintalangerhutte (1.366 m) and Knorrhütte (2052 m) for the south route.

Elevation (feet): 9,718
Elevation (meters): 2,962
Continent: Europe
Country: Germany
Range/Region: Bavarian Alps
Latitude: 47.4167
Longitude: 10.9833
Difficulty: Walk up
Best months for climbing: Jul, Aug, Sep
Nearest major airport: Munich, Germany, Innsbruck, Austria
Convenient Center: Munich, Germany, Innsbruck, Austria

Thanks to Kevin Teh for adding this peak.

Trip Reports

There are 45 trip reports for Zugspitze.

  • Log #8197 - by Jim Ryther on Nov 06, 20043.00 stars
    One of the most beautiful views I have ever seen.
  • Log #8199 - by David De Bruyn on Sep 10, 20043.00 stars
    nice via ferrate (West side) a lot of people on the peak, dangerous situations on the way to the cross. " the tourist spitze"
  • Log #8200 - by Rafal Jozwik on Sep 04, 20043.00 stars
    from Austria. very easy. only few people on the track. for info - mail me
  • Log #8201 - by Andre de Jonge on Aug 27, 20043.00 stars
    nice peak. the weather can change very quickly and and it was a real alpine-climb with lots of snow cold and strong wind and no view . adj
  • Log #8202 - by Arian de Koning on Aug 15, 20043.00 stars
    Wonderfull experience and a loong walk back into the "Leutasch Tal"(Austria) and please visit the Steiner hutte on your way back, bet you'll never forget it ;-)
  • Log #8203 - by Peter Blokker on Aug 10, 20043.00 stars
    Don't go there! It's very dangerous and one of us is still missing... That's of course a joke! It was fantastic, we climbed through the Hollental. Nature and views are spectacular. Peter Blokker,...
  • Log #8204 - by Richard & Mickey Clarke on Aug 09, 20043.00 stars
    Magnificent trip! The Partnachklamm, Reintal, and Alps were truly wonderful. We stayed at the Knorrhutte and had a fine experience there. Mick and I took the tram down to the Sonn Alpin and the cog...
  • Log #8205 - by Owen Beauford on July 29, 20043.00 stars
    A most beautiful place.
  • Log #8206 - by Sherry "Lee" Proctor on July 28, 20043.00 stars
    I was stationed at HHB 3rd Armd Div Arty in Hanau, West Germany and my unit offered a trip to Garmisch as adventure "training". I loved the idea of having fun and getting promotion points!...
  • Log #8207 - by james ferguson on June 10, 20043.00 stars
    It was quite a sight to see the clouds below me, and on below them, the lakes and villages. I will be back.:-)
  • Log #8208 - by Mary Massa on June 01, 20043.00 stars
    "It was very wintry on the mountain this date. Probably 14 degrees Fahrenheit with a stiff wind. Enjoyed watching the skiers and snowboarders. Also walked over to Austria.
  • Log #8209 - by Bill Massa on June 01, 20043.00 stars
    It was very wintry on the mountain this date. Probably 14 degrees Fahrenheit with a stiff wind. Enjoyed watching the skiers and snowboarders. Also walked over to Austria.
  • Log #8210 - by Emma Fogarty on Mar 31, 20043.00 stars
    We cheated and took the cable car, but it doesn't make it any less beautiful. I went there with the man i want to spend the rest of my life with ...it's the most beautiful and romantic place in the...
  • Log #8211 - by Jan-Theo Varkevisser on July 23, 20033.00 stars
    Climbed it from the austrian side, from Ehrwald, just because it is the shortest route. From the campsite there it is a 1800 m elevation to the summit. First you follow a skipiste and then you climb...
  • Log #8212 - by Juli on Mar 03, 20033.00 stars
    I lived in Germany for six years with my mom and dad, and on one of our family holidays, we went to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and summited the Zugspitze. I cannot wait to go back! Breath taking and...
  • Log #8213 - by Michael Donnel on May 18, 20023.00 stars
    The Zugspitze is the most breathtking location I have ever been to. I think that the pictures I took of this majestic view cannot begin to do it jusitce.
  • Log #8214 - by Marcia Gallagher on Apr 29, 20023.00 stars
    My military unit went to Southern Germany for Winter Adventure Training. We climbed the Zugspitze. We began at the base of the mountain by a river which seemed like white water rapids. Ascending...
  • Log #8215 - by tyler mitchell heisey on Apr 22, 20023.00 stars
    The zugspitze was cold and fun plus I saw a video wich I wrote down notes.
  • Log #8216 - by Mitchell L. Cotton on Feb 03, 20023.00 stars
    I was company commander, Company B, 3112th Signal Service Battallio, United States Forces in Europe. At this time we occupied the summit with a military microwave communications station, under...
  • Log #8217 - by Barbara on Nov 28, 20013.00 stars
    ascended from Hammersbach through HÒllentalklamm and the HÒllental . this is the most difficult and exhausting tour on top of the Zugspitze. needs fitness and enduriness. you must be...
  • Log #8218 - by Charles Story on Nov 27, 20013.00 stars
    I took the Hollental route, which should have taken 8 hours but took 12. This was due to inexperienced partners and most importantly too heavy of a load. I was ready for Everest. Cimbing equipment...
  • Log #8223 - by Charles Story on Nov 29, 20003.00 stars
    I took the Hollental route, which should have taken 8 hours but took 12. This was due to inexperienced partners and most importantly to heavy of a load. I was ready for Everest. Cimbing equipment was...
  • Log #8224 - by Bill Buntrock on May 16, 20003.00 stars
    First Backpacking trip Sober in Alcoholics Anonymous
  • Log #8226 - by Tim Gerlitz on Jan 06, 20003.00 stars
    Military dude early 80's. Skied out arses off on Zugspitze. The cog train ride to the top is mind blowing. Summit a walk.
  • Log #8227 - by FRED KRAPF NICKNAME FATFREDDY on Jan 05, 20002.26 stars
    O'gau dependant 70-73. GAP Ski Patrol 73-74. I have a neighbor here who was on ski patrol there with me (Jim Stewart) our bud Dave Zielke now lives in Bellevue WA- cool huh? I'm still looking for...
  • Log #8230 - by Erik Overbeek on Oct 04, 19993.00 stars
    We started from the Hollentalhut. Over the hollentalsteig to the top. To much buildings there. From the top over the jubilaumsgrat and Mathiesenkar down to the Hollentalhut.
  • Log #8231 - by Mike P. on Sep 22, 19993.00 stars
    Learn German as my descent into the Hollental area was nothing at all like the nice walk up from the Reintal area where I spent the night with my Brother-In-Law Bill & my wife Rose. They took the...
  • Log #8233 - by Galen D. Griffin on May 11, 19993.00 stars
    Ich Leibe dich Deutchland und alle ihre leute.
  • Log #8234 - by Hyun Kim on May 10, 19993.00 stars
    In August of 1990, I went to Garmisch Partenkirchen while taking a one week vacation from my job in Frankfurt a.M. After spending the night at the local Jugendherberge, I set out for the Olympic...
  • Log #8235 - by Scott Hatch on May 04, 19993.00 stars
    The views are magnificant there. There is a small stone church in the bowl and it's definately God's country.
  • Log #8236 - by Philip Lenaghan on Dec 01, 19983.00 stars
    I lived in the area at the time and it is still one of my favourite places. It was an excellent day for the time of year, and a hot brandy near the top really did the trick.
  • Log #8237 - by Galen Griffin on Nov 19, 19983.00 stars
    I believe that only spirtually strong, and blessed people love mountain hicking. I have met one of the most beutiful people in my life on a mountain. She turned my life around multiple times, and I...
  • Log #19147 - by Christopher on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    My first climb. My friend Sarah's idea. Great experience, not for people who might be afraid of heights. Worst part.
  • Log #15265 - by Eric Lau on Sep 22, 20043.00 stars
    Gunung ledang located in tangkak johor, some called it mt ophir. this mt is guarded n upgraded to taman negara already, so u need to register and get a permit to climb it, u need to get a guide as...
  • Log #15266 - by tajul on July 31, 20043.00 stars
    gunung ledang...mmm i have reach the top 2 times...at bukit botak, where fern is all around me..i can see a cloud and mist flying in front of me.
  • Log #15267 - by Y.T. Cheong on July 23, 20043.00 stars
    For the past ten years I've climbed G.Ledang using the Sagil route, six times with my son. Each time we summited and spent two nights there. It's such a wonderful place that I would always feel the...
  • Log #15269 - by nurul fuziana on Apr 27, 20043.00 stars
    i really like this gunung ledang. the place is beutiful and fully historical area. gunung ledang resort prepared u a very good renjers and services. congratulations.
  • Log #15270 - by Michael Tan on Mar 23, 20043.00 stars
    It took 3hrs 15 mins to reach the summit starting from the Ranger Station. Funny thing is, it took us the same time to get back down...
  • Log #15271 - by rashidah maqbool on Jan 26, 20043.00 stars
    we`ve reached the summit on 22/01/04....at about 3pm.....great hike n a very fantastic view this is my 2nd time climbing this mountain....but im sure i`ll be back
  • Log #15272 - by Eric Chooy on Jan 10, 20043.00 stars
    It is a very nice mountain to hike. We went there on 30 August 2003 and we camp a night at CP4 before moving up to the peak the next morning. I was quite a bad night because it was raining heavily...
  • Log #15273 - by Mokhtar on Apr 10, 20033.00 stars
    We camped at the summit and spend the night before descending the next day via Asahan, Melaka. I half dreamt or was not dreaming when I came out of my tent to greet a woman visitor in baju kebaya...
  • Log #15274 - by Cityhunters on Jan 17, 20033.00 stars
    very tough~~ the road is bad~~` ^_^
  • Log #18901 - by Michael Benedict on Feb 14, 20063.00 stars
    Started up on 11NOV05 at around 4PM. We had expected the huts to be open, but that was a bad assumption. It turns out that the huts all close by mid to late October. We parked in the town of...
  • Log #20336 - by Qba on Sep 27, 20063.00 stars
    Climbed from Eibsee by Hoellental.It took me 6,5 hrs to get to the summit. View is really great.Highly recommanded.
  • Log #21999 - by J. Vranjes on July 11, 20103.00 stars
    I climbed Zugspitze solo on July 2, 2010. Started at 3:30 from the free car parking at Kreuzeckbahn lift station (around 750 m above the see level). From there walked towards Hammersbach and then to...