View from Zugspitze summit
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At the German/Austrian border sits the giant glacier mountain of Zugspitze. It has the highest summit in Germany (2962m/9724ft) and is a great getaway for residents of Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide) seeking an outing in nature.
On arrival it is easy to see why the glacier skiing region atop the Zugspitze attracts alpine-skiers, snowboarders, carvers, and free-stylers alike. Zugspitze, literally meaning
train peak in German, has several cable car rides and underground trains that take millions of tourists to the summit, which features a restaurant, bar, observation tower and several souvenir shops. Or you can scale the mountain in two days, camping on the way up. There are also guided hiking tours and mountaineering courses for the adventurous soul. For more information in skiing the Zugspitze, look to Bergsteigerschule Zugspitze
A day pass for skiing on the Zugspitze plateau starts at 36 €. You can also purchase a Happy Ski Card for the entire region from 86 € for three days of skiing. There is also a network of cross-country ski trails that run along the main valleys.
If you would rather relax and spectate, one of the highlights of the international winter sport week in Garmisch-Partenkirchen (Garmisch-Partenkirchen vacation rentals | Garmisch-Partenkirchen travel guide) is the New Year’s Ski Jumping Event. It is one of the four events in the International Ski Jumping tournament and takes place on January 1st.
To participate in this live event – tickets are being sold through DER travel agency, at the train station, Tel. +49 (0) 8821 – 798273 (-74) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
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