On top of Zugspitze

Mum and I were transported to the summit of the peak by the Gletscherbahn cable car. We shared a journey with a elderly couple with their grand daughter and a cable car attendant. The cab was designed to carry 100 people in one go during the peak skiing season, therefore, we had a plenty of room to move around and admire the breathtaking view.

 


There were quite a few snow groomers scattered around the piste, waiting for another 6 months to be back in business.

 


Left over snow from the previous winter was rather dirty. We wondered how spectacular the place would be once everything was covered with snow.

The summit was even more windy than Zugspitze Glacier Plateau!

And the view, it was awesome but also vertigo-inducing too. Just standing by the fence and trying to take pictures, we couldn’t help feeling spine-tingling anxiety.

A brand new cable car route was being constructed from Lake Eibsee.

Men with a hard hat and a full set of harnesses were busy working around the windswept cliffs. They are fearless, aren’t they? Mum and I were really impressed.

This place must be the best location for an ultimate alfresco dining experience!

Hungry birds goggle-boxing the lucky diners with a hot dog.

Mum being funny.

Mum, you would have looked better if you took the sunglasses off though…

We walked around a chain of walkways which connected platforms and viewing terrace.

We spotted more than a few dogs visiting the summit.

You guys are brave, I thought. My Bella would probably very unhappy here as she hates have her furry face ruffled by the wind…

Das Bergschwein!

The mountain pig! What is the meaning of this illustration? Please let me know if you know anything about it.

It was wonderful to view the famous Alps peaks with my beloved mum. I hoped she felt the same way..

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Zugspitze Glacier Plateau

Yes, we did speak too soon because it was so bl**dy cold up on the mountain! I lent mum my bomber jacket because the one she brought herself didn’t look warm enough.

Mum with a Bavarian totempole…

The landscape around us was rather grey and barren…

No one was sitting outside because the blustery winds were whipping everything and everyone up…

Mum, no point in hanging around here. Let’s climb to the summit with a cable car, I shepherded her toward a platform of Glatscherbahn cable car…

Can’t wait what we see from the summit! We were soooo excited…

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Up the mountain

Another highlight of our road trip was to visit the top of Zugspitze – the highest peak of Bavarian Alps, Wetterstein Mountains. The summit was 2,962 m (9,718 ft) above sea level, and could be accessible by cogwheel train and Gletscherbahn cable car.

We left Garmisch Partenkirchen around eight o’clock after a brief showdown with that old woman at the reception. In the end, she offered to knock off €20 from our bill, and I decided to settle the matter without further haggling or making a scene. Life is too short to be unhappy, especially during our precious road trip, mum and I agreed.

Mum poised on a cogwheel train, waiting for the train to move…

There are a few ways to reach Zugspitze. One way is catching a cogwheel train at Garmisch Partenkirchen. The train stops at Hausberg, Kreuzeck-Alpspitzbahn, Hannerbach, Grainau and Eibsee before starting a serious climbing toward its terminal at Zugspitzplatt. Another way is driving to Eibsee like we did and catching a train from there.

Our train was starting from Eibsee and it was schedule to depart at 9:15…

We managed to find the seats by the driver. We could hardly wait until a driver arrived and started the engine.

At the beginning, the track was surrounding by thick woodland…

The climb was rather slow and laborious. We could feel the cogs underneath our carriages biting into the steel tread between the rails and pulling the load up like a powerful farm horse ploughing a field. I had never been on this type of train, therefore, I was fascinated by how it worked.

Then all of the sudden, the vegetation on our right opened and revealed a breathtaking view of Lake Eibsee on our right. The sight made us realised how high the train had climbed already…​

After Eibsee, there were two loops on otherwise a single track. At each loop, two trains, one ascending and the other descending, waited in order to pass one another.

Our train entered Kleiner Tunnel and stopped. The driver turned off the engine. Apart from the driver, none of us on the train knew what to expect in the tunnel, and we were rather excited when we spotted some bright light in the distance…

The light was of the headlamps of the oncoming train. The train approached towards us very slowly and steadily, like two cars passing each other on a very narrow street.

After the tunnel, the cogwheel train climbed another 1,100m and we arrived at the terminal, Zugspitzplatt…


Despite it was 2588m above sea level, the inside of the terminal station was not at all cold. Mum and I were well prepared for low temperature, therefore, we were a little disappointed…

We won’t need any jacket after all!

Our optimism would vanish into thin air as soon as we stepped out of the building…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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