In 1894 the first stone of the Münchner Haus was layered. The opening of the Münchner Haus followed 3 years later in 1897. This was a popular mountain-cabin in Beieren, the first building on the ridge and a hut for overnight stays by mountain climbers. On 19 July 1900 the meteorological station with its prominent tower was inaugurated. In 1926 the first cable car to the top was opened, named 'the Zugspitzbahn'. This is still one of the most modern cable cars in Europe and it has a capacity of 101 persons. The Zugspitze lies in the Wetterstein range, a chain of limestone peaks marking the border between Austria and Germany and stretching from Ehrwald in the Tyrol through to Mittenwald in Bavaria.
Nature & Environment
To be in 10 minutes on the top at 2.962 m is really spectacular. You can really experience the different climate and landscape on such a high level. The Zugspitze is the highest mountain in Germany and offers some of the best views of the Alps. On a bright day, you can see across 4 countries (Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland) and mountain peaks from 2000 up to 4.000 m.
with another cable car, you can go further to the Zugspitzplatt, the glacier. In 1820 the glacier covered the complete 'platt' all year, but nowadays this has melted down and there are 'just' 3 smaller glaciers left in summer; the northern and southern glacier and the Hölentalferner.
Fun & Interesting
You can actually cross the border (as many times as you like) at the café on the peak.
In winter you can go skiïng/snowboarding. There are 8 different cable cars and lifts. It has 17 km of easy to medium graded ski runs. It is also popular at the beginning and end of the ski season as the area opens earlier and closes later than the runs lower down nearer the town.
In summer you can hike up or down the mountain or do a glacier hike or guided tour which takes about 20 minutes. A round trip journey using both train and cable cars is attractive to many day-trippers. There are also a number of routes up the Zugspitze for keen walkers.
at the end of the cable car, you'll find a building with a restaurant, shop, a small museum and an exposition room. On the peak of the mountain is a cross which you can reach with a guided climbing. At the other side of the mountain, it has another cable car to the Eibsee and an (indoor) mountain railway by which you can go to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Grainau. You can do a round trip!