Have you ever been to the tippy-top of a mountain? If not, hold on to your seats because I’m about to take you there.
Almost 10,000 feet above sea level, Zugspitze is the highest peak in all of Germany. At the top, you can experience a complete 360° view of over 400 snow-capped peaks from surrounding Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
Getting up to the peak of Zugspitze requires a train ride, taking about an hour and a half. The best way we found to do this was to park at Eibsee Lake then ascend with the cogwheel train. There was an Eibsee cable car at the time we visited but as of 2017 it is decommissioned.
The train leaves about every half hour and on the ascension are some magnificent views of Lake Eibsee.
About halfway into the train ride, the ears are popping as the pressure of elevation takes hold.
A set of stairs greets you once arriving at the peak’s train stop, taking you into a cafe where a cup of hot cocoa can be enjoyed while glancing through floor-to-ceiling windows.
Through a set of double doors, walk out into the snow to experience the most beautiful winter wonderland.
Not high enough yet? Go back into the cafe to find the cable car that will take you to the very top of the peak.
At this height, the air becomes immensely thick, making it hard to breathe. It’s important to note that if you have any sort of breathing problems, it probably isn’t the best idea to come up this high; I personally became ultra lightheaded.
We stayed up here just long enough to catch some amazing shots.
Amazing right? This was the first and only time I’ve been up to this elevation without being in an airplane! I would do it over and over again if I could.
Have you ever been to the peak of a mountain? Let me know in the comments!