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Zugspitze region
Onion domes and Lüftl art

View of the snow-covered Zugspitze

The Zugspitze region is a pure delight for any nature enthusiast with its four valley landscapes, the Ammergau Alps, the "blue region", the Karwendel Alpine region and the area around the Zugspitze. On Germany's highest mountain - the Zugspitze (2,963 m) - it feels like you could reach out and touch the stars. And right on top of the mountain, you are not only at the highest point in Germany, but also almost on its very edge; the Zugspitze is on the German-Austrian border. In addition to magnificent mountain scenery, the region features charming valleys, clean lakes and nature conservation areas set against an amazing panorama. But you don't have to be an experienced mountain climber to explore these truly spectacular peaks. There are mountain railways and cable cars to make the ascent a little easier. At almost a thousand metres in altitude, you'll find the crystal-clear, deep blue Eibsee lake, a jewel nestling in the charming Werdenfelser Land holiday region. It is 2.5 km long, 1 km wide, up to 32 metres deep and has seven small islands along its northern shores. Eibsee lake was the result of a massive landslide. Overlooking the lake is the lower station of the large cable car that takes you up to the Zugspitze.

Boat on Eibsee lake with the Zugspitze in the background

The Eibsee-Zugspitze high-wire park has a breathtakingly high course with a number of different climbing activities. The Garmisch-Partenkirchen airfield offers a range of paragliding, tandem flying and thermic flying tours over the mountain peaks. A walk through the wild, romantic Höllental (hell valley) gorge or the impressive Partnach gorge is an experience for all the senses. This is one of the most beautiful gorges in the Alpine region and a fascinating natural attraction at any time of year, but particularly in the winter. A dinghy or kayak tour on the river Loisach also lets you indulge your taste for adventure. The Karwendel Alpine region between Mittenwald, Krün and Wallgau is one of the largest ranges in the Northern Calcareous Alps. With its unspoilt terrain and numerous peaks, it presents a fantastic challenge to any avid mountain climber, while the enchanting elevated valley at the foot of the Karwendel mountain is an ideal destination for action-packed holidays close to nature. Admire the amazing interplay of colours when the gentian flowers cover the hillside meadows at the foot of the Karwendel and Soiern mountains. The "Via Alpina", a long-distance cross-border footpath with five sections running through the whole of the Alps, also crosses the Karwendel mountains. If you are looking for a blend of tradition and modern-day attractions, sport, fun, zest for life and enchanting Alpine scenery, this is the destination for you.

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Highlights in brief

  • Grainau
    Village on Eibsee lake at the foot of the Zugspitze

  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen
    Zugspitze and Schneefernerhaus environmental research station, Olympic venue
  • Farchant
    In the Loisach valley
  • Ohlstadt
    On the edge of the Murnauer Moos nature conservation area
  • Oberau
    Health resort
  • Eschenlohe
    In the Loisach valley, gateway to the Werdenfelser Land and Zugspitze regions
  • Mittenwald
    Violin making, Lüftl art, Karwendel cable car
  • Oberammergau
    Passion plays, woodcarving, Lüftl art
  • Murnau
    Lake Staffelsee, castle museum, Münter's house
  • Ettal
    Benedictine abbey