The Zugspitze, One Mountain…Two Countries. The famous Zugspitze is the highest mountain peak in Germany at a height of 9718 feet (2962 meters). Did you know that the mountain is actually shared by Germany and Austria with the border for the two countries running over the western summit. You take a cogwheel train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Grainau or Eibsee or a cable car from either the German or Austrian side. Once you reach the top of the mountain, you have spectacular views of Austria, Italy, Switzerland and Germany.
The majority of tourists who plan to visit the Zugspitze tend to stay in Garmisch-Partenkirchen which is a modern town that also has a historic center. The town has lots of hotels, restaurants and shopping so it makes it a well-known tourist destination.
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While Garmisch-Partennkirchen is very nice, my husband and I find that it is too touristy for our taste. Instead, we like to stay in the quiet village of Lermoos, Austria which lies at the foot of the Grubigstein, Wettersteingebirge, and the Zugspitze mountain ranges.
We enjoy staying at the Hotel Post. It has been a family run hotel since 1560. The rooms are wonderful, it has a great spa, absolutely delicious food and outstanding views which keep us coming back. What we really like about staying in Lermoos is its central location. It is very convenient for visiting both the Tirol region of Austria and the Bavarian region of Germany. After a day of touring the nearby regions, it is nice to come back to the hotel for a cocktail in the bar and a multi-course dinner in the restaurant.
If you read my previous post on Bavaria, you might be surprised that we did all our touring of Bavaria from Lermoos. When traveling by car, Garmisch is just a twenty minute drive and the castles of King Ludwig II are no more forty-five minutes away.
The Zugspitze is an impressive mountain shared by two beautiful countries. I do hope that you have the opportunity to visit the top of the world in this part of Europe. If you are planning on visiting the top of the Zugspitze, please be sure to check the weather at the top of the mountains as you want to go up on a clear day.
This is just the beginning of our adventure into Austria and the weather has been fantastic. I hope you will continue to follow along as we explore more of the Tirol…it a great place to visit.