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Zugspitze Railway

We enjoy a journey on the narrow-gauge Zugspitze Railway on some of our tours. The line takes us from the charming Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on an 11-mile journey to the peak of Germany's highest mountain - overcoming a height difference of 2,897ft.

On leaving Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the electric train runs through the gentle countryside surrounding the town, including flat, fertile farmland and glorious meadows. Continuing past a scattering of small villages, the line begins its ascent; about four miles from Garmisch the train begins to use a rack-and-pinion system to negotiate the steep gradient.

From the base of the mountain, the scenery becomes ever-more dramatic, with the spiky, snow-covered peaks towering over dense patches of woodland below. After pausing at Eibsee station, our journey continues into the mountains, using a series of wide curves to gain height. Zugspitze Railway then passes through Höllental or 'Hell Valley' named for its dramatic slopes and narrow gorge that made climbing the mountain difficult. We then run through an area thick with pine trees before disappearing onto a long tunnel built to protect the railway from the most extreme weather. We emerge near the summit of Zugspitze, where the views out over Bavaria and Austria are incredible.

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17 Oct 2022
N Packer
5 stars
“Wonderful holiday, lots of train travel mixed with beautiful villages and towns and excellent cuisine on the cruise ship.
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Oberammergau and The Castles, Mountains and Lakes of Bavaria
14 Oct 2022
Fiona Maybrey
5 stars
“Brilliant trip despite the weather, only downside was the non staggered seating and lack of a feeling of pilgrimage.
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Romantic Road and Bavarian Alps
22 Sep 2022
S Graham
5 stars
“A really enjoyable tour with a very friendly group and an excellent tour manager
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