Jetsetting

Discovering The Zugspitze – Germany’s Tallest Peak

Zugspitze- While traveling to Munch, I recited it over and over so I could say it correctly, “Zugh-Spuhts”. My American accent wanted to say “Zug-Spit-zee”. I was also learning to speak conversational German prior to my 6-week trip through Germany. It did not make much difference because everybody responded to me in English!

I learned from my Berlin friend from that if I spoke with an American accent, they would answer me in English. So I suppose that my American accent over wrote my asking for directions or food in German. I could have just pronounced it in my American pronunciation and be fine.

The Zugspitze runs along the Austrian-German border, and overlooks the rolling hills of Bavaria is. It being the tallest peak in Germany stands at 2,962 m or 9,718 ft above sea level.

I was in Munich for Octoberfest and decided not to take a day tour, but take a coach to the little Bavarian town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Then make my way up to Germany’s highest mountain. Once I arrived, I made my way across the tracks in order to take a cogwheel train to the base of the Zugspitze. It was a short sweet ride through lush green fields, and past old timber homes.

Once the ride was over, I was to jump on an ariel tram, ride over a small green forest, and up to the Zugspitze. From where I was standing inside the aerial tram, the Zugspitze looked sharp, cragley, and very cold. I was not sure if my long sleeve shirt, puffer vest, beanie, and ungloved hands would be warm enough. I convinced myself that I would be warm enough while ascending up the cables.

When I got to the top and exited the building, the convincing I did that I would be warm was not enough. I was cold. My hands were chilled down to the bone, and I had a difficult time taking photos and selfies. You could see the coldness and stiffness in my face with my selfies, which now I find very humorous.

Freezing on the Zugspitze

What made the trip worth it were the views, and knowing that I was at the top of Germany’s tallest mountain. I went to every overlook, every point of view to take in Bavaria, Germany and Austria. It all felt very peaceful, and looked as peaceful.

Top of Germany

When enough was enough, and I could barely feel my hands or my face, I jetted back inside and found the restaurant. And in my typical fashion while in Germany, I ate a dessert made from apples. Usually I stuffed myself with apfelstrudel, but this time around I decided on a slice of apple pie and a hot cappuccino. Alone I sat myself down in front of a window with a gorgeous view, eating my pie and sipping my cap. Life was good.

Apple pie and a cappuccino

After filling myself up I decided to take one more visit outside, but quickly returned because the wind was unbearable. I convinced myself that my visit was good enough, took the aerial tram back down, and returned back to Munich.

Once I returned back to bustling Munich, and the drunken party scene of Octoberfest, I knew that my decision to go to the quietness of the mountains was indeed a much needed break. I enjoyed every moment of it from the cogwheel train, to the frozen face selfies- how I do love travel!

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Taking the aerial tram down into the clouds

Bird at the top of the Zugspitze

Top of the Zugspitze

Mountain Goat Staue

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Of all the paths you take in life. Make sure a few lead to the mountains…

– John Muir
Yours Truly – Top of the Zugspitze

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📸 All photos are taken by me and are my intellectual property- Trixie Navarre

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