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Zugspitze: Top of Germany

View of the summit - www.zugspitze.de

The Zugspitze (literally the “top of the train”) is Germany’s highest mountain. It is located in the Bavarian Alps, on the border with Austria, in the Wetterstein (literally the “weather rock”) mountain range in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. Standing atop its 2,962 meters summit, one has a stunning view over the Bavarian, Austrian, Swiss and Italian Alps. The first officially recorded ascent dates back to 1820.

As an outstanding tourism attraction, the Zugpitze welcomes ski lovers on its 20 km of slopes just as well as mountain trekkers all year long. Senior mountaineers can climb its renowned cliffs, but the summit is also accessible to everyone via gondolas departing Eibsee lake, or the rack and pinion train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

In June 2015, major construction works were kicked off, aimed at replacing the old “Eibseeseilbahn” telecabin system, which was inaugurated in 1962 and transports a maximum of 44 persons per cabin. The objective is to modernize and enlarge the capacity of the gondola.

Per Hubschrauber wurden die Kranteile gebracht - Quelle www.br.de

Mounting the crane - source www.br.de

Dubbed “Germany’s highest construction site”, with a giant crane mounted piece by piece by helicopter, the works have the Zugspitze temporarily peaking at 2,975 m above sea level. The exceptional challenges of this undertaking, especially its remarkable lack of surface, can be followed online throughout the process at the construction log.  (in German)

Source & more : zugspitze.de/en