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Unlike the Wankbahn, finding the Zugspitzbahn station is easy, but getting to the top can be a little confusing and needs a little explanation. There are a number of alternative routes to the top, and I will explain the simplest, quickest, option.
The journey to the Zugspitze summit involves three parts:
1. A cog wheel train to Grainau.
2. Another cog wheel train journey from Grainau to Eibsee.
3. An aerial tramway from Eibsee to the Zugspitze summit.
These elements are never explained clearly anywhere, so they are worth noting otherwise you might end up wasting time like I did.
The station for the aerial tramway in Eibsee is separate to the cog wheel train station, and you need to take a short walk through the trees outside the station. It's not far, so if you find yourself wandering too long, go back and try again. You should be able to just walk out of the front of the station and take the path right there. It has a small sign post so look out for it.
The Eibsee Seilbahn is an aerial tramway, not a gondola system, so there is only one cabin on each of the two ropeways. Each cabin crams in about 30 people squashed together like sardines.
The dramatic journey to the top takes about 10 minutes, and in normal circumstances the cabins are going up and down the mountain every half hour. Towards the end of busy days, however, there are more people wanting to come down than the cabins can carry and so you will need to book ahead. Again this isn't made very clear (until it is too late) so be aware. If they are calling out ticket numbers, make sure you go and get one before trying to go back down to Eibsee. Otherwise you might get stuck up the mountain for an hour or so longer than you intended, like I did.
The journey all the way to the top costs 44 euros for a return. The last train to the Eibsee leaves Garmisch at 2.15, and the last one from the top on the Eibsee Seilbahn should leave at 5pm, but they keep it running a bit longer if there's a jam.
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