Winter holidays on the Zugspitze (2,962 m) – welcome to the Top of Germany!

The Zugspitze is one of Germany’s most popular holiday destinations.

Skiing and holiday in Garmisch-Partenkirchen

The Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, is a great place for a winter skiing holiday, with excellent pistes and superb snow conditions from November through to May.

The Schneeferner glacier makes it possible to ski here for seven months of the year and, with pistes for all abilities, both beginners and experience skiers are well catered for. What’s more, the 20 km of pistes and downhill runs, at altitudes of between 2,000 and 2,720 metres, are set against a truly stunning backdrop of mountains and natural snow.

The easy and intermediate downhill runs (8 lifts and 12 downhills) provide perfect conditions for snowboarders and skiers, and absolutely everyone is catered for - from families and younger winter sports fans to more experienced skiers and snowboarders looking for a relaxing afternoon of carving.

And when the skiing is done, what better than to sit and relax over a bite to eat on our delightful sunny terrace? The Gipfelalm restaurant serves a delicious range of Bavarian and international food for you to enjoy as you admire views guaranteed to take your breath away!

Have fun on the Zugspitze – even without skis!

Even non-skiers can have lots of fun on the Zugspitze. For a really exciting winter experience, why not take try a spot of sledging on our well-established slope? The ski rental centre has sledges and snow gliders for hire, which means you can try your hand whenever the mood takes you!

Walkers can take the cog railway to the Schneeferner glacier, where they can enjoy great views of the pistes, before continuing their ascent by glacier railway to the top of the Zugspitze.

wonderful views across the Alps

On clear days, you can enjoy wonderful views across the Alps – a spectacular panorama which takes in 4 countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

The return journey is by cable-car back down into the valley, then on by cog railway to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The Hotel Königshof Garmisch is just 4 minutes away.

And so your magical winter excursion comes to an end, and with it the chance to relax with an apéritif in the hotel bar before dinner – perfect!

Prices and directions

Click here for ticket prices for skiers. Don’t forget you can advantage of the family discounts and advantages of a ‘Mehrtageskarte’ (multiple journey ticket) in combination with that used for the Garmisch-Classic ski area.

Getting to the Zugspitze from the Hotel Königshof Garmisch could not be easier. Collect your skis or snowboard from the hotel’s ski cellar and cross the road to Garmisch railway station.

The Bavarian Zugspitze Railway takes you right from Garmisch-Partenkirchen station opposite the hotel direct to the Zugspitze. Just a 4-minute ride on the glacier railway takes you to the summit of the Zugspitze.

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