I saw them again, on the bus to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, the jagged white peaks of the Alps.
Then again, on Zugspitzbahn, the highest railway in Germany.
The cogwheel train took an hour and delivered us to Zugspitzplatt
Wherefrom a fantastic view of the surrounding mountains and two of the largest glaciers in Germany: North and South Schneeferner, lay in front of us.
The Schneeferner glacier, like many other Alpine glaciers, is shrinking. Although certain measures, such as covering the glacier with tarpaulins during the summer months, have been taken. The effectiveness of which is not optimistic. According to a study in 2007, the ice obtained only compensates for about 1% of the loss that is expected in the unprotected areas of the glacier.
The North Schneeferner is a winter recreation area.
In the summer, guided glacier walks are offered twice a day, departing from the terrace of the Sonnalpin.
From Zugspitzplatt, it’s a quick 5 minute cable car ascend to the summit – At 2,962 meters above sea level, this is the Top of Germany.
On a clear day, the 360 degree view extends to nearly 400 peaks in Germany, Austria, Italy and Switzerland.
A bridge connects the Free State of Bavaria, Germany and Tirol, Austria.
But the food is on the German side.
Here I had, currywurst with chips.
Accompanied by a view of the Eibsee, whereto a cable-car swooped me down shortly after, for a walk along its lakeshore trail.
Coming up next: Eibsee, Germany