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Zugspitze Cogwheel train

The cogwheel train of the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn AG is one of only a few cog railways operated in Germany. This special vehicle takes you to the plateau of the Zugspitze at 2,600 m. Starting point is near the Garmisch-Partenkirchner station the Zugspitze station.

The railway was built in the years 1928 to 1930 in three sections to go on 8 July 1930 in the whole in operation.

The white-blue train starts its journey at the Garmisch-Partenkirchner station and stops at several stations on the valley route, such as Hausbergbahn, Alpspitz and Kreuzeckbahn, Hammersbach and Grainau. Here ends the adhesion route.

Then it goes on to the mountain route from Eibsee, if necessary, to the request stop Riffelriss and finally up to Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze.

Technical data

  • length total: 19,5 km
  • distance Garmisch - Grainau: 7,5 km
  • distance Grainau - Eibsee: 3,2 km
  • distance Eibsee - Riffelriss: 4,3 km
  • distance Riffelriss - Zugspitzplatt (=Zugspitz-Tunnel): 4,5 km
  • maximum speed: 70 km/h