There are very few spectacles in the world that can be as heart warming as a Xmas market: To step inside, get a cup of mulled wine, blend in with the warm and vibrant atmosphere and realize its unparalleled and surreal magic.
Growing up near Dresden, which is renowned for its iconic Striezelmarkt, Germany’s oldest Xmas market, I harbour a deep love of discovering Xmas markets all over Europe. But I am especially fond of Christmas markets in the Alps.
Germany’s highest Christmas market on top of Zugspitze holds a special place in my heart for that it combines two of my passions: mountains and train rides!
The adventure starts when you hop on the cogwheel train „Bayerische Zugspitzbahn“ that sets off from Garmisch-Partenkirchen. And then it’s 75min of sweet bliss and stunning views as the train rides through the valley, with stops at Lake Eibsee and ascents the Zugspitze all the way to Zugspitze Glacier Plateau to 2600m.
This is where the magic happens: The tiniest and highest Xmas Market in the whole of Germany, and perhaps in the entire wide world. No fru fru, just mulled wine, baked goods, handmade products and sweet music. Festively decorated miniature wooden huts, people sledding, eating delicious alpine foods and hanging out on sunbeds! Oh the joys of Zugspitze!
Oh, but wait there’s more: To get all the way to the very top, you hop on the glacier cable car for 10min. And there it is: THE most serene and tranquil scenery in all of Bavaria!
A 360 panoramic view of the Bavarian, Austrian, Italian and Swiss Alps!
To wrap up the adventure you can switch things up and take the Eibsee-Seilbahn cable car and descend to the plains again. To say that a trip to the Zugspitze Xmas market on top of Germany is unforgettable would be a major understatement. It is magic. And if you are ever near at the right time, we wholeheartedly recommend the trip and experience!
This year’s dates are Nov 28 & 29 and Dec 5 & 6, 2015 from 10am – 4pm.