THE HIGHEST POINT IN GERMANY IS THE SUMMIT OF ZUGSPITZE SITUATED IN THE BAVARIAN ALPS, JUST 11 KILOMETERS SOUTH OF THE TOWN OF GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN AT THE BORDER BETWEEN GERMANY AND AUSTRIA. THE MOUNTAIN IS 2,962 M (9,718 FT) HIGH.
An officer and technician Josef Naus, his assistant Maier, and their mountain guide Johann Georg Tauschl were the first people to climb the Zugspitze in 1820. Today there are three most common routes to the peak: from the Höllental valley to the northeast; from the Reintal valley to the southeast; and over the Austrian Cirque to the west.
One of the most popular mountain ridge routes runs along the Jubilee Ridge, linking several highest peaks in the area. Mountaineers can experience plenty of services and accommodation in the nearby areas, as well as good network of cable cars and lifts.
Three of Germany's five glaciers are located on the Zugspitze massif, including the two largest in the country: the Northern Schneeferner covering more than 30 hectares, the Höllentalferner covering more than 24 hectares and the Southern Schneeferner covering just over 8 hectares.
THE FIVE HIGHEST PEAKS IN GERMANY:
- Zugspitze – 2,962 m (9,718 ft), in Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, Bavaria, Germany.
- Schneefernerkopf - 2,875 m (9,432 ft) in Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, Bavaria, Germany.
- Northern Wetterspitze - 2,746 m (9,009 ft), in Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, Bavaria, Germany.
- Southern or Middle Wetterspitze - 2,750 m (9,020 ft), in Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, Bavaria, Germany.
- Hochwanner - 2,744 m (9,003 ft), in Garmisch-Partenkirchen district, Bavaria, Germany.
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