Eibsee is a lake in the Garmisch area and its popularity and attractiveness come from the blue and green waters that is surrounded by the alps which gives the place a splendid view for any tourist, and so it becomes an imperative must see place for anyone in the Bavarian region or if I can say - any tourist to Germany (can debate this but let's say it for now :-))
In terms of all the attractions and activities possible at Zugspitze, they are excellently described their very own website, filled with exhaustive information and live webcam feeds so you can also see the place sitting at your...wherever you are.
So, this year I've been wanting to do this trip and found a great weather day in September the 5th!
This article is focused on public transport. By car - you can plan it quite well using Google maps.
... Getting there: Munich to Garmisch-Partenkirchen
At GaPa, get to the Zugspitze bahn train station and to the kasse(cash counter) to get the ticket to your preferred destination.You would have to get a ticket for yourself as the ticket machine will validate it and let you in. Note that there are two cash counters so people can check if the other one is open before queuing up on the one outside. When I was there, the second counter wasn't open so we had a long queue on the outside one.
Your bayern ticket covers the trip till Grainau and not beyond that. The stops and timings are covered here on grainau.de
There are several cable cars in every stop towards Eibsee/Zugspitze, so you can plan which one you want to do and experience. They are Wankbahn, Alpspitzbahn, Hochalmbahn and Kreuzeckbahn.
I'm told that the hike from Grainau to Eibsee is beautiful - so you can get off at Grainau and hike to Eibsee which is ~5 km. I didn't do it though, I got off at Eibsee.
With some beautiful sights along the way. I guess this would be full of snow during the winter.
...ActivitiesThere are so many options and so many things to do at Garmisch that it can make you think one day is not enough - especially when you are a trail enthusiast. Options of activities like trail running, nature cycling and hike upwards are aplenty. So they've provided two main options: Garmisch-Classic and Zugspitze.
Eibsee and Zugspitze
While you descent walk a bit from Eibsee station to the Eibsee, you will walk by the huge station for Seilbahn - ferrying people effortlessly to Zugspitze, the top of Germany! This ride will cost you € 59.5 per adult. A ticket that looks similar to the cogwheel one will be provided, validate this at the ticket machine that will let you in to board the Seilbahn!
|The 'Seilbahn' to the top
|Journey to the top...amidst the clouds.
...to the top
|The top of Germany