Zugspitze - can tickets be reserved?

We will be arriving in Garmisch (at the Zugspitze), July 26 2011, around noon - the Zugspitze runs from 8:15am to 4:15pm. Would we be able to reserve tickets thru our travel agent prior to our trip - or do you think during this busy time in Europe that we'd be ok to just buy our tickets when we get there?
Thanks!

Posted by Carroll
Pittsburgh, PA, USA
1346 posts

I can't answer your question (we were there in September and bouth are tickets when we got there), but one argument against reserving a ticket in advance is the weather. If it's not a clear day, there is no point in going to the top of the Zugspitze because you won't see a thing. It's expensive, so I would think twice about reserving ahead.

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9091 posts

Even if it is possible, there is no point whatsoever in reserving a ticket on the Zugspitzebahn. There is no reserved seating and even in the busy ski season, you will never wait in line longer than a few minutes for a ticket.

Posted by Lawrence
New York, NY, USA
258 posts

I just purchased my ticket for the cog-wheel train (and cable car that follows) when I got there, and had no problems. It IS very popular, but the train and cable car seem to be able to handle even large crowds pretty efficiently. Views from up top are amazing! Clouds are a frequent occurance, but they seem to come and go quickly. You'll enjoy spectacular views into the Austrian Tyrol; beautiful stuff, for sure. Garmisch is great; have a fantastic time there.

Posted by Melanie
Kilgore, Texas, United States
10 posts

We've been several times, including in the summer, and never had to wait more than a few minutes. You will LOVE it - it's well worth the expense! We're going to Germany in a few weeks ourselves and the Zugspitze is on our list AGAIN, even though we've done it several times. It's an amazing experience. Have fun!

Posted by Andre L.
Tilburg, Netherlands
2171 posts

Zugspitze is an amazing place! As you will be travelling on summer, the place will be less crowded with skiers and more with trekkers. Climb by cable car, it is much more fun than the rack railway (which runs most of the time on a tunnel).

Posted by Rob
Dunwoody, Georgia
235 posts

You should be OK not getting tickets in advance. However, I have not been in Garmisch in July. There are two ways to the top from the German side - the cog wheel and a cable car. If for some reason you can't get cog wheel tickets, you could always take the train up the valley and take the cable car. I recommend that you split and use one route up and the other down regardless. They each provide different views. One reminder - there are two cable cars to the top, so make sure you get on the German one if you're going down via the cable car. Good luck.

Posted by Mark
Fowlerville, MI, USA
14 posts

Thanks to all! Sounds like an amazing time...we shall wait to see how the weather pans out and go from there!