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We will be at the Passion Play in Oberammergau in Germany as part of a tour (the tour ends after the play and departs from Munich). Our plan is to extend our stay. Rather than travel on the bus with the tour group back to Munich to get a rental car, is it possible to take the Cog Railway from Garmisch Partenkirchen to Munich to get a rental car? Is there an option for a one way ticket?

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The Cogwheel railway is the "Zugspitzbahn", the one that goes from Garmisch-Partenkirchen up to the top of Zugspitz (Germany's highest mountain). It doesn't go to Munich
From Garmisch-Partenkirchen you can just take the normal railway north to Munich, one train per hour, it takes 1h22 and costs €22
However, I am not sure why you are going via Garmisch-Partenkirchen? If you are starting from Oberammergau, you can get a train from there to Munich. No need to go via Garmisch-Partenkirchen.

Oberammergau to Munich, also one train per hour, takes 1h48 and costs €22.

You can look up train times on the DB website:

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Thank you so much for making this clear. I was thinking the cog rail went to and from Munich.

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You can also take a train via Murnau to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bahnhof, which is adjacent to the Zugspitzebahn Bahnhof. There is also a bus (faster) from the Oberammergau ZOB, next to the Oberammergau Bahnhof, to the Garmisch-Partenkirchen ZOB, which is right in front of the Garmisch-Partenkirchen Bahnhof. Really no need to rent a car.

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maggielu1712, cogwheel trains are for going up steep slopes like the side of a mountain, so only very short, local trips. The regular rail system will serve you well getting around Germany. Where are you planning to go with the rental car?

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Thank you for the extra information. I am already learning so much.

We are still working on an agenda, but some of the places we would like to visit are
St Gallen, Switzerland
Stuttgart, Nuremberg and Berlin Germany (Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle are part of our tour).
Prague, Czechia, Innsbruck and Graz Austria
Trieste, Venice and Milan Italy
Zagreb, Croatia

Our tour ends on the 9th of September and we will leave on the 18th. I know we cannot do everything, but it sure is exciting planning.

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List of 12 places . . . . . Our tour ends on the 9th of September and we will leave on the 18th.

Are you planning to visit all those 12 places between 9th and 18th September? - NO WAY
9th to 18th = 9 nights. 1 nights stops are never a good idea. Minimum 2 nights, that gives you one full day at your location. You loose ½ day changing locations (hotel check-out, transport, hotel check-in). Better 3 nights.

9 nights = 3-4 locations only.

And where are you departing from?
Your current lists jumps around. You start at Oberammergau (not Garmisch-Partenkirchen), you then need to look at a map, and line up 3-4 locations in order that have good transport connections between them, ending up at your departure location.

For example (and I am not saying this is the best for you, just one option):
Oberammergau - (train via Munich) -Prague - (train) - Berlin - (fly) - Venice - Fly home.