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  • Location:Munich, Germany
  • Duration:8 hours (approx.)

Best Ettal Monastery and Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich

Visit the 14th century Ettal Monastery, then spend the afternoon exploring Zugspitze, Germany's highest peak, soaring to 9,788 feet (2,962 meters). Take the cable car up and the cogwheel train back down to appreciate the full alpine experience. With departure at 10:15am, you can even have a sleep in!


  • Combined Ettal Monastery and Zugspitze day tour from Munich
  • Visit 14th-century Ettal Monastery
  • Cable-car ride up the Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain
  • Mountain-top views of Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy
  • Ride the Zugspitzbahn cogwheel train

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Best Ettal Monastery and Zugspitze Day Tour from Munich

Ettal Monastery, Germany

Departing Munich at 10:15am, you start your day with a visit to Ettal Monastery. Here you can get a glimpse of the lives of the Benedictine monks living at the monastery. Building of the monastery began in 1330 and due to the dedication and hard work of the resident monks, and at times knights, the structure is in pristine condition.

After your visit of the monastery, you will head to the highest peak in Germany, the Zugspitze which soars to 9,788 feet (2,962 meters). From Eibsee, you take the cable car to the summit of the mountain where, on a clear day, you can see the peaks of hundreds of Bavarian Alps mountains in Austria, Switzerland and Italy.

After you have enjoyed the panoramic views from the observation platform, you will descend the mountain onboard the Zugspitzbahn, a cogwheel train.

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Customer Reviews

Hazem A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

i recommend to include in the schedule 20 min for teatime at quite and nice view, i'm interested with rest of schedule. thanks,


5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2015

Great tour - the views at the top are wonderful. Also at the top is Germany's highest Biergarten. Debbie was our guide and she was a lot of fun.

Teresa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015


Kevin V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2014

The bus ride was great. You get to see the countryside of Bavaria.The only bad part was the top of the mountain was fogged over. it's the chance you take when up on top. The views going up were the best you will ever see. Very Beautiful. The lunch was fantastic and the train ride down was just as good as the ride up.

Michael Yung

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2014

We were very lucky that the weather was very good. At the summit, the visibility was up to 140km.
Everything was good, from the bus ride, to the cable car ride up, to the time spent on the top, and the cog railway down. I took lots and lots of pictures until my camera ran out of battery.
At the summit, there was a short climbing trip holding on to steel cables and bars anchored to the rock. It led you to the cross at the actual summit. It is certainly for those who are more adventurous. It was outside the usual tourist fence, done at your own risk, but certainly added another dimension of fun to the mostly arranged tour.
Because of the good weather, the traffic back to Munich took a little longer. The tour leader was very attentive. Overall it was a very good trip.

Candis C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

Gorgeous! Both the monastery and mountain are breathtaking. The visibility wasn't great but we still have a wonderful trip and played in snow in early July!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

What a great day. Gunter our travel guide was very knowledgeable and fun. The trip was well coordinated and ran very smoothly. We lucked out on weather and had a clear day at the summit.

donald f

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2014

You must do this. Its breathtaking. Tour quality is top notch. Guides excellent. Very well organized.

Ramona S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2014

Ettal Monastery was a very pleasant surprise. Had not heard of this before booking the tour, but a service was being held in the church while we were there, and it was soooooo beautiful.

Mary M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2013

The trip to Zugspitze was the highlight of our trip. Even though it was raining and foggy, the entire experience was breathtaking. Our guide was pleasant, knowledgeable, and friendly.

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