Watching the sunrise from the Zugspitze


Watching the sunrise from the top of any of the mighty peaks in the Alps is a popular activity for both locals and tourists in the Alpine countries. There are many spots where you can do this but one of the most spectacular spots has to be from the peak of the Zugspitze, at 2,952m, Germany’s highest peak. Located on the border with Austria, the peak can be reached via the Zugspitzebahn (cable-car) from the Austrian side or by railway from the German side. Whichever way you choose to get to the peak, dress warm and get there early – you’ll be rewarded with arguably one of the most magical sights in the Alps.

Scroll down to see the sunrise in pictures – oh, and there’s a video too!


5:45am: the spectacular colours as we took the cable-car up


6:00am: the first reddish/orangy glow


Viewing the sunrise from the observation deck


The surrounding peaks of the Alps bathed in pink


It's possible to climb to the peak (a pretty harrowing undertaking)


I climbed the last 20-odd meters to the peak for an unobstructed view

And while you’re there, treat yourself to a hearty breakfast while you admire the stunning view! Watch my one minute video of the sunrise filmed from the Zugspitze observation deck.

Note: A big thank you goes to the Tirol Zugspitze Arena Tourism Board for hosting us and for the lovely hospitality.

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7 Responses to “Watching the sunrise from the Zugspitze”

  1. velvet 09/09/2011 10:45 pm

    Hi Venus, I’m with you – definitely not a morning person. I dragged myself out of bed at 4:30am – one of the toughest things to do 🙂 – but the reward was pretty phenomenal!


  2. Venus 09/09/2011 10:40 pm

    Just breathtaking. Being on top of a mountain by 5:45am doesn’t sound like an easy feat (not for me, at least!) but I think witnessing this would probably be more than rewarding. Thanks Keith, yet again, for all the inspiration!

  3. Keith these are spectacular pictures! I have never done this but it looks like I need to.

  4. Nancy & Shawn Power 08/09/2011 10:43 pm

    Thanks Keith!

    We are taking notes from you friend, thanks for the gorgeous pics and video.

    Nancy & Shawn

  5. velvet 07/09/2011 4:41 pm

    Thanks! The scenery was so spectacular, getting a good shot wasn’t too difficult. 🙂


  6. fotoeins 07/09/2011 4:40 pm

    Great job of photographing Zugspitze at sunrise!


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