This blog is for couples curious about how to elope in Garmisch at the Zugspitze! The Zugspitze is Germany’s highest summit, and is referred to as “the Top of Germany.” On a clear day, you can see the peaks all across neighboring Austria! It’s my favorite “all ’rounder” location for Germany elopements.
The Zugspitze and Eibsee below make this are a super easy to explore location all from one parking lot. The adjacent Eibsee hotel makes it additionally very easy, and Garmisch-Partenkirchen is close by as well, so you always have additional options for accomodation and food.
✅ Couples who want a variety of locations all packed into one place.
✅ Couples with guests who need easy accessibility to the summit.
✅ Couples who don’t mind less privacy for more accessibility
✅ Couples who want a little bit of snow in their photos (applies almost all year round!)
Check out the live webcams all over the summit here to see for yourself: Zugspitze webcams
When you’re planning an elopement from overseas, it can be hard to imagine just how feasible everything you want is! All the photos in this blog are from a REAL elopement day at the Eibsee/Zugspitze area, and took place over 8-9 hours. Apart from the small drive to Ehrwald for the waterfall photos, everything here was accessible by foot and cable car once parked.
Once you reach the Zugspitze summit, you can head over to the glacier with the additional cable car and walk around. This area is popular for skiing and tobogganing as well! Because the Zugspitze sits at such a high elevation, there is snow *almost* year round. If you come anytime from September to May, you’re almost guaranteed to see snow.
Imagine on a warmer summer or fall day, enjoying the emerald green and mossy forests surrounding Eibsee below, then heading up to the summit for snow angels!
This location offers so much – and you don’t even have to drive to a new location. It’s all accessible from one parking lot, and great for couples eloping alone or with family.
The Eibsee lake trail is a high traffic, well maintained gravel trail that begins directly from the hotel or parking lot. It can be walked year round. The best locations are off the beaten path, however, so bring your hiking boots anyway. There are some “secret” locations through the woods to beautiful viewpoints that are far less crowded.
PRO TIP: water levels change a lot over the year. In summer, this islet is not at all accessible without wet feet and legs! But by late winter, water levels are so low you can walk across the stones. In summer you can rent kayaks and SUPs on the lake, which are a lot of fun.
We hiked to my usual spot along the lake, which follows a hard to find and winding path through the woods. The trail pops out along the water, right next to Eibsee’s most famous hidden view point. On this particular chilly Friday, we didn’t see a single other person.
It was the perfect, private spot for a vow ceremony location.
After a short and emotional ceremony, S&M exchanged rings and celebrated with champagne.
With the sun getting low, it was starting to get colder and we worked our way back through the woods to the car. Just 20 minutes away from Eibsee is an impressive waterfall just off the road, and was the perfect place to end the day.
We dug out some lanterns to light the way, and checked out the waterfall.
To end this Garmisch elopement, the sky finally cleared, rewarding us with a bright yellow moon.
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