In Garmisch, Germany is a sleepy little tourist town. It hosts a lot of tiny Bed & Breakfasts, souvenier shops, and Germany's highest point, the Zugspitze. To reach the summit, or "Gipfel", you must take either a 10 min cablecar ride to the 9718' summit, or a 40-min electrified cog railway ride up and through the mountain to 9000 feet elevation. The rest of the way to summit is by way of another cable car ride. I took the cog, and the cog trains (as well as standard adhesion commuter rail) went by my hotel each day. Here's one such view from near my hotel, and the grade on the Bayerische Zugspitzebahn is just as steep as it looks. (up to 25%!) A token tunnel shot! The main station is in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, but my family and I boarded at Eibsee Lake, which is directly adjacent Zugspitze. (another shot here) Looking upgrade: Looking downgrade: Stay tuned!