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“A Mountain for all Seasons”
Review of Wendelstein

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Amanzimtoti, South Africa
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“A Mountain for all Seasons”
Reviewed 23 September 2013

The doors of the Wendelstein Seilbahn creak open, revealing an empty cabin. I drag my beloved wife, protestingly into the cabin, not because she doesn't want to go to the top, but not always likes the means of transportation. Besides hiking and climbing up this majestic mountain, the two modes of transport up are the Seilbahn (cable car), which is on the Bayrischzell Osterhofen (southern) side, or the Zahnradbahn (cogwheel rail) on the Brannenburg (northern) side of the mountain.

As we have opted for the Seilbahn, the cabin doors eventually close; the ascension adventure begins ...

Germany is experiencing a unusually cold and wet spring. Its already the end of May (2013) and rumour has it that there's still a bit of snow at Wendelstein's summit. The striking mountain is 1838 m high! There is low cloud around and as the car breaks through it, we are greeted by .... snow! And quite a bit of it! In fact, a mini snow storm!

The temperature is right down to Zero, below it actually. We decide to enjoy some good Bavarian cuisine at the inviting panorama restaurant, at an altitude of 1 724 metres. Bring on the Gluhwein, bitte!

After a hearty Bavarian meal, Wendy and I venture outside into the snow, like kids experiencing snow for the very first time! There are some great lookout vantage points (Gacher Blick") and, on a clear day, I'm sure that the views are stunning. We only saw snow!

Not too far off from the top station terrace, the quaint little Wendelstein church (1890) crowns the "Schwaigerwand". Well worth a peek inside, even if it is just to get out of the snow storm for a while and re-charge!

From the church, there are steps leading down to a walkway, passing the top station of the "Wendelstein" rack railway, to the entrance of .... the Wendelsteinhöhle! (caves!). Widely regarded as Germany's top show cave, one is mystically transported, 300 m into the mountains's belly. An awesome experience! There are numerous infopoints explaining the geology, biology and the psychological and philosophical point of view of the caves. Make sure you have a couple of loose Euros as there is an entrance fee of €2, through an automatic turnstile. Quite a long walk back to get some change, especially when its snowing!

There are many more attractions at the top of this grand mountain, such as the observatory, miles of hiking paths and the Gipfel (summit) at 1838m. Unfortunately, coming from a hot South Africa and lacking sufficient thermal clothing, jackets, hiking shoes and a trusty St Bernard, we decided not to risk missing out on more fabulous Bavarian cuisine.

Whether winter, summer, autumn or sping, I believe that the Wendelstein mountain is a must- visit! Even if one has to travel for an hour or two to get there, it is well worth spending a day in the presence of this majestic lady of mountain peaks!

Visited May 2013
5 Thank MC_Hammen
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Woking, United Kingdom
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“Long-standing favourite”
Reviewed 19 June 2013

I have been visiting this mountain since 1949 (my mother was born in the foothills) and have always enjoyed the trip up by rack and pinnion railway. This year they have new rolling stock - at last! Only took around 25 mins instead of the almost 1 hour in the past. Great views on the trip up. There is a self-service restaurant and also a hotel and restaurant, so will suit all tastes. Even up this high it is still possible to get weisswurst in the mornings and the inevitable weissbier! The chapel is the highest in Germany but a shame it is no longer open, although you can see through the railings inside. Amazing views over the Alps and still snow there this year in June - guess the lousy weather all over Europe is to blame. It didn't detract from the enjoyment and, although a couple of the walks were closed, my husband was able to walk the Gipfelweg to the summit - something I did when much younger and fitter! A lovely way to spend a half a day.

Visited June 2013
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Damascus, Maryland, United States
Level 4 Contributor
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15 attraction reviews
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“a really nice way to get a little exercise, but not too much!”
Reviewed 29 March 2013

You can take either a cable car or a mountain train up and then walk the last section. There is a restaurant at the main level and benches at the top to rest. The view is beautiful!

Visited June 2012
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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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“Good trip up by rail and great views summer and winter.”
Reviewed 3 November 2012

You can go up one side by cable car and the other )from Brannenburg) by cog railway . The trains are modern and run well and for what it is a fair price compaired to say a mountain railway prices in Switzerland . On a clear day view out of the Alps of Baveria south and the Tirol to the north . Little church and steps to the top and of course a resturant . also used for sking in winter.

Good round trip if your in this area of the Inn valley .

Visited August 2012
1 Thank ptrabant
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Frankfurt, Germany
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“A Must do when is the area”
Reviewed 10 August 2012

Its such an amazing ride up and when you get there the views are magnificent. The walk down the caves is quiet good - but only for the energetic.

Visited August 2012
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