A highlight on the peak is certainly the “Fascination Zugspitze – interactive museum …with the best views!” (opened in summer 2005). Here you can experience the Zugspitze in all its variations – even if it is foggy, stormy or snowing outside.
The exhibition is divided into 4 areas, which we describe here:
Entry to the interactive museum “Fascination Zugspitze” is included in the following tickets: peak ticket “Zugspitze Experience”, plateau ticket “Short Round Trip” and “Gatterl” hiking ticket (only in summer)! All other guests (ski passes, Tyrol Regio Card, Z-Ticket) pay € 2.50 for entrance to the experiential world.
The start of the exhibition takes you on a journey through time from the first ascent of the Zugspitze in 1820 by Josef Naus, through the building of the Zugspitze Cable Railway in the 1920s and the modernisation in the 1960s, up to the present day. Old photographs and objects charting the history of the railway are on display.
Having conquered the Zugspitze, with the aid of technology, you are now standing on top of the mountain. On entering the old cable railway entrance hall, the ceiling-high glass frontage provides visitors with a unique view into the surrounding mountain world of the Zugspitze.
The gallery, housing a gondola from the 1960’s, serves primarily as a viewing platform for the surrounding mountain world and the model of the Zugspitze mountain, which is depicted one floor below.
From here, you can interactively select and make visible the mountain groups which can be seen from the Zugspitze, by means of a control panel.
In the gallery below you wander over an extensive map of the Zugspitze area towards a large 3-dimensional model of the Zugspitze, which is framed by the weather wonders of the mountain in fantastic pictures.
For added excitement you can step onto a glass floor which enables you to look down onto the Zugspitz mountain approximately 200m below.
Spanning both floors, to the side of the stairs, is a large oversized mosaic of the Zugspitze Cable Railway, made up of hundreds of individual photos.
The central highlight of the exhibition on the Zugspitze is the three-dimensional presentation in the cable room of the old Zugspitze Railway. The projection screen, which enables an exciting and unique form of presentation, covers two floors. Topics of this unparalleled film are the spectacles of nature on the mountain peak, from sunrise to sunset, from snow , wind, sun and rain.
Following the impressions at the peak, it is time to start saying goodbye to the Zugspitze. Starting with another film, charting the profile of the Tyrolean Zugspitze Railway, you wander back down to the valley.
The museum is planned and designed by the team "Eiswelten".