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mountain on the border between Germany and Austria, the highest point (9,718 ft [2,962 m]) in Germany. Zugspitze is part of the Wettersteingebirge in the Bavarian Alps. The mountain is approached on the west by an aerial tramway (built 1924-26) from the village of Eibsee, and on the northeast by a railway from the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, both in Germany. The peak is noted for its scenic beauty and for its winter (skiing) and summer (climbing) activities. There is a meteorological observatory on the mountain.