Fascinating Zugspitze – Between nature and tourist boom

ZDF, reportage, 30 minutes, Germany

They call it “Top of Germany”: the Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain. Up to 5,000 tourists from all over the world visit daily, taking selfies in front of the mountain pastures or riding the sledge “Zipflbob” on a glacier – in the middle of the summer.

Who are the people who make this tourist boom possible? Among others, we accompany a cottage host, a night watch and a shepherd – and are there when a family from the flatlands exasperates on the strenuous hike to the Top of Germany and when a couple marries there.

Germany’s highest mountain has many facets: untouched nature stands alongside mass tourism, while state-of-the-art technology resides alongside livestock farming carried out just as it was hundreds of years ago.