So, I used to live in Garmisch and have also visited multiple times since living there. I have therefore been to/seen the majority of "tourist" attractions there are to see in Garmisch - however I had never before seen the AlpspiX. It was for this reason that I decided to go here on my most recent visit. Now, I have been to the Zugspitze before - twice - and therefore had no real need to go to the AlpspiX for the views (I feel like if you have to pick one or the other, then the Zugspitze is the way to go). But, I more or less wanted to see what the platform was like.
First of all, I had the whole day to myself (and it was a nice day), so I walked all the way to the Alpspitzbahn - a long walk, but nice - but you can take a train from Garmisch if you don't feel like walking. The gondola itself was terrifying - lol! If you don't like heights, don't look down! The views are absolutely amazing, but if your mind wanders, like mine does, then don't freak yourself out by looking. On the plus side, it is a really quick ride though. 10 minutes? If that?
Once you get to the top, there is a self-serve restaurant and various hiking trails. A lot of people take the gondola up and hike down (or vice versa). But this review is specifically about the AlpspiX, and that is all I went up the gondola to see.
The platform is really interesting - literally a big "X" - and there are signs nearby detailing its construction (both in words and pictures). Obviously the big appeal is that the platform is made of grated metal, meaning you can see beneath you. Which, is scary, but at the same time fun. Even more scary? The platform does seem to shake as you walk towards the end!
I actually think the bottom section is scarier, as that is the one where there is nothing beneath you. The top section however, probably has better views. And, on a nice day, great views of Garmisch and the towns behind. This viewing platform is a good alternative if you want to go to the Zugspitze, but notice it is completely clouded up (thus probably hindering any views you would have up there).
Now, as much as I enjoyed crossing the AlpspiX off my list, the only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because it didn't blow me away as much as the Zugspitze or Partnachklamm did. I enjoyed it. Enjoyed the bottomless appeal of the platform. But, again, now that I crossed it off my list, I don't feel an overwhelming need to return. I would, however, return to the Zugspitze.
I definitely think it is worth a visit, but I can't recommend it above some other attractions in Garmisch. Hopefully that makes sense!
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