This is a fun day trip with beautiful landscapes everywhere. We enjoyed the tour, but there were two downsides to the trip. First, Gray Line sold virtually every seat on our bus. Therefore, even though our tour guide was excellent, it was sometimes hard moving more than sixty people from place to place. Second, there really isn't much to see at Ettal Monastery--only the chapel. Perhaps a better place to visit, which is not much farther away, would have been Wieskirche--a Unesco World Heritage sight.
I would not recommend this tour be booked for a couple of reasons.
1. The visit to the monastery was almost non existant. I was expecting to tour the monastery but instead the bus pulled up and we had 20 minutes to look around . There was no access to the monastery and only allowed a quick peak into the church.
2. Our guide informed us that rarely was the weather at the top of the mountain agreeable -- he has only seen one clear day out of too many to have made this worth a day taken from precious limited vacation days.
It was raining a little when we went up. However later in the day the rain cleared and we enjoyed beautiful scenic view coming down the Alp by train. Up at Zugspitze it was snowing. I really enjoyed this trip.
Tour was very interesting although the tour guide did not provide us with enough information going to and from. Zugspitze was definitely worth the price of the tour. Be prepared however for sudden bad weather on the mountain top. All in all though, we had a good time.
This was a great tour. The bus was air conditioned and the tour guide was very friendly and helpful. The Ettal Monastery visit was quick but we were able to go inside and take pictures. The Zugspitze trip was very enjoyable. It was not crowded at the top and although the clouds were everywhere we still were able to get some great pictures. Overall this trip is a must for anyone that likes to be outdoors and is a nature lover.
The bus ride was great. You get to see the countryside of Bavaria.The only bad part was the top of the mountain was fogged over. it's the chance you take when up on top. The views going up were the best you will ever see. Very Beautiful. The lunch was fantastic and the train ride down was just as good as the ride up.