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The Bavarian Alps Travel Guide

Bayrischzell

Bayrischzell is in an attractive family-resort area and is much quieter than Spitzingsee. The wide-open slopes of the Sudelfeld Mountain are ideal for carefree skiing; in summer and fall you can explore countless upland walking trails. Access to the Sudelfeld area costs €2 per car.

The town sits at the end of a wide valley overlooked by the 6,000-foot Wendelstein mountain,

which draws expert skiers. At its summit is a tiny stone-and-slate-roof chapel that's much in demand for wedding ceremonies. The cross above the entrance was carried up the mountain by Max Kleiber, who designed the 19th-century church. An instructive geopark, laid out beneath the summit, explains the 250-million-year geological history of the area on 36 graphic signboards. You can reach the summit from two directions: the cable car sets out from Osterhofen on the Bayrischzell-Munich road and costs €17.50 round-trip, €11 one-way (its last descent is at 4 pm). The cable car closes for two weeks in mid-April. The historic cog railway leaves from Brannenburg, on the north side of the mountain, between Bayrischzell and the Inn Valley autobahn, and a one-way trip costs €15. The cog is closed in November and the first three weeks of December. A round-trip, combination ticket, with trips on both the cable car and the cog, costs €24.50.

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