BMW Motorrad Days, means a great road trip, great roads, big biker’s party, BMW pure. But also alps, mountain passes, Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain, directly at Garmisch), Neuschwanstein, 40,000 BMW bikers in one weekend. The 19th BMW Motorrad Days take place in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, 5th – 7th July 2019. It is massive, and it should be massive fun too.
MOTO-MATE at BMW Motorrad Days
This will most likely be the highlight of our bike year, and we are counting the days. We’ll be there with the whole MOTO-MATE team, means, even our security staff is with us. If you see somebody in a MOTO-MATE T-shirt, and a Weimaraner, that’s us! It is our first time there. Let us know if you have been, whether you plan to go, and maybe see you there!
What’s going on there?
There’s live music and action-packed shows, current bikes and numerous world debuts which is part of the reason for the around 40,000 visitors to visit the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen near the Zugspitze. And these are not just BMW Motorrad fans, riders of motorcycles of all brands come to experience this great event weekend – it’s made for friends, families, and all friends of any kind of motorcycle, not only the adventure bike community.
I’m really keen to see a lot of dashcam and auxiliary light installations on all your bikes, not to mention the Soundbomb. But with 40,000 bikers around, we should probably aim to not use the Soundbomb too often… (although it has such a great effect, doesn’t it?)
Some handy words when out there:
- Gruss Gott (this immediately lifts you above all non-German speakers, as this is Bavarian, which is spoken in Garmisch. It means “Hello”.
- Ein Bier bitte (you know that one, but just in case, you’ll order one beer, should you say this)
- Noch ein Bier bitte (another beer please)
- Wo geht’s nach Garmisch? (which way to Garmisch?)
- Wo ist die nachste Tankstelle? (where is the next petrol station?)
A trip to the Zugspitze (Germany’s highest mountain with 2,962m)
Did you know that the event location is actually only 10 min from the train station “Zugspitzbahn”? You can visit Germany’s highest mountain via several routes, either take that train, a cogwheel train, or go via cable car (Seilbahn Zugspitze, Am Eibsee 6, 82491 Grainau), which is only 20 min from the event location.
There’s a Combi ticket, the “Zugspitze Ticket”
The ideal ticket in our opinion. It includes one mountain ascent and descent, and the good thing is that you can chose whether you want to take the train or cable car, either up or down. The cogwheel train stops at the Zugspitze plateau, and the ride on the Gletscherbahn up to the top of the mountain is included too. You can use the Gletscherbahn cable car as often you like on during your visit that day.
The cog railway will start from the Zugspitze station (Zugspitzbahnhof Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Olympiastr. 27, 82467 Garmisch-Partenkirchen). It takes about 45 min to the platform on the mountain from where you can change to into the Gletscherbahn to get to the top. It is a great way to get up the mountain as it is the traditional way, however, the train often goes through tunnels and you won’t see that much from the beautiful surrounding.
The cable car takes only 10 min up the mountain. But expect both to be super busy that weekend. Good news is that you can prebook your ticket. Bad news is, you can’t prebook it for a certain time. The cable car comes down at a different location but you take the train from there to get youn back the 2 stations should you have taken the cogwheel train to get back to Garmisch.
The first cog railway to Zugspitze extends at 8:15 AM from the Eibsee. The last ride on the cog railway from the Zugspitze Eibsee is possible at 16:30. The cable car Zugspitze runs from 8:30 (first ascent) to 16:15 (last descent) every half hour for the full and half hour. The ride with the Zugspitze Cable Car takes just 10 minutes.
Between Glacier train between the Zugspitze peak and the Zugspitze glacier runs regularly during the operating hours of the cog railway and cable car Zugspitze. It’s only 4 minutes.
See you there!