The Zugspitze, at 2,962 metres above sea level
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, is the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain
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 in Germany
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. It lies south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen
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, and the border between Germany and Austria runs over its western summit. South of the mountain is the Zugspitzplatt, a high karst
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 with numerous caves. On the flanks of the Zugspitze are three glaciers, including the two largest in Germany: the Northern Schneeferner with an area of 30.7 hectare
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s and the Höllentalferner
The Höllentalferner is a glacier in the western Wetterstein Mountains. It is a cirque glacier that covers the upper part of the Höllental valley and its location in a rocky bowl between the Riffelwandspitzen and Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze, means that it is well-protected from direct...

 with an area of 24.7 hectares.