The Bavarian State Office for the Environment shows exciting insights into the history of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, at its stand in Hall A6 this year. After analyzing the soil around the Eibsee at the foot of the colossus, one thing is certain: about 3,000 years ago, the summit was about 70 meters higher and the entire mountain over 3,000 meters high! Only a gigantic rockfall into the Loisachtal valley, one of the most important transalpine trade routes at the time of the Bronze Age, shortened the Zugspitze to 2,967 m and gave it its characteristic silhouette.

With the exhibition, the LfU would also like to point out the melting of permafrost in Bavaria, which is proceeding with climate change. There is not only ice as a glacier on the Zugspitze, about 80 times as much is hidden in the form of year-round frozen water inside many mountains and holds like a kit together the rocks.

The highlight of the LfU stand will therefore be a gigantic block of ice, inside which real parts of the former Zugspitz summit are frozen. So if you have patience or want to help with laying on of hands, you can take home a piece of the over 3,000m high former mountain summit!

Halle A6, Stand 433