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

With this exhibition, the LfU would also like to draw attention to the melting of permafrost in Bavaria, which is progressing with climate change. Ice does not only exist as a glacier on the Zugspitze, about 80 times as much is hidden inside many mountains in the form of frozen water all year round and holds the rocks together like a kit.

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

Hall A6, Stand 433

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