The Zugspitze is Germany’s highest mountain, as well as the highest summit of the Wetterstein Mountains. Altitude from sea level is 2,962 meters. It lies to the south of the city of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and is on the western summit of the border between Germany and Austria. The Zugspitzplatt in the south of the mountain contains numerous caves and high karst platelets.
In April 1933, the mountain was occupied by 24 SA troops and a glacier cross flag was pulled over the upper tower from the meteorological station. A month later, SA and SS placed the battle cross flame in Schneeferner.