Feasibility study
Research station Schneefernerhaus – Zugspitze

This project was realized by ATE.

The Schneefernerhaus is a former hotel 2650 m above sea level and has been used as a climate monitoring station since 1999. The feasibility study was undertaken to find underground solutions for an additional research station at the watershed above the existing Schneefernerhaus. Access to the construction site was by means of the existing rack-and-pinion railway. The research station was to continue operation during construction.

A construction site on the highest mountain in Germany presents some challenges. Environmental protection, re-use and removal of material, vibrations and effects on the research were all considered.

The unusual conditions, such as restricted transport access for plant and tools, extreme weather conditions were all overcome with diligent planning.