The Sunny Side of the Zugspitze

Visitors to the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena – the Austrian region around Germany’s highest mountain – can relax and enjoy the natural surroundings and time-honoured traditions in five small villages.

The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is made up of the villages of Ehrwald, Lermoos, Biberwier, Berwang, Bichlbach, Heiterwang am See and Namlos . A stone’s throw from the German border, holidaymakers can find a genuine Tyrolean lifestyle along with plenty of ideas for a fulfilling break from everyday life.

Some of them with a backpack and mountain boots, others with a mountain bike or rope and carabiner. And some simply with a buggy for the children.

#simplybreathe – nature underfoot

Hiking means taking time to enjoy the experience of the outdoors. The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena offers more than 150 valley hiking trails, summit tours and adventurous routes which lead through four mountain ranges.

The Lechtal Alps are to the south and the Mieminger range to the east. Both are impressive mountain ranges with two-thousand-metre summits separated by the Fernpass. The Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain, marks the northeastern end and connects to the Wetterstein range. The slightly “flatter” part of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is to the northwest where the Ammergau Alps stretch from Bavaria into Tyrol.

Contact the local mountain sports schools if you don’t feel safe on your own, Their programmes range from classic high-altitude hikes to themed walks at sunrise or to rushing waterfalls and mysterious mountain lakes.

#simplyenjoy – bike fun for everyone

The power of the mountains does not however have to be experienced at a leisurely pace and the region is a favourite for those looking to explore the mountains on two wheels.

There are more than 100 bike tours and trails in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena suitable for hard core mountain bikers or those who prefer a more leisurely excursion on an e-bike.

If you want, join the guided tours or improve your riding technique in the “Skill Area” directly at the valley station of the Grubigstein cable car in Lermoos.

The bike trail above the Blindsee
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#simplytogether – a family experience

There is no better playground than nature – at any time of year.

Whether it’s plant secrets from the Kräutermandl, abseiling adventures at the waterfall or legends about the hidden treasure in the Loisach springs – the family-friendly summer activities in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena are exciting and educational.

The top activities for families include the Flying Fox in Bichlbach, which really gets the adrenaline pumping, and the 1.3-kilometre summer toboggan run in Biberwier. Those who like it quieter can take a boat trip on the Heiterwanger See or explore the Almsee high above Ehrwald. The new trail means that active parents can circle the lake in an hour, even pushing a buggy.

The Loisach springs
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#simplydivein – nature by the water

Visitors to the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena who need to cool down can refresh themselves at idyllic bathing lakes, hike to the Loisach springs or find their inner balance while stand-up paddling on the Heiterwanger See.

The natural moor water of the Mittersee is both healthy and warm, often reaching up to 22 degrees. The Seebensee is a natural jewel with its turquoise blue water at 1675 metres above sea level and is a destination for both hikers and mountain bikers. Anglers and divers love the Blindsee, which is just below the Fernpass, and where the clear water allows visibility of up to 30 metres.

#simplyamazing – flaming mountains

Outdoor activities do notstop at sunset in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. One atmospheric evening event is the “Starry Night”, which takes place weekly under a clear night sky on the Zugspitze with a ‘multivision’ show and live presentation.

The annual solstice celebrations, this year on 19 June, mean that mountain fires light up the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. The roots of this custom go back to the 14th century, when people tried to drive away demons and evil spirits with the fires. The mountain fires in the region have been a protected UNESCO cultural event since 2010.

#simplyexplore – a mountain panorama

The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is just over the German-Austrian border and is easily reached via the toll-free motorways Munich – Garmisch-Partenkirchen or via Ulm – Füssen.

Once there, holidaymakers can move around flexibly with the “Z-Ticket”. This card offers numerous inclusive services, including a free ascent and descent with the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn, five rides on other mountain railways, a boat trip on the Heiterwanger See and the Plansee and use of all regional buses.

Holders also receive free admission to bathing lakes and swimming pools, among other things. Adventure seekers get their money’s worth with free rides on the summer toboggan run or the Fun Roller in Biberwier.

The “Z-Ticket” is valid from 08 May to 07 November 2021 and can be purchased for three to 13 consecutive days at all valley stations of the mountain railways and at the information offices in Ehrwald, Lermoos and Berwang.

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