Tyrol Zugspitz Arena – Summer 2015

Mountains in flames – amazement in the valleys

On 20 June 2015 the mountains will be aflame in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena. These traditional mountain bonfires on the summer solstice mark the longest day and shortest night of the year. Some 10,000 bonfires burn on the Zugspitze, the Grubigstein, the Sonnenspitze and the Marienberg. These mountain fires have been declared an intangible cultural heritage of Austria by UNESCO.

Mountain biking heaven in the Alps

Technical training with the pros, pleasure biking beside Caribbean-like mountain lakes with a panoramic view of the Zugspitze or cross-country on signposted mountain bike trails: With over 100 mountain bike tours, perfectly coordinated infrastructure and professional guides the Tyrol side of the Zugspitze is considered one of Austria’s top mountain bike regions. With special offerings for mountain bike beginners, elaborate infrastructure and professional coaches, learning how to explore the mountains on two wheels couldn’t be easier.

Great family holidays on the Zugspitze

Mountain pirates, treasure hunters and herb witches: the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena offers creative and educational holiday experiences especially for families that are a hit with children and parents alike. Robin Hood would be in his element: on the new archery course in Ehrwald visitors can pick up a bow and arrow to hunt raccoons, capercaillies and lots of other 3D animal targets.

A spectacular sunrise on a 3,000-metre peak

It’s worth being an early riser. Special experience trips on the Zugspitzbahn cableway from 26 July to 18 October 2015 enable visitors to experience one of the most stunning natural spectacles: the sunrise on the Zugspitze. This can be followed with an early bird panoramic tour, for example over the “Gatterl” to the Ehrwalder Alm, stopping off at a mountain restaurant.

Big Five – the five highest peaks

Five days, five peaks and an elevation gain of over 5,000 metres – on the Big Five Tour in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena mountain enthusiasts ascend the peaks of the Daniel, the Thaneller, the Grubigstein, the Tajakopf and the Zugspitze. On these tours from 20 to 24 July and from 31 August to 3 September participants must achieve an altitude gain of more than 5,000 metres. The tour traverses unique terrain beside clear mountain lakes, through verdant forest and over rocky expanses. The highlight is the ascent of the mighty 2962-metre Zugspitze.

Summer on the Zugspitze: activities in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena

Exciting activities for families, over 150 hiking routes and 100 mountain bike tours ensure there is never a dull moment on the Tyrol side of the Zugspitze. Ideal for mountain bike novices: special technique courses for trail beginners.
The very warmest of welcomes to all athletes, pleasure-seekers and families: located right on the border between Bavaria and Tyrol, the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena is the perfect destination. The villages of Ehrwald, Lermoos, Berwang, Bichlbach, Biberwier, Heiterwang am See, Lähn-Wengle and Namlos beckon with an extensive offering of activities for summer holidaymakers. Brand new this year is an archery course for budding Robin Hoods in Ehrwald. The “Big Five Tour” offers climbing enthusiasts the opportunity to conquer the Daniel, Thaneller, Grubigstein, Tajakopf and Zugspitze peaks in just five days. And anyone wishing to work on their handicap can tee off on the Tiroler Zugspitz Golf nine-hole course, which offers golfers a superb view of the fascinating Wetterstein Massif. In addition, the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena has an exciting holiday programme for children, ensuring that little ones also enjoy a very special experience. A highlight of the summer will be the traditional summer solstice mountain bonfires on 20 June 2015, when over 10,000 fires will illuminate the mountains of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena.

An adventure-packed holiday (not just) for the little ones

The streams, mountain forests and alpine meadows of the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena form the backdrop for memorable summer holidays. And this year budding Robin Hoods will be in their element in the woodland of the Ehrwalder Wettersteinbahnen resort, where they can pick up a bow and arrow and hunt racoons, wood grouse and mountain lions. The new one-and-a-half-kilometre archery course leads through the forest and features 30 3D mock-up animal targets.
On experience and educational trails, the Zugspitzi water experience trail in Ehrwald and Moosle’s explorer path in Lermoos little ones can discover the flora and fauna of Tyrol’s mountain environment whilst having fun. Its wide-ranging family summer programme is fast making the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena the favourite region of adults and kids alike: whether finding out the secrets of plants with the herb lady, abseiling by a waterfall or discovering the legends about the hidden treasure in the Loisach springs … children can have the time of their lives whilst learning at the same time. Other exciting activities include rafting in Bichlbach, the water slide at the open-air pool in Lermoos and tobogganing on the longest summer run in Tyrol in Biberwier. On the high ropes course in Bichlbach children aged from six upwards can improve their coordination and learn teamwork skills. More sedate options include a boat excursion on Lake Heiterwanger or a trip to the petting zoo and playground in Bichlbach.

The hottest new trend: trail running

With its diverse landscape, ranging from verdant meadows through secluded forest trails to rugged rocks, the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena offers ideal conditions for a new trend among runners – trail running. With three circular courses of different lengths and difficulty levels, every runner can find the right trail for their personal training needs. The Ehrwald-Obermoos trail is ideal for novices. 9.5 kilometres in length, it rises from an altitude of 1,200 metres to 1,745 metres – directly beneath the imposing rock faces of the Zugspitz Massif. The Ehrwald-Glockenschlag trail, on the other hand, is rather more challenging. This 15.9 kilometre course rises to an altitude of 1,900 metres and passes the Lake Eibsee viewpoint on the border between Bavaria and Tyrol. The Ehrwald-Thörlen route should only be tackled by adventurers and pros. Stretching over 43.9 kilometres and rising to an altitude of 2,030 metres, it’s a real challenge for runners, who need to be in tip-top shape and have plenty of muscle power. The starting and finishing point of the three trails is by the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn valley station in Ehrwald.

The perfect playground for mountain bikers with over 100 tours

The Tyrol Zugspitz Arena has once again been designated an “Approved Bike Area” by “Mountain Bike Holidays”. Anyone who wants to swap their bicycle basket for clipless pedals and to experience nature at its most beautiful will be in their element mountain biking in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena. The region’s bike schools also offer special courses for beginners including technique training, rides on easy trails and recovery tips.
On the online portal bike fans can choose from over 100 signposted tours covering a total of 4,330 kilometres and an altitude of more than 100,000 metres. This means pleasure cyclists can soak up the scenery on a ride to Lake Heiterwanger, situated at the foot of soaring peaks, while extreme bikers can put their skills to the test on the Grubigstein freeride trail in Lermoos, which features jumps and obstacles. Visitors can also use the services of an accredited mountain bike guiding school and take advantage of hire and service stations.
The Tyrol Zugspitz Arena is also a movelo region: e-bikes are available at ten hire stations and there are seven battery exchange points. With the Flyer S-series, movelo’s sporty all-rounder, even the steep ascents to the region’s most beautiful alpine meadows are a piece of cake.

Walks between imposing peaks and picturesque mountain lakes

Anyone who prefers to do their exploring on foot can choose between over 150 routes for different ability levels. As well as classic high mountain walks, the local mountain schools also lay on a plethora of themed walks, ranging from dawn and sunset tours to orchid and herb walks. In the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena trails lead to impressive waterfalls, mysterious mountain lakes and culinary events where Tyrolean specialities can be sampled. The highlight of the summer is the “Big Five Tour”. On five-day excursions, from 20 to 24 July and from 31 August to 3 September 2015, mountain enthusiasts will be able to ascend the Daniel, Thaneller, Grubigstein, Tajakopf and Zugspitze peaks – the five highest in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena – accompanied by local guides. Each day the difficulty level increases, steadily preparing the participants for the 5,000-metre tour’s glorious conclusion: an ascent of the Zugspitze, at 2,962 metres Germany’s highest peak.

A new climbing gym in Ehrwald

In recent years the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena has steadily expanded its offering for climbers and there are now climbing routes for all ability levels at the foot of the Zugspitze. Thanks to the south-facing location of the more than 160 routes, the climbing season in the Zugspitz Arena is exceptionally long. Climbers can take a well-earned break at numerous mountain cabins on the routes, where they can refuel on regional delicacies.
With a climbing area of 1,267 m², the new EhrWALLd climbing gym offers climbers optimum conditions even in adverse weather conditions.

Golf with a panoramic view of the Zugspitze

Golfers visiting the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena can improve their handicap on the nine-hole course between Ehrwald and Lermoos, which offers ideal conditions. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Wetterstein Massif amidst an idyllic moss landscape, the course’s beautifully designed fairways make precise putts and long drives child’s play. Beginners can take a free taster course every Sunday from 15:30 to 16:30 with the head pro Patrick McHugh. Equipment (clubs and range balls) is also provided free of charge by the golf club.

Planning your tour from the comfort of your home

Thanks to our carefully designed and user-friendly tour portal, mountain bikers, hikers and climbers are able to plan their entire trip from the comfort of their homes. Detailed vector maps provide precise details including elevation profiles, displayable tour options and landmarks. At the click of a mouse visitors can also view over 100 routes under the categories of hiking, mountain biking, themed and experience trails, mountain climbing and climbing in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena. Links to GPS systems, Google Earth and Wikipedia provide important information on directions, places, peaks and sights, doing away with the need for maps and books. And here’s a practical tip: the tours and information discovered via the portal can be loaded directly onto a GPS-enabled mobile phone while the corresponding map section can be printed as a high-resolution PDF file.

History and tradition on the Tyrolean side of the Zugspitze

Summit-scalers and nature lovers are not the only ones in their element in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena, which also boasts an array of attractions for lovers of tradition. The Tyrol Zugspitzbahn cable car whisks visitors to the summit of Germany’s highest peak, where they will find the “Fascination Zugspitze” experience museum. Here visitors are taken back in time to the first ascent in 1820 and then on through the construction and modernisation of the Tyrol Zugspitzbahn right up to the present day. As well as the exhibition with a 3D multimedia display, visitors can also enjoy a stunning view of the surrounding mountain scenery through the ceiling-high glass windows in the entrance hall.

Freedom and flexibility with the Z-Ticket

The Z-Ticket, available from 23 May until 1 November 2015, is the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena’s three- or seven-day passport to flexibility and freedom and entitles visitors to one return trip with the Tyrol Zugspitzbahn, while five more cable cars and the busses in the region ensure that guests are at liberty to roam and enjoy the region’s many attractions, from the Zugspitze summit experience to a trip down the longest summer toboggan run in Tyrol. With the Z-Ticket families are also eligible for free access to numerous bathing lakes and swimming pools, while adrenaline junkies can enjoy thrilling experiences such as a nerve-shredding downhill ride on a giant scooter in Biberwier. Attractive packages make a summer trip to the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena especially appealing. The Z-Ticket is available from all cable car valley stations and from the information office in Ehrwald.

For further information visit zugspitzarena.com or call +43-5673-20-000

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