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.