Whether you explore this region by hike or by bike, be sure to try these five additional ways to grab some truly sensational views...
The views in Tiroler Zugspitz Arena are not to be missed. Located on the border of Austria and Germany, the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena encompasses seven villages – Ehrwald, Lermoos, Biberwier, Berwang, Bichlbach, Heiterwang am See and Namlos – with the majestic Zugspitze mountain, towering above. Summer brings with it many interesting ways to explore and opens different ways to see this fascinating region of Tirol.
Standing at the top of the 2,962m high Zugspitze makes for some rather impressive views as, on a clear day, you can see the mountains of four countries. Even better this viewing platform can easily be reached in just ten minutes thanks to the Tiroler Zugspitzbahn cable car. Whilst at the top, check out the ‘Fascination Zugspitze’ museum that tells the history of the mountain and its cableways and features a glass platform that’ll have you gazing straight down into the rocky abyss below.
Fancy a different angle of the mountain? Try the Almkopfbahn cable car from Bichlbach. As you climb up 1,600m, not only will you be treated to views of Zugspitze and lake Heiterwanger See, but you can do so with a gondola breakfast, complete with table setting, regional delicacies and a glass of prosecco. Once you arrive at the top, there are hikes to enjoy as well as mountain scooters available for hire and be sure to stop by the mountain hut Heiterwanger Hochalm, renowned for its schnapps.
The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena offers some great lakeside vistas too. Seebensee is arguably one of the finest thanks to its brilliant turquoise colour and can be reached on a variety of trails from Ehrwald or Biberwier. Or, there’s the Drachensee (the ‘Dragon Lake’) the highest in the region at 1,910m, which can be found just a little further above. Keep on climbing to find the Coburger Hütte for great views and even better food.
If you actually want to get onto the water, go to the lake Heiterwanger See and Plansee where you can try stand-up paddle boarding from the SUP station, next to the hotel Fischer am See. From here is the option to enjoy sunset tours, try yoga board sessions and opportunities for night time excursions too, paddling across the glossy black surface and beneath star-filled skies. Alternatively, why not hire a rowboat and enjoy the height of the sun-filled afternoons in fine style by gracefully rowing across the lake’s waters.
Find yourself in the region around the advent of the summer solstice (mid-June) and you might just see some giant, fiery spectacles decorating the mountains around Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier. The origins of this practice are said to have begun in the 14th century to ward off demons and banish evil spirits way with fire, today they make for a rather attractive way to welcome in the evening, with local town celebrations to also enjoy.
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