Action and adventure in Tyrol Zugspitz Arena

cow-zugspitze-tyrol-alps-photo The Tyrol Zugspitz Arena, located in the Ausserfern region in eastern Austria, is a stunning valley bordered on all sides by the imposing peaks of the Tyrolean Alps. It’s a popular ski holiday area in the winter but it also offers visitors a multitude of fun activities in the summer, when the meadows are flush with gorgeous blooms and the tranquil forested slopes are perfect for a leisurely hike. The Tyrol Zugspitz Arena comprises several charming towns including Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier at the foot of the mighty Zugspitze, made famous in the first James Bond movie and, at 2,952m, is equally well-known as Germany’s highest peak (though half the mountain is in Austrian territory).

Things to do in the summer

Skiing is the name of the game in the winter but in the summer, visitors can go hiking, mountain-biking, toboganning, rock-climbing, paragliding, abseiling, even… scuba diving! Imagine that: scuba diving in the Alps! Visitors can also hike to the lakes for a refreshing swim, go for a round of golf, indulge in a spa treatment or sit back at one of the many cafés and restaurants and take in the breathtaking Alpine scenery.

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Stunning mountain scenery in the Tyrol Zugspitz Arena

On my recent trip to this area with three blogger friends, we were offered a variety of activities to experience. Janice and I opted for a hike through the forests to the beautiful Blind, Weissen and Mittel lakes. The three-hour hike led us past gorgeous meadows, towering fir trees and herds of cows and sheep, each with its own bell slung around its neck. We were never far from a stunning panorama of the surrounding mountains or the extraordinary turquoise lakes.

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Views to the mountains through the trees

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The beautiful turquoise Blindsee (lake)

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Scuba-diving in the Blindsee high up in the Tyrolean Alps

Another popular activity is to take the cable-car or the Zugspitzebahn to the top of the Zugspitze. This engineering marvel whisks visitors to the top of the mountain in less than ten minutes. The view from the top of the valley below and the other mighty peaks of the Tyrolean Alps is simply phenomenal.

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Truly an engineering marvel!

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The view from the top of the Zugspitze

We also went rock-climbing and abseiling at the lovely Häselgehr waterfall and ended our little adventure on a zip-line past the waterfall. There are various levels and we went on the easiest. I was happy with that, considering my fear of heights! :-)

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Häselgehr waterfall

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Climbing the rock face at the Häselgehr waterfall

All that action and adventure left us famished! We ended the day with a typical Tyrolean lunch at Gam Salm, a lovely restaurant at the foot of the Zugspitze. It was a stunning day and we tucked into our omelettes topped with bacon and fresh chantarelle mushrooms while enjoying the view of the verdant fields and the impressive Zugspitze. Truly unforgettable!

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A delicious omelette with chantaralle mushrooms

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The view of the Zugspitze from Gamsalm

Note: A big thank you goes to the Tirol Zugspitz Arena Tourism Board for hosting me and for the gracious hospitality.

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3 Responses to “Action and adventure in Tyrol Zugspitz Arena”

  1. Carina 06/09/2011 1:24 pm
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    This trip really sounds and looks exciting Keith! And the images are beautiful! Seems as if I need to go back to Tyrol in summer!

  2. Jessica 04/09/2011 3:49 pm
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    the omelette…………goshhh !!!!!!!!! I want one !

  3. Hi Keith,

    Great post and great pictures!… Looks a lot like Whistler BC in some of the pics.

    Nancy & Shawn

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