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