At the foot of the Zugspitze, holidaymakers will find the winter holiday they are looking for - and a panorama that can easily rival the great mountain ranges of the Alps.
The Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena is versatile, varied, contradicting itself. But not only sport, adrenaline and action await active vacationers here. Relaxation, tranquility and gentle tourism are also offered on the Tyrolean side of the Zugspitze massif. Divided into the sportier and pulsating part with the towns of Ehrwald, Lermoos and Biberwier and the more original and more gentle part with Berwang, Bichlbach, Heiterwang am See and Namlos, the region offers a wide range of winter activities. Skiing on Germany's highest mountain, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing or igloo building workshops are just a few of the activities that are possible in the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena in winter.
Several ski areas in one go
Skiing is right at the top of the to-do list for a winter holiday in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. Seven ski areas with 142 kilometers of slopes and 58 mountain railways are waiting to be taken under the boards by winter sports enthusiasts. The individual areas are connected by buses - so skiers and snowboarders can easily hop from area to area and explore the various slopes. Whether on the Zugspitze glacier, the sun-drenched family slopes of the Ehrwalder Alm or the Wetterstein area, the family slopes on the Marienberg in Biberwier, skiing pleasure with a view of the Zugspitz on the Grubigstein in Lermoos or while skiing between Berwang and Bichlbach: Sporty skiers will find just as much in the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena suitable conditions such as pleasure skiers and families with children. Depending on the level, there are levels green (for absolute beginners) to black (experienced skiers who want to specialize in mogul slopes or freeriding, for example). With the “Top Snow Card”, skiers and snowboarders can also experience cross-border winter sports fun on 213 kilometers of slopes and 87 lifts. One pass, two countries: in addition to the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena, the “Top Snow Card” is also valid in the German ski areas on the Zugspitze, Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Grainau. The card is available for as little as two days.
Short break from everyday life away from the slopes
Not only ski enthusiasts will find the right activities in the Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena. The region is a real insider tip for cross-country skiers: At the foot of the Zugspitze, there are 131 kilometers of cross-country trails for classic and skating. The routes are varied and suitable for ambitious athletes as well as relaxed connoisseurs. For those who prefer to walk, the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena offers 60 kilometers of cleared winter hiking trails, on which hikers can enjoy the landscape and also have a leisurely stop. You can hike with snowshoes completely off the beaten track and in the middle of nature. Together with guides or on their own, vacationers can immerse themselves in the pristine winter landscape.
Those who want to actively end the day in the snow can choose from a wide range. Free torch and llama hikes take place weekly in Lermoos and Biberwier. If you are in the mood for more action, you can hunt down the nocturnal slopes or toboggan runs three days a week. Another special feature awaits at Grubigstein in Lermoos and at Marienberg in Biberwier: every day, winter guests can become co-pilots there. Here you can find out more about the work of the snow groomer drivers and what it means to prepare the kilometer-long descents for the next day. A special highlight: together with mountain guides from the Lermoos Alpine School, guests build their own igloo in traditional log construction.
Just leave the car behind
In the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, guests can simply do without their car during their holiday and save fuel and the search for a parking space. Once you have arrived via the toll-free Munich-Garmisch-Partenkirchen or Ulm-Füssen motorways, the easiest way for holidaymakers to move around is via the well-networked bus network, which is already short. The buses are free in the entire region with a valid guest card or valid ski pass.
The Zugspitze: the roof of Germany
The Tyrolean Zugspitz Arena is right at the foot of the Zugspitze. At 2,962 meters, it is the highest mountain in Germany and the highest peak of the Wetterstein massif. The border between Germany and Austria runs over the ridge. The first cable car, the Tyrolean Zugspitzbahn, was built on the Zugspitze as early as 1926. Today you can reach the summit in around 10 minutes by train. On clear days, the view extends from the viewing terrace to the Großglockner, the Piz Bernina or Munich. In addition to winter sports activities, the “Fascination Zugspitze” adventure museum tells a lot about the history of the mountain.