The best photo spots
Beautiful lakes, stunning panoramas, a delicious snack: we reveal the loveliest spots to see in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. Our tip: allow enough time to take your photos.
You mustn’t miss a trip to the Vorderer Drachenkopf mountain if you love the sight of magical lakes. Starting from the car park of the Ehrwalder Almbahn cable car, you can either take a gondola or set off on foot to the Ehrwalder Alm. From there, you continue to the Seebensee lake, whose crystal-clear waters frequently reflect the Wetterstein mountains (including the Zugspitze) – making it a very popular spot for photographers. It’s ideal for Instagrammers, then, as well as the perfect place to take a refreshing dip in the summer. Enjoy your breather, because then we continue up to the Coburger Hut at 1,917 metres’ altitude, a walk of around two and a half hours from the start. Once you’ve arrived, you can marvel at panoramas of the Seebensee and the Wetterstein mountains. And feast on Tyrolean cuisine, for example a hearty plate of Käsespätzle with a side salad or a poppyseed cake. Nearby: the turquoise waters of the Drachensee lake, which you can find behind the hut. The onward path to the Drachenkopf (2,003 metres) is exposed, but after a further one and a half hours you’ll be rewarded with views of the mountain valley and its many lakes.
A great alternative for families is the Wassererlebnisweg, an easy circular path that takes one and a half hours and is also perfect for kids. The walk has been lovingly crafted with quizzes and games along the way. The best spot is the view out to the Seeben Waterfall, which cascades over a rock face in the distance. If you want to take a closer look at this wonder of nature, you can branch off towards the via ferrata, but be careful, as the climb itself is only suitable for pros and should never be attempted by children.
The Thaneller is one of the most scenic summits in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, making it an absolutely unmissable destination. The popular, moderately difficult hike up to the peak at 2,341 metres takes around three hours. It leads to Kampeleplatz, then more steeply upwards to the Thaneller’s southern ridge. You’ll be rewarded with unique views of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena, the Lechtaler peaks, and the Heiterwanger and Plansee lakes. The hike starts at the car park of the Thanellerkarlift ski lift in Berwang, and if you set off early enough, you’ll even see fog rising from the lake. For a refreshment stop, head to the Heiterwanger Hochalm. A particular recommendation on the menu: delicious Gröstl or Schnitzel.
Another, rather demanding tour is the Gartnerwand route with the Gartjoch ridge. The rugged rock face and the lovely valley form a fantastic contrast. It takes about seven hours, so it’s really only for those with lots of stamina. But the hike can also be shortened. It starts at the Untergarten in Lermoos. Set off for the Gartner Alm, directly under the mighty Gartnerwand mountain, on foot or mountain bike. A delicious bacon dumpling soup or a dumpling duo are the perfect refreshment. Then continue up to see more beautiful locations: the Grubigstein and the Grubig Hut. There, we particularly recommend the goulash soup with locally produced beef or Kaiserschmarrn (shredded pancakes) with plum roasters. Experienced hikers can also navigate the Gartnerwand and enjoy the breathtaking panorama. Everyone else can take the mountain railway up the Grubigstein.
Of course there are many other beautiful spots in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena.
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