The town’s namesake animal, the beaver (in German “Biber”), and its history as a miner’s town as well as sparkling mountain and bathing lakes: All this characterises Biberwier – and makes the little village a popular holiday destination within the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. You could go swimming at Lake Blindsee and Lake Mittersee – or how about skiing and snowboarding on Marienberg? What you’ll see year-round in Biberwier are the smiling faces of happy holiday guests.
Facts & figures
- Location: near the Zugspitze, the natural springs in Loisach
- Elevation: 1,000 m
- Districts: Rauth and Schmitte
- Neighbouring towns: Lermoos and Ehrwald
Where is Biberwier?
If you’re looking for Biberwier, you’ll find it at the southern edge of the Lermooser Moos – a now partially dry area of moorlands. It lies embedded between a mountain face and the Fern Pass fossil rockslide deposits in the Tyrolean Alps. The river Loisach has its source in the western part of the village and flows through the entire municipality. Located at the foothills of the Wetterstein range and near the German-Austrian border, Biberwier can be seen from atop the Zugspitze.
The town’s name “Biberwier” is no accident: Until the 1800s, the industrious gnawers have lived in local mountain streams – then they disappeared for about 200 years. Since the beginning of the 21st century, a few beavers have been spotted in Biberwier again.
The history of Biberwier
Biberwier is located along the Via Claudia Augusta cycle route which follows the ancient Roman road of the same name – and that’s where the town’s eventful history started. Archaeological finds from the Roman period show that the little village played an important role along this traffic and transport route. From the Middle Ages until 1921, everything revolved around mining in Biberwier. At the Silberleithe, galmei, lead and zinc ore were mined. The Gewerkschaft Silberleithen (Silberleithen Union) was one of the biggest mining operations in the Tyrolean Außerfern region at the time.
Good to know: If you’d like to explore the former miner’s town, you can do so on the Montan hiking trail Silberleithen.
Winter in Biberwier
Rest and relaxation or action and adventure? Biberwier offers its visitors a little bit of everything. On Marienberg, winter sports enthusiasts discover a small but beautiful ski resort perfect for families and beginners. Cross-country skiers enjoy the area’s expansive trail network. And winter hikers and snowshoe hikers can choose from several routes for exploring the region on foot.
Summer in Biberwier
Ready for taking a dip in cool water? Signposted hiking trails and mountain bike routes let active holiday guests go on a tour of exploration in the region around Biberwier. Turquoise mountain and bathing lakes as well as the river Loisach and its springs are great locations for cooling off on hot summer days. And spirited guests might even enjoy a natural Kneipp experience in ice-cold Alpine waters.
Biberwier for families
With several opportunities for fun and learning about nature and the region, the Beaver Trail is a favourite among kids and their parents alike. The family-friendly adventure trail tells you more about the town and its history – all in a child-appropriate manner. The playgrounds in Biberwier are great for romping around.
Tips for even more action: Swooshing down Tyrol’s longest summer toboggan run or going on a ride with the monster mountain scooters and mountain carts are popular options for family adventures as well.
Families love to visit Marienberg ski resort in winter. Young holiday guests particularly enjoy Biber’s new Buzzebahn. Many wide and easy slopes, the Kinderland and professional ski school offers make Marienberg a great location for safe skiing and snowboarding fun for families. A wintry highlight in Biberwier are also the llama and torchlit hikes through the snow.
Culture & attractions
The ancient Roman road Via Claudia Augusta is often described as Europe’s cultural axis, and it not only attracts hikers and mountain bikers. Many historic vestiges are waiting to be discovered – on day trips and excursions as well. Right in the town’s centre, you should stop by at the Biberbrunnen (beaver fountain). And how about visiting the many local chapels?
Images of Biberwier
Biberwier tourist information
More information on Biberwier, mining, etc. or tips for the most beautiful routes to Loisach’s natural springs: We’re looking forward to making your stay in Biberwier even more enjoyable. Get in touch by giving us a call, sending an e-mail or visiting us at the local tourist office in the Fernpassstraße!
Accommodation options in Biberwier
If you’d like to visit the Tyrolean side of the Zugspitze, you can do so in Biberwier – and you’ll find a comfortable accommodation there as well. Apartment, holiday home, hotel or chalet? From rustic and cosy to modern and luxurious: The wide range of offers in Biberwier leaves nothing to be desired.
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