The Zugspitz Arena is famed for the glittering lakes that make up its landscape, and the best way to explore them is by bike. The half-day 3 Seen Tour takes in three of the most beautiful: Mittersee, Blindsee and Weißensee.
The 11.2 kilometres route starts in Biberwier and follows a tree-lined path towards the Loisachquellen, a series of shimmering springs and the first of many photogenic spots along the route. After that, the path carries on through the woods to Mittersee. It’s the smallest of the three lakes, but its waters often reach 22 degrees in summer, making it an ideal spot to take a dip.
After winding through an undulating of forest of fir trees, the cycle path reaches Blindsee, the largest lake in the area. Although it can be cold, it’s also famed for its great swimming, with jaw-dropping views over to the Zugspitz, the imposing mountain that marks the border between Austria and Germany. Watch out for scuba divers, who are drawn to its clear waters and underwater tree trunks.
Another forested track leads to the final lake of the tour, Weißensee, which has an incredible backdrop of mountains. From there, you can pedal back to Biberwier to complete the circuit.
This half-day cycle ride is even more breathtaking in the morning or evening, when the sun tickles the peaks that surround it with a pinkish glow. There’s 513 metres of ascent, but no major climbs, making it ideal for all levels of cyclists.