Ehrwald

Burning passion: Visitors taking the cable car from Ehrwald up onto the Zugspitze can look forward to magnificent views of Germany's highest peak. Each year on 20 June the mountains around Ehrwald come to life as thousands of fires are lit on the summits and ridges around the village.

The Zugspitze, Germany’s highest mountain at 2,962 metres above sea level, has been easily accessible since the first cable car was built in 1926. The most modern incarnation leaves from Ehrwald and transports visitors up onto the mountain quickly and comfortably via three mighty metal pylons driven into the rock. Once up at the top, crossing over from Bavaria in Germany to Tirol in Austria couldn’t be easier – the border runs directly through the middle of the Zugspitzhaus hut on the summit.

It goes without saying that the views from the Zugspitze are spectacular: down into the Inntal Valley, across to the shimmering green Lake Eibsee near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, over to the Hintertux Glacier – and on clear days even as far as the TV tower in Munich. The views looking up are just as good – not least on the Summer Solstice, the 20 June, when 300 men from the region scale the mountains of the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena Region to build and light fires high above the valley floor. Lighting mountain fires on the longest day of the year is a common tradition throughout the Alps, but the huge figures burning on the mountainsides around Ehrwald are unique and even included on the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List.

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The Zugspitzbahn cable car leaving from Ehrwald is the ideal solution for all those who want to admire the views from 2,962m altitude without breaking sweat., © Tirol Werbung/vivalpin
Living the high life

The Zugspitzbahn cable car leaving from Ehrwald is the ideal solution for all those who want to admire the views from 2,962m altitude without breaking sweat.



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The Summer Solstice is celebrated around the world. Ehrwald is no exception – every year locals build around 8,000 fires high up in the mountains which join together to depict symbols and figures from mythology., © Albin Niederstrasser
Ancient tradition

The Summer Solstice is celebrated around the world. Ehrwald is no exception – every year locals build around 8,000 fires high up in the mountains which join together to depict symbols and figures from mythology.

Certain sections of the Ehrwalder Becken, once entirely covered in moorland, have been protected areas of natural beauty for decades and are home to many animal and plant species threatened by extinction., © Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
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Certain sections of the Ehrwalder Becken, once entirely covered in moorland, have been protected areas of natural beauty for decades and are home to many animal and plant species threatened by extinction.

Golfers can enjoy spectacular views while teeing off on the nine-hole course in Ehrwald. The majestic mountains even soothe the anguish of slicing an approach shot or missing an important putt!, © Tiroler Zugspitz Arena/Albin Niederstrasser
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Golfers can enjoy spectacular views while teeing off on the nine-hole course in Ehrwald. The majestic mountains even soothe the anguish of slicing an approach shot or missing an important putt!



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You would be forgiven for thinking that photos of the Lake Seebensee and slightly higher Lake Drachensee had been manipulated on a computer, such is the unreal beauty of these two lakes. The best way to believe your eyes is walk or ride up to the lakes and see the turquoise waters in the middle of the mountains for yourself!, © Tiroler Zugspitz Arena
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You would be forgiven for thinking that photos of the Lake Seebensee and slightly higher Lake Drachensee had been manipulated on a computer, such is the unreal beauty of these two lakes. The best way to believe your eyes is walk or ride up to the lakes and see the turquoise waters in the middle of the mountains for yourself!



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