This hidden gem of the Tirol has dramatic peaks, lakes, high tarns and an abundance of wildflowers. Ehrwald, at a height of 1000m, is one of the most spectacularly located villages in the Alps and is an excellent base for easy mountain walking.
See what's planned
- Walk to and visit pretty Austrian alpine villages
- Capture panoramic views of the impressive Zugspitze and the surrounding Wetterstein range and Sonnenspitze mountains
- Travel with ease using the local z-ticket, included in the cost of the holiday
- Take a spectacular cable car ride to the 'top of Germany', the dramatic Zugspitze at 2962m
- Experience the Lakes of Heiterwang and Plansee, the second largest water area in the Tirol, not unlike the Fjordland of New Zealand
- Relax after a days walk in a beautiful 4 star alpine hotel, just a short stroll from the village centre of Ehrwald
After a successful 2019, we are really excited to see our Zugspitz holiday become one of our best sellers.
We are based in the attractive village of Ehrwald, close to the Austro-German border. The Tiroler Zugspitz Arena is dominated by the mighty Zugspitze, the highest peak in the Wetterstein range at 2962m. These limestone mountains form some of Austria’s most outstanding hiking country. Set amidst stunning mountain scenery, the Zugspitz Arena is a hidden gem in this corner of the Tirol with dramatic peaks, lakes, high tarns and an abundance of wildflowers in summer. The Zugspitz Arena has it all and is also an ideal starting point for day trips to Bavaria. We will use the local Z-ticket to explore this picturesque gem and this is included in your holiday price. Besides walking there are some interesting visits to make.
You will notice that this information sheet contains two different spellings of ‘Zugspitz(e)’. ‘Zugspitze’ is the name of the mountain, but ‘Zugspitz Arena’ is the name given to the area. The ‘e’ is missing in the latter because of something called vocal elision. All letters are pronounced in German, and it is easier when saying the name of the area to miss off the ‘e’. As for how it is pronounced – if you want to sound like a German you will pronounce the mountain as ‘Tsook-spitzuh’. And its meaning? The north side of the mountain was prone to avalanches, which tended to come down along the same track. ‘Zug’ is mainly used in modern German to mean ‘train’ but is also an old German word for ‘track’. In the valley you find other words with ‘Zug’ in, for example the ‘Zugwald’ (‘Zug wood’) or ‘Zuggasse’ (‘Zug alley’), all of which owe their names to the effect the mountain has had on the landscape.
- Return flights from London Heathrow to Munich with British Airways
- Airport transfers
- Half board en suite accommodation
- All local transport costs
- 6 day Z-ticket for free and unlimited use of local transport, facilities and activities
What's not included?
- Personal Expenses (such as your bar bill)
- Discretionary Tips
- Optional Excursions
- Travel Insurance (you can add this when you book)
On an Adagio Plus holiday, there is more emphasis on getting out into the countryside with days having more of an active content, although the walks will be on unchallenging trails and at an undemanding pace. You will need to be able to walk for longer periods than on a standard Adagio holiday. Adagio Plus holidays, in general, have less sightseeing days and are more about being out in the open countryside.
Three of our walking days will take us to around 2200m and on two days we will be walking at around 1600m. On the day we ascend the Zugspitze we reach 2962m.
Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
We fly to Munich and transfer by road to the attractive Austrian village of Ehrwald.
Transfer Time = 2 hour 30 minutes
Three Villages Walk
Ehrwald is a mountain resort which of course experiences mountain weather. Our itinerary is expected to follow the daily schedule outlined below but please bear in mind that the order of the days may be amended, or walks substituted, due to weather conditions, attraction opening times, public transport timetables or changes beyond our control. Distances, ascent/descent and timings are all approximate and refer only to the countryside walking element of each day.
Panoramaweg to Lermoos and The Grubigstein
We walk along the Panoramaweg to Lermoos for some excellent views of the Grubigstein Mountains where we later make the easy ascent to 2050m by gondola! There are spectacular views down to the Fernpass lakes below from a viewpoint just a short walk away. After lunch we can take the gondola to the mid-station at Brettalm (1334m) and gently descend on foot back to Lermoos or take the gondola all the way down. Here we can return by bus or walk back to the hotel through the Moos.
The Zugspitze, Top of Germany
Today may well be the highlight of the holiday as we experience some wonderful high mountain scenery with perfect picture opportunities. A spectacular cable car takes us to the top of the Zugspitze at 2,962m. The views are phenomenal and you will be amazed! Crossing the border into Germany by the top cable car station, we can watch walkers climbing the golden cross – the ‘Top of Germany’. On a clear day an impressive 360 degree panorama opens up with the views of 400 mountain peaks in four countries. The cable car down to the glacier (2600 m) is equally spectacular and we can explore the area on foot. There is time to visit the museum for a historical insight into the Zugspitze itself. After returning to the bottom station we walk back to the hotel via the Gamsalm and take a break for refreshments in a delightful setting by a small lake. Can views get better than this?
Today is a free day – there are many ways in which you can use your Z-ticket to visit the surrounding areas, please see below.
Use the Z-ticket to explore more of the local area on foot. There are plenty of opportunities for further walks at all grades.
Eibsee. This is one of the most beautiful walks in all of Bavaria. The Eibsee lies at the base of the Zugspitze at around 1000m near the resort of Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The surrounding mountains create a fantastic backdrop against the unique emerald green water and its eight islands. The full trail takes approximately 2½ hours.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen. This ski resort in Bavaria is a mixture of contemporary and traditional as Garmisch has a 21st Century atmosphere whilst Partenkirchen has retained its local alpine village ambience.
Garmisch-Classic Ticket. This cable car tour enables visitors to enjoy breathtaking mountain views. The Alpspitzbahn lift whisks you up to the 2,050m high Osterfelderkopf. Walkers can hike down a well maintained trail in around 30 minutes to the top station of the Kreuzeckbahn lifts, from where the cable car to the valley starts. Return by catching the cog railway back to Garmisch-Partenkirchen.
Partnach Gorge. Breathtaking waterfalls and caves provide a look into Germany's geological past. The gorge is 702 m (2,303 ft) long and, in places, over 80m (260 ft) deep. It was designated a natural monument in 1912.
Highline 179 Bridge. At 114 m high and with a 402m span this is the longest footbridge in Europe and the longest Tibet-style suspension bridge in the world. The name comes from the bridge crossing over the B179 route that winds through and beyond the borders of the Austrian Tirol.
Oberammergau. This quiet centre is located within the forests and peaks of the Ammergauer Alps. The area has maintained custom with its traditionally painted houses and woodcarving shops. There is access to many cross country hikes from Oberammergau. Tourists gather for the famous Passion Play every ten years.
The Lakes of Heiterwang and Plansee
Today we visit the Lakes of Heiterwang and Plansee, the second largest water area in the Tirol. The scenery here is sublime and not unlike the Fjordland of New Zealand. A path leads around the lakes, offering fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and we combine this with a relaxing boat trip along the lake. The walk can easily be shortened by taking the boat from the half way point.
Seebenalm, Seebensee and Almsee
A gondola takes us effortlessly up to the Ehrwalder Alm hut at 1502 m where we can take a short 10 minute walk to admire the reflections in the Almsee. We start our walk to the hut at Seeben Alm (1575m) gently ascending through the mountain scenery where we have lunch. From here we can take a 20 minute walk to the Seebensee for some classic views of the Zugspitze. With its bright turquoise water and fantastic backdrop, it is considered one of the most beautiful lakes in the Austrian Tirol. We walk back to the gondola and descend to the bottom station, where we can take the bus or walk back to the hotel on an easy track in about 30 minutes.
It is time to say goodbye to this picturesque idyll. A private transfer transfers us to Munich airport with many memories of the spectacular scenery in the Zugspitz Arena.
Walks & Excursions
We use a mix of privately hired vehicles, taxis, and public transport which gives us some flexibility in our itinerary. We have a wonderful programme of walking, sightseeing and visits planned to let you fully experience the area along with opportunities to relax at our wonderful hotel and enjoy your surroundings.
Local transport costs, entrance fees and tips to local providers are included in your holiday price. You may wish to budget for any meals and drinks not included in the holiday arrangements, non-included entrance fees and any optional excursions you may choose to participate in locally. A general guideline for lunches and drinks is £10-£20 per person per day.
Local Transport Costs and 6 day Z-Ticket
All local transport costs in conjunction with the advertised activity programme are included in the holiday cost. There may be occasions where additional visits or excursions are added to enrich your experience, these will be paid for locally by you if you choose to participate. Local transport can be a mix of private hire coaches, taxis, local buses and ferries depending on the itinerary.
We include the 6 day Z-Ticket in the cost of the holiday. This provides free and unlimited use of local transport, local facilities and local activities. This includes the use of mountain railways, boat trips, local buses, swimming pools and much more! This provides unlimited travel on all the local trains and cable cars used in our proposed itinerary.
Currency in Austria
The currency in Austria is the euro. You may wish to take some euro cash with you until you reach an ATM. Credit cards may not be accepted in smaller towns and rural areas.
We include tips in the holiday cost and your Adagio Leader will take care of making sure tips are given to hotel and restaurant staff and to local guides and drivers. If you feel that someone has gone out of their way to make your holiday enjoyable or help you in anyway, please feel free to give a personal tip to the person should you wish. If you are having an independent lunch or other service not included in the holiday arrangements, tipping is at your own discretion.
We believe that the best things come in small packages, and our Adagio holidays prove just that. We limit our groups to a maximum of 18 persons, plus the Adagio Leader, so that everyone has the opportunity to mix, share their love of travel and return home with new friendships. Small groups also have less detrimental local impact, allows us to use public transport on some days, eat at small local restaurants and, we believe, offers a better experience.
An Adagio Leader will accompany you throughout the holiday. They are all experienced travellers with a love for exploring and will help capture the true essence of the destination with their stories, knowledge and insights. They are well-organised, pay great attention to detail and enjoy being with people. They are there to help make your holiday as enjoyable and stress free as possible.
Leaders Evening Briefing
Your Adagio Leader will discuss the programme for the following day with the group at each evening briefing. This will be your opportunity to find out more details and ensure the planned activities suit your walking ability. Also, if you have any questions or concerns on clothing or lunch arrangements, this can be discussed then. If you wish to opt out of the organised group programme, this is fine, just let your Leader know.
Getting to your Holiday
We fly from London Heathrow to Munich and return with British Airways. The flight takes approximately 2 hours.
On some dates we offer regional flights from Manchester and Birmingham with Lufthansa. There may be a wait for some clients arriving and/or departing as there will only be 1 transfer on arrival and departure.
Our transfer from Munich Airport to Ehrwald is by private coach and will take around about 2 ½ hours. During the week we’ll travel on foot, by bus and cable car.
Details of your baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
If you intend joining and leaving the party in Ehrwald, we assume, unless you have advised us otherwise, that you will meet and leave the party at our hotel. If this is not your intention, please let us know in writing at least 5 weeks before departure.
Booking Your Own Travel Arrangements
If you wish to organise your own flights from either a non-UK or UK regional airport, or travel by rail or car to your holiday destination, 'land only' reductions are often available. If you choose to do this, before finalising any independent travel arrangements, please check with us first - especially if doing so 12 weeks or more before your intended date of travel. If you do intend to join your holiday locally please do tell us at least 14 weeks in advance.
If you are joining and leaving your holiday overseas we assume, unless you advise us otherwise, that you will join and leave the holiday at the hotel. Although airport/train station transfers are not included for those making their own independent travel arrangements, if you wish to join the group at the overseas airport/train station, depending on your flight/train arrival time, you may be able to be included on the group's transfer. Please contact us at least 5 weeks before departure for more details.
Please note that your flight/train must arrive within 30 minutes of the group flight/train to be able to join the group transfer. We also need your flight/train number, arrival time and departure point so that your Adagio Leader is able to meet up with you.
Luggage Allowance & Tickets
When booking a flight or rail inclusive holiday with us, details of your travel arrangements and baggage allowance will be confirmed in your travel documents, sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure.
Personal Details Check
Please ensure that the personal details we have on file for you are up to date and that you have provided the information we need to secure your holiday travel and accommodation arrangements.
Please check your passport details, date of birth and any other important details necessary for us to accurately manage your holiday booking are correct at the time of booking (including health and dietry requirements). You can view and update information already provided, and add details not yet asked for, by using the Manage My Booking facility on our website www.adagio.co.uk, or by calling our Sales and Reservations team on +44 (0)1707 386700. When you receive your booking confirmation please check the details as soon as possible.
General Passport Advice
It is a good idea to carry photocopies of the personal details pages of your passport page (with your photo on). Should you lose your passport, this may assist with the issue of replacement documents and your return to your home country. Passport and visa requirements can change at any time. It is your own responsibility to ensure that you inform yourself from a professionally qualified source on, and comply with, such requirements.
Brexit Passport Advice
You should have at least 6 months validity left on your passport from your date of arrival.
If you renewed a 10 year passport before it expired, extra months may have been added to your passport’s expiry date. These extra months will not count, so you should ensure that your passport is not older than 9 years and 6 months from the date of issue at the time of travel.
You may wish to renew your passport sooner rather than later, in order to make sure you have it in time for your holiday or travel plans.
Please ensure to regularly check the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website for updates on passport requirements leading up to and after Brexit or contact us for more assistance.
UK Government Brexit Information for Passports can be found at www.gov.uk/guidance/passport-rules-for-travel-to-europe-after-Brexit.
The UK Government has published a website tool to check the validity of your passport under these rules which can be found at www.passport.service.gov.uk/check-a-passport.
In the event the UK leaves the EU without a deal, UK citizens will be able to visit the EU for up to 90 days within a 180-day period without a visa. The UK Government also has information for travellers available at gov.uk/EUexit
Non British Passport holders should consult the host country’s embassy for applicable passport and visa entry requirements.
We enjoy an excellent buffet breakfast with hot and cold traditional local delicacies and international cuisine. Each evening we will enjoy a five course dinner in the hotels restaurant. This consists of a starter, soup, a choice of 4 main courses, a salad bar and a choice of dessert. There is also a cheese buffet with fresh fruit if you are still hungry after!
It is more than likely that you will need to select your menu choices for the evening dinner during breakfast.
Dietary requirements are well catered for so please advise us at the time of booking.
Once a week you can enjoy traditional hot and cold regional specialities during the Farmers Buffet. If that’s not enough then afternoon tea and cake await you after a day out walking! We don’t include lunches in the price of the holiday – normally these can be taken as a picnic or in a mountain restaurant or café.
Footwear & Kit List
Comfortable, broken in, walking boots or shoes with a good sole are recommended for this holiday. Walking shoes or other comfortable footwear will be suitable for sightseeing days.
General Kit List
We recommend you bring the following items with you:
- Walking boots or shoes with a good sole and waterproof uppers.
- Waterproof jacket and trousers. It does rain sometimes!
- A sunhat, fleece hat and gloves… to cover all weather eventualities.
- Sun cream.
- Hand sanitiser
- Swimwear in case there is time for swimming if the hotel has a pool
- A water bottle. (see Water-to-Go below)
- A picnic knife, fork and spoon, as required.
- A simple basic first aid kit.
- A daypack to hold all the above.
- Trekking poles (if you usually walk with poles)
Water To Go
An alternative to bottled water from single-use sealed water bottles is filtered water from a refillable bottle containing its own water filter such as a Water-to-go bottle available from www.watertogo.eu. Just fill up from any water source and save the environment from disposable plastic bottles.
We have negotiated an exclusive 15% discount with our partners Water-to-Go for you as a thank you for helping the environment. Please go to their website at www.watertogo.eu and enter the code RWH17 when ordering. In addition, Water-to-Go will match the discount with a donation to our charity, Heart & Sole, which will allow us to continue to make a difference in the countries you visit on our holidays.
Travel Document Checklist
To ensure your holiday gets off to a good start, please make sure that you bring the following documents and information with you:
- Passport (make sure it's yours and valid)
- Your travel tickets or e-ticket itinerary
- Any visa or electronic travel authorisation (if required)
- Holiday currency
- Credit or debit cards (and separate details of who to call if lost)
- Car parking ticket and car park directions (if prebooked)
- Coach or rail travel tickets (if prebooked)
- Your holiday Booking Confirmation document
- Your travel insurance details
- Alternative form of identification (such as a driving licence)
- Photocopy of the personal details pages of your passport
- A valid European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) if relevant
- Details of any medical condition or allergy your holiday leader should know about
Electricity in Austria
In Austria the electricity is supplied at 220 Volts. If you wish to use electrical equipment you will need a European two pin adaptor with round pins. More information can be found at Power Plug Sockets.
Maps & Guidebooks
Ideal Maps & Guidebooks
The best map of the area, and one which covers all of our walks, is the 1:25,000 map by Mayr: Tiroler Zugspitz Arena XL - Wander, Rad und Mountainbikekarte. The Kompass Zugspitze 25 Mieminger Kette covers a wider area and the hotel also has an excellent 1:50,000 map readily available from reception for €6.90.
The Ehrwald Tourist Office’s website has lots of information on Ehrwald itself and links to the other villages in the area.
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
The Map Shop
If you cannot find the maps or books locally we recommend:
The Map Shop
5 High Street
Upton upon Severn, Worcs
Tel: 01684 593 146
E-mail: [email protected]
If you key many of the local places mentioned in this holiday fact sheet into YouTube, you will find a vast array of spectacular footage of the area.
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Staying Healthy on Holiday
Health Advice for Austria
No compulsory immunisations are required for visits to Austria. You should be up to date with the usual immunisations recommended in the UK. You may wish to consider immunisations against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Tick-borne Encephalitis
Further Health Advice
For further advice please visit:
You might wish to take a small bottle of antibacterial hand gel with you for times when you're unable to wash your hands.
Please make sure you are insured for guided walking. It is important that you bring your travel insurance documents with you on holiday, including your policy number and 24-hour assistance telephone number.
Please take your European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) with you; it will help you in the event of you needing medical assistance during your holiday. Please note that the EHIC has an expiry date, so please check that your card is valid for the duration of your holiday. Please note however the EHIC should not be considered a substitute for medical or travel insurance.
It is important to ensure while purchasing insurance that you are insured for guided walking upto 3000m.
We're committed to operating responsible tours in all our destinations as best we can. Our holidays are designed for you to discover the essence of the country you are visiting. Travelling in small groups not only gives you an up close and personal experience of your destination, but minimises your impact on the immediate environment. We feel that the most important starting point to protect the environment is to be out in it. For more details visit our website.
Ramblers Holidays Charitable Trust
Unlike many tour operators we have our own trust through which RWH Travel Ltd’s (inc Adagio) profits are channelled back into a variety of outdoor, walking-related or environmental conservation projects in the UK. The focus of the Trust’s financial support is Britain’s leading walking charity, The Ramblers, and their role in promoting the benefits and importance of walking to the British public.
In addition the Trust welcomes applications for small grants from local organisations in the UK who need support for walking-orientated activities. This includes the establishment of footpaths and bridleways, funding for rebuilding bridges and renovating huts, as well as bursary funding for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award for children who could not otherwise afford to do it. Please visit the ‘About Us’ section of our website and click on the Charitable Trust link for more details.
Heart and Sole
We appreciate that we are in a fortunate position to be able to use our profits to help make a difference to people's lives. Heart & Sole is a venture managed by our office staff, whose aim is to reach the heart of the communities in the countries we visit. Through Heart & Sole, we hope to make more of a long term, direct impact to these communities, particularly in less developed countries where even a small amount goes a long way.
We welcome all comments about our holidays and value ideas for future holidays. If you have provided us with an email address we will invite you to complete an online questionnaire or to add feedback to our page on the independent review site 'Feefo'.
Please note that this Holiday Information sheet may be periodically updated and reissued.
In most cases the revisions will be minor and the overall nature of the holiday will remain unchanged. Should we make a major change to your holiday arrangements between you booking your holiday and your date of travel we will notify you to specifically draw your attention to any significant change.
We suggest that you may want to review the latest version of this Holiday Information Sheet online prior to travel.
Please note that any advertised offers, benefits or initiatives may be discontinued at any time.