The holiday resort Heiterwang is located in idyllic position at the shores of the homonymous lake.
Altitude: 994 m asl
Heiterwang is located in the south of Reutte along the road to Passo Resia and the Fernpass, which transformed this settlement into a place of handling, posting station and horse changing early in time. The name of the village at the foot of the Zugspitze mountain originates from the term “Ayterwanch”, which means “stinging nettle meadow”. A golden nettle on the emblem refers to this fact, while wave and fishes on the emblem symbolize Lake Heiterwang.
Lake Heiterwang is connected with Lake Plansee by a canal, resulting in a water surface of 8 km length. Already in ancient times the lake was popular due to its richness in fish - Archduke Siegmund and the Emperor Maximilian were particularly attracted by the village. Today Lake Heiterwang is above all popular for the variety of activities you can choose from, ranging from rowing, surfing and swimming to fishing and boating. Moreover a 6 km long jogging course, a 21 km long Nordic Walking trail and the “Moorlehrpfad” educational trail are available, taking you round the lake. The local mountain of Heiterwang, which is the 2,341 m high Thaneller, is a well-liked destination for hikers from spring to late autumn. And also riding stables and the carriage express have become more and more popular.
Due to its location, Heiterwang is also considered to be the gate to the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. This area, dominated by the nearly 3,000 m high Zugspitze mountain, is a popular hiking area in summer. In winter, however, it transforms into a great ski region with 142 km of ski slopes. State-of-the-art lift facilities as well as cosy mountain ski huts make skiing and snowboarding even more popular. Directly in the village, there is a little exercising slope called Karlift, which is often venue for several ski races of local associations. A 100 km long cross-country ski trail network is available in the Tiroler Zugspitz Arena. A toboggan run as well as a natural ice skating area provide variety in winter.
Our recommendation: every year in autumn, there is a popular running event taking place in this area, which is the “Heiterwanger Seelauf” run!