Ellmau is a versatile holiday
resort as it has something for both summer and winter holiday-makers. The municipality attracts active tourists for
its famous ski slopes: Ski Welt and the Kaisergebirge
mountain range that have at least 22 mountains, the highest of which is Ellmauer
Halt at 2.344 metres.
Among the mountains, forests and
meadows are plenty of routes for walking, cycling as well an abundance of rock
faces for climbing.
For those tourists who aren’t
extreme sports fans: don’t despair, Ellmau hasn’t forgotten about you. The town has plenty of restaurants and
hotels, many of which have their own pool.
There are enough shops to satisfy the most ardent souvenir collector and
there’s even a golf course and water park.
If you’re looking to get a tan,
you’ve come to the wrong place as the average
maximum temperature in the summer is only 15°C (59°F). The extreme maximum has known to be around
30°C (86°F), but that’s the best if has to offer. Ellmau isn’t famous for its
scorching heat anyway.
The good side is that it doesn’t always go below zero
during the summer. You’d best check the forecast
before you set off as it can get mighty cold as the lowest extreme for the
season is -19°C (-2°F). Luckily, the
average low temperature is 7°C (44°F).
It’s still thick jacket weather though.
With the humidity
in the high 70’s most of the time, the air will feel cool and there won’t be
any of that discomfort you get with a hot holiday resort.
Something worth mentioning
before you pack your ropes and climbing harness, summer is Ellmau’s rainy
season and by gum does it rain. The averages for June, July and August are
156, 187 and 181mm. This comes over
roughly eleven days per month. Expect your
walking-boots to get grafted with mud.
When the winter comes you’d best
pack on the brightly coloured ski clothes and find somewhere indoors that’s
0°C (32°F) is the best you’re
going to get from Ellmau in the winter.
Sure, it extremes at 14°C (57°F) from time to time, but it’s best to be
on the safe side and pack for extreme cold.
low-end temperature is -6°C (21°F), but it can get a lot lower.
The humidity is less than in the
summer so it shouldn’t have that much of an effect, but if it does it will
bring around some ground frost and possibly even air frost too.
Just because it isn’t strictly
the rainy season, doesn’t mean it’s bone dry.
Anything from 55 to 81mm drops during this season and to add to things,
it snows an average 6 days a month. That
being said, it’s the snow
and the slopes that most visitors go for.
All that moisture and the cold
does bring about some fog
for a week or so in the town, so best looking out of the window before you
leave the hotel.