Zillertal Alps Nature Park


 

Truncated valleys, carved out by glaciers over time immemorial, alternate with dense woodlands spread over a total area of 422 square kilometres. Nestled in between are numerous traces of alpine culture: mountain huts, alpine farms and high mountain trails are all part of this vibrant natural and cultural landscape.

Traditional cultural landscapes with extensive meadows and cultivated pastures open up amidst the deep ravines, primeval mountain forests, peaks and glaciers of the Zillertal Main Ridge. The Zillertal Alps Nature Park in Upper Zillertal extends from the mountaineering village of Ginzling to the highest peaks, encompassing all altitude levels from 1,000 to 3,500 metres above sea level. It is home to five tributary valleys, commonly known as „Gründe“, and well-known mountains such as the Löffler, Schwarzenstein, Möseler and Hochfeiler. Visitors can join experienced guides to discover the extraordinary levels of biodiversity and plant and animal species: Nature Park hikes with a focus on 30 diverse themes are offered between May and October.  Zillertal Alps Nature Park was voted "Austria's Nature Park of the Year 2015" by an independent panel of experts from the Austrian Nature Park Association (VNÖ).


Hiking Tour with Peter Habeler, © Tirol Werbung/Anne Gabl
Tours with Peter Habeler

The former extreme mountaineer can draw from personal experience to tell many fascinating mountain stories, which he regales, amongst others, on guided hikes to the Ahorn Peak. Tips for going it alone: The „Peter Habeler Route“ leads to the Olperer Peak over six stages. Only for experienced hikers!



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Berliner Hütte Hut in the Zillertal Alps, © Tirol Werbung/Esther Wilhelm
Mountain hut overnight stays

Sunrise and sunsets in the mountains - those who spend a night in a mountain hut can experience both. Many mountain refuge shelters equipped with dormitories and rooms can be found in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, including the listed Berliner Hut.



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Mountaineering Village of Ginzling in Zillertal Alps Nature Park, © A. Kitschmer
Mountaineering village of Ginzling

Where pioneering mountaineers convened 150 years ago to make the first ascents, is now a meeting place for mountain climbing enthusiasts. The journey to this traditional Tirolean village through Zemmschlucht Gorge or using the single lane tunnel is an impressive experience in itself. Ginzling is the ideal starting point for accessing many of the 72 three thousand metre peaks in the Zillertal Alps and its via ferrate climbing routes.



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Lama Trekking in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, © Hochgebirgs-Naturpark Zillertaler Alpen
Lama Trekking

Lamas are great mountaineers. After a short training session in the paddock, you set off on a guided walk into the Nature Park region with your four legged companions. Starting from Tux-Finkenberg, suitable for children from the age of six.



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Rock Cairns at Petersköpfle Peak in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, © Tirol Werbung/Esther Wilhelm
Tour to Petersköpfle Peak

Amazes even the eye of the camera: As you walk up to Petersköpfl, the trail is flanked by a row of cairns in all shapes and sizes, seemingly guarding the trail. You can take your time in setting the aperture, as these “sentinels” are quite motionless. Just the odd pebble or two may dislodge from its holdings.



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Nature Park Villages in the Zillertal Valley


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