Zell am Ziller

Strong men and strong beer: Zell am Ziller in the heart of the Zillertal Valley is famous well beyond the borders of Tirol because of its annual Gauder Fest, a popular spring celebration for which the local brewery even brews a special strong beer.

Held in Zell am Ziller every May, the Gauder Fest is the largest folk festival in Tirol and is famed throughout the region and beyond for its specially brewed Gauder Bock beer and entertainment, including the traditional Gambrinus Rede taking a satirical look back on the past year’s events. The more than 500 year-old festival lasts several days and is even part of the UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage List. Each year locals and tourists flock to Zell am Ziller to take part in or watch the processions and sporting competitions such as “Ranggeln”, an ancient form of wrestling where young men test their strength and courage. Of course, no good festival would be complete without a specially brewed beer, and the local Zillertal Brauerei takes great pride in brewing the Gauder Bock, a strong beer guaranteed to get people in the party mood.

For the rest of the year, Zell am Ziller towards the end of the Zillertal Valley is the administrative centre of the region and home to several tourism schools teaching youngsters how to welcome guests with the perfect combination of hospitality and professionalism.

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The annual Gauda Fest draws up to 30,000 visitors to Zell am Ziller every May for a weekend of fun, laughter and entertainment., © Zillertal Bier
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The annual Gauda Fest draws up to 30,000 visitors to Zell am Ziller every May for a weekend of fun, laughter and entertainment.



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The Zillertalbahn narrow-gauge railway connects Jenbach and Mayrhofen. Though diesel engines are mostly used today, on special occasions the carriages are still pulled by steam engines., © Zillertalbahn
Full steam ahead

The Zillertalbahn narrow-gauge railway connects Jenbach and Mayrhofen. Though diesel engines are mostly used today, on special occasions the carriages are still pulled by steam engines.

This 45,000m² play area next to the Zillerpromenade has two giant slides as well as a beach volleyball court, football pitch, tennis courts, skittles alley and ice rink in winter., © Freizeitpark Zell
Family fun

This 45,000m² play area next to the Zillerpromenade has two giant slides as well as a beach volleyball court, football pitch, tennis courts, skittles alley and ice rink in winter.



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Mining used to be a major industrial sector throughout Tirol. However, the only areas found to contain significant amounts of gold were at the end of the Zillertal Valley and Gerlostal Valley. The mining museum in Zell am Ziller documents the history of mining in the region, which continued until the early 20th century., © Zell-Gerlos
Golden past

Mining used to be a major industrial sector throughout Tirol. However, the only areas found to contain significant amounts of gold were at the end of the Zillertal Valley and Gerlostal Valley. The mining museum in Zell am Ziller documents the history of mining in the region, which continued until the early 20th century.



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The airbag jump at the Actionpark Kreuzwiese is a great place for freestyle enthusiasts to work on their tricks without the risk of a hard landing., © Zillertal Arena - Zell-Gerlos
Not for the faint hearted

The airbag jump at the Actionpark Kreuzwiese is a great place for freestyle enthusiasts to work on their tricks without the risk of a hard landing.

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