Welcome to the valley of sunny villages and tangy cheeses! Flanked by the Kitzbühel Alps to the east and the Tux Alps to the west, the pretty Zillertal Valley branches off the Inntal Valley to the south.
Flanked by the Kitzbühel Alps to the east and the Tux Alps to the west, the Zillertal Valley branches off in a southerly direction from the Inntal Valley, around 40km east of the regional capital Innsbruck. The first holiday region in the valley is the “Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal”, a conglomeration of 12 sunny villages located on the wide valley floor between Schlitters and Aschau. The Zillertal Valley is widely considered the cradle of alpine mountaineering; even today the local farmers continue to use traditional methods to look after their crops and animals. The result is fine local produce such as the Heumilchkäse, a tangy cheese made from milk given by cows fed only on fresh mountain hay.
Après-ski fun or vertical adventures?
Traditional as it is, the Zillertal Valley is also one of the most active regions in Tirol. In winter the resorts of Kaltenbach, Fügen and especially Hochfügen, where there are many four-star hotels and even a restaurant awarded three toques by the famous Gault & Millau restaurant guide, attract skiers and snowboarders. In summer outdoor enthusiasts are spoilt for choice: hiking and mountaineering, mountain biking and rock climbing, grass skiing, rafting on the Ziller, swimming in the many open-air pools – the list of attractions and activities is almost endless. Many places can be easily reached using the Zillertalbahn, a narrow-gauge railway which sometimes runs traditional steam-driven locomotives. Nature lovers will also feel at home in the Zillertal Valley. Attractions include themed walking trails and the hike to the Harter Schleierwasserfall waterfall, the highest waterfall in the valley at 91m. Hikers and mountaineers will find plenty to explore in the Tux Alps, which can be easily accessed from Hochfügen using the Spieljochbahn cable car. Last but not least, the Zillertal High Alpine Road climbs all the way up to 2,100m and offers fantastic views of the surrounding mountains and the valley below.