From the area's largest ski resort to the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, in the Mayrhofen Region the mountains are the star of the show.
With its many peaks over 3000m and 80 glaciers, the unique landscape of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park is without a doubt the highlight of the Mayrhofen region. It is particularly popular with hikers, rock climbers and mountaineers, who come to the end of the Zillertal Valley to enjoy absolute peace and quiet. Indeed, the landscape is so precious that there are no public roads and no cable cars – even helicopters are banned from flying over the area.
During the winter months, the village of Mayrhofen draws skiers and snowboarders of all abilities. Cable cars take visitors to the Ahorn and Penken ski areas, which have joined forces with the other resorts in the region to form the largest interconnected ski region in the Zillertal Valley, the Arena Ski Zillertal 3000. Also nearby is the Hintertux Glacier, home to the only ski resort in Austria open all year round. A must-see attraction in Ahorn is the White Lounge, an igloo hotel made entirely of snow.
Wild rides in Penken and guided hikes with a mountaineering legend
The Zillertal Valley has several hundred kilometres of cycle paths and mountain bike trails catering for all abilities, from families with children to downhill experts. One of the more challenging areas is the Penken mountain, where the ominously titled singletrail “Himmelfahrt” (“Ascension”) promise plenty of excitement. Hikers keen to learn more about the local fauna and flora can take part in a guided tour through the Zillertal Alps Nature Park. Among the pool of guides is a true legend of mountaineering, Peter Habeler, who together with Reinhold Messner was the first to climb Mount Everest without oxygen.