At the end of the Zillertal Valley, where the Tux Alps and the Zillertal Alps rise up above 3,000m, lies the high alpine Tux-Finkenberg region.
At the very end of the Zillertal Valley, where the peaks of the Tux Alps and the Zillertal Alps reach over 3000m into the sky, lies the Tux-Finkenberg holiday region. Its two municipalities, Tux and Finkenberg, are situated in the Tuxertal Valley, a 13km long side valley branching off the Zillertal Valley to the south-west near Mayrhofen. A steep and winding road leads from Mayrhofen through the valley and up as far as the ski resort of Hintertux at 1,500m crowned by the mighty Hintertux Glacier – the only ski resort in Austria which is open all year round.
Despite its excellent tourist infrastructure, the Tuxertal Valley is very much still part of the “old” Tirol. A good example is the hamlet of Gemais, which has barely changed in appearance since the 17th century. The cultural hub of the valley is the church village of Lanersbach. Here, just like in the other villages and hamlets, residents still celebrate ancient customs and farming traditions such as the annual procession in September which sees sheep and Haflinger horses brought down from the high mountain pastures to Finkenberg at the end of summer.
Hintertux Glacier: Austria’s only ski resort open all year round
This high alpine region offers much to see and do for outdoor enthusiasts. Skiers have the choice between the Penken mountain, the sunny Rastkogel resort, Eggalm and the Hintertux Glacier with slopes reaching up to 3,250m altitude. When spring comes and the snow melts, hikers and mountain bikers enjoy exploring the lush green meadows and steep rock faces. One highlight in the region is the Wasserfallweg in Hintertux, a hiking trail leading past caves, through canyons and over bridges to the thundering Kesselfall and Schraubenfall waterfalls. Guided tours are available through the Spannagelhöhle, at 10km in length the largest natural cave in the Central Alps.