With the Tux Alps to the west, the Zillertal Alps to the south and the Kitzbühel Alps to the north, the Zell-Gerlos Region with the Zillertal Arena offers challenging walks and hikes as well as easier routes for families with children.
The rushing Gerlosbach river winds its way through the Zell-Gerlos Region and the Zillertal Arena between steep mountain slopes. While the middle section of the Gerlostal Valley is a little flatter, to the north you will find the highest mountains in the Kitzbühel Alps such as the tallest of them all, the Kreuzjoch, at 2,558 metres. The walk to the top is challenging with 700 vertical metres of ascent, but the views from the summit of the Kreuzjoch – or the adjacent Isskogel – are fantastic. There is plenty on offer in the region for advanced and expert hikers, but families with children can also make the most of their time by exploring the quiet side valleys of the Schwarzachtal and the Wimmertal. The wide forest paths, babbling streams, mountain huts and lush meadows here provide a fine backdrop. We recommend a walk to the Jausenstation Schwarzachalm hut at 1,378 metres above sea level. The region also has a number of themed hiking trails such as the Wood Trail in Zellberg above Zell am Ziller where kids and adults alike can learn about forestry in the area.