Zillertal Valley


From sweet-smelling cornfields to a ski resort open 365 days a year – the wide Zillertal Valley leads gently uphill from the small town of Mayrhofen to the high mountain village of Hintertux.

The first section of the Zillertal Valley, shortly after it branches off from the Inntal Valley near the town of Jenbach, is wide and sunny. It lies 40km east of the regional capital Innsbruck and leads south, flanked by the Kitzbühel Alps to the east and the Tux Alps to the west. Unlike the craggy peaks found at the end of the valley, the first few villages are surrounded by lush green meadows and gently sloping mountains. The Zillertal Valley is considered the cradle of alpine mountaineering, and 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. The 40km valley, which comprises 25 municipalities if you include those in the side valleys, is more or less flat until Mayrhofen, where it divides into the narrow Zemmtal Valley, with its popular hiking village of Ginzling, and the Tuxertal Valley. From here on the valley rises steeply towards the Hintertux Glacier, the only ski resort in Austria open all year round.

Locomotive excursions and hiking in the nature park

The Zillertal Valley is both traditional and full of action, offering outdoor enthusiasts everything from mountain biking to whitewater rafting. Centuries-old customs and celebrations such as the annual Gauderfest in Zell am Ziller show that, despite its state-of-the-art tourist infrastructure, the valley has managed to preserve its heritage. Part of this heritage is the Zillertalbahn, a modern railway track where steam engines are sometimes still used. Without a doubt the star of the show in the area is the Zillertal Alps Nature Park with its 80 glaciers and numerous peaks over 3,000m, with the highest being the Hochfeiler at 3,509m. The pristine landscape in the park is ideal for hiking and rock climbing. During the cold winter months visitors will find a network of cross-country skiing and winter hiking trails as well as six ski resorts with hundreds of kilometres of slopes catering for all abilities.


Crystal-clear mountain lakes, narrow canyons, 80 glaciers, mountains up to 3,500m – hiking in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park is a truly unique experience. Visitors can learn all about the park and its history in the Nature Park House in Ginzling., © Archiv Naturpark Zillertaler Alpen/Hermann Muigg
Hiking in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park

Crystal-clear mountain lakes, narrow canyons, 80 glaciers, mountains up to 3,500m – hiking in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park is a truly unique experience. Visitors can learn all about the park and its history in the Nature Park House in Ginzling.

Hikers looking to cool off can easily combine their walks with a visit to one of the many waterfalls in the region such as the Schleierwasserfall near Hart, the Schraubenfall in Hintertux and the somewhat more remote Krimmler Wasserfälle, the largest waterfalls in Europe., © Zillertal Tourismus/Andre Schönherr
Experience the power of nature

Hikers looking to cool off can easily combine their walks with a visit to one of the many waterfalls in the region such as the Schleierwasserfall near Hart, the Schraubenfall in Hintertux and the somewhat more remote Krimmler Wasserfälle, the largest waterfalls in Europe.

With its high rope obstacle course and via ferrata fixed-rope climbing route leading over a waterfall, the outdoor adventure park in Kaltenbach offers nerve-jangling experiences and a great day out for all the family. Another high rope obstacle course with 45 platforms up to 15m above the ground can be tackled in Gerlos., © Archiv Mayrhofen/Florian Schüppel
Family-friendly adrenaline kick With its high rope obstacle course

With its high rope obstacle course and via ferrata fixed-rope climbing route leading over a waterfall, the outdoor adventure park in Kaltenbach offers nerve-jangling experiences and a great day out for all the family. Another high rope obstacle course with 45 platforms up to 15m above the ground can be tackled in Gerlos.

Why not enjoy the majestic peaks of the Tux Alps and Zillertal Alps from the comfort of your car? The Zillertal High Alpine Road winds its way up to 2,100m altitude and offers great views above the treeline., © Zillertal Tourismus/blickfang photographie
Driving the Zillertal High Alpine Road

Why not enjoy the majestic peaks of the Tux Alps and Zillertal Alps from the comfort of your car? The Zillertal High Alpine Road winds its way up to 2,100m altitude and offers great views above the treeline.

From the family-friendly Spieljochbahn at the entrance to the valley to the Hintertux Glacier at 3,250m altitude, the Zillertal Valley is home to a selection of ski resorts catering for all tastes and abilities. Beginners will find plenty of easy slopes to practise their turns, while absolute experts can take on the steepest piste in Austria, the intimidatingly named Harakiri., © Tirol Werbung/Regina Recht
One region, six top ski areas

From the family-friendly Spieljochbahn at the entrance to the valley to the Hintertux Glacier at 3,250m altitude, the Zillertal Valley is home to a selection of ski resorts catering for all tastes and abilities. Beginners will find plenty of easy slopes to practise their turns, while absolute experts can take on the steepest piste in Austria, the intimidatingly named Harakiri.

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