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Blick auf den Stausee Durlassboden in Gerlos im Zillertal, Bild: scimmery / shutterstock

Holiday paradise Zillertal: Here are the top destinations!

The beautiful Zillertal in the Austrian Alps is one of the most famous and popular holiday regions in Tyrol. It impresses with a breathtaking mountain landscape characterized by high peaks, green meadows, crystal clear lakes and dense forests. In summer, the Zillertal offers ideal conditions for hiking, mountain tours and cycling – a true paradise for outdoor enthusiasts! And in winter, it turns into a sought-after ski resort with perfect slope conditions.

Along the Zillertal you will find numerous charming villages and small towns that are worth a visit. Many of them are popular holiday resorts that attract nature lovers, sports enthusiasts and wellness lovers all year round. In short: The Zillertal is the ultimate place for nature lovers in search of adventure in a picturesque setting – be it hiking through the majestic mountains or relaxing in a cozy wellness hotel at the end of an active day.

Mayrhofen: Where Zillertal adventures and après-ski dreams come true

Mayrhofen, Zillertal
Mayrhofen in the Zillertal is a popular destination in summer and winter, Image: by Paul / shutterstock

Mayrhofen is the most famous municipality in the Zillertal, which attracts visitors all year round. Despite modern tourism, the place has retained its traditional charm and offers a variety of events so that visitors can experience the unique regional culture up close. The two main mountains Penken and Ahorn offer first-class ski slopes as well as a variety of other activities such as relaxing on snow formations in the “White Lounge” area or fun sports in the “Funsportstation” area. And when it comes to après-ski and nightlife, there are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs for exuberant party nights after an eventful day on the slopes.

In summer, the fantastic mountain panorama invites you to hikes and mountain tours and mountain bikers will also find their dream routes here. You can also explore the valley with the Zillertalbahn or hike to the Stilluptal – a moderately difficult route along a wildly romantic gorge to the reservoir of the same name. For those who prefer to climb high: The challenging summit hike to the Ahornspitze (2,970 metres) offers an impressive view over the valley and the reservoir. Of course, there is a wide range of accommodation in Mayrhofen – from cosy guesthouses to luxurious hotels, there is something for every taste!

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Snow fun deluxe: Discover Hintertux in the Zillertal

Zillertal, Hintertux
View of the Alps in the Zillertal, Image: FelixrealPhotography / shutterstock

Hintertux, the little jewel at the back of the Tux Valley, is inextricably linked to the legendary Hintertux Glacier. Here, winter sports enthusiasts can expect snow fun in abundance on wide slopes – at any time of the year! But not only skiers get their money’s worth here, winter hiking trails also entice with varied opportunities to explore the enchanting landscape. And if you need a break from the slopes, it’s worth visiting the Natural Ice Palace: it’s a fascinating realm of giant icicles, frozen waterfalls and sparkling ice crystals. The Spannagel Cave on the Hintertux Glacier is unique in the Central Alps, as it is the only cave made of marble. It offers families with children an interesting excursion destination.

But the region also has a lot to offer in summer. Over 1,400 km of hiking trails are waiting to be discovered – whether Nordic walking routes, alpine hikes or challenging summit hikes, there is something for every taste. The fresh mountain air brings body and mind back into balance and makes stress seem far away.

And if you prefer it sporty, you will find numerous bike routes such as the challenging Hintertux Glacier Circuit (30 km), the moderately difficult Sommerbergalm Circuit (18 km) or the relaxed Lattenalm Circuit (14 km). You can not only enjoy the idyllic nature, but also indulge in culinary delights with regional delicacies.

Pure adventure: Discover Gerlos in the heart of the Zillertal

Gerlos is a charming village best known for its exciting après-ski scene. After an exhausting day on the slopes, skiers and snowboarders can turn night into day in the numerous bars and clubs. Gerlos is located near the Zillertal Arena ski area and offers the opportunity for skiing, cross-country skiing and winter hiking in winter. In cosy ski huts and mountain restaurants, guests are spoiled with traditional Tyrolean cuisine as well as fresh salads and international dishes.

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In summer, Gerlos turns into a popular starting point for hikes and mountain bike tours. The surrounding mountains and valleys offer a variety of routes for nature lovers. The nearby Durlassboden reservoir attracts water sports enthusiasts who want to sail or surf. The idyllic mountain lake is surrounded by an impressive landscape of mountains.

The Gerlossteinwand is considered a famous vantage point in this region. It can be reached via a cable car and offers a spectacular view of the Zillertal Alps. The Gerlossteinwand via ferrata is one of the most popular in the entire Zillertal area and is suitable for both beginners and advanced climbers. For all adrenaline junkies, there are two impressive Flying Fox routes at a height of about 80 metres in the Riederklamm Adventure Garden.

Experience nature in the Zillertal: Hiking in Finkenberg

Summer landscape in Finkenberg, Zillertal
Summer landscape in Finkenberg, Image: Martin Erdniss / shutterstock

Finkenberg is a charming mountain village, which is ideal for excursions and hikes. Not only does it offer access to the glacier and a variety of hiking trails, but it is also easily accessible via the Zillertal Road and is close to Mayrhofen. As part of the Penken ski area, Finkenberg is connected to Mayrhofen and the rest of the area by the Mayrhofer mountain railways. This gives winter sports enthusiasts the opportunity to explore both the slopes of Penken and those of Mayrhofen comfortably from Finkenberg.

Finkenberg also impresses with magnificent vantage points that offer a view of a majestic mountain landscape. Among other things, hiking trails lead to the Penkenjoch or other peaks. But not only active holidaymakers get their money’s worth here – the village also offers pure relaxation in the midst of nature. The pure mountain air as well as a quiet climate make it an ideal place for anyone who wants to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Like many places in the Zillertal, Finkenberg cultivates its traditional Tyrolean architecture and culture, which gives the village a cozy atmosphere.