Summer vacation in the Zillertal Adventures in the Tyrolean Alps
Welcome to the Zillertal, a nature’s paradise, and welcome to our houses in the Zillertal’s First Holiday Region. It is the ideal base for exploring the valley, no matter what your preferences are.
- 1,000 km of marked hiking trails are waiting to be explored. Depending on fitness level and preference you have the choice between a variety of tours. For your comfort, there are hiker’s buses that take you back to the valley after your hike.
- Cycling & biking … whether you prefer to take it easy and roll along the river on a city- or e-bike or explore the mountains on a mountainbike, you will find a variety of cycling trails throughout the valley. The Zillertal offers trails for mountainbikers as well as for road cyclists, freeriders and families.
- Relaxing & swimming are an integral part of any summer vacation! You have the choice between natural ponds, open-air swimming pools and the complex of the Erlebnistherme Zillertal in Fügen if you are looking to cool down after a strenuous hike or simply want to relax by the water.
- Rock climbing has a huge following the Zillertal. You can go vertical in different ways: via ferratas, climbing crags, high rope courses and indoor climbing walls all promise a thrilling experience.
- Skiing on the Hintertux Gletscher: Austria’s only year-round skiing area can be found in the Zillertal. Why not put in a few turns in the morning and take a dip in the afternoon? It doesn’t get much better than that!
Hiking in the Zillertal 1,000 km of marked hiking trails on three different altitude levels
The Zillertal offers 1,000 km of marked hiking trails for every level of fitness and expertise: If you are more inclined to take it easy, take a walk in the valley, along the river or through the forest. Higher up you can take leisurely strolls from one hut to the next and enjoy amazing views over the valley and the surrounding peaks. Talking about peaks – there are many trails leading higher and higher, and once you have reached the top of a mountain you will feel like being on top of the world. And in order for you not having to start your hike at the bottom, you can make use of the 11 cable cars throughout the valley that also operate in summer.
PS: The Zillertal Activcard allows you to use 1 cable car per day free of charge!
Highlights of a hiking vacation in the Zillertal:
- 1,000 km of marked hiking trails on 3 different altitude levels
- 11 cables cars operate in summer and take you up into the mountains
- Guided walks & hikes
- Numerous huts offer traditional Tyrolean fare
- Hiking busses take you to the starting point of your hike – or back to your accommodation
Spieljochbahn in Fügen
Spieljoch is a mountain for the whole family. A cable car takes you from 640 metres to 1,860 metres above sea level, where you can take in the impressive view while your kids find a real paradise: The water park, just metres from the cable car station, offers a raft and logs for building dams. There is also a child-friendly climbing wall. A barefoot hiking trail tickles the soles of your feet and leads you to the peak in only 20 minutes. 45 minutes away in the other direction you will find Austria’s highest – disused – mine, which can be explored with a guided tour.
Our recommendation: Children until 15 years of age use the Spieljochbahn cable car free of charge!
Traversing the Alps on foot
When traversing the Alps on foot, you set off at lake Tegernsee in Bavaria and cross the Achental and Zillertal on your way south to the Italian province of South Tyrol. You pass Hochfügen on your way! All trails are of easy to intermediate level and offer breath-taking views. When vacationing in the Zillertal you can hike from Hochfügen to the Achensee in approx. 4 hours or from Hochfügen to Mayrhofen in approx. 5 hours and take the bus back.
Hiking recommendations in the Zillertal’s First Holiday Region
Gamssteinhütte - Loashütte
An easy hike for the whole family that takes you from the parking lot in Hochfügen to the Gamssteinhaus and then on to the Loashütte, from where you have views over the Inntal all the way to Innsbruck. You walk along the cross-country track, which makes it easy even for kids.
Duration: approx. 3 hours return
4-Almen-Marsch (hiking trail number 13)
From Hochfügen, walk towards Holzalm-Niederleger, then on to Viertelalm. Cross the little brook called Finsingbach and carry on in the opposite direction towards Pfundsalm-Niederleger, where you turn left and follow the marked trail to Lamarkalm and back to the starting point.
Duration: approx. 2 hours
Full-day hike up the Gilfert (2,506 m)
From Hochfügen you first pass Lamarkalm and Kohlgruben, before starting the ascent up the Gilfert. You can take a different route back and return to Hochfügen via Weitoffen.
Duration: approx. 7 hours
Hochfügen - Kellerjoch (2.344 m)
From Hochfügen, take the trail towards Gamssteinhaus, where you take the turn-off and walk approx. 60 metres up before getting to the marked trail number 10, which takes you all the way to Gartalm. Here the surroundings open up and you can already see your destination, the Kellerjochhütte. If you want to make it all the way to the top, follow track 312 until you reach the chapel on the peak.
Descent: Follow the same way down until shortly below the Kellerjochhütte. Here you turn westwards and follow track 311 in southerly direction all the way to Gamssteinhaus.
Duration: approx. 7 hours
Spieljoch - Geolsalm - Hochfügen
Take the Spieljochbahn cable car to the top of Spieljoch. From there you can hike to Geolsalm and further on to Gartalm (1,830 m). This is a marked hiking trail that leads you above the treeline to Maschental - Lamarkalm and all the way to Hochfügen.
Duration: approx. 5 hours
Hike to the Rastkogel (2.762 m)
Hike from Hochfügen via Pfundsalm and Sidanjoch to the Rastkogelhütte (approx. 5 hours return) or from Sidanjoch using the marked Zentralweg trail to the Sidanseen lakes and further to the top of the Rastkogel (approx. 7 to 8 hours return). The difference in elevation is approx. 1,300 m. On your way back to Hochfügen you pass Viertelalm-Hochleger and Holzalm.
Fügen - Kleinboden - Kupfnerberg - Finsingtal - Hochfügen
Length: 28 km, difference in elevation: 869 m, ground: tarmac/gravel
From the centre of Fügen, walk past Hotel Alpina, then take a left towards Pankrazberg (church) and keep walking all the way to Kleinboden from where it is a steep uphill trek to Kupfnerberg and further on along a gravel road to Schlagalm. You can then either walk via Schellenbergalm and the road from Hochfügener (tarmac) back to Fügen
or keep on walking to Hochfügen and take the bus back from there.
Kreuzjochhütte in the Zillertal Arena
Take the cable car from Zell/Ziller and get off at Rosenalm from where you hike approx. 3.5 hours on a well-kept and marked trail to Kreuzjochhütte where the Huber family will be your hosts and serve you with delicious traditional dishes.
Mountainbiking in the Zillertal 800 km of biking and cycling tracks
Explore the Zillertal on two wheels!
Our Hotel Sonne in the centre of Fügen is an ideal base if you want to explore the Zillertal on two wheels. The same is true for all of our houses – they are perfectly suited for a cycling holiday in the Zillertal.
800 km of biking and cycling tracks
The Zillertal offers incredible 800 km of biking and cycling tracks for families, mountainbikers, road racers and freeriders. All bikes can be rented from our partner shop.
PS: The Zillertal Activcard allows you one return ride per day on any cable car as well as the use of most public transport free of charge.
Cycling along the Zillertalradweg
The Zillertalradweg leads along 30 km from Strass to Mayrhofen. It is mostly flat and thus ideally suited for families with kids, and beginners. Explore the Zillertal on two wheels!
Mountainbiking routes & single trails
Mountainbikers can start their tours right outside our mountainbike hotel in the Zillertal. They have a choice of tours of varying difficulty – from real challenges to relaxed rides from one hut to the next – leading up to pastures and the highest peaks. Approximately 30,000 metres in altitude wait to be conquered. Anyone who prefers it less strenuous can take one of the cable cars that run throughout the summer months. The adventurous ones can take a single trail back into the valley.
Road racing in the Zillertal
The Zillertaler Höhenstraße and the Gerlos Passstraße offer challenging bends and perfect conditions for road racers – and all of that surrounded by high mountains and lush forests.
Rock climbing in the Zillertal Vertical adventures
Mountains have fascinated people for centuries. And some people are not satisfied with taking in the their majestic beauty by simply just looking at them or hiking on their flanks; they want to get as close to the mountain as possible. If you are one of them, the Zillertal is a known playground for rock climbers and offers a variety of routes for every level. 9 via ferratas with fixated steel ropes, clamps and ladders lead upwards and offer amazing views along the way. The surface of the rock is ideal: granite is extremely solid and offers great friction. In case you feel you need to get some exercise in before hitting the real thing there are 4 climbing crags, an outdoor climbing tower, indoor climbing and bolder walls.
Swimming in the Zillertal Take a dip
What could be more refreshing than taking a dip on a hot day? There are several public swimming pools where you can cool down after a strenuous hike or cycling tour or if you just wish to relax for a day.
Our recommendations for swimming in the Zillertal:
- The Zillertal Activcard includes one free entry per day to any of the six public swimming pools in the Zillertal
- The Erlebnisbad Fügen offers everything you could wish for: on 1,700 m², you will find jets, rain showers, trampolines, starfish, air bubbles, a giant jumping castle, a 60-m and 74-m water slide and much more. The pool is open year round and once the outside temperature drops you can move inside or make use of thermal bath and sauna.
- The swimming pond in Schlitters and the adventure swimming pond in Aschau both offer playgrounds, while the Durlaßboden dam is a more rustic experience and not for the faint-hearted.
Summer skiing in the Zillertal Hintertux Glacier
The Hintertux Glacier offers skiing year-round and is open 365 days. It offers 60 km of slopes for all levels and is Austria’s only skiing area that operates throughout the year.
Enjoy your summer ski experience!PS. You can rent all equipment at our ski rental shop.