Zillertal Alps - High mountain nature park
The Zillertal Alps High Mountain Nature Park with it's proud area of 379 square kilometres extends from the mountaineer village of Ginzling at 1.000 metres to 3.509 metres and includes the Nature Park communities of Brandberg, Mayrhofen, Finkenberg and Tux as well as local community of Ginzling. Together with other nature reserves in Northern, Southern and Eastern Tyrol, the Zillertal Alps High Mountain Nature Park constitutes the largest group of nature reserves in the Alps with a tremendous 2.507 square metres. An Eldorado for Zillertal guests, who can spend the most delightful time of the year in the middle of this natural beauty
Here are three interesting permanent exhibitions packed with rich elements as special park highlights for the whole family:
Glacier.Worlds - Nature Park House Zillertal AlpsThe heart of the Nature Park in the mountaineering village of Ginzling is a state-of-the-art visitor's centre with a family friendly exhibition which is anything but cookie cutter. Without sterile display cabinets, without boring informational signs and without "do not touch" signs - the visitor is encouraged here to take in the numerous interactive, multimedia stations with all their senses. Plunge into an adventurous search for an expedition lost years ago in the Zillertal Alps!
TIP: PHOTO WORKSHOP in the Nature Park from 16 to 20 June 2012 with breathtaking subjects. There is a limited number of participants, for more information and to register (by 20 May), email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Open from June through September, daily from 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Ibex.Worlds - ZillergrundThe Alpine ibex has a long tradition and a dramatic recent history in the High Mountain Nature Park. Until the beginning of the 17th century, there were populations in some areas of several hundred animals which were exterminated within 15 years. Despite attempts at resettlement, the stocks have been very difficult to recover since then. There is now a group of ibex living in free nature, but these are seen very rarely by visitors to the High Mountain Nature Park.
For this reason, an existing building (complete with supply room for feed and stalls) was adapted into an ibex info point last year from which these rare Alpine animals cannot only be observed but where more can be learned about their biology as well as their ecological and cultural-historical significance in the exhibit "Ibex.Worlds". A rare and unforgettable nature experience for large and small children alike.
TIP: The 2nd nature park festival in Ginzling is taking place within the traditional ibex march and the Nature Park hiking day on 18 August!
Open from June through October, daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free! The Nature Parke hike "Kings of the Mountain" also includes a tour through Ibex.Worlds.
Cultural.Land(scape).Worlds - Mitterstall Barn BrandbergOne of Alpine farming cultural landmarks in the Nature Park region is Mitterstall barn, a former farm building used as a stall and for feeding on the outskirts of Brandberg. After the completion of the renovation work on the landmark protected building in 2010 and its return to its original condition, the exhibit "Cultural.Land(scape).Worlds" is taking place in Mitterstall barn. Take in the story of the world of Alpine farming with all of its difficult conditions on characteristic Alpine meadows and pastures!
Open from June through September, daily from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Admission is free! The Nature Park hike "Bergmähderweg Brandberg" also leads through the Mitterstall barn.