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Hiking with children

When nature becomes a playground, hiking with children is tremendous fun. But some planning must be done in advance of the outing: the hiking trail should not be too long or too difficult, the route should be as exciting as possible, and your motivation for the walk – as in your destination – should be clearly defined. There are a variety of hiking trails in Zillertal, but we have chosen the following easy hikes for the whole family. All of these guarantee memorable outdoor experiences and impressions that will stay with you for a long time.

OUR TIP:

Hikers should take advantage of the Zillertal Activcard. It’s the ideal companion for anyone who wants to explore every part of Zillertal. And it’s not only a ticket for the cable car, the train and the bus, but also a card that gives reduced admission and discounts.
Family special: When purchasing two cards for adults (parents), children born in or after 2004 (ID required) travel for free!

FÜGEN-KALTENBACH

TIP 1: Hubertus Chapel Circular Hike

A leisurely, family-friendly walk on which you‘ll meet some special local residents: playful marmots.

It’s quiet and pleasant up here, and there’s a fantastic view of Zillertal’s mountain world during almost all of this circular hike. The trail leads from the Kaltenbacher ski hut to the beautiful Hubertus chapel, built close to the Zillertaler Höhenstraße in 1984 to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the Tyrolean rebellion against occupation. After a short descent, something very special awaits: a marmot park with an adventure playground where you can have fun while also learning fascinating facts about the animals.

Hiking time

01:30 h

Trail length

2.4 km (Circular tour)

Difference in altitude, uphill

165 m

Highest point

1,890 m

Starting point

Kaltenbacher ski hut (1,800m), Zillertaler Höhenstraße

Parking

Kaltenbacher ski hut (access from Zillertaler Höhenstraße, toll road)

Bus stop

Wegscheider hiking bus to Kaltenbacher ski hut

Playground

Marmot park and adventure playground at Kaltenbacher ski hut

Pram-friendly

Between Kaltenbacher ski hut and Hubertus chapel

Restaurant

Kaltenbacher ski hut

Route description

Take a hiking taxi or your car – the Zillertaler Höhenstraße leads you straight to the parking area and the starting point of your tour. Start at the Kaltenbacher ski hut and hike downhill along the paved road for a short distance. When you reach the road junction, take the Nr.31 hiking trail and follow the gravel path to the Hubertus chapel. Having passed the chapel, you reach the junction where the path joins the hiking trail leading towards Skihütte/Alpengarten. There, walk slightly uphill and then downhill, as the path leads back to the Kaltenbacher ski hut, right below Mount Arbiskopf.

TIP 2: Theme path "Putzi sucht die Wundernuss"

Hiking time

00:45 h

Distance

1,1 km

Route description

The theme path "Putzi sucht die Wundernuss" starts at the entrance to the Putzatal and leads over an easy trail (suitable for pushchairs) to the playground above the Marienberg church. Putzi the squirrel explains the legend of the miracle nut in the forest on 6 interactive stations. At the end of the themed trail, the newly designed playground with slides, climbing tower, water play area, Flying Fox and Fred's Fuchsbau awaits experienced children.

TIP 3: Nature Trail

Hiking time

02:30 h

Distance

6,5 km

Route description

Experience nature with all your senses. You will pass 15 information and activity stations with charts explaining the special features of the landscape. The Naturerlebnisweg is made up of two circular trails (the northern route, 2 km, which starts from the town centre of Hart, and the southern waterfall route, 2.5 km, which starts from the Almdiele Restaurant in Haselbach). The trail is suitable for families and takes you to the Schleier waterfall and back again.
Open Nature Trail

ZELL-GERLOS, ZILLERTAL ARENA

TIP 1: Culinary Trail

Here is a hike that’s to everyone’s taste: this fabulous, leisurely tour allows you to dive into the world of Zillertal’s culinary delicacies.

This leisurely walk for the whole family will never lose its appeal. Signs by the side of the road show many different kinds of Zillertal delicacies, all of which can be sampled once you have reached your destination, the romantic Kreuzwiesenalm culinary hut. But the hut doesn’t only offer delicious treats on its sun terrace; you will also receive a reward for the hike you have completed – a little book of recipes that will help you cook numerous Zillertal specialties for yourself when you return home.

Hiking time

01:00 h

Trail length

6.1 km (Straight-course tour)

Difference in altitude, uphill

210 m

Highest point

1,940 m

Starting point

Mountain station of the Rosenalm cable car (1,744 m), Zell am Ziller

Bus stop

Public buses: 4094, 8330 – Rosenalmbahn stop

Playground

Spruce tree castle near the mountain station of the Rosenalm cable car

Pram-friendly

entire path

Restaurant

Huts: Kreuzwiesenalm, Simon‘s Bergstadl, Kreithütte

Route description

You can reach the starting point of the culinary trail comfortably by taking the Rosenalm cable car in Zell am Ziller. The easy and wellsignposted Nr.11 hiking path leads through lush mountain meadows and little forests to the Kreuzwiesenalm culinary hut. Take the same path to get back to the Rosenalm cable car. There’s another location nearby that is also worth a visit. Close to the mountain station of the Rosenalm cable car is the spruce tree castle – a new paradise for children, where they can romp around, potter about and find adventure. For more information on what it has to offer, turn to page 31.

TIP 2: Holzweg Theme Trail

Hiking time

01:00 h

Distance

3 km

Route description

From the Zillerbrücke, you go to the left of Autohaus Huber to reach the starting point. Follow the signs to the junctions 4 and 5. After about 300m, the trail goes to the left and leads to the St Joseph’s chapel (Zellberg). To the right of the chapel, the path follows the Way of the Cross to the Gasthof Schulhaus and the Herz-Jesu chapel. Continue on the road for a short distance and then wander through thick woods and down into the valley. Take the Eugen Promenade back to St Joseph’s chapel and return to the starting point in the valley. Refreshments: Gasthof Schulhaus The Holzweg route allows you to experience the many facets of the forest. It will sharpen the senses, raise your curiosity and awaken playful instincts through interactive education. This adventure trail aims to increase visitors’ awareness of the environment at their doorstep. A humming stone, an oversized fragrant berry, a stop where you will hear various birdsongs, information on the topic of forest utilisation, a glimpse into the treetops, a stop which describes different types of trees and many other adventure stops will make the forest come alive.
Open Holzweg Theme Trail

TIP 3: Experience Path

Hiking time

01:00 h

Distance

3 km

Route description

The route from Gerlos to Gerlos-Gmünd has several stages which enable you to experience the relationship between humans and ecology. An educational and sensual adventure for adults and children alike! The Erlebnisreich Weg also offers artistic impressions in the form of 3m high sculptures made from tree trunks and stone.
Open Experience Path

MAYRHOFEN-HIPPACH

TIP 1: Easy Valley Trail

This introductory valley hike for the whole family leads you past breathtakingly beautiful adventure spots and spiritual places.

The Easy Trail is a leisurely and rather unique hike through the valley, taking you to several areas of the holiday region, including Mayrhofen, Schwendau, Hippach and Ramsau. You’ll pass roaring waterfalls, enjoy impressive views and escape from everyday stress. Whether in winter or summer, this is the perfect introductory hike for those who want to take it easy on their activity holiday. It is also suitable for children: the difference in altitude is easily manageable, and the route leads past many great playgrounds and adventure spots.

Hiking time

Varies, dependinig on the starting point

Trail length

24 km (Circular tour)

Difference in altitude, uphill

800 m

Highest point

750 m

Starting point

Mayrhofen (633m); you can start from any one of the villages along the trail

Bus stop

Public bus: 8327 – there are numerous stops along the route

Playground

Brindlang water playground, Scheulingwald forest

Pram-friendly

Mayrhofen–Hippach–Laimach, Schwendau, Mayrhofen, parts of Kreuzlau and Kumbichl

Restaurant

Various huts and restaurants

Route description

The path leads from the village centre in Mayrhofen along the edge of the forest to Ramsau. Here, you cross the Zillerbrücke – a bridge towards Hippach – and follow Zillerweg out of the valley to reach Laimach. Signs point the way to the Talbach hiking trail, where you take the wooden stairs to walk along the Talbach waterfall. Continue along the edge of the forest to the Hippach church, then walk towards the mountain, through the forest, until you reach Schwendau. The path takes you past the Mühlen and Burgstall districts and the Burgschrofen chapel, which is situated on a hill. Walk past the entrance to the Zimmereben via ferrata and continue on the right bank towards Kreuzlau. There, take the Nr.12 hiking trail to Hochstegen. Pass Dorf Haus, Kumbichl and the Brindlang natural water playground in the forest. Finally, you return to the village centre in Mayrhofen.

TIP 2: Tristenbachalm

Hiking time

01:00 h

Distance

2,1 km

Route description

This hike takes you on a partly tarred service road from Ginzling to the Tristenbachalm, at an altitude of 1,177m. There is a very picturesque hut in the Floitengrund region, which will be of particular interest to families with children (rustic décor and a children’s play area). If you like, you can go on to the Steinbockhaus (1.382m), which takes about another hour. Here, you will experience a lovely view of the glaciated valley floor.

TIP 3: Leisure Trail Ahorn

Hiking time

01:00 h

Distance

 

Route description

The Leisure Trail Ahorn takes you around the entire Ahorn plateau and provides opportunities for both leisure and adventure. The four viewing platforms Adlerblick, Stillup, Filzenalm and Zillertal offer an impressive panoramic vista into the valley, and numerous stops along the round track provide information on the flora and fauna of the Zillertal Alps high mountain nature park. There is plenty of space to rest and enjoy a picnic by the Ahorn Lake, in the relaxation garden or in the barbeque area. On this route, you will also find the 3D hut, where you can perhaps feel like an eagle: Take an interactive 3D flight and discover Zillertal from lofty heights.
Open Leisure Trail Ahorn

TUX-FINKENBERG

TIP 1: Tuxbach Valley Adventure Trail

When the hike is filled with fun, a walk becomes an adventure.

Looking for a hike that combines fun, sports and nature? Try the trail that leads through the valley along the Tuxbach – the river between Tux-Vorderlanersbach and Hintertux. This route consists of various exciting stages that spark children’s imagination while also testing their athletic skills and dexterity. From the Zwergerlwald (German for dwarves’ forest) with its rope bridge, to the Tarzan aerial ropeway, and from the adventure stable to the curvy slide, this hike is a real experience.

Hiking time

03:00 h

Trail length

10 km (Straight-course tour)

Difference in altitude, uphill

410 m

Highest point

1,550 m

Starting point

Tux-Vorderlanersbach (1,281m); you can start your tour from any district in Tux

Bus stop

Public bus: 4104 – there are numerous stops along the trail

Playground

Worlds of Tux (animal world, nature world, water world and plant world)

Pram-friendly

Between Tux-Vorderlanersbach and Tux-Lanersbach, and between Juns and Madseit

Restaurant

Various huts and restaurants in the surrounding villages

Route description

The starting point is Tux-Vorderlanersbach. Follow the Nr.10 hiking path to Madseit, where you’ll arrive at the climbing area and rope bridge. Cross the bridge and continue on the Nr.12 hiking path. Enter Hintertux and walk to the end of the valley (Nr.11 hiking path). Follow the Tuxbach, which will take you to the eternal ice of the Hintertux Glacier. Here, there are four themed worlds that are just waiting to be explored by young and old.

TIP 2: Glacier Floh Safari

Hiking time

 

Trail length

 

Route description

On safari, ready, steady, go! An exciting adventure course and a tricky quiz await you in and around the Sommerberg hiking area. Junior detectives can join Gletscherfloh Luis on an exciting hike with a mystery treasure! Not only will they discover the new giant cloud, but also have fun finding out more about the mysteries of the glacier. Get a treasure map at one of the ticket offices at the valley station of the lift in Hintertux and then, it’s: "On safari, ready, steady, go!” As an added bonus, all children up to 10 years of age not only travel free to the Sommerbergalm (2,100 m), but also to the Gletscherfloh park at 3,250m.
Open Glacier Floh Safari

TIP 3: Moorland Educational Path

Hiking time

02:00 h

Distance

7 km

Route description

Start of the hike is the middle station of the Finkenberger Almbahnen lift. Along the hiking track from the Penken to the Schrofenalm, you will discover the marshes embedded in the alpine pastures at an altitude of 1,800 metres. Descend to Tux-Vorderlanersbach and enjoy a magnificent panoramic view.
Open Moorland Educational Path

Special children's playgrounds

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