Your alpine experiences
Choose from a number of very different mountain adventures: You and your whole family can discover playgrounds which blend in naturally with the mountain scenery, or you can experience an adrenalin kick on a spectacular via ferrata, or you may want to enjoy breakfast in the early morning sun. Unique moments like these will guarantee an unforgettable holiday experience. To help you keep track of the holiday budget in the most beautiful time of the year, the mountain adventures which you can enjoy free of charge with the Zillertal Activcard are marked with an asterisk(*) in the list below.
Experience nature in a different way: No matter if it is a warming bark mulch, fine or coarse pebbles. Your senses are awakened right next to the trail to the summit cross and nature is experienced in a new way. This path is also an adventure path for children. Therefore: shoes and stockings and allow yourself and your feet a few minutes of freedom.
The new, fully accessible gondola lift takes you quickly and comfortably to the fantastic family world of adventure on the Spieljoch. While the kids play around in the water fun park, the parents enjoy the dreamlike view on the rest and detention possibilities.
Learn about the Fügen/Hochfügen mining tradition. The Öxeltal Show Mine can be reached via a miner´s trail from the cable car top station in about 45min. The mine is set at an altitude of 1,783m and can only be accessed with a certified guide who will tell you many interesting details about 400 years of mining history.
Experience a spectacular flight on one of the highest flying fox in Tirol. The unique opportunity to get back to the starting point after a summit climb over a taut wire rope at the Adler dive speed. The family-friendly combined tour consisting of the children's climbing trail and subsequent flying fox will be accompanied by one of our experienced outdoor guides.
Monster scooters offer the ultimate in downhill fun for the whole family. The trail starts right next to the summit station and carries on down the forest road directly to the halfway station. If you still have the energy, you can ride with a guide right down to the valley station.
Rosenalmbahn, Zell am Ziller
The fun factor at the fairy tale Spruce Tree Castle high above Zell am Ziller on the Rosenalm is greater than ever, with an over 5,000-square-metre area to entertain Spruce Sprites of all ages – see the story on pages 22 and 23. While the new wooden ball track requires a certain level of skill, the hammock forest offers pure comfort. And a bit of relaxation is definitely good for you after all the action. After all, you’re sure to want to whiz down the slide tower several times, climb the 18-metre viewing tower and clamber around on the climbing tower too. The many water games and the sandpit area also have to be tried, of course. To put it succinctly: Spruce Springs have plenty to keep them busy!
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 bookof recipes that will help you cook numerous Zillertal specialties for yourself when you return home.
Climbing and jumping in the adventure playground at the Zillertal Arena, children come completely at theire expense. Parents from bigger children lean back an watch, parents of smaller children support the younger generation on theire exporatory expedition.
The Singletrail Wiesenalm offers excitement at its very finest. The 5.2 km long trail's desing not only means it's perfect for sports-mad beginners, but also that it offers a wide new experience for bikers who already know the scene well. The trail's numerous serpentines, northshore elements and pumps will demand that riders show their levels of skill and condition from start to finish!
After making a gentle ascent on the Rosenalmbahn lift and getting off at the midstation, bikers can start down the easy/moderately difficult Singletrail, riding mainly forested terrain over a change in altitude of 700 metres, before finally arriving at the bottom station on the Rosenalmbahn.
The tobogganing fun in the Zillertal Valley inspires not only the kids: fun, action and speed await you on the Alpine rollercoaster in the Zillertal Valley. The 1,450 m of coaster fun begins right at the Zillertal Arena Valley Station in Zell and promises to be the biggest summer and winter attraction with its many waves, steep curves and jumps. A 360° loop and a 540° loop will get adrenaline pumping even more.
The 380 meter long fixed-rope climbing route, "Gerlossteinwand", leads along a 240 meter high wall on the same-named mountain. It doesn't only offer Alpine pleasures, but also leads to one of the valley's most beautiful peaks. Introductory trial climbs for beginners are offered on the new route, categorized as medium difficult, which was constructed by the local mountain rescue team, in cooperation with the Zillertal Arena.
A new flying machine and a further development of the Flying Fox, provides even more fun, action and an incomparable bird’s-eye view to all Arena guests! The Arena Skyliner runs on 4 routes with a length of up to 738 m and hurtles with a maximum speed of 50 km/h over the Gerlosstein region.
The children's playground is versatile and well planned. A large terrain with different playground equipment, balance exercises and information about the animals and the flowers on the alp, make the hike to the restaurant Latschenalm exciting. Once you arrive at the destination, a small animal garden and a huge playground await you right next to the sun terrace. Passing the Alpchapel, a path leads up to the Latschensee, where you can also risk a jump into the water on sunny days.
The perfect single trails for all bikers! The varied trails in Zell am Ziller and Gerlos offer the ideal challenge for everyone from beginners to pros. They span a total of 12 kilometres to form a spectacular panoramic route and can also be conveniently reached with the cable cars.
Everyone can learn how to yodel. Austria's first “Yodel Hiking Trail” is located in Wald-Königsleiten, on the Gerlospass, and can be reached via Zillertal or Salzachtal. Hiking between eight interactive stations – such as a massive, walk-in cowbell, and the largest alpine horn in Europe – you’ll hear audio recordings of simple yodels, which can be easily copied. The Yodel trail connects you from the top station of the village’s cable car, via Larmachalm, back to Königsleiten, and can be visited by anyone for free.
With the GipfelLiner you soar over the reservoir attached to a 430-metre long steel rope. Between the 3-metre high starting platform at an impressive altitude of 2,300 metres and the landing platform at the end you cover an elevation drop of no fewer than 65 metres. An over-the-water experience for young and old alike that you’ll remember for a long time to come – with an adrenaline rush thrown in for good measure!
Everyone big and small will find plenty of opportunities to play, rest, and relax at lake Ahornsee. There’s a fantastic walking trail along the Ahornbachl stream with various play areas and water oases, making it a great place to enjoy yourself on the way from lake Ahornsee to the Eagle's Stage Ahorn.
In 2017, the area in front of the Ahornbahn Summit Station was transformed into a Leisure Place with lots of comfortable seating to help you sit back and relax. Practical and fun handcarts can be rented at the Ahornbahn Summit Station.
The Leisure Trail, which is suitable for baby buggies, leads across the entire Ahorn Plateau and provides an exceptional experience for the young as well as the young at heart. In summer 2017, various leisure and wellness points that engage all of the senses were added to the trail. The views along the route are especially incredible! You can watch sculptors as they carve wood in the form of indigenous wildlife. Their creations will then be on display along the trail. In addition to the Zillertal and Stilluptal Viewing Platforms, the Eagle’s View Viewing Platform provides visitors young and old with the feeling of sitting in a big eagle’s nest equipped with a binocular. If you look closely, you will even be able to catch sight of all sorts of highlights in the distance.
In July and August, early birds and anyone planning to spend a long day in the mountains can ride the Ahornbahn, Austria's largest gondola, up to the Ahorn Plateau as early as 7.30 am, weather permitting. Be sure to take advantage of this unique opportunity to enjoy the early morning calm on Leisure Mountain Ahorn.
At the petting zoo on the Filzenalm with dwarf sheeps, pygmy pigs, pygmy goats, chickens and ducks complete the Ahorn family experience and are a magnet for kids and adults.
Every Thursday in July and August there is a sunrise breakfast. Ascent between 5.00 and 6.00 a.m. with the Ahornbahn, the largest gondola in Austria. A beautiful sunrise and a hearty mountain breakfast is the perfect start to a day.
Located at 2,000 meters above sea level, the Eagle’s Stage on Leisure Mountain Ahorn is the highest-altitude Birds of Prey station in Europe and has room for up to 800 guests. Visitors hold their breath in excitement when the kings of the sky hover mere inches above their heads before diving down and grabbing their bait. Didi Wechselberger, the host at the Eagle’s Stage Ahorn makes sure that the audience experiences unforgettable moments.
Birds if Prey Show
During the one-hour Birds of Prey Show you will get to observe eagles, owls, buzzards, falcons, and other majestic birds up close, marvel at their spectacular aerial acrobatics, and learn all about their skills and habits from Didi and Roy, our two falconers. The Ahorn Eagle’s Stage with its Birds of Prey Show is a truly fascinating highlight and must-see attraction of any visit to Mayrhofen in the summer!
Every Wednesday from June to October, children and adults have the unique opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Europe’s highest-altitude birds of prey station.
Accompanied by our falconers, you will enjoy a very special day with our majestic birds. For two hours in the morning, you will learn all the important facts about the Eagle’s Stage Ahorn, the profession of a falconer, and the fascinating features of the animals. You will also join the falconers as they feed and care for the birds and you will be given plenty of useful information about the protection of animals and the preservation of nature in the Alps. And then, at 2:00 p.m., well prepared with all of your background knowledge and from the best seats in the house, you can finally enjoy the moment you’ve been waiting for, the Birds of Prey Show.
Every Sunday we offer a guided tour of Austria’s largest cable car. Afterwards you can take the Leisure Trail to view the historic cable car. The guided cable car tour includes a cup of coffee and a slice of cake in the Filzenstadl mountain restaurant.
You can test your coordination skills at the Funsportstation in the new Motorikpark for the whole family. New experience for the whole family!
The Panorama Trail on Action Mountain Penken is suitable for baby buggies and takes you from the Kombibahn Penken Summit Station up to the Garnet Chapel at the Penkenjoch and down to the Penkenbahn Summit Station. The trail leads past several places where you can see athletes in action. For example, you can watch daring climbers scaling rock faces at the Knorren Massif or observe real adrenalin junkies taking off at the two paragliding launch sites. There are also various stations where you have the opportunity to experience the sports action firsthand via simulations as well as lookouts with binoculars that provide a close-up view of the mountains in Mayrhofen.
The rental station for via ferrata sets is also located at the Funsportstation at the Penken Reservoir. All rentals are subject to availability.
For those who want to get a tast of the vertical world, there are two via ferratas at the Knorren Climbing Area on Action Mountain Penken. The Knorren Nadel Via Ferrata is suitable for beginners and starts at the foot of the Knorren Climbing Area. With its two rope bridges and the viewing platform on top of the Knorrennadel you should be prepared for a touch of vertigo.
In the lower third of the Knorren wall you find the Steinbock Via Ferrata, which is designed for more advanced climbers. After a steep start you are rewarded with impressive views of the Zillertal Alps.
You can reach the Knorren Climbing Area by taking the 3S Penkenbahn in Mayrhofen followed by the Kombibahn Penken.
Penken is the perfect mountain because it is suitable for everyone. After all, biking way up in the mountains is the best, thanks to the breathtaking views, the crystal clear air, and the amazing feeling of being so high above everyday life down below. In just over eight minutes, the comfortable Penkenbahn takes guests from the center of Mayrhofen up to the Summit Station at 1790 meters above sea level. Whoever wants to get even higher can continue up on one of the open-air gondolas of the Kombibahn Penken. You can easily take your bike along on either ropeway. Once at the summit, you will find various mountain bike tours for all skill levels.
Experience the feeling of freedom and the spectacular views on a tandem flight from the Action Mountain Penken to Mayrhofen. Mayrhofen is bookmarked by paragliders for its outstanding thermals. Take off to the skies and enjoy the amazing feeling of flying!
Take a look behind the scenes of the Penkenbahn! In the summer months our guests can take a guided tour of the ultra-modern 3S Penkenbahn. Enjoy a cup of coffee and a slice of cake in the Bergrast mountain restaurant afterwards and let the tour impressions sink in.
A good sense of balance and a dose of courage are most definitely needed by any kids, teenagers or adults who want to complete one of the twelve adventure trials on the new E-Trial parcours on the Action Mountain Penken.
Are you looking for a very special mountain experience? If so, head on up to the Funsportstation, located 2,000 meters above sea level at the Penken Reservoir. That’s where action lovers big and small will find exciting Mountain Scooters and huge Funballz for sporty experiences that you don’t get just any ol’ day. Discover the mountain on action-packed downhill rides, roll on water without getting wet, or fight gravity as you climb up high on the via ferrata at the Knorren-Action Mountain Penken lives up to its name in summer as well. NEW: Motorikpark Penken und E-Trial-Parcours.
You can’t miss him! After all, Pepi the bear is eight metres tall and the head of the Pepis Kinderland kids’ area. The giant wooden bear sits atop the Penkenjoch and offers his visitors plenty of fun and excitement. Inside him, you’ll find the ultimate children’s playground spread over three different levels. Not only is there a crawl tunnel, a playhouse and a distorting mirror, but also a climbing wall and many other attractions. And when you’ve had enough of playing, tumbling and climbing, simply say goodbye to the giant Pepi as you whiz away down a slide. Just by the “Penkenpepi” is a large children’s play area with balance beams, trampolines, a sandpit and plenty of other opportunities to let loose.
Since summer 2018 the hearts of all little climbers beat faster. A brand new low rope course with 30 different obstacles can test your climbing skills in low-level safety and the second, a 15 m long tube slide, which is reached by a hanging bridge, inducing a tummy tingling flip!
The reservoir at the Penkenjoch plateau was created in 2013. It is 11 meters deep and has a capacity of more than 70,000 cubic meters of water. In winter it feeds the snow cannons on the slopes, in summer it not only offers peace and quiet but also a stunning view. The Granatkapelle chapel which is directly located at the reservoir incorporates local timber, and the natural beauty of garnets, which have been mined in the nearby Stillup valley for centuries.
Experience the nature with all your senses! Comprehend and understand ... Mother Nature has created extraordinary and unique habitat for all of us. Starting point of the natural world is the middle station of the “Finkenberger Almbahnen.” From there many different habitats along the marsh trail are here to explore. The special moorland soil can be discovered and closely examined through an experiment. A short break in the hanging chairs or in the listening island, where the sounds of the environment can be perceived much more intensively and consciously, displaced children and adults in deep amazement. Shortly before the end of the walk the unique island of relaxation in the middle of the fairytale forest is achieved. This walk is an unique experience for nature lovers!
The brand-new children's paradise "Almspielerei" (alpine games) offers a wealth of play areas just waiting to be put through their paces around the top station of the Eggalmbahn. A large lake with tug boat, a float and slackline, wooden alpine animals together with a plethora of diverse activities brings the promise of huge amounts of fun for the whole family, while becoming acquainted with the natural habitat of the alpine pasture "Alm".
Tricky puzzles, guessing games and the discovery of nature - even our littlest hikers can get into the hiking groove. Simply grab the Rally-card from the ticket office at the bottom station Eggalmbahn and let the fun begin! Intriguing questions just waiting to be solved await the inquisitive explorer. Just collect three different stamps of a possible eight from Eggalm hiking region and return the card to the bottom station to collect a great free gift! All this and more makes summer vacations in Zillertal so much fun for all the family.
Calling all glacier bugs!
An exciting adventure course awaits at the Sommerberg walking region, combined with some brain-teasing questions. Accompanied by our glacier mascot, Luis, young detectives will set off on an exciting hike in search of a mystery treasure! Young glacier investigators can explore interactive stations and learn all about the mystery of the glacier. Pick up a treasure map from the cash desk at the base terminal of the glacier lifts in Hintertux. Join in and help us solve the mystery! And then: “Ready, set and off we go on safari!”
Dive into the fascinating world of water! Visitors experience the fascinating and unique world of the water. Even from a distance you can see the "Floating Faucet", who is also the start and end point of the hike. How much water do we need? What are thermal springs? These questions are answered along the trail. Together with the mascot "Gletscherfloh Luis" adults and children discover the power of water and the transformation ability of the essential natural element. Courage and a good deal of skill is required at the large waterfall swing and target shooting with water pumps. For all nature lovers and knowledge seekers this enjoyable hike is just right!
The Sommerberg Flea park at 2,100 m is another attractive playground for families with children. Overlooking the Sommerbergalm Restaurant, the Flea park is home to well secured play areas such as a climbing wall, bouncy castle, giant slide and the all time favourite go-cart track. Young glacier fans enjoy plenty of space to mess around while parents can keep an eye on their children from the comfort of the spacious sun terrace.
Nature’s Ice Palace at the Hintertux Glacier is a natural gem, unique worldwide and an ideal year round excursion destination for the whole family. The entrance to this ice cave is only a 3 to 4 minute walk from the top station of the glacierbus 3 lift. On guided tours, visitors are asked to „Step inside” to this wonderful world deep beneath the ski slopes and discover a glacial crevasse with magical ice stalactites, giant sparkling ice crystals, frozen waterfalls which you can even discover by a boat trip on the natural glacier lake. Real adventurers can also try out Stand Up Paddling or Ice Swimming.
A geological peculiarity is a stretch of marble - consisting of crystalline limestone - that extends from Hintertux south to the Spannagelhaus. Located in this marble is the Spannagel Cave network with its numerous natural wonders. Throughout the year the professional guides take visitors on a tour (Equipment and boots will be provided).
Glaciers are, and always will be, an amazing natural attraction. Whatever the season, glaciers never cease to amaze with their extraordinarily powerful appearance. Ice sheets, crevasses, craggy rock faces and undulating fields of snow are formidable proof of the power of nature. Exploring the Hintertux Glacier with a certified guide is a particularly exciting experience. Not only will you discover interesting information about a glacier’s physical characteristics, but also learn about glaciology, glacial formation and growth, the effects and expansion of ice on earth.