The High Alps Nature Park Zillertal Alps is a high mountain nature park in the truest sense of the word. It extends from the mountaineering village Ginzling up to the Hochfeiler. All altitudinal levels are thereby part of the nature park, which is characterised by exceptionally high biodiversity. Together with other nature reserves in North, South and East Tyrol, the Zillertal Alps High Mountain Nature Park forms the largest association of nature reserves in the Alps!
Deep gorges form the entrance into the total of five side valleys in the nature park, which are called “Gründe” in the Zillertal and open up into wide grazing areas at the end. The valuable cultural landscape is closely linked with the rugged high mountains, glaciers and summits of the main ridge of the Zillertal Alps such as Löffler, Schwarzenstein, Möseler or Hochfeiler.
The high alps nature park’s summer programme runs from May to October and offers 200 guided hikes based on over 30 different exciting topics as well as special experiences for families and children.
On the sunrise hike in the Tuxertal valley, you’ll follow a relaxed route to the idyllic Torsee lake before sitting on the shore surrounded by flowers as you watch the majestic sunrise.
The volunteer projects in the Zillertal Alps nature park are all about doing some good, assisting nature and supporting progress. Whether rural conservation or other jobs that need to be done – you will head home with a warm feeling inside and hopefully this won’t be the last time that you do your bit for the environment.
The Berlin High Trail is a customisable, multi-day tour (up to 7 days) through the heart of the High Alps Nature Park of the Zillertaler Alps up to a height of 3,134 m.
Size: 422 km²
Altitude above sea level: from 1,000 m in Ginzling up to 3,509 m at Hochfeiler
Glaciers: about 85 glaciers with an area of approx. 40 km²
Nature reserve category: protected area of the main ridge of the Zillertal Alps; placed under protection by the Tyrolean provincial government since 1991
“Nature Park” title: bearer of the title and member of the Association of Austrian Nature Parks (VNÖ) since 2001
Nature park municipalities: market municipality of Mayrhofen, municipalities of Brandberg, Finkenberg and Tux (since 2007) as well as the administrative village Ginzling
Number of inhabitants in the nature park municipalities: approx. 8.000
Four permanent exhibitions form the Nature Park’s exhibition series for the environmental education area: “Verborgene Schätze” at the Nature Park House in Ginzling, “Cultural Landscape Worlds” at the Mitterstall in Brandberg, “Steinbock Worlds” at Zillergrund and “Pfitscherjoch Grenzenlos” (“Pfitscherjoch without bounds”) exhibition on the Lavitzalm in the Zamser Grund valley.
The exhibition extends over two floors and more than 500 m² and takes visitors on a unique journey through the geological history of the Zillertal Alps and shows the sparkling crystal treasures that have been created over millions of years inside the mountains.
The “Steinbock.Welten” (“Ibex worlds”) exhibition in Zillergrund is dedicated to the mighty mountain animal.
In the Mitterstall barn, the lovingly curated exhibition “Kulturlandschafts.Welten” (“Cultural landscape worlds”) whisks you back to days gone by, showing how things used to be and how they have changed
The impressive “Pfitscherjoch Grenzenlos” (“Pfitscherjoch without bounds”) exhibition on the Lavitzalm in the Zamser Grund valley reveals the
many things that have happened here – with the assistance of several Stone Age characters…
Under the established book series "Hikes into the History of the Earth", geologist Thomas Hornung wrote two very special books on behalf of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park. Both are not only filled with exciting findings, photos and visualisations, but above all with maps and exact directions. Those who follow them can, so to speak, explore the Zillertal and southern Tux Alps through the eyes of the geologist and understand their geology. The scientist deliberately refrains from giving complex explanations; instead, he succeeds in elegantly bridging the gap between a high-quality hiking guide and an exciting knowledge transfer.
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