14-Night Stubai Alps & Zillertal Alps Guided Walking Holiday

Neustift im Stubaital
Duration: 14 nights
Type: European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade: 2, 4 & 5
from £2,398pp with flights

Two fantastic holiday destinations in one holiday! Explore the Stubai Alps: Explore the heart of the Austrian Tyrol, amidst the soaring peaks of the Stubai Alps, the broad Stubai Valley being one of the most scenic in the area. From our base in Neustift we can make use of the Stubaital’s excellent transport network to reach a wide variety of walks, suitable for everyone, to spectacular mountain summits and through lush, flower-filled valleys. Explore the Zillertal Alps: We’ve welcomed guests to the popular Alpine resort of Mayrhofen for more than 30 years. It’s not difficult to understand the draw of this friendly valley with beautiful scenery around every turn. Mayrhofen sits at the junction of four major valleys close to the Italian border. The broad and flat Ziller Valley lies to the east and the Stillup Valley lies to the south in the high mountains of the Zillertal.

Holiday Highlights

Stubai Alps

  • Ascend the spectacular Stubai summits for breathtaking panoramic views
  • Stay in pretty Neustift at the heart of the valley, surrounded by majestic mountains
  • The Hotel Sonnhof offers a warm Tyrolean welcome and wonderful 5-course evening meals
  • Enjoy a well-earned rest in the hotel’s extensive wellness and relaxation areas

Zillertal Alps

  • Enjoy superb walks for all abilities high in the wonderful Zillertal Alps
  • Stay at the utterly charming Hotel Waldheim, an excellent family-run hotel, which wins accolades from guests year after year
  • Marvel at glaciers and snow-capped mountains from the huge Schlegeis Dam
  • Climb to the stately Olpererhutte for a high traverse below the Tux Ridge
  • Use the network of cable-cars and chairlifts to provide easy access to high meadows and mountains

What’s included

  • A full programme of guided walks with 2 options every walking day
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • The services of experienced HF Holidays' leaders
  • "With flight" holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • 14 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
  • Transport between the two destinations
  • Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Sonnhof. Unpack and settle in.


An opportunity for local orientation and a taster for the terrain and views we will be experiencing this week.

Option 1 - Under the Elfer

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (400m)

In summary: We take a cable car to the slopes of the Elfer, then ascend to a high hut for coffee before following a balcony path through flower meadows with superb views of the Stubai valley. We return initially by the same route, then take another pretty path back to the cable car.

Highlight: The views from today's walks give a spectacular taste of the magnificent week's walking ahead.

Option 2 - Elferspitze & Zwölfernieder

Distance: 8 miles (13km) 

Total ascent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: We take the same cable car but ascend beyond the hut to traverse across the top of the Elferspitze through magnificent rock scenery, giving an immediate taste of our walking for the week. We descend to the col and pick up the easier group’s return route to the cable car.

Highlight: Ascend  Elferspitze, one of the Stubai ‘Seven Summits’.


Today we travel to Mutterberg and explore the remote areas at the head of this dramatic valley.

Option 1 - Eisgrat and Wilde Grube

Distance: 4 miles (6½km) 

Total ascent: 600 feet (180m)

total descent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: We have time to take a cable car to the Eisgrat station to view the stunning glaciers. Returning to the middle station, we walk past waterfalls up to a high pass, all in majestic surroundings. From here, we pick up a track which winds down through meadows and leads back to Mutterberg.

Highlight:  The cable car trip, first thing, up to the Stubai glacier which provides the largest glacier skiing area in Austria.

Option 2 - Egesengrat & Mutterbergsee

Distance: 7½ miles (12km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

Total descent: 4,000 feet (1,200m)

In summary: We begin at the middle station and ascend past a small lake to a summit which gives panoramic views of the area. Descending to the pass, we take a high level route which passes another beautifully situated lake before descending to the valley floor for the bus home.

Highlight: The emerald green water of the Mutterbergsee Lake. Soak up the idyllic location and if you are lucky you might observe marmots playing on the boulders nearby.


We head north down the valley to Mieders where we walk under the slopes of ‘King’ Serles, another of Stubai’s ‘seven summits’.

Option 1 - Maria Waldrast & Quellenweg

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

In summary: We take the cable car, then a good forest track to the impressive monastery of Maria Waldrast. After coffee, we walk through alpine meadows and on forest trails. Back at the cable car, we can descend sedately – or try the summer toboggan run!

Highlight: The summer toboggan run is a great way to complete our walk. Descend the mountain in style! 

Option 2 - Up to the Serlesjochl pass

Distance: 10 miles (16km)

Total ascent: 3,300 feet (1,000m) 

In summary: We also head to the monastery and then continue to ascend across the rough slopes of Serles, with increasingly stunning views, until we reach the pass of the Serlesjochl, our high point. Returning by the outward route, we enjoy views to the east. At the cable car we have the same choice of return as the easier group.

Highlight: At Serlesjochl we have incredible views across the valley.

 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently (making use of the free travel afforded by the Stubai Supercard), or visit local places of interest. Some options may include:

Innsbruck: The capital of the Tyrol offers an interesting day out via bus or train. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, Royal Gardens, Cathedral and the Golden Roof, or enjoy a stroll around the Old Town.

Mutterberg Glacier: Using the Stubai Supercard, it is possible to ascend to the top stations above Mutterberg for wonderful views, and even to walk on the glacier with optional visits to the Ice Cave.

For local information please visit www.stubai.at/ en/


We go south again towards the head of the valley to see at close quarters the incredible transition from snowflakes to cascading waterfalls.

Option 1 - The Wildewasserweg

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (270m) 

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: We start in the valley and take a path up to an alpine meadow with a rustic hut dominated by a ring of crags and a waterfall. We can then follow the ‘Wild Water Way’ downstream, finishing at a hut.

Highlight: The 'Wild Water Way' passes impressive waterfalls.

Option 2 - The Peiljoch and Wildewasserweg

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,500 feet (450m)

Total descent: 3,700 feet (1,100m)

In summary: We take the Mutterberg cable car and ascend a rough mountain trail, with some short sections of fixed ropes, to the Peiljoch, a dramatic pass with amazing views over the glacier and lake. We then follow the ‘Wild Water Way’ through rocky cascades and meadows back to the valley.

Highlight: An exciting day with amazing views.


Our final day’s walks take us onto the mountains northwest of Neustift, to the beautiful Schlickeralm meadows and the airy summit of the Hoher Burgstall.

Option 1 - Sennjoch & Schlickeralm

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 500 feet (150m)

Total descent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: We ascend by cable car, then continue to a welcoming hut for coffee. Our descent takes us under towering crags and through flower meadows, using an informative heritage trail, to the Schlickeralm hut, and then on down to the middle cable car station for refreshments before our return to the valley.

Highlight: After disembarking the cable car, we are at an incredible viewpoint.

Option 2 - Höher Burgstall

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: An opportunity to ascend another of the Stubai’s ‘seven summits’. From the top station we traverse and then ascend steeply, reaching a rocky pass and then crossing scree to gain our final ascent route, via a short fixed rope section, to the airy cross of the Hoher Burgstall. We descend to complete our circuit to the cable car and maybe a celebratory drink!

Highlight: Reaching the summit of the Hoher Burgstall.


The Penken area is popular with skiers in winter and walkers in summer who come to enjoy the high pastures. Both walks offer views back to Mayrhofen and further into the Zillertal Alps, and are a good opportunity to get your bearings for the rest of the week.

Option 1 - Penken Summer Pastures

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: After taking a cable car up onto the Penken, the walk follows a circuit through open pastures, abundant with wild flowers in spring and summer and with magnificent views of the valley floor and the surrounding mountains.

Highlight: Reach the summit of the Penkenjoch (2,095m) with it's welcoming huts.

Option 2 - The High Summer Pastures of Penken

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: The harder group takes the same cable car to Penken and walks the same area but goes further along the ridge to ascend to the Wanglalm, and then drop down to pick up the same traversing path used by the easier walkers.

Highlight: Ascend to the Wangalm (2,128m) with wonderful views over the mountains.


Our walks today are in different areas with the option to explore either to the north or east of Mayrhofen.

Option 1 - Brandberg and the Ziller Valley

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 2,100 feet (630m)

In summary: This group takes a short bus ride to the picturesque village of Brandberg, surrounded by spectacular peaks, and climbs up through the woods to a mountain restaurant with superb views. It then descends back to Brandberg by a different route then continues down the Ziller valley following a pleasant riverside trail back to Mayrhofen.

Highlight: Steinerkogelhaus, a mountain restaurant located in a superb cliff top position. 

Option 2 - Kasseler Hütte: a High Hut, and the Stillup Valley

Distance: 9 miles (14½km)

Total ascent: 2,600 feet (780m)

In summary: The harder walk travels on a minibus to the end of the road in the Stillup Valley, and we then walk up to a high mountain hut with spectacular views in the wild terrain.

Highlight: In the area around Kasseler hut, you may see marmots and ibex.


Today travel to the head of the Tux valley to explore high ridges and remote Alpine valleys, with snow-capped peaks close at hand. Both groups use a cable car to gain height.

Option 1 - Tuxer-Joch-Haus and the Weitental

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

Total descent: 2,700 feet (810m)

In summary: We climb to a mountain hut before descending into a beautiful and remote valley passing dramatic waterfall on the return journey to the main valley floor.

Highlight: Views across the valley, and the dramatic waterfall.

Option 2 - Frauenwand and the Weitental

Distance: 8 miles (13km)

Total ascent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: This walk heads cross-country from the cable car station to climb a ridge to a small summit, before descending to follow the same route as the easier group.

Highlight: If we are lucky we should see some marmots and possibly edelweiss. 


Each week there is a free day when no guided walks are offered. This is an ideal opportunity to relax around the hotel, walk independently or visit local places of interest. Some options for your free day may include:

Mayrhofen: Enjoy a leisurely day visiting the shops with lunch in one of the pavement cafés. For a more active day there is an outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts are near the hotel and Mountain bikes can be hired.

Innsbruck: The capital of the Tyrol offers a variety of places to visit, which include the Imperial Palace, Royal Gardens, cathedral and various churches.

Achensee: A popular excursion is to take the narrow-gauge railway to Jenbach and then the steam-operated rack and pinion railway to Achensee, an attractive lake with boat trips and easy walking options.

Local information website: For information on Mayrhofen please visit www.mayrhofen.at


Today's walks offer the choice of an enjoyable circular walk to the nearby village of Finkenberg or a more challenging high level route in the mountains northeast of Mayrhofen.

Option 1 - Finkenberg by Gorge & Woodland

Distance: 7 miles (11km) 

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: This route follows a circular path from the hotel, taking in the dramatic Finkenberg Gorge and a lovely path back through the forest.

Highlight: A pleasant walk with lovely views of the surrounding mountains.

Option 2 - Heimjoch and Brandenberger Kolmhaus

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 2,200 feet (660m)

In summary: The harder walkers take a cable car and then follow a path which rises over Heimjoch, through remote terrain to cross a spectacular pass, before descending into Brandberg.

Highlight: Reach two high cols. Excellent views of the Ziller valley.


Both groups take the spectacular journey up to the high Schlegeis Dam at the head of the Zamserbach Valley. The reservoir here is surrounded by dramatic glaciers and high snow-capped mountains.

Option 1 - Down the Zamserbach from Schlegeis Dam

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: minimal

Total descent: 1,800 feet (540m)

In summary: We will explore the lakeside path and then descend below the dam to the valley floor, from where we take a quiet path down the valley alongside the river.

Highlight: Explore the magnificent reservoir at the start of the walk.

 

Option 2 - Berlinger Hohenweg: Friesenberghaus & Olperer-Hütte

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 3,000 feet (900m)

In summary: The harder walk climbs up from the dam to the historic Friesenberghaus mountain hut, and then follows a high level route to the Olpererhütte, another high mountain hut, before taking a steep zigzag path back down to the lake.

Highlight: Reach the Friesenberghaus hut (2,477m) with extensive views down the Zamserbach valley.

 


We hope to see you again soon.


Neustift Itinerary Map

Hotel Sonnhof - Stubai Alps

The Pfurtscheller Family and their team welcome you to their 4-star hotel: Hotel Sonnhof. Located in the heart of the traditional village of Neustift im Stubaital, this hotel offers easy access to the local transport and shops.  The Sonnhof offers an extensive spa area and restaurant with summer terrace with panoramic views.  Bedrooms are fitted with traditional wooden furniture, large bathrooms and balconies.  Neustift is located about 25km from the Tyrolean capital, Innsbruck. On a clear day, it is possible to see the southern part of the Italian Alps and the western summits of the Swiss mountains.

Hotel Waldheim - Zillertal Alps

Year after year the 4-star Hotel Waldheim has won accolades from our guests for its beautifully maintained accommodation, helpful service and wonderful meals. Owner Helga Pfister and her family pride themselves on the quality of their hotel, they have been welcoming HF Holidays guests for more than 30 years. The hotel offers free WIFI and a spa area with sauna and steam bath.   

What to Bring

Essential Equipment

To enjoy walking/hiking comfortably and safely, footwear, clothing and equipment needs to be suitable for the conditions. Safety and comfort are our priorities, so our advice is to come prepared for all eventualities.

  • Footwear with a good grip on the sole (e.g.Vibram sole) is the key to avoiding accidents.
  • Walking/hiking boots providing ankle support and good grip are recommended (ideally worn in), and specialist walking socks to avoid blisters.
  • Several layers of clothing, which can be added or removed, are better than a single layer (include spares).
  • Fabrics (lightweight and fast drying) designed for the outdoors are recommended.
  • Waterproof jacket and waterproof over trousers.
  • Warm hat and gloves. 
  • Denim jeans and capes are not suitable on any walks.
  • Rucksack with a waterproof liner.
  • Thermos flask for hot drink.
  • Water bottle (at least 2 litre).
  • Spare high-energy food such as a chocolate bar.
  • Small torch.
  • First aid kit – your leader’s first aid kit doesn’t contain any medication or blister kits (such as Compeed).
  • Sun hat and sunglasses
  • Sun cream.

Optional Equipment

  • Walking poles are useful, particularly for descents.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Camera.
  • Gaiters.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-Member fee: £10 per person.

These departure dates can be booked with flights or as land only holiday options. All packages that include flights are ATOL protected. Advertised flight prices are based on UK flights departing from London. Regional departures and/or connections to London, if available, can be requested. Cabin upgrades may also be available on request.

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Important Information

  • With flight holidays include flights from Heathrow.
  • UK connecting flights to meet our Heathrow British Airways flight available from Manchester, Leeds Bradford, Newcastle, Glasgow or Edinburgh.   £139

Zillertal Alps

  • Single room: £21 per night 
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Munich Airport: £50 single

Stubai Alps

  • Single room: £12 per night
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Munich Airport: £35 single
Duration:
14 nights
Type:
European Multi-Centre
Walking Grade:
2 & 4

14 nights from £2,398pp with flights

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