Family Walking in the Zillertal Alps

Zillertal Alps Family Walking Holiday

family with child hiking on holiday in austrian alps with lake and glacier view
Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 4

The popular Alpine resort of Mayrhofen sits at the junction of four major valleys close to the Italian border. The town is surrounded by glorious mountain scenery and provides a wonderful base from which to explore the mountains on foot. There are three walks to choose from each walking day to cater for little legs as well as longer ones! Cable cars and chair lifts provide easy access to high meadows and mountain trails where there is an outstanding view around every corner. There are also lovely lower level walks alongside rivers and on forest trails to enjoy.

Holiday Highlights

  • Beautiful meadows on the Penkenalp
  • Exploring pretty Alpine villages in the Zemmgrand Valley
  • Walking in the shadow of the Zillertal Alps
  • Enjoy a range of family friendly activities in the town of Mayrhofen


  • Cable car rides into the mountains
  • Superb mountain walks for all abilities
  • The beautiful Penken summer pastures

What’s included

  • Half Board 4-star Hotel accommodation
  • Max guests in hotel: 42
  • Daily choice of 3 walks guided by HF Holidays Leaders and a dedicated Family Leader
  • ‘With flight’ holidays include return flights from the UK and hotel transfers
  • All transport to and from the walks
  • Zillertal card - free mountain railways, local public transport and free entry to 6 swimming pools as well as reduced entry to local attractions

Trip Notes

Trip notes are detailed, downloadable PDF’s for each holiday, please click the button below to find the right trip notes for your departure date.

Welcome to Hotel Waldheim. Unpack and settle in.

The Penken area is popular with skiers in winter and walkers in summer who come to enjoy the high pastures. Today's 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.

Mountain panorama in the Zillertal in Austria with house and tree

Option 1 - Penken Summer Pastures Family

Distance: 4 miles (6½km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: A journey on a cable car takes us up onto the Penken. From here we follow a good track with panoramic views of open pastures abundant with wild flowers in spring and summer.

Highlight: Enjoy a refreshing beverage at one of the many Gasthofs on this route.

Option 2 - 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 3 - 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.

We 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.

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Option 1 - Down the Zamserbach from Schlegeis Dam

Distance: 5 miles (8.5km)

Total ascent: minimal

Total descent: 1,840 feet (560m)

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 - The Zamsergrund towards Italy

Distance: 7 miles (11km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

In summary: This group takes a gently ascending path to a small traditional mountain hut at Lavizalm, and if time we may continue to the Italian border.

Highlight: Walk a high valley surrounded by towering summits with the possibility to walk into Italy.

Option 3 - Berlinger Hohenweg: Friesenberghaus & Olperer-Hütte

Distance: 6.5 miles (10.5km)

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.


Our walks visit the Ziller Valley, Karlalm or the Heimjoch.

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Option 1 - Brandberg and the Ziller Valley

Distance: 6 miles (10km)

Total ascent: 850 feet (260m)

Total descent: 2,100 feet (660m)

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 - Gerlossteinalm, Karlalm, Steinerkogelhaus

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 700 feet (210m)

Total descent: 2,500 feet (750m)

In summary: The easier walk follows a good path that skirts around the base of the Gerlossteinwand before descending to Brandberg.

Highlight: Follow a fantastic panoramic route and visit the Karlarm a simple but welcoming hut.

Option 3 - Heimjoch and Brandenberger Kolmhaus

Distance: 7 miles (11.5km)

Total ascent: 2,180 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.

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.

Innsbruck cityscape, Austria

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.

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Option 1 - Hintertux Gletscherbahn & bichalm

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: Negligible

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: Today we travel to the head of the Tux Valley to explore high ridges and remote Alpine valleys with snow-capped peaks at hand. A cable car is used to gain height and we will have time to enjoy the mountain scenery before descending to the Bichlalm and back to the valley floor.

Highlight: The cable car ride, rising high above the valley.

Option 2 - Tuxer-Joch-Haus and the Weitental

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

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 3 - Frauenwand and the Weitental

Distance: 7.5 miles (12km)

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. 

Today we use the Ahorn cable car which takes us up to the high slopes south of Mayrhofen. The prominent mountain is the Ahornspitze, the highest summit in the immediate vicinity at over 2,950m (9,700 feet), providing great views of Mayrhofen and the surrounding valleys.

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Option 1 - Edelhütte: A High Hut

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,200 feet (360m)

In summary: This walk contours around the hillside, through meadows rich in wild flowers, and then we ascend to the Edel mountain hut, from where there is an option to walk out to the fine viewpoint of Am Glatzer. Our return journey descends more steeply and then contours to re-join our outward route.

Highlight: A fantastic viewpoint at Am Glatzer, with views of the Ziller Valley.

Option 2 - Edelhütte: A High Hut & Am Glatzer

Distance: 5½ miles (9km)

Total ascent: 1,400 feet (420m)

In summary: Today we use the Ahorn cable car which takes us up to the high slopes south of Mayrhofen. The prominent mountain is the Ahornspitze, the highest summit in the immediate vicinity at over 9,700 feet (2,950m). We spend time enjoying the mountain views, following a path that contours around the hillside through meadows rich in wild flowers and then ascending to the Edel mountain hut. We then take the cable car down.

Highlight: Marvel at the high mountain scenery.

Option 3 - Torregenkopf: A Rocky Summit

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 2,100 feet (630m)

In summary: We too walk to the Edel hut before continuing to climb to the summit of the Torregenkopf, using a path with some exposure and fixed ropes on a rocky section. To reach the summit we traverse a narrow rocky ridge, but the views from the summit are well worth the effort. We then return to the Edel hut and follow the same route as the easier group back to the cable car.

Highlight: Summit Torregenkopf at 2,470m.

We hope to see you again soon.

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. Monika Emberger and her family pride themselves on the quality of their hotel where they have been welcoming HF Holidays for more than 30 years. The hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a spa area with sauna, steam bath and infrared cabin.  


Hotel Waldheim has 20 immaculate bedrooms.

Twin beds are, as is normal in Austria, arranged as a large frame with separate mattresses and bedding.

All bedrooms at Hotel Waldheim have:

  • En-suite bathrooms with shower or bath
  • Cable television
  • Telephone
  • Safe
  • Bath-robes
  • Hair dryer
  • Fridge


Hotel Waldheim has a spacious lounge, a comfortable bar, a ski/boot room which has heated boot rods and an area for drying clothing.

In the basement you will find a wellness centre with sauna, steam bath and infrared cabin; massages can also be booked at the hotel reception. Within five minutes’ walk from the hotel there is a leisure centre, (free to guests) which has a large swimming pool and tennis courts etc. For a small charge a heated pool is available. The hotel is located in a quiet area with views of the mountains but just a few minutes’ walk from town which has lots of amenities.

Food & Drink

Our Guided Walking holidays at Hotel Waldheim are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.


Hotel Waldheim offers a self-service buffet breakfast with hot and cold options.

Afternoon tea

The hotel provides complimentary tea and home baked cakes in the afternoon.

Lunch (payable locally)

It is possible to buy picnic lunches from the hotel and these should be ordered the night before. Alternatively you can buy ingredients for a picnic lunch from the shops in the village. On certain days it may be possible to eat in a café or mountain hut; your leaders will advise.

Evening meal

Dinner is a four-course meal plus a self-service salad bar. Guests are asked to select their choices for their evening meal at breakfast. There is always a vegetarian option available. Special diets can be catered for if requested in advance of the holiday.


The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.

Your Evenings

The friendly atmosphere of our holidays continues into the evening.

Enjoy a glass of wine or local beer before hearing about the next day's activities. Your evening meal is the main focus of the evening. However you may like to join your leader for a stroll into town, enjoy a round of crazy golf, or visit the local skittle alley.

Your leader will check for any local events going on nearby or you may like to relax on the terrace or in the bar, with a drink and chat to your fellow guests.

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Getting to Hotel Waldheim - Zillertal Alps

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Essential Information

Passport Requirements

You may need to renew your British passport if you’re travelling from 1 January 2021.

On the day you travel, you’ll need your passport to both:

  • have at least 6 months left
  • be less than 10 years old (even if it has 6 months or more left)

Use the government website to see if your passport is valid for this holiday

EHIC cards

The UK government has officially launched the Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC), which will replace the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). UK residents can now apply for one of the GHIC cards, which will gradually replace the EHIC cards as they reach their expiry dates. Every family member travelling requires a GHIC. You can make an application for yourself and on behalf of your partner and any dependent children under the age of 16. Both cards will offer equivalent protection for emergency and medically necessary healthcare needs when in the EU on a temporary stay, which includes holiday, study and business travel. Necessary healthcare includes things like

• emergency treatment and visits to A&E
• treatment for long-term or pre-existing medical conditions
• routine medical care for pre-existing conditions that need monitoring
• oxygen and kidney dialysis

The public only need to apply for their free GHIC cards when their current EHIC expires. The process is likely to take two weeks. For more information visit

The GHIC is not an alternative to travel insurance. We advise all holidaymakers to also invest in travel insurance that covers healthcare, so they are covered for other issues that may arise, as well as cancellations and lost luggage.

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. Prices are subject to change.
Prices based on two people sharing. Supplements may apply.
Non-member fee: £30 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.

Date (Start - End) Nights Itinerary Price Status Trip Notes Book
07 Aug - 14 Aug 2022
7 2022 Itinerary £1,519 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes
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07 Aug - 14 Aug 2022
7 2022 Itinerary £1,259 Unavailable to Book Unavailable Trip Notes

Important Information

  • All child prices are based on sharing with an adult
  • Single room supplement: £32 per night
  • With flight holidays: Flights from London Heathrow to Munich included
  • Regional flights from Manchester & Birmingham from £80pp. Other UK regional connecting flights available of request
  • Independent travellers can join our transfer from Munich Airport: £61pp one way


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