Zillertal Alps Family Walking Adventure

Duration: 7 nights
Type: Family Walking Holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,379pp with flights

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

  • 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 house: 42
  • Daily choice of 2 walks as well as a Family walk 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 PDFs for each holiday.

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Welcome to Hotel Waldheim. Unpack and settle in.

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.

Mountain panorama in the Zillertal in Austria with house and tree

Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: Negligible

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: This is a spectacular journey up to the high Schlegeiss dam at the head of the Zamserbach Valley. The reservoir here is surrounded by dramatic glaciers and high snow-capped mountains. The walk follows the lakeside path and then descends below the dam to the valley floor, and then takes a quiet path to a small traditional mountain hut at Lavitzalm.

Highlight: The stunning views from the Schlegeiss dam.

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Distance: 6 miles (9½km)

Total ascent: 800 feet (240m)

Total descent: 2,000 feet (600m)

In summary: This walk begins in Brandberg, after a short bus ride. We follow a circular route through meadows before descending for a riverside walk back to the hotel.

Highlight: Brandberg, a delightful village, perched above the Ziller Valley.

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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

Innsbruck cityscape, Austria

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.

Typical bavarian or austrian wooden window with red geranium flowers on house in Austria or Germany

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,000 feet (300m)

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.

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We hope to see you again soon.

Zillertal Alps Family Itinerary Map

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.   


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, clock-radio, telephone,
  • safe
  • bath-robes
  • hair dryer.


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 solarium, massages can also be booked at the hotel reception.

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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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. Gaiters are an optional but useful extra.
  • 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.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Camera.

Guest Reviews

All holidays are subject to availability and prices are subject to change.
Non-member associate 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

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