Zillertal Alps Family Walking Adventure
Enjoy superb walks and beautiful scenery high in the wonderful Zillertal Alps
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Choosing the level of your walks
Our easy grading system shows whether a region offer gentle strolls or more challenging routes to help you choose the right holiday for you. Difficulty is measured on many factors such as distance, ascent/descent, terrain, weather and more. There's no magic formula, but from our experience we grade our walks 1 to 5 (where 1 is easy and 5 hard). Our challenger holidays require a high level of fitness and stamina.
The mountain resort of Mayrhofen is a mecca for outdoor activities and made for families seeking an active holiday. The hotel overlook's peaceful Alpine meadows but is still only a few minutes' walk from the village centre and large outdoor swimming pool complex. Couple that with a friendly team and fabulous meals and you have a favourite holiday for families!
Located in the heart of the Tyrol, excellent public transport, cable cars and chairlifts enable the whole family to enjoy the high mountain scenery. Mayrhofen offers superb Alpine walking in the Austrian Zillertal Alps.
- Beautiful meadows on the Penkenalp
- Exploring pretty Alpine villages in the Zemmgrand Valley
- Walking in the shadow of the Zillertal Alps
- A full programme of guided walks with 3 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
- 7 nights' accommodation in en-suite rooms
- Half Board - continental breakfast and evening meal
See our Family Adventure Guide for more information about our holidays and accommodation.
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. The hotel has been welcoming HF Holidays guests for more than 25 years.
This accommodation offers a warm welcome at the small friendly family-run hotel which offers a more personal and friendly service.
|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 and bath-robes and 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.
Our Guided Walking holidays at Hotel Waldheim are on a Half Board basis and include breakfast and evening meal.
Our Self-Guided holidays are on a bed & breakfast basis with an option for HB.
Hotel Waldheim offers a self-service buffet breakfast with hot and cold options.
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. Please note that this hotel is unable to cater for vegan diets.
The hotel has a well-stocked bar serving beer, wine and spirits.
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.
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.
- Our experienced leaders offer the choice of three different walks each day on our Family Walking Adventures
- Choose the option which best suits your interests and fitness
- We provide flexible holidays. Choose easier walking one day and harder the next or just explore independently or relax around the resort
- Our leaders are friendly and welcoming making your holiday fun and sociable
Family Walks: 4 to 6 miles (6.5-9.5km) on good paths through valleys and high meadows. Up to 1,000ft (300m) of ascent in a day.
Easier Walks: 5 to 8 miles (8-13km) on good paths through valleys and high meadows. Up to 1,200ft (360m) of ascent in a day.
Harder Walks: 6 to 10 miles (9.5-16km) with some steep and rough ascents to summits and cols. Up to 3,100ft (930m) of ascent in a day.
Please find information on our family walks below.
For information on the easier and harder walks we offer on our Family Walking Adventures please see our Zillertal Alps Guided Walking Holiday at Mayrhofen (please note our family walks have been designed to run alongside itinerary one of our Guided Walking Holidays).
Day 1: Arrival day
For those arriving on the HF Holidays’ flight to Munich Airport, the onward journey to Mayrhofen is by coach. You should arrive in time to settle into your room and perhaps enjoy a visit to the pool complex before the evening meal. On the first evening your leader will explain more about your first days adventure and there will be plenty of time to make new friends.
Day 2: Penken Summer Pastures
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. There are several gasthofs. 4 miles (6.5km) with 1,000ft (300m) of ascent.
Day 3: Down the Zamserbach, Italian border or a mountain traverse
There 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. If there is time, we can continue to the Italian border. 6 miles (9.5km) with a negligible ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.
Day 4: Ziller Valley, Karlalm or the Heimjoch
This walk begins in Brandberg, after a short bus ride. Brandberg is a delightful village, perched above the Ziller Valley. We follow a circular route through meadows before descending for a riverside walk back to the hotel. 6 miles (9.5km) with 800ft (240m) of ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.
Day 5: Free day
On your free day you may wish to visit Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol, or maybe stay a little more local for some fun at Mayrhofen's pool complex.
Day 6: The Upper Tux Valley
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. 5 miles (8km) with minimal ascent and 2,000ft (600m) of descent.
Day 7: Edelhütte or the Torregenkopt
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 9,700ft (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. 5 miles (8km) with
1,000ft (300m) of ascent
Day 8: Departure day
Please note that the itineraries outlined are provisional and could be subject to change. A finalised itinerary will be available at the resort and your leader will brief you every evening about the next days' walks.
An introduction to the area
The popular Alpine resort of Mayrhofen is located in the Tyrol region of Austria and has a deserved reputation for its superb walking in the surrounding Zillertal Alps. From Mayrhofen itself, it is possible to travel by cable car high onto the slopes of the Penken or Ahorn for panoramic walks through the beautiful meadows. There are also enjoyable walks along the wooded valleys to the nearby villages of Brandberg and Finkenberg.
Mayrhofen is an attractive little town built on flat land where the four main valleys meet. Many of the buildings are built in traditional Tyrolean style. The village is lively, with a variety of shops and facilities all within a few minutes’ walk of the hotel.
Mayrhofen - Mayrhofen is an interesting small town in its own right and you may prefer a leisurely day visiting the shops that line the attractive main street and perhaps enjoying lunch in one of the pavement cafés. If you are feeling more active then a large outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts can be found within a short walk of the hotel. Mountain bikes can be hired in the town and there are numerous options for self-guided walks. Alternatively you could take a ride on the narrow gauge railway (sometimes steam hauled) to Jenbach.
Innsbruck - Easily reached by bus or train, Innsbruck, the historic capital of the Tyrol, offers an interesting day out whichever week or weeks you are visiting Mayrhofen. Places to visit include the Imperial Palace, the Royal Gardens, the cathedral and various churches of particular interest. Guided coach tours are available, whilst the old town is an attractive area for strolling and sightseeing.
Achensee - A popular excursion is to take the narrow-gauge railway from Mayrhofen to Jenbach, and then the steam-operated rack and pinion railway to the Achensee. Dating from 1889, this is the oldest steam-operated cog railway in the world. The Achensee itself is a particularly attractive lake, and boat trips or easy walks are available.
Krimml Waterfalls - Reached by bus, Krimml is a picturesque town set against a backdrop of densely wooded mountains that climb to heights of 3,000 metres. The waterfalls, 380 metres high, are the highest in Europe, and are a spectacular sight as they cascade down the entrance of the Krimmler Valley.
Hintertux Glacier - A regular bus service up the valley to Hintertux gives access to a series of cable cars up to the glaciers which lie at an altitude of over 3,200 metres (10,500 feet). If you’re feeling adventurous then skiing is available here throughout the year.
Shops & facilities:
There is a good variety of shops, including several supermarkets, bakeries, a chemist and local crafts. There is a full programme of summer events in the town, including concerts, dances and folklore events organised by the Mayrhofen Tourist Office. Sports Facilities include indoor and outdoor swimming pools, mini golf, tennis courts, ten-pin bowling, cycle hire and riding stables.
We recognise that everyone’s travel arrangements are unique, so all our holidays to Europe can be booked ‘with flight’ or ‘without flight’, giving you more flexibility and choice.
‘With flight’ holidays – the hassle-free option
Book your holiday ‘with flight’ and choose between Heathrow or Manchester (via Heathrow) flights to Innsbruck airport. For flight times and prices please see the Dates & Prices tab.
If you choose this option we automatically include return transfers between the airport and the hotel. The coach transfer takes approx 1 hours 15 minutes to the Hotel Waldheim.
‘Without flight’ holidays – the flexible travel option
Alternatively, tailor your journey to suit you by booking your holiday ‘without flight’ allowing you the freedom to book your own flights from your local airport.
If you choose this option, transfers are not included in the price. However, we can book you a seat on the HF Holidays’ transfer coach from Innsbruck airport. This is timed to meet the HF Holidays’ flights* (provisional flight times can be found on the dates and prices tab or you can call us on 020 8732 1220 for more information). Cost per single journey is £35.00.
Transfers must be pre-booked. Please call 020 8732 1220 for more details
* Please note that HF Holidays is not responsible for your onward travel if you fail to meet the transfer coach
One of the many highlights of our holiday in Mayrhofen is the use of public transport to and from our walks. Each guest is provided with a “Z card”, which covers transport on the post bus, train, gondola and chairlifts. The “Z card” has a host of benefits such as free admission into all six outdoor swimming pools in the valley and various other discounts in and around Zillertal – very useful for your free day! For further information please see the website.
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Prices are per person
- Single room: £15 per night
- All transport to walks is included in the price of the holiday
- Non-member associate fee: £10 per person