Hike Austria's Zillertal Alps

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Duration: 7 nights
Type: European walking holidays
Walking Grade: 2 & 4
from £1,899pp with flights

Extending from the Austrian provinces of Tirol and Salzburgerland to South Tyrol in Italy, the Zillertal Alps are stocked with eye-popping views of mountains up to 1000ft high. Surrounded by postcard-worthy panoramas and a plentiful supply of pistes, the resort town of Mayrhofen is a magnet for the winter sports crowd. But there’s much more here than just ski runs and snow drifts. Over 285 miles of hiking trails provide thrills for every level of walker. Highlights include the spectacular Stillup Valley and a hike to the famous Olpererhütte at 2,388 metres above sea level for uninterrupted views of the Schlegeis Reservoir.

What you’ll love

  • Admiring snow-capped mountains from the huge Schlegeis Dam
  • Reaching the famous Olpererhütte below the Tux Ridge
  • Walking through the spectacular Stillup Valley
  • Visiting historic Innsbruck or Achensee Lake on your free day
  • The option to combine this trip with our Discover Austria's Seefeld Plateau holiday

What’s included

  • Full programme of guided walks led by local HF Holidays Leaders
  • HF Holidays Tour Manager
  • Comfortable accommodation
  • Half-board (breakfast and evening meal)
  • All sightseeing and entrance fees (as per itinerary)
  • Air-conditioned transport
  • Zillertal card for free journeys on mountain railways and local public transport plus free entry to six swimming pools and reduced entry to local attractions
  • Return flights from the UK including hold baggage and airport transfers

Trip Notes

Easy to download as a PDF, our trip notes provide detailed information for every holiday. Please click below to find the trip notes for your departure date.

All our carefully-curated itineraries are designed by our experts. While we make every effort to adhere to the described itinerary, we may take alternative routes or adapt the running order for weather and/or operational reasons.

Welcome to your hotel in Mayrhofen (TBC - Jagerhof or Eckartauerhof) . Unpack and settle in.


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 and above the beautiful Stillup Valley.

Option 1 - Stilluptal Waterfall Trail

Distance: 5 miles (8km)

Total ascent: 1,100 feet (330m)

In summary: The newly laid out waterfall trail crosses several romantic streams between the Wasserfall inn and the Grüne Wand hut, it leads past picturesque alpine pastures and offers a new perspective on the beauty of the Stilluptal valley.

Highlight: The new waterfall trail in the Stilluptal valley offers refreshing downtime on hot summer days.

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: 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 2 - 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. 


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 you could spend time at the outdoor pool or tennis courts which are near the hotel. A variety of bicycles can be hired locally; the Zillertal Valley Cycle Path is a popular cycling route if you are after level terrain. 

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'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 - 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 - 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.


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 (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 - 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.


We hope to see you again soon.


Zillertal alps Itinerary Map

Hotel Eckartauerhof - Zillertal Alps

For fans of the great outdoors, the Hotel Eckartauerhof boasts an eye-pleasing location at the foot of the Zillertal Alps. Wood panelling and pine furniture add to the traditional Tyrolean feel of the place, while rooms with simple but homely touches create a comfortable stay. As for facilities, there’s a cosy bar area, alfresco seating for the summer months, plus a modern spa complete with Finnish sauna, a scented steam bath, and relaxation room. And being a family-run hotel, you can look forward to a warm Austrian welcome.

Hotel Jägerhof - Zillertal Alps

What makes the Hotel Jägerhof so standout is its location. It’s just a skip away from the lively centre of Mayrhofen but has all the feel of a remote mountain retreat. Simple but tastefully decorated rooms provide a comfortable place to stay, while a newly refurbished bar area is the ideal spot for post-walk relaxation and refreshment. What’s more, the hotel offers free Wi-Fi and a wonderful spa area complete with sauna, aroma steam bath, infrared cabin, and solarium.

Essential information

It's best to be prepared for all weather conditions. To make it easier, here is a list of items you should consider packing.   

Essentials  

  • Walking boots 
  • Waterproof jacket 
  • Waterproof trousers 
  • Insulated jacket/top 
  • Walking clothing  
  • Walking socks (plus spares)  
  • Sunhat 
  • Gloves/mitts and warm hat
  • Water bottle (minimum 2 litre capacity)  
  • Headtorch 
  • High-factor sunscreen (minimum SPF 30)  
  • Sunglasses with a dark lens 
  • Rucksack (15-30 litres)  
  • Mobile phone 
  • Personal first aid kit (containing your medication, blister plasters, etc.) 
  • Passport 
  • Visa (if applicable) 
  • Copy of your travel insurance policy 
  • UK Global Health Insurance Card (formerly known as EHIC

Recommended

  • Collapsible walking poles 
  • Swimwear and travel towel
  • Snacks
  • Dry bags
  • Rubbish bags
  • Insect repellent

Optional extras

  • Camera 
  • Sit mat
  • Flask for hot drinks 
  • Durable lunch box
  • Gaiters 
  • GPS device 

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Duration:
7 nights
Type:
European walking holidays
Walking Grade:
2 & 4

7 nights from £1,899pp
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