Mayrhofen is located at 630m in the upper Ziller valley (Zillertal), a scenic valley in the heart of Tirol & Austria. 190 km from Munich, 170 km from Salzburg and 65km from Innsbruck Airport.
Direct rail service is not available from either airport, so passengers must switch to a train at Jenbach (OBB) station to the Ziller Valley line or take the scheduled bus into Mayrhofen
I have been here twice, both times as part of my winter excursion with my high school.
This small village is a highly popular ski resort and holiday destination for winter sports enthusiasts from all over the globe.
159 kms of slopes are connected by 49 lifts that stretch all the way from Hippach right up to the Glacier that towers over Hintertux. These slopes are great for everyone: The skiing takes places on two separate mountains, the larger of which is reached by the impressive new Penken gondola (yellow Penkenbahn).
We skied the "Penken" (main ski area) during our stay and had a great time doing so! It’s suitable for both veteran skiers but it's also great for learning. The "Ahorn" is especially easy for beginners.
But don't think that this village is practically "dead" when there's no snow: in the summer months, the nearby lakes & forests make Mayrhofen a stunning place for nature & hiking holidays.
Fondest memory: I haven't skied in years, and would love to do so again. Nothing can beat a day of "whooshing" down a mountain, and then sitting in the bright sun, surrounded by snow coved peaks, simply wearing a t-shirt and sipping on a hot chocolate with rum.
Switzerland is also a famous destination for winter sports, but generally seems more expensive than Austria...
My fiance has never been skiing before, and I'm definitely considering bringing him to Mayrhofen for his first taste of snow :-) I'd love to return again; without the nagging of class mates, and without the rules of the teachers... haha!
HOTLINE for snow conditions: +43 (0) 5285 62373.
Skiing slopes & lifts operational hours:
08:30am - 04:30pm, 7 days a week.
Favorite thing: Unfortunatley this cable cable car was not in use as there had been a fatality on the opening day, one of the workmen had been killed so there fore there is an inquest being held at the moment, unsure of its reopening date.
The Bergmahder trail from Brandberg up to Kolmhaus at a height of 1845m is a trail thriugh a cultural landscape that has been used for centuries on the sunny side of the Zillertal Alps. The mountain pastures around the Brandenberg sun village made up the base for agriculture in the nature preserve municipality for a long time. Mown and wild meadows, forests and pastures, lime and ancient rock create the conditions for a rich variety of flora along the Bergmahder trail. Not only will you be rewarded with many a colourful alpine flowers such as orchids or gentians for the laborius ascent, but also the gorgeous mountain view of the Zillertaler Alps.
Fondest memory: Sturdy hiking boots mandatory.
Approx 6 hour
The nature park extends from 1000m in Ginzling to 3530m on Hochfeiler over all altitudinal zones of the central Alps. Like the fingers of a hand, the nature preserve region stretches itself from Mayrhofen into its side valleys. A landscape with fissured glaciers, thundering streams, waterfalls, craggy cliffs and lonely summits. The nature preserve region has a lot of interesting facets - the landscape, the history, the customs, the myths and legends about smugglers, poachers and mountain explorers.
Fondest memory: Facts and Figures
Area 379 sq m
Height above sea level from 1000m - 3510m
Protected as the Zillertal Main Ridge Leisure Area since 1991
Now known as a Nature Park
Favorite thing: This is a congress house where many entertainment events, seminars and exhibitions are held. Great events programme such a film and slideshow evenings, concerts, musician, get-tothers, shows exhibitions and lots more, advance ticket office. Also the Mayrhofen Information is situated in the Europahaus with childrens corner, events info and calendar. Outside you will finsd a very helpful vacancy board if you have arrived in Mayrhofen with out accomodation.
Favorite thing: The Church Square in the centre of town is an ideal meeting place, many of the day tripping coaches pick up from here just outside of the Winwin Casino. Also a nice place to sit and people watch.