If you are planning to use local busses/trains/gondolas to get to walking areas consider the Zillercard it gives you:
free travel on all busses in the valley and its valleys off, except to the Zillergrund
free travel on all trains to Jenbach except the steam train
1 trip up and 1 trip down on a gondola (doesn't have to be the same one, we often went up 1 walked across and down the other side) Finkenberg and Zell am Ziller have 2 gondolas these are counted as 1 ride up or down. The Hintertux cable cars have 3 the card only covers the bottom level. You can have 6 or 12 day cards. We have used them each time we have visited the Tirol and they really are a money saver if you use them as above.
Buy them from the Europa House or train station, you will be charged €2 for the card which is returnable.
Unlike the other churches in the Zillertal Valley, Mayrhofen's parish church is very much a work of the 20th century. That's not to say is is unattractive, but it doesn't really compete with it's neighbouring churches in my opinion. That said it's still worth a few minutes of your time to take a peck inside.
The church bells of Mayrhofen still strike an age told tune at various times throughout the day that tells you to relax as you are in the Austrian countryside.
Also, I would suggest that the platz outside the church with it's modern art and fountains, surrounded by typical Tyrolean style buildings is quite striking.
The Ahornbahn is the newest cable car in Mayrhofen, which can transport 160 people at any one time. There are only 2 gondolas, one up one down, this is the largest cable car in Austria. It takes just over 6 minutes to transport its guests over 3km up to a plateau that offers spectacular views. Once up there you can walk/hike or just take in the scenery at the restuarant. You couls watch the cable car from the balcony, if you look closely you can see the lines running up on the left side of the picture.
Whether it is the lure of breathtaking views or alpine activities of the first rate your notion of summer fun reaches new peaks once the gondola brings you to 3250m and lands you at the top of the glacier of Hintertux.
It takes only 5 mins to get by the spectacular bicable continuous cable car from the Tuxer Fernerhaus to the Gefroene Wand. A view terrace presents you with a most impressive panorama of the Grossglockner, the Dolomites and even the Zugspitze.
This is one of the most beautiful farmer-villages in the Tyrol. In summer the delightful village shows itself in the midst of lots of flowers and is surrounded by an extensive mountain and hiking area. Relax with a stroll around this pretty village with decorated wooded houses and lovely fountains, well worth a visit.
This is the largest of the side valleys and passes through the villages of Finkenberg and Lanersbacj, where there are plenty of great walks, ending at Hinterlux above which sits the glacier. Here skiing takes place 365 days a year. As a non-skier you can take the three lifts to a height of 3250m -10,666ft. There is a panorama platform built on top of the lift station where the veiws are amazing.
A picturesque single chairlift journey (20 mins) takes you to the start of this lovely walk, following the contours towards Steinerkogel via the Kotahornalm and then decending through the woods to the pretty mountain village of Brandberg. Depending on fitness / energy levels the return to Mayrhofen is either by bus or a further walk.
This amazing side valley passes through the mountain village of Ginzling ( mountain museum ) and from where there are lots of good shorter walks and then continues up to the Schlegis resevoir and dam this makes a great day out for all, with plenty of easy walking around the resevoir, and great hikes aswell. The Pfitcherjoch Haus just over the Italian border takes about 2 - 3 hours.
Another trip with Wivienn. Dept 1.00 from Penkanbahn Return by 4.30pm One of the prettiest high level roads in Austria, you drive up on a tarmaced road to 2000m ( if you dont like the lifts this is a very good way to get up on this height ) where you have a fantastic view over the Alps, you can even see the Hinterlux glacier from here. A stop at one of the small pensions for coffee and cake is welcomed on the journey back. Whiist there we were entertained by the local farmers playing a harp, piano accordian, a rubber glove and a home made instrument with bells on........ it was brilliant. Thanks Chaps for a great afternoon.
Tour by Wiviann depart 08.00 from Win Win. Drive to Berchtesgaden then on up the mountain
Obersalzberg where an organised bus takes you up to The Eagles Nest. On the peak a guided tour in English is not to be missed. The stay on the mountain top is approx 1 1/2 - 2 hours. so there is enough time to look around on your own aswell. Coming back Wiviann tells you the rest of the history about the area and you also have the opportunity to personally stand on this historic ground. Also in the program there is a visit to the official bunkers you can descend and enter them for a small fee. Arrive back in Mayrhofen 6.00pm
In 1887 the abbot of the Benedictine monastery at Fiecht had the pioneering idea of running boats on the Achensee lake. Cruising on the lake on one of these boats while enjoying the gastronomic service is a special expeience. From a landscape point of view the Gaisalm is unique being the only Alpine pasture that can only be reached by foot or boat. 4 ships with a capacity of 40 - 600 people make up the shipping co. Two provide onboard food and wheelchair access. A eveing cruise can be enjoyed with music and dancing and the cliff are illuminated. Trip approx 1 hour 30 mins price 12.50 euro for daytime sailing.
Since 1889 the oldest rack railway locos in the world conect Jenbach with the Achensee lake. The 7k line has a max gradient of 1:62 and trains take 45 mins to reach the pier at Seepitz. For the steam buffs: Constructed in 1888, 180HP, Length over buffers 5650mm, Req for one uphill and downhill journey; 350kg coal 3m3 water, 55 per carriage. This is one of the oldest rack railways in Europe that is exclusively steam - powered.
Great skiing venue. We went at Easter when the snow was good but became slushy in the afternoon. I would recommend getting the gondola to the very top where it is quieter and there are a couple of great red and blue runs. Skiing is best for the intermediates.
Paragliding from the top is a great experience. Especially on a sunny day you can fly down to Mayrhofen for about 100 euros. Flight time about 20minutes. Very relaxing until they do some tricks when becomes like a rollercoaster
Picture shows tiny blue parachute of Jack (my son).
The Zillertaler Höhenstraße is one of the most beautiful Alpine roads of Austria and offer every visitor a lovely tour. The road takes you up to about 2000 meters high.
Very nice views of the surrounding mountains and the Zillertaler valley are a real treat to anyone who takes this road.
It takes much more time then the Bundesstraße, but it's ten times nicer to drive.
June - October
Cars: € 7,00
Cars and little buses: € 13,-
Buses > 12 Seats: € 18,-
Motorbikes: € 3,50
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