10 not-to-be-missed experiences!
There are many more than just 10 reasons to visit the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region, because there is SO much to see, enjoy and experience. We have compiled a list of 10 of our not-to-be-missed experiences for all those who need to find out why spending a holiday here in Zillertal is so worthwhile!
1. Ride with Austria's largest cable car
Glide from Mayrhofen up to Leisure Mount Ahorn and savour views over the entire Zillertal Valley. This commodious cabin can accommodate up to 160 persons and whisks you from 630 metres above sea level to 2,000 metres in no time at all!
2. Eagle's Stage
Once atop Mount Ahorn, you shouldn't miss a visit to the Eagle's Stage. Domestic birds such as buzzards, eagles and vultures perform a masterful ai-show, during which falconry expert, Didi, provides interesting information on these alpine animals.
3. Zillertal Alps Nature Park
Once you see it, you are already in its midst! The 422 km² Zillertal Alps Nature Park extends over all of Mayrhofen's tributary valleys and will always remain unspoiled - as a protected area with magnificent flora and fauna.
4. "Almabtrieb" cattle drives in autumn
After a long summer spent grazing in high alpine terrain, the animals and their keepers return to the valley from the pastures. This wonderful tradition involves dressing the cows, sheep and horses in elaborate headdresses in celebration of a summer spent unscathed on the mountain pastures, before herding the animals through the village and back to their farms in the valley. The sight is so beautiful, that thousands of people line the road to welcome them back home to the valley.
5. Via ferrate in Mayrhofen and Ginzling
Seldom is such easy access to via ferrate climbing routes granted as in Mayrhofen and Ginzling. After an approach time of only 5 minutes, the fun can begin. Everyone can enjoy the inimitable feeling of climbing, provided they have the right equipment, which is available to hire in Mayrhofen.
6. White Lounge
Inviting beanbags and loungers, with chilled music and delicious cocktails, is one experience in winter on Mount Ahorn that truly shouldn't be missed. Views of the surrounding mountains are to die for ... Carpe diem!
It is called the steepest slope in Austria - and that is no exaggeration - the legendary Harakiri with an incline gradient of 78%! In order to rank among the elite, good skiers need to tackle it at least once in their lives. But beware! She has been known to bite back! If you lose it on the Harakiri, there is no going back - so be sure you can handle the challenge before you set out!
8. Penken Park
Paradise on earth for all snowboarders and freeskiers and a feast for the eyes for all other winter sports enthusiasts. If you don't feel up to the challenge of jumping the kickers, you just have to join the sidelines to watch the freestyler's aerial antics on these über-dimensional jumps!
9. High Street shopping extravaganza
Stroll down the low traffic area of Mayrhofen's High Street, admire the beautifully decorated shop windows and treat yourself to some new clothes or maybe some jewellery. Plenty of cafes and bars are dotted along the High Street, where you can take a pleasant break and just chill out!
10. Mayrhofner Advent
This is not your run-of-the-mill Christmas Market with loud Christmas jingles - you will enjoy a more traditional experience here. Alpine music is made and sung next to open fire pits, without the need for any amplifiers. Enticing fragrances of roasting chestnuts and homemade Zillertal delicacies mingle with the scent of mulled wine. The regular pre-Christmas hype seems so far away - and that is a good thing!
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VARIETY IS THE SPICE OF LIFE IN THE MAYRHOFEN-HIPPACH HOLIDAY REGION
THE FASCINATION OF WINTER
The Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region has all the ingredients for the perfect ski holiday
The Zillertal Valley is known worldwide as being one of the top winter sport destinations. At the very end of the valley, the metropolis of Zillertal lies between Mounts Ahorn and Penken; the MayrhofenHippach holiday region. Thanks to its excellent location and infrastructure, this hotspot in Zillertal is the ideal starting point for all kinds of winter sports activities. Whether speedy downhill runs, endurance sessions on the cross country ski trail or ski touring, great tobogganing fun or romantic snowshoe hikes through pristine winter landscapes - winter in Mayrhofen has many facets and offers snow-sure slopes and perfectly prepared cross country ski trails, in addition to culinary diversity and lively traditions.
Two mountains - 1,000 opportunities
With 136 kilometres of pistes, Leisure Mount Ahorn and Action Mount Penken offer endless opportunities to savour winter to the fullest in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday resort. While Mount Ahorn entices pleasure skiers, beginners and families with its wide and sunny carving slopes, Mount Penken proves irresistible to action lovers with highlights such as the legendary Harakiri slope, Austria’s steepest groomed slope (78% gradient) and Penken Park. The 3S Penkenbahn cable car (the most advanced cable car concept in the world and NEW as of winter 2015/16) whisks visitors up to 2,000 metres above sea level in no time at all, as does the Horbergbahn lift and Austria’s largest gondola, the Ahornbahn, which can comfortably accommodate up to 160 persons.
508 kilometres of pistes, 179 lift systems and 4 ski regions
Those looking for a little diversity on holiday are well catered for in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region, because the other ski resorts of the Zillertal Valley such as Hochzillertal or the Zillertal Arena can be reached in only a few minutes. And Austria’s only year round ski resort, the Hintertux Glacier, where winter sports enthusiasts can ski 365 days of the year at altitudes of up to 3,250 metres above sea level, is only 20 kilometres away from Mayrhofen. It is easy to reach without a car and in environmentally friendly fashion - all the local buses and public transport services can be used free of charge with a valid Superskipass, enabling access to 508 kilometres of perfectly groomed slopes and 179 state of the art lift and cable car systems.
Away from the slopes
When your legs demand a day off, you can indulge in the essential pleasures of rest and relaxation at the Erlebnisbad Mayrhofen Leisure Pool or window shopping down Mayrhofen High Street. Over 60 restaurants, bars and pubs - with traditional fare to exclusive cuisine - offer the perfect setting for every kind of occasion and palate. Zillertal delicacies, open fires and candlelight invite you to relax and unwind at Mayrhofner Advent celebrations at the Forest Festival Area. Those of you still itching for more winter sports can indulge in a spot of ice skating at the ice rink, cross country skiing on the perfectly groomed and partially floodlit cross country ski trails in Burgschrofen in Schwendau, or head to the toboggan runs at Gasthof Wiesenhof, Gerlosstein or the Tristenbachalm in Ginzling. The fascinating winter landscapes can also be discovered on winter walks along well cleared walkways, or on snowshoe tours. Exercise in these pristine natural surroundings soothes both body and mind.
Winter Magic Zillergrund
Zillergrund is a tributary valley of Mayrhofen and a real natural gem – and blessed with an abundance of snow in Winter. Walking through the pristine and snow-covered nature combined with a warming stopover for refreshments at the Häusling Alm guesthouse is a truly unforgettable experience. They have been built a snow igluu at Häusling Alm, the focal point of which is an ice carving of the Holy Family. A children’s winter world ha been built for young visitors. For cross country skiers is appreciate the groomed trail next the Häusling Alm guesthouse. Our tip: Why not take a day off from skiing and explore the Winter Magic Zillergrund? It is pleasantly surprised!
Successful conferences with alpine views
A new crystal has sparkled in the MICE sky in the heart of Mayrhofen since 2010; Tirol’s second largest congress and event centre, the Europahaus. Its shape is reminiscent of a crystal and is therefore affectionately known as the “Gemstone in the Mountains”. Europahaus is the ideal location for all kinds of events, international congress, product presentations, seminars and incentives, as well as private celebrations.
Pleasure meets luxury
A glass of champagne in a hut on the mountain, or a mug of warming mulled wine during après-ski? Pretty much anything you fancy can be found in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region. Strolling down Mayrhofen’s shopping mile is just as much fun as indulging in the luxury of doing nothing at all, while enjoying a warm drink on a sun terrace. The world of contrasting experiences could hardly be more diverse than in the winter paradise of Mayrhofen-Hippach.
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