In the Zillertal valley there’s an abundance of excursions for the whole family. Here’s our top tips:
Zillertal High Alpine Road
With a length of 48 km, the “Zillertal High Alpine Road” is one of the most beautiful alpine roads in Austria and offers all visitors a magnificent drive up to an altitude of 2020 metres.
Adventure gold mining and local cheese dairy museum
Take part in adventures of former centuries. Feel the life inside the mountain und catch a glimpse of the history of 350 years of a nearly forgotten branch of economy, an impressive multi-media-presentation will give you an idea. The excursion starts at the cheese-factory just beside the zoo in “Hainzenberg”. Directly next to the local cheese dairy museum there’s a large animal enclosure with fallow deer, red deer, roe deer, chamois, ibex, wild sheep, small game and many small animals. The visit to the zoo is an unforgettable experience especially for children.
Experience Europe’s largest waterfalls with their amazing deluge of water plunging down and creating an impressing rush. The Krimml Waterfalls drop down 380 metres and are among the highest waterfalls in the world. They are Austria’s only natural landmark which is certified with the nature protection diploma of the Council of Europe. A trail leads you directly to the waterfalls, where you can feel the refreshing spray mist and the impressing power of the water. Surrounded by wonderful mountain scenery, the waterfalls delight thousands of people every year and create memorable moments.
Krimml Worlds of Water
The newly opened WasserWunderWelt in Krimml ist a perfect starting point to the natural spectacle of the impressive Krimml Waterfalls. The theme park is a comprehensive, unique array of interactive experiences revolving around the whole theme of water.
Exciting audiovisual adventure tour for the whole family in the 500 year-old castle Tratzberg. There’s originally furnished rooms to view: Habsburg hall, queen’s room, hunting room, armoury, chapel. There’s also the restaurant “Zum Schlosswirt” with a large beer garden and children’s playground.
Silver mine Schwaz
The tour shows you the hard life of underground mining 500 years ago and allows visitors to take a look at the role Schwaz played in the Medieval world.
Zeiss planetarium Schwaz
A planetarium is a multimedia entertainment, cultural and educational institution that has its special attractions for each profession and age. Unlike an observatory, where the night sky can be viewed directly through a telescope, a planetarium in the starry sky is produced artificially.
Silver town Schwaz
Schwaz is the capital of our district. Mining was flourishing many years ago. A four-aisled hall church, Gothic altars the Franciscan monastery with a remarkable late Gothic cloister, the Fuggerhis, the Handelshof, the ancestral home of the Earls of Freundsberg.
Swarovski Crystal Worlds
Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds) was opened in 1995 to mark the centennial anniversary of the company’s founding. To this day, the popular attraction has brought moments of wonder to over twelve million visitors from all over the world.
Tirolean farmstead museum
History comes alive at the unique Tirolean Farmstead Museum in Kramsach: 14 relocated heritage buildings, authentic farmhouses from all parts and valleys of Tirol that have been meticulously preserved and restored for future generations to enjoy, adorn the site, all filled with interesting artefacts recreating a bygone era. Since 1974, visitors have been welcomed for tours of the restored farmhouses including period outbuildings, depicting the history of rural Tirol.
Picturesquely perched on a hill high above Innsbruck, Ambras Castle is the focal point of a delightful English landscape garden with duck pond and playground. First mentioned in a document in the 11th century, the castle passed into the hands of the Habsburg Dynasty in 1363. Archduke Ferdinand II had the medieval Ambras castle converted into the present Renaissance castle to display his collections of world-wide fame.
Innsbruck & Alpine zoo
Tirol’s capital is a living treasure house of history and culture. Architectural gems like the famous “Golden Roof” and the Imperial Court Palace lurk around every corner of the old town. Stroll around the quaint alleys and streets to take in the atmosphere of this magical town, and you will find a host of exciting historical landmarks, parks and gardens, inviting sidewalk cafés and restaurants, and world-class shopping opportunities.
The Innsbruck alpine zoo is the highest zoo in Europe (727 m). More than 2000 animals of 150 species invite you to an eventful visit in the fauna of the Alps. Peer into habitats of animals native to the area, including ibexes, brown bears, otters, golden eagles and wolves, at the Alpine Zoo high above Tirol’s capital Innsbruck. The zoo is unique in that it keeps only the animals that inhabit the Alps.
Riedel – Glass blowing works
Riedel Glass Blowing Works in Kufstein is an interesting destination where visitors get in close contact with the 2,000-year old art of glass blowing. At the famous glass manufacture, skilled glass-blowers still use the ancient mouth-blowing method to create the world-famous handcrafted Riedel glasses and decanters. The “Sinnfonie” multimedia show takes visitors on a magical journey through the world of handcrafted Austrian glass artistry and to a wealth of sensory perceptions and enjoyment.
Glass town Rattenberg
The medieval center of Austria’s smallest town is full of revitalized townhouses, cobbled streets and alleyways and dotted by specialist glass shops. Rattenberg is famous for its atmospheric Advent Market, where the lovely, historic pedestrian precinct will exclusively be lit by candles, torches and open fires on the Saturdays during Advent Season.
Wolfsklamm gorge Stans
Wild, romantic rocky mountains, thundering waterfalls, emerald green water and a superb panorama in healthy mountain air will leave those who walk to the Wolfsklamm with an unforgettable impression. The Wolfsklamm, with its 354 steps and wooden bridge is probably the most beautiful of its kind in the Alps. A hike through the gorge is an adventure which no visitor can miss out on. It’s worth taking a closer look at this mountainscape which has retained much of its originality.