Family-friendly activities in the Austrian Tyrol
Anyone who thinks that hiking is nothing more than clunky boots, heavy rucksacks and hard work should visit the Hiking Route 2.0 on the Tuxer Erlebnisbachweg. Designed with families in mind, this interactive walking circuit gives visitors the chance to learn about the flora and fauna of the Alps. Or why not try the Glacier Flea Safari on the Hintertux Glacier? Or meet the cutest and most famous residents of the mountains, marmots, during a Marmot Hike? There is so much to see, do and explore in the Austrian Tyrol. Let's go!
Stamp card, hiking award & Glacier Flea Park
Mountains are giant adventure playgrounds just waiting to be explored. Children exploring the Zillertal Valley receive a stamp card which they must stamp every time they reach the top of a mountain. If you collect enough stamps over the course of your holiday you can get a special hiking award from the local tourism office. Those who like to take it a little easier can use the region's 12 cable cars to make it to the top of the Alps the easy way and experience winter even in the summer months at the Glacier Flea Park.
Lots for all ages in the Zillertal Valley
Tux-Finkenberg has four themed walking trails aimed at children and teens inviting them to explore the mountains in the company of local mascot Luis the Glacier Flea.
The Sommerberg mountain and its surrounding area are home to the Glacier Flea Safari. Children and their parents are invited to complete a series of tricky tasks as they explore the glacier and learn more about this fascinating world of permanent snow and ice. Once all the tasks have been completed it is time to go to the ticket office to pick up your prize! Ready, steady - go!
Sometimes Mother Nature provides the best entertainment all by herself. Visitors to the Zillertal Valley and the Austrian Tyrol can look forward to a truly breathtaking landscape.
This adventure trail invites visitors of all ages to learn more about the fascinating fauna which is native to the mountains of Tyrol. A series of interactive stations teach children and adults alike which animals call the mountains home and how they manage to survive in this harsh environment. How many ants can you spot? What is the largest animal native to the Alps? These and many more questions will be answered in a fun, entertaining and interactive way.
This adventure hike gives walkers an insight into the fascinating world of water, the element without which no life would be possible. Discover the role water plays in the mountains and how it brings all the region's different species together.
A great day out in the Zillertal Valley
Quickly and easily accessible via cable car, the Eggalm play area in the mountains above Tux is a highlight for families with children. The new adventure area at 1950 metres above sea level offers a range of things to see, do and explore including a small lake.
Suitable for all ages
This adventure trail leading along the Tuxbach river from Tux-Vorderlanersbach to Hintertux offers a combination of fun, games and nature.
- Start in Tux-Vorderlanersbach
- Hiking trail number 10, from Madseit number 12 – Hintertux
- Walking time: around 2.5 hours
- Difficulty rating: easy
Digital treasure hunt in the Zillertal Valley
Geocaching is all the rage at the moment. This digital treasure hunt is a fun way to explore the mountains and test your orientation skills as you make your way from one clue to the next. Online you will find websites where other "cachers" have uploaded GPS coodinates together with descriptions and photos. All you need to do is load these onto your own GPS device or phone, then you are ready to go! Some caches can be found at their exact cordinates, while others are a little further away - and some even set you riddles which you have to solve to move on!
A few ideas on things to try out in the Austrian Tyrol
This 6000 m² dairy farm is open to the public and has 11 interactive stations where visitors can learn how milk is produced and what goes into making cheese, butter, etc. At the end of the visit you can try some of the delicious local produce for yourself.
This farm, which is run by the same family as the show dairy, has been open to the public since 2015. It invites visitors of all ages to come and find out what life is like on a working farm and how important it is to ensure that animals are kept in good conditions.
The Zillertal High Mountain Road (550 up to 2020 metres above sea level) is without a doubt one of the most beautiful roads anywhere in Austria. It offers fabulous views of the surrounding region and has a number of huts and restaurants en route serving food. Toll fee for cars carrying up to 6 people €8.
Experience the Zillertal Valley from a new perspective! At Stilluptal, Schlegeis and Zillergrund there are huge reservoirs home to a wide range of flora and fauna. The reservoir at Schlegeis even offers visitors the chance to take a guided tour inside the huge dam wall.
'Enchanting' is the best word to describe the pinewood castle at Rosenalm, high above Zell am Ziller. Visitors to the Zillertal Arena can explore this giant wooden construction with towers, slides and much more plus a water play area to cool off in summer.
Swarovski is the world's leading producer of cut glass. For more than 100 years the name Swarovski has stood for outstanding quality and creativity. The Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens invite visitors to discover how the cut-glass items are made and delve into a sparkling world of wonder.
During the Middle Ages the town of Schwaz was home to the largest silver mine in Europe. Visitors are transported 800 metres underground into the former shafts and tunnels where for 500 years silver and copper were mined.
This open-air museum is home to 14 original farmsteads taken from across the Austrian Tyrol. They have been dismantled, transported to the site and painstakingly re-assembled in all their glory to showcase the life, traditions, customs and architecture of the Austrian Alps.
A guided tour through the "Feuerwerk" gives visitors a fascinating insight into what is the most modern and efficient biomass energy plant in Europe. Discover the amazing power of wood and learn how it can help reduce carbon emissions.
The Upside Down House in Terfens is exactly that - a complete house turned 180° onto its head. See the world from a bat's point of view and find out what it is like when everything is the wrong way round!
Innsbruck is the regional capital of the Austrian Tyrol. It takes its name from the bridge (Brücke) over the Inn river. The city's main sightseeing attraction is the Golden Roof in the medieval oldtown. Other popular sights include the Bergisel ski jump, the Hungerburgbahn funicular railway and the Alpine Zoo.
The Alpine Zoo in Innsbruck is one of the highest zoos anywhere in Austria. Animals there include ibex, bears, otters, eagles and wolves. The Alpine Zoo has been one of Innbruck's main attractions for over 50 years now. Families with children should definitely visit the themed play area.
Journey 500 years back in time with a visit to Tratzberg Castle and experience what life would have been like in the Austrian Tyrol during the Late Middle Ages.
Rattenberg – officialy Austria's smallest town – is famous for its long and proud glassblowing tradition as well as its pretty medieval oldtown.
See, hear, smell, feel, taste. Riedel glasses are famous throughout Austria and across the world for their outstanding quality. A trip to the factory in Kufstein gives visitors the chance to see how they are made and why so many restaurants and vineyards around the globe swear by Riedel. Fine glassware can be bought from the factory shop.
Next to the Krimmler Waterfall, at 380 metres from top to bottom the highest waterfall in Europe, is the Krimml Water World. This museum comprises an exhibition, an aqua park and a multivision cinema.