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Where to start, where to finish? With 350 kilometres of hiking trails in the Tux-Finkenberg region, it is a question that is not so easy to answer! The Zillertal Valley has such a large network of hiking trails that you could quite literally spend a whole summer walking here and never hike the same trail twice. However, as all experienced hikers know, it is just as much about quality as quantity: the little details along the way, the views which suddenly open up in front of you. Those are the reasons why we love hiking. From easy walks through flower-filled meadows to challenging high routes leading to alpine huts and even summit ascents past crystal-clear mountain lakes, the range of trails on offer here in the Zillertal Valley is as diverse as the landscape itself. Look forward to an unforgettable hiking holiday in the Austrian Tyrol!
"Get away from it all with a hiking holiday in the Zillertal Alps."
There's no better way to get to know a region than with a local. That is why here at the Tuxerhof we offer guests the chance to explore the Zillertal Valley in the company of an experienced guide. Your guide is responsible for everything from the route to the time schedule and keeping an eye on the weather, leaving you free to admire the beauty of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park.
There is nothing better at the end of a mountain hike than a cosy wooden hut serving hearty food and refreshing drinks. Here are three recommendations for great hut hikes in the region.
For many people, no hiking holiday would be complete without a summit ascent. In the Zillertal Valley there are numerous mighty mountains just waiting to be conquered. Check out the list of our favourite hikes in the region below.
Take the cable car from Hintertux to the Sommerbergalm hut (2,100m), the starting point of this hike. As you make your way up through the meadows you will be able to spot many flowers and plants native to the Alps, including alpine rose, St. John's wort and wild gentian, while in the background you will see the shimmering ice of the glacier. From the Kaiserscharte ridge there are fabulous views of the Ötztal and Stubai Alps. Far below lies the village of Schmirn, which until 1926 was officially part of Hintertux. On the other side, the Tuxer Joch ridge opens up to reveal a beautiful landscape of rolling pastures and meadows. A stop at the cosy Tuxer-Joch-Haus is recommended before the hike continues through the Weitental Valley, past the Schleierwasserfall waterfall back down to Hintertux.
Key info: hiking time there and back: 5 hours | elevation gain: 545 vertical metres | Tip: don't forget to take along camera and binoculars
Leaving from Lanersbach, take the hiking shuttle as far as the Vallruckalm. It is here that the ascent to the Hippoldspitze begins. Our destination is the highest hut in the Zillertal Valley, complete with its own mini power station, offering majestic views of the Karwendel Mountains and the Zillertal Alps. Take the same route back down or, alternatively, descend via the Nederjoch ridge and the Nasse-Tux-Alm hut to Lanersbach.
Key info: hiking time there and back: 5 hours | elevation gain: 1300 vertical metres
Starting at Tux-Lanersbach, take the Eggalmbahn cable car up to 2,000 metres above sea level. From there the hike starts up along a series of switchbacks to the Beil mountain (2,300m) and then on to the summit of the Grüblspitze (2,395m). Up at the top, hikers are rewarded with majestic views, meadows full of alpine herbs and the classic summer sound of grasshoppers. Hikers with a good level of fitness can continue on to the Torsee, a beautiful mountain lake, and cool off their tired legs with a quick dip.
Key info: hiking time there and back: 7 hours | elevation gain: 766 vertical metres | Tip: pay a visit to the Gemais farmsteads, a series of listed buildings
For mountaineering and hiking, the local mountain railways are often helpful means of transport. Don't forget to bring your Zillertal Aktivcard to take advantage of discounts and free rides! Look forward to the three-thousand-metre panorama, picturesque hiking routes, accompanied tours with experienced, local guides and treat yourself to one or two classics such as the Berliner Höhenweg or the Peter Habeler Runde. Numerous relaxed alpine hikes can also be tackled from the rear Zillertal from Zell am Ziller. And after active days in the mountains, you will have earned a wellness session in the Tuxerhof's Alpine Spa!