hiking holiday with dog in the Zillertal Valley

Walking and hiking in the Zillertal Valley

Discover the Alps on Foot

Meadow walks, summit ascents, themed hiking trails

Hiking in the Zillertal Alps is an unforgettable experience which is open to everyone thanks to the many lifts and cable cars open in the region during the summer months. Holders of the Zillertal Activcard receive one free ascent and descent per day on a lift or cable car of their choice in the valley.

Back to nature

Forests & Meadows

Home to cosy huts, glistening lakes, lush meadows and thick forests, the Zillertal Valley is a haven for hikers and boasts a comprehensive network of signposted trails.

Visitors can go out and explore the region on their own, hire the services of an experienced mountain guide or alternatively join ZapfenHof owner Fritz Eberharter or his son Hansjörg during one of their regular walks to some of the most beautiful places in the valley.

Hiking in Tyrol is a magical experience for all the senses, from total silence in the heart of a forest to the babbling of a mountain stream, the sight of meadows in bloom and the smell of freshly cut grass on the high pastures.

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© hiking map Zillertal Valley

Over 1,000 km of trails in the valley

Walking & Hiking

The walks and hikes in the Zillertal Valley can be divided into three different categories. Experienced hikers will find plenty of summit ascents, while further down in the valley there are also lots of family-friendly walks through the region's lush meadows. Last but not least, the area is home to a number of themed hiking trails with information stations and places to sit down and have a rest.

Wherever you decide to explore, we have put together a few important tips on staying safe and having fun in the mountains. Warm and waterproof clothing and shoes are essential. Always check the weather forecast before heading out on a hike and keep an eye on the weather conditions at all times. With over 1,000 km of hiking paths in the Zillertal Valley, it also makes sense to plan your hike (including your route and the estimated time needed) before you set off.

couple on hiking holiday Zillertal Valley

Hikes with mountaineer Peter Habeler

Peter Habeler is a mountaineer from Tyrol who has climbed some of the world's highest peaks. He offers guided walks in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, including ascents of the impressive Ahornspitze mountain. A great chance to experience the Zillertal Valley in the company of a legend.

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Zillertal Alps Nature Park

Mountains & Glaciers

Visitors to the Zillertal Valley should not miss out on the chance to experience a hike in the 379 km² Zillertal Alps Nature Park, which is home to no fewer than 80 glaciers. During the summer months (late May until early October) the park offers guided hikes based on different themes. It has been a protected area since 1991 and was officially classified as a nature park in 2001.

hike olperer hut


After a long day out and about in the Zillertal Alps, there is no better place to relax than in the ZapfenHof's luxurious spa. 

Treat yourself to a massage, sweat it out in the sauna or cool off in our natural outdoor swimming pool.

As you lie back and enjoy spectacular views of the mountains high above, you can reflect on an action-packed day and start planning your next adventure in the Zillertal Alps.

Spa area at the Zapfenhof

We will be back for you on 28 April 2022