Here in the Zillertal Valley, we know how lucky we are to be surrounded by a majestic mountain landscape. That is why we do everything we can to ensure that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the valley the same way that our parents and grandparents have.
The Zillertal Valley Nature Park covers an area of 379 km² and stretches from 1,000 metres above sea level in the village of Ginzling to 3,509m at the top of the highest mountain, the Hochfeiler. The nature park is particularly fascinating because it features all the habitats and environments found at different altitudes in the Alps – from the valley floor used for farming to the thick forests and lush meadows, finally giving way to the high mountains and, ultimately, the glaciers. Visitors can look forward to a fascinating protected area of outstanding natural beauty with that most precious of commodities: absolute silence.
Discover the Zillertal Alps Nature Park
Ready, Steady, Go!
In the summer months the Zillertal Alps Nature Park offers more than 200 guided hikes led by its team of experienced guides. Each hike is dedicated to one of more than 30 themes and topics, including lama treks, adventure hikes and children's expeditions. Tourists are by no means the only ones who take part in these hikes. Many locals, including those from the Zillertal Valley, join in to learn about the region where they have grown up.
The Zillertal Alps Nature Park is a great place to find out about the geology, flora, fauna and history of this pretty valley. Highlights include hikes to the Berliner Hütte hut, aromatic herb hikes in summer and wildlife photography workshops. Particularly popular with families are the animal-watching excursions.
Peter Habeler, Austrian mountaineering legend
Nature Park Guide
Peter Habeler is an extreme mountaineer from Tyrol who became the first man to climb Mount Everest without oxygen in 1978. Today he is one of the guides in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park and accompanies guests on hikes to some of the most beautiful summits in the valley, including the Ahornspitze. These hikes are free of charge for guests staying at one of the nature park's partner accommodation locations.
As well as these guided hikes, the nature park also offers a range of talks and excursions in the summer months on a range of topics related to the geology, flora and fauna of the park.
Outstanding natural beauty
What is a Nature Park?
Nature parks are protected areas of landscape which have been shaped through the interaction between humans and nature. The regional government of Tyrol can classify certain already-protected sites as "nature parks" if it believes that this step will contribute to preserving the valuable and characertistic aspects of this outstanding area of natural beauty. In Tyrol there are currently five nature parks. As well as the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, these are the Tiroler Lech, Kaunergrat, Ötztal and Karwendel nature parks.
While nature reserves are primarily designed to protect the natural landscape, nature parks are seen as a platform for leisure and sustainable tourism as well as environmental education, research and regional development. These five main tasks, which are closely intertwined, mean that nature parks often serve as model regions for sustainable development.