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Zillertal and Hintertux: Holidays in Tyrol

Holidays in Zillertal: A little Geography and Plenty of Tips for Interesting Sights

Let’s start from large to small and start our journey to Hintertux in the broad Inntal. It is there that the 40 km long Zillertal branches off towards the south. In Mayrhofen in Zillertal, the valley splits several times: one of the valleys is Tuxertal – and the Hintertux holiday resort is located at the very end of this romantic valley.

From the town of Mayrhofen, the Zillertal valley fans out resembling the branches of a tree. The individual valleys feature worthwhile hiking trails and mountain bike routes to be discovered during your holidays in Hintertux. Find out what else there is to be discovered through our information provided on Hintertux and Zillertal!

 

Hintertux: Holidays at the Hintertux Glacier

Hintertux is one of five towns belonging to the municipality of Tux. The town of Hintertux is situated at the very end of the valley at the foot of the Hintertux Glacier. In 1280, the village was first mentioned in documents as “Tukkes”. Then – like in other Alpine valleys – Romans, Bavarians, Salzburg archbishops and alternating “masters” followed.

Hintertux on the Way to the Hiking and Skiing Region in Tyrol

It is hard to believe but Alpine skiing is a relatively young sport, especially in Hintertux. This fun activity on two boards emerged in the 19th century in Arlberg – and soon after found itself in Zillertal. In 1949, the first chair lift was in operation. Today, the Zillertal 3000 Ski & Glacier World is one of the top 10 ski resorts in the world.

Hintertux Year-Round Holiday Area: Skiing 365 Days Per Year

The idyllic high mountain valley which extends from 1,300 m to 3,250 m above sea level offers summer and winter athletes, nature lovers and leisure seekers numerous possibilities to pursue their favourite pastime. 350 km of hiking and Nordic Walking trails, as well as 245 perfectly groomed ski slopes offer pure variety both in summer and in winter.

Sights in Hintertux: Ice Palace and Spannagelhöhle

The main attractions in Hintertux can be visited all year round:

  • Natural Ice Palace at the Hintertux Glacier
    The entrance is only a 3 minute walk from the station of the Gletscherbus 3 cable car
    Guided tours, suitable from the age of six years
    - Standard tour: 45 to 60 minutes
    - Scientific adventure tour: 2 hours
    - Guided tours for children from 10 participants subject to advance reservation
    Natural Ice Palace brochure including all information for downloading!
     
  • Spannagelhöhle (cave) at the Hintertux Glacier
    The highest situated show cave and largest natural cave of the central Alps is about 12.5 km long. The Spannagelhöhle is a dry cave and thus a fascinating contrast to the Natural Ice Palace.
    The entrance is approx. five minutes from the Tux Fernerhaus/mountain station by Gletscherbus 2 cable car.
    Guided tours from mid-June to late September
    - Tour with guide approx. 60 minutes
    - Suitable for children
    - Cave trekking 2.5 to 3 hours subject to prior reservation
    - Stalactites, marble seams, glacial mills
    - All visitors are supplied with rubber boots, helmet and a raincoat
    Further information on the Spannagelhöhle (cave) online!

Zillertal: Well-Known Holiday Region in Tyrol

Who hasn’t heard about the Zillertal? The versatile, 40 km long Alpine valley separates the Tux Alps in the west from the Kitzbühel Alps in the east. In the south, the Zillertal’s main ridge collides with the border of South Tyrol. It’s hardly believable but true: only ten percent of the popular Zillertal are permanently populated.

Sights and Attractions in Zillertal

Should you expect architectural masterpieces in Zillertal, of course, you will be disappointed. It’s rather cultural monuments from the often quite tough past of the population of the Alpine valley, which are fascinating to this day and grant deep insights into times past.

  • Bergkäserei Jausenstation “Stoankasern” (mountain cheese dairy), approx. 2.5 hour ascent from Juns or Tux-Lanersbach. Open early June to late September, daily from 07:00 to 11:00 o’clock, preparation of butter and cheese.
  • Erlebnis Sennerei Zillertal in Mayrhofen (Alpine dairy)
    11 stations demonstrate the development from milk to cheese. Alpine dairy cuisine with specialities from the region, terrace. Open daily from 10:00 to 15:00 o’clock.
  • Tuxer Mühle in Juns (mill), once used for milling barley flour, it is an open-view mill today. Open from mid-June to late September, every Monday from 13:00 to 16:00 o’clock.
  • Mehlerhaus in Madseit
    Farmer’s house from the 17th century with beautiful wooden rooms and kitchen. Open every Friday from 13:00 to 17:00 o’clock (from Christmas to Easter, as well as from July to September).

Best Infrastructure for Guests and Pure Nature in Zillertal

In Zillertal, best conditions for summer and winter tourism go hand in hand with the conservation of nature. After all, 35 percent of the Zillertal holiday region belongs to the protected High Alpine Nature Park of the Zillertal Alps. Lots of sun in the winter, little wind and hardly any fog make the Zillertal year after year the top holiday destination for guests from all over the world.

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