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The Zillertal – the world’s most active valley

Important information and day-trip destinations at a glance

The Zillertal is known as the world’s most active valley for a reason: It’s one of the most diverse summer destinations. Young and old alike will find 1,400 km of hiking trails of all difficulty levels; numerous summer lifts; 1,200 km of well-prepared cycling and mountain biking paths; and countless day-trip destinations. Tip: The Zillertal Golf Club is just a stone’s throw away from our hotel.

In winter, the Zillertal lures visitors with 530 perfectly prepared pistes, 180 modern lifts, and numerous idyllic winter hiking trails and toboggan runs. Uderns is centrally located in the Zillertal, right between the Hochzillertal (Kaltenbach), Hochfügen, and Spieljoch Ski Resorts, making our hotel the perfect base for your skiing holidays in Tyrol. 

Day-trip destinations for guests traveling by car

Erlebnistherme Zillertal (spa complex)
The Erlebnistherme Zillertal in Fügen is not just an architectural masterpiece. It’s the perfect place for wellness aficionados, families with children, and the younger crowd. Of course, those who are looking for wellness and relaxation won’t be disturbed by all of the activities that are going on.

Zillertalbahn & Achenseebahn
Jenbach used to be an important transportation hub in the Lower Inntal. As a testament to those old days, two steam trains still run from Jenbach, one north to the Achensee and the other south to the Zillertal. Riding in those trains takes you back to days long past.

Zillertaler Höhenstraße (mountain road)
A drive on one of the most beautiful panorama roads in the Austrian Alps provides fantastic views of the Zillertal, the glacier, and even the far-off Grossglockner – a truly worthwhile experience. The Hirschbichlalm, located at 1,800 meters above the town of Zell am Ziller, is a great place to grab a drink and a bite to eat. The lookout at Melchboden, at 2,000 meters above sea level, is also not to be missed!

Krimml Waterfalls
Via Gerlos and the Gerlos Pass at 1,600 meters above sea level: Enjoy the stunning panoramic views of the Wild Gerlos glaciers and the High Tauern. The Krimml Waterfalls, three separate falls with a total height of 380 meters, are an impressive spectacle of nature. They are also the fifth-highest waterfalls in the world.

Tourist Mine in Schwaz
After riding 800 meters down into the mine with the Grubenbahn, you’re in for an extraordinary daytime experience. Follow in the footsteps of the mountain men who mined silver and copper some 500 years ago. Let yourself be taken back to the age when people still considered the earth to be flat.

Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe (Museum of Tyrolean Farms)
At the open-air Museum Tiroler Bauernhöfe in Kramsach, 37 original buildings – farms and adjacent buildings from various Tyrolean valley communities – have been rebuilt and attractively embedded into the imposing mountain scenery. If you are looking for a touch of nostalgia, the farms with their charming details serve as impressive witnesses of this lost culture.

Tratzberg Castle in Stans
A jewel of the renaissance among Austria’s castles. First mentioned in documents in the 13th century, Tratzberg Castle was a border stronghold against the Bavarians and served as a hunting château for Emperor Maximilian I.

Innsbruck – the capital of the Alps
The capital of Tyrol scores points with its unique Alpine-urban mix of mountains and valleys and nature and city life and attracts loads of visitors thanks to numerous cultural offerings and fantastic shopping.

Swarovski Kristallwelten (Swarovski Crystal Worlds)
The Swarovski Kristallwelten was built in 1995 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the company. Multimedia artist André Helle, the designer, created a unique and magical place. Visitors will experience crystal in each of its facets – and will be surprised, touched, and even possibly enchanted.

Four-Lakes Trip (240 km)
Discover the most beautiful lakes of the Alpine foothills. Via Strass, Rattenberg, and Kufstein to the Thiersee. Then it’s on to the Schliersee and the Tegernsee in Bavaria. The way home takes you over the Achen Pass to the Achensee, and then back into the Zillertal.

Alpbach, Rattenberg, and Lustiger Friedhof (60 km)
Via Strass to Brixlegg and into the Alpbachtal to Alpbach, Austria’s most beautiful village, for a coffee break. On the way home we suggest you stop at the Wachszieherei (a candle factory and shop) in Brixlegg. In Rattenberg, Austria’s medieval glass town, we recommend you visit the glass-blowing factory, painting studio, and crystal glass-making factory. On the way back you’ll pass by Kramsach, home of the “Lustiger Friedhof”, a burial site next to the Sagzahnschmiede with no bodies but plenty of headstones bearing amusing inscriptions.

Rattenberg – The smallest town in Austria
With just over 400 inhabitants, Rattenberg is a charming little medieval town which has made a name for itself far and wide thanks to its glass industry. Austria’s smallest town is a great place to take a walk, go shopping, and relax. The medieval pedestrian zone has many traditional glassmaking shops that are definitely worth seeing. 

All around the Kaiser Mountains (160 km, toll road fee)
An impressive trip all around the Kaiser Mountains with a stop at the Griesneralm: Via Strass and Wörgl to Kufstein. We suggest you stop in Kufstein, where the world’s largest open-air organ is played every day at noon. Afterwards, head via Ebbs to the Walchsee for a walk along the beach before continuing on to Kössen and Grießenau. Stop at the Grießneralm for a glass of buttermilk or a cup of coffee. The way back leads past St. Johann, Ellmau, Wörgl, Kundl (Kundler Gorge), the Reintal Lakes, and Brixlegg, and then back into the Zillertal to Uderns.

Big Trip to the Dolomites (460 km, toll road fee)
Via Strass, Innsbruck, the Brenner Pass, Eisacktal, Brixen, Val Gardena, the Sella Pass (2,214 meters above sea level), the Pordoi Pass (2,239 meters above sea level), Cortina d’Ampezzo, the Tre Croci Pass (1,809 meters above sea level), the Misurinasee, Höllensteintal, Pustertal, Bruneck, Sterzing, the Brennerpass, and back to the Zillertal. 

Innsbruck, Sterzing, South Tyrol (240 km, toll road fee)
Via Strass, through the Inn Valley, and via the Europa Bridge to the Brenner Pass – on the “Alpine Dream Road” to Sterzing in South Tyrol. This medieval town is a great place for a stroll and some shopping. Head back to Innsbruck in the afternoon. We recommend a visit to the Bergisel neighborhood to take a look at the Andreas Hofer Memorial and the Olympic ski jump as well as a stroll through the historic part of town. The way back takes you on the Inntalbundesstraße past the town of Schwaz to the Zillertal.

Hintertux (60 km)
A must for everyone who holidays in the Zillertal is a trip to the Tux Valley and Hintertux via Zell am Ziller, Mayrhofen. There you can go on a short hike to the glacier waterfall or take an impressive gondola ride up to the Panorama Terrace at 3,250 meters above sea level. On your way back, be sure to stop in Mayrhofen for a stroll along the main street through the town.

Achensee and Gramaialm (50 km, toll road fee)
Trip to the Achensee, Tirol’s largest lake. In Pertisau you have the opportunity to take a steamboat ride on the beautiful dark-green lake. Then head into the Falzthurntal to the Gramaialm, where you’ll most likely see some chamois. On your way back, plan to stop at the Kanzelkehre Restaurant, where you can enjoy a stunning view of the Zillertal!

Zemmgrund and Schlegeisstausee (80 km, toll road fee)
Via Mayrhofen and Ginzling to the Zemmgrund and up to the Schlegeis Reservoir, which is located at 1,800 meters above sea level and surrounded by the glaciers of the Zillertal Alps. Cross the impressive dam and enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the mountain restaurants. 

Day trip for a coffee to the Finsinggrund and Hochfügen (38 km)
Via the neighboring town of Fügen along Hochfügener Street to the Hochfügen Ski and Hiking Resort. Here you can enjoy a cup of coffee in one of the three hotels or hike up to the Pfunds Alm.

Day-trip destinations for guests traveling by motorcycle

Your hosts Gerda and Johannes Geiger are both passionate motorcycle riders and will gladly help you plan motorcycle tours. 

Grossglockner High Alpine Road
Unique panoramic road through the high mountain region on the most famous road through the Alps. With an overall length of 48 km, this mountain pass road with 36 hairpin turns leads deep into Austria’s largest national park, which covers an area of 1,800 km² in the states of Salzburg, Tyrol, and Carinthia. The Edelweißspitze is the highest point along the mountain road at just over 2,500 meters above sea level. Several 3000-meter peaks are within view, but the tallest of them all is the Grossglockner. At 3,798 meters above sea level, Austria’s highest mountain towers above the entire region.

Kitzbühel Alpine Tour
The Kitzbühel Alpine Tour starts in Uderns and leads past Gerlos to Krimml in the Pinzgau region of Salzburg. Traveling along a beautiful mountain road, you reach the WasserWunderWelt in Krimml, a fascinating aquatic journey to the source of the Krimml Waterfalls in the High Tauern National Park. The tour continues to the Thurn Pass in the Kitzbühel Alps. Leaving these two incredible mountain roads you will pass by the Schwarzsee and the Hintersteinersee, and then head back to Uderns.

Lake Tour
Visit some of Tyrol’s most beautiful lakes on your motorcycle: The tour starts in Uderns and takes you along a beautiful mountain road past the Krummsee and Reintaler See to the Thiersee. From there, you head further into the Bavarian Alps to the Schliersee and then to the Tegernsee in Upper Bavaria. The way home leads from Bad Tölz past the Sylvensteinsee to the Achensee.

Schlegeisspeicher, Zillertaler Höhenstraße (mountain road), Hochfügen
The mountain road (1,000 to 1,790 meters above sea level) starts only a few kilometers south of Mayrhofen, in the quaint mountaineering village of Ginzling. Drive through the Zemmtal and you’ll reach the fascinating mountain world of the Zillertal Alps. After the tollbooth you’ll drive through the Zams Creek Valley, with pine forests, Alpine flowers, and waterfalls. The Schlegeis Reservoir is an ideal starting point for wonderful walks and impressive trekking tours. 

The Zillertaler Höhenstraße is one of Austria’s most beautiful mountain roads, reaching heights of up to 2,020 meters above sea level. On the tour you can enjoy stunning views of the Zillertal Alps as well as the gorgeous natural landscape. There are plenty of mountain restaurants where you can stop for a bite or a drink. You can enter and exit the Zillertaler Höhenstraße in the towns of Ried, Kaltenbach, Aschau, Zellberg, and Hippach.