Hiking holidays in the Zillertal

The bliss of the mountains

A brisk pace, the burbling water of the Tuxbach as your soundtrack, and with the fragrant mountain air tickling your nose: This is the perfect start to your hike! Lush, gently sloping mountain meadows, cows that graze peacefully, majestic summits that fascinate from afar.

350 km of hiking trails, 90 summit tours, 72 three-thousanders, 30 cosy mountain huts: At altitudes from 1,250 m to 3,250 m, the hiking paradise that is the Tux mountains and the Zillertal Alps Nature Park invite you to make the most of this glorious natural setting.

Paar macht Rast beim Wandern
The Alpenhof as a base camp

Thanks to its location at the foot of the glacier and its many inclusive services for hikers, the Alpenhof is ideal as a base camp for your tours in the region. As part of our activity programme, our hiking guides will accompany you on your forays into the  Tux mountains: 5 to 10 times a week, they show guests the most beautiful vantage points and tours. Our guides know the area inside out and can show you where the marmots play and the chamois graze.

Inclusive services for hikers at the Hotel Alpenhof in Tux:

  • 5-10 guided hikes of varying levels of difficulty every week
  • Hike up Schrofenalm pasture with hearty mountain platter
  • Hiking backpack in your room
  • Hiking poles, hiking maps
  • Free hiking bus from Hintertux to Mayrhofen
  • Sunrise tour (surcharge applies)
Herbstwanderung in Hintertux
The best hikes & mountain tours in the Zillertal valley

The Zillertal offers a great variety of hiking tours for you to explore during your summer holiday. If you ask yourself where to start - we have made the choice easier for you by compiling a list of our personal favourites.

Panorama map Zillertal summer east

Panorama map Zillertal summer west 

Zillertal Alps High Mountain Nature Park

In the Zillertal Alps High Mountain Nature Park (400 m2 – nature preserve since 2001), the natural environment is closely linked to the human habitat. This is where thundering waterfalls and majestic gorges meet man-made pastures and rustic huts. Learn more about the protection of the Alps on guided tours, themed trails and exhibitions. Discover the secrets of wild herbs, go on a llama tour, and immerse yourself in the Alpine history of the Zillertal valley.

Exhibitions in the Zillertal Alps High Mountain Nature Park:

  • Glacier.Worlds:
    At the visitor centre (“Naturparkhaus”) in Ginzling, you will search for an expedition that got lost in the Zillertal Alps. Touching is not just allowed, but recommended: The idea is for visitors to “feel” the power of the mountains in every sense.
  • Cultural landscape.Worlds:
    At the former livestock feeding point in Mitterstall in Brandberg, the exhibition illustrates the difficult conditions faced by farmers in the Alpine countryside, as told by the locals.
  • Steinbock.Worlds:
    This exhibition in the Zillergrund is dedicated to the Alpine steinbock, also known as ibex, and its history.
  • Pfitscher Joch grenzenlos:
    This exhibition on Lavitzalm pasture takes you on a journey through time back to the Stone Age. Find out more about the role of the Pfitscher Joch 9,000 years ago!
Bank auf Almweg

Hop from hut to hut on the Almenweg trail

The Tux valley alone has 30 mountain huts, pastures serves refreshments, and mountain inns and restaurants. The Almenweg round trail in Tux is particularly recommended. Taste the fresh milk on a dairy pasture and see the festively decorated cows marking the end of summer when they are taken back down to the valley in autumn.

Kaiserschmarren in der Pfanne

Leisurely trails along Tuxbach creek

The idyllic Tuxbach meanders between the majestic peaks of the Tux Alps and the Zillertal Alps and makes a stunning backdrop for hiking tours. The crystal-clear water and the thundering waterfalls along the way never fail to make an impression and create lasting holiday memories. The animal and plant worlds of the Tux Adventure Worlds are also located along Tuxbach creek, making this hike particularly suitable for children.

Paar trinkt am Brunnen

Family hike to Bichlalm

The favourite tour of Gabi Dengg, senior, is the route up to Bichlalm pasture, which is run by the Klausner family. This rustic hut is located above Hintertux, at an altitude of 1,695 metres and a mere 45 minutes from the Alpenhof. The trail is also suitable for strollers. You will be amply rewarded for your exertions - the Bichlalm serves traditional Zillertal dishes, home-made cakes and classics such as Kaiserschmarrn. The amazing views and the fresh mountain air are guaranteed to sharpen your appetite even more. The pasture is home to a colourful mix of calves, pigs, miniature sheep and rabbits - the perfect opportunity for the kids to explore this magical mountain world while you soak up the sun on the terrace!

Paar mit Ziegen auf Bichlalm
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Where there are mountains, I always know that I can go up there to get a different perspective on life.

Hubert von Goisern

Hintertux Waterfall Trail

This trail starts at the Sommerbergalm at an altitude of 2,100 metres (cable car link from Hintertux) and takes you past several mountain huts, wild waterfalls and steep rock faces. A particular attraction on this trail is the split block of stone referred to as the “whale’s mouth” due to its unusual shape. The Schrauben waterfall is also a great destination, reached via easy trails and soft forest floors. A varied, multi-faceted tour!

Wasserfallwanderung Hintertux

Hike to the Frauenwand (high-altitude hike)

Starting point to your hike is once again the Sommerbergalm. From there, you pass the Kasererschate to Frauenwand, then on to the Tuxerjoch Haus, across the Weitental valley and past the Schleier waterfall back to Hintertux. This is a difficult tour that spans 10 km and rewards tenacious hikers with stunning views of the Hintertux glacier, the Lärmstange and the Tux Alps. A great adventure for experienced hikers!

Mann vor Berghütte


For your hiking holiday, don’t miss out on the Zillertal Activcard : Get a little help from the cable cars to reach the summit of your choice.

To plan your hiking holiday, don’t hesitate to ask for advice at the Alpenhof Hintertux. We offer top-level service and many insider tips for hiking in Tyrol! Send us your non-binding inquiry now or book your stay online!