15 hikes in Austria’s Zillertal Valley – exploring the Fügen-Kaltenbach region
The Zillertal Valley has many names – hiker’s paradise, biker’s Eldorado… But, there’s one definition that we are particularly proud of – being known as the most active valley in the world. We don’t think that there could be a better way to describe our valley. Here, you’ll find more than enough nature and mountains to excite any alpinist and, of course, plenty of outdoor activities.
The warmer months here are the most beautiful when we can finally lace up our hiking boots again and march out into our alpine paradise. With this Collection, we want to invite you to do the same. Discover 15 hikes through the glorious Zillertal nature with us. Enjoy the wonderful hiking trails through the region of Fügen and Kaltenbach, and soak up the wonderful mountain panoramas.
The hiking season in the valley lasts from the beginning of June until the end of October. During this time, you can hire an experienced guide to accompany you on your Tours. With the knowledge of a guide, you’ll experience the mountains more deeply. If you prefer to hike on your own, then you can follow the Tours in this Collection.
You don't have to be an experienced alpinist as the hikes vary in difficulty and we’ve included some themed trails and easy Tours that are even possible with a pram. The intermediate Tours cover more elevation gain, but are still manageable with a basic fitness level. For the difficult Tours, you should be an experienced hiker. On these routes, you climb far beyond the 2,000-metre (6,560 ft) mark – they’re not for the faint-hearted.
As much as we love to go the extra mile and test our limits, a certain amount of comfort and enjoyment is part of every hike in the Zillertal Valley. Several snack stations, rustic alpine pastures and inns welcome you on the way. The hiking buses (best-of-zillertal.at/en/summer/hiking/hiking-bus) in the Fügen-Kaltenbach region ensure that you don't have to worry about getting to and from your Tour. So, are you ready for an amazing hike in the Zillertal? We're ready to go!
If this tour piques your interest, we'll assume that you are one of the more ambitious hikers in the world. Then you don't mind if you conquer not just one, but three peaks in the course of these almost 14 kilometers and 800 meters of altitude: the Wimbachkopf, the Marchkopf and the Gedrechter are on the program. So it's best not to lose any time.
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The Hamberg is not only Stumm's local mountain, it is also one of the most beautiful panoramic peaks in the entire Zillertal. A tour on the almost 2,100 meter high green giants is part of a successful excursion to this corner of Tyrol. By the way, food is only available at the beginning at the Almluft snack station - so a little bit of provisions belongs in your backpack.
Consciously perceiving nature with all your senses, listening to the forest and being carried through the day by the variety of colors, shapes and smells - this round invites you to do so. Over six and a half kilometers you will get to know the Zillertal from its natural side. An experience for which you don't even have to have any special hiking skills. This makes the tour an absolute pleasure with the whole family.
You probably already know that the Zillertal stands for endless nature and mountain experiences in a class of their own. But did you also know that you can also sniff history here? For example on this round, which not only leads past the pilgrimage church Maria Brettfall, but also the mystical ruins of Rottenburg with its impressive chapel for a good eight kilometers. And, as always, the corresponding nature is included. So, let's go!
For us, a delicious lunch break is just as much a part of hiking happiness as the sweaty ascent and the heart-warming view. This tour therefore takes you up to a wonderful inn. It gets sweaty on the eight and a half kilometers, you enjoy the views enough. And if that is not enough happiness, a delicacy from the inn kitchen awaits you on top.
Putzi is looking for the wonder nut - maybe you and your offspring would like to help the cute squirrel? This themed trail near Fügen is great fun, especially for little explorers. And thanks to well-developed paths, it can also be managed with a stroller.The one kilometer long tour starts at the entrance to the Putzatal. From here the hiking trail leads leisurely past six interactive stations, to the Marienberg Church and then back to the starting point.
The offspring should learn (to appreciate) as early as possible that nature is a single miracle. But even so some adults can definitely expand their knowledge on the subject. The theme trail “The Wonders of Nature” in Fügen is happy to follow this plan.It starts on the outskirts, right near the forest playground. Here little fellow hikers can let off steam before the leisurely one-and-a-half kilometer round starts.