With 400 km of impressive hiking trails, Zell im Zillertal is a paradise for hiking enthusiasts. Whether you want to hike comfortably and relaxedly with the entire family, gather your first mountain experiences, or hike on demanding trails to the horizon and beyond - there's something for everybody.
Hiking holidays in Zell provide rest for the senses: hike along the freshly mowed meadows, taste the fresh mountain air of the alpine forests, listen to the babbling of the crystal-clear streams, and enjoy the marvellous views of the Ziller valley mountains!
Of course your taste buds will have something to look forward to - almost every trail leads past a cosy cabin run by friendly hosts.
Traditionally, on the first weekend in May the Ziller valley is in a celebratory mood. Reasons for that are many in number - the high-quality festival beer, the "Gauder Bock", which is brewed early in September, and the second specialty, the "Gauder Wurst" sausage are only two of them. At the centre of the festival are the many different traditional dresses of the various alpine regions. The impressive highlight is the big Gauder Fest parade on Sunday with selected traditional dress groups, music bands, oxen- and horse-drawn carts, as well as beautifully decorated carriages.
For centuries, the cattle drive from the mountains into the valley has been one of the most important days of the year in the Alps. The cows' head decoration and the ringing of the hand-made bells are a show of gratitude for the fact that no accidents happened during the summer months in the mountains. Every year, the decorated cattle return to the valley in Zell im Zillertal on the Saturday before Rosary Sunday (1st Sunday in October).
On an area of more than 45,000 m2 you will find every possible leasure facility: outdoor pools, slides, adventure playground, , the first beach volleyball court of the Ziller valley, outdoor and indoor tennis courts, minature golf, bowling lanes, fun court (volleyball, streetball, basketball), and finally the Garden of the Senses.
Demanding mountain bikers have the chance to enjoy 232 bike kilometers with direct connections between Zell, Gerlos, and Königsleiten/Wald.
For instance, go on the federal road in the direction of Zell for about 2 km to the Fürstalm lift's bottom station (1,200 km altitude). Here the road branches off before the boardinghouse Andrea onto the Brennachweg. From there you put about 600 altitude meters behind you until you reach the Gerlostalalm (1,770 m) above the tree line. You'll find a marvellous view of the Ziller Valley and Tux Mountains waiting for you, and you'll feel a mixture of awe and great inner satisfaction. In the direction of the Gerlos pass, the Hohe Tauern national park can already be seen, with its majestic peak, the "Reichenspitze".