First holiday region in the Zillertal Fügen - Kaltenbach
Hiking in summer and skiing in winter - the Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal offers plenty of opportunities to do so. But of course there is a lot more to do in the 12 municipalities of the northern Zillertal. There is plenty to see and do all year round. The Erste Ferienregion awaits you with the following offers:
Because the good is so close ... take this literally. Because if you come to ski in the Zillertal then you don't have to go that far, in the first holiday region you will find three great ski areas that - each in its own way - inspire the visitors. The Spieljoch, for example, is small but nice. It is probably the smallest ski area in the valley, but that is precisely why it is very popular with families. You can either take the gondola up the mountain or try your first turns on the spacious skiing area in the valley. In the winter of 2014, a lot of money was invested in the ski area, so that guests of all ages can get their money's worth with a magic carpet, fairytale forest and more. A highlight of the Spieljoch is the 7 km longest snow-covered valley run in the entire Zillertal. Hochfügen and Hochzillertal have been connected for a few years, but the two ski areas remain independent. You travel to Hochfügen via Fügen / Fügenberg by car or bus, the Hochzillertal mountain railways (two railways run parallel to the mountain) are located in Kaltenbach. Both ski areas alone or as a merged large ski area are extremely attractive. There are many managed huts, whereby the Kristallhütte should be highlighted, as it was the first to do justice to the term “luxury on the mountain”. Sipping a glass of sparkling wine under cuddly, warm lambskin blankets on deck chairs on the sun terrace with an almost 360-degree mountain panorama ... you should definitely try it out. A total of 35 kilometers of slopes are available in Hochfügen and 88 kilometers in Kaltenbach. There is night skiing once a week in both Hochfügen and Hochzillertal. The Zillertal is also ideal for cross-country skiing. Depending on the snow conditions, there are up to 65 km of groomed trails available for all levels of difficulty. Like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, which is becoming increasingly popular, is considered a gentle sport. There are many paths and routes to choose from, the staff of the tourism associations will be happy to provide you with information. Guided snowshoe hikes are also offered. Walkers enjoy the time in the Zillertal Winter Wonderland. There are also ice rinks and toboggan runs available in almost all 12 municipalities of the first holiday region. And if you don't feel like snow in the Erste Ferienregion in winter, you can dive into the Fügen thermal baths at any time or venture up to a height of 16 m in the Aschau climbing center.
The northernmost place in the Zillertal is Strass, an idyllic village that is on the one hand an ideal starting point for excursions into the valley, but from which you can also quickly reach the state capital Innsbruck or Munich. Maria Brettfall is located high above Strass on a rock head. Sporty people can take the steep path through the forest to Brettfall, which is also a station on the Way of St. James through Tyrol. The church can also be reached by car from Schlitters. In the municipality of Bruck, visitors experience a particularly large number of hours of sunshine. If the sun has already set in the rest of the valley, it is not uncommon for it to shine in Bruck until after 9 p.m. Opposite Bruck is Schlitters. In summer, people mainly meet at Schlitterer See. The bathing lake offers a welcome cooling off on hot days, cyclists also like to take a break, as the lake and the café are located directly on the Zillertal cycle path. The completely wooden playground in Schlitters is a highlight, especially for the young guests. It is located directly opposite the Schlitterer See and is one of the largest in the valley. Camping guests can pitch their tents either in Gagering (suburb of Fügen), Kaltenbach or Aschau. The campsites in Gagering and Aschau also have great swimming and leisure facilities that are open to the public (for a fee). The main town of the First Holiday Region is Fügen. The first mountain railway you come across in the Zillertal is also located here. It leads to the Spieljoch and is in operation in both summer and winter. Many hikes can be undertaken from the Spieljoch, and a gold mine can also be visited. Those who want it more comfortable can relax in a deck chair or a wooden recliner right at the mountain station. For the little ones there is a playground, a petting zoo as well as a climbing course and a zipline. Fügen also has a lot to offer otherwise, but the large outdoor swimming pool and the thermal baths should be mentioned (ideal in bad weather!). If you don't want to spend the night in the main town of Fügen, you can escape the hustle and bustle in Fügenberg or Hart. Pure nature beckons here, and there are many private guest houses and holiday homes available. The waterfall in Hart is also worth seeing; You can learn a lot about the birds of the region on the popular bird trail.
Other places in the Erste Ferienregion are Uderns, Ried, Kaltenbach, Stumm, Stummerberg and Aschau. The first ascent onto the Zillertaler Höhenstraße is from Ried. You should not end your Zillertal summer vacation without having traveled through it. The wonderful views will remain unforgettable. Summer cultural festivals take place regularly in both Uderns and Stumm, some of them outdoors. A climbing garden with different courses (levels of difficulty) provides variety in Kaltenbach (the mouse course is available from 3 years!). Western fans will feel at home in Aschau, as there is a real western village there with a saloon, gold panning and a sheriff who makes sure that everything goes according to plan. The great leisure facility Aufenfeld is largely covered, so an alternative even in bad weather. There has recently been an attractive climbing hall with a spacious bouldering area.