Top 10 Things to do in Zell im Zillertal, Austria

August 2, 2017 Russell Mellin

Discover the best top things to do in Zell im Zillertal, Austria including Zillertal Arena, Zillertaler Hohenstrasse, Zeller Bergbahnen - Zillertal Arena, Stiegenhaushof, Kletterzentrum Zillertal, Murmelland Zillertal - Kaltenbach, Hochfugen Skigebiet, Spruce Tree Castle, Penkenbahn - Mayrhofen Zillertal, Maria Rast am Hainzenberg.
Restaurants in Zell im Zillertal

1. Zillertal Arena

Dorfplatz 3a, Zell im Zillertal, Austria +43 5282 7165
Excellent
66%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 355 reviews

Zillertal Arena

Reviewed By Tim K

Went here with my Family and we really liked it. The Ski area is very large and therefore you have a lot of options to go for.
Some nice views you have here as well and you should also visit the Königsleiten Ski area when you are here.

2. Zillertaler Hohenstrasse

Hippach, Austria
Excellent
74%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
0%
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1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 95 reviews

Zillertaler Hohenstrasse

Reviewed By joy12Blairsville_GA - Blairsville, Georgia

AWESOME, SCENIC, PICTURESQUE - Hope you get the idea !!! The Zillertal High Alpine road is a road in the Tuxer Alps, located in the Southern part of the Zillertal. You will be driving high above the valley floor, way above the tree line. There are five different access roads from the valley floor from the villages of: Hippach, Zell im Zillertal, Aschau im Zillertal, Kaltenbach and Ried im Zillertal.
My husband, adult son and I were staying in Mayrhofen for one week in early October to attend the annual Almabtrieb Festival. In researching things to do and see before our departure from the States, I had read about this famous road and knew we would enjoy traveling on it. The day we drove the portion of the road from Hippach to Zell im Zillertal was a perfect weather day with the brightest blue skies I have ever seen.
As you leave the valley in Hippach you travel through some small clusters of houses, some perched on the steep sides of the Mountains. There is a mixture of forest and fields to drive through. All the houses were very well tended with of course the customary flowers decorating the balconies. Beautiful !!!
The starting portion of the road we took was toll free at first but further up the mountain we encountered a small building that was a toll booth. The cost for our auto was Euro 7. I was later to reflect that this Euro 7 was a fair price to pay for about five hours for a delightful day. The road condition is generally good - single lane in many sections - with places to pull off to let on coming traffic pass. My son was driving on this day and I was a passenger sitting in the back seat on the right hand side of the car. As we were assending the mountain, in many sections where you had to pull off, the pull offs were on the "open/down hill" sides of the moutain and I had to shut my eyes as to not see where we would end up if we pulled off too far. Another asset to not being the driver that day was being able to take lots and lots of pictures.
At the peak of this portion of the drive we came upon the Hutte Melchboden which is at the elevation of 2,020 meters (6,600 feet). This is a wonderful place to stop, walk around some, have lunch and enjoy watching lots and lots of paragliders taking off. The car parking area is quite large, the restrooms were clean and the food was delicious. There are some picnic tables scattered all around the building and lots of big boulders to sit on.
We ordered our meal at the walk up window and I had the pleasure of visiting briefly with the man who was taking our order (I think he might have been the owner ??). He was very helpful in explaining to me the different types of soups that were on offer that day. I tried the dumpling soup and it was delicious. My son had goulash soup and also said it was very good. You literally feel like you are on top of the world as the views were 360 degrees.
We stayed here over an hour enjoying watching the paragliders launch from various spots on the mountain. What an incredible sport. During our stay in Mayrhofen we saw many many paragliders daily in the skies but seeing them at the start of their journey was special and educational.
The day we were at the Hutte Melchboden was one day before the annual "cow parade" in Mayrhofen which was on Saturday, October 6 this year. While we were having our lunch we heard cow bells and shortly there after, about 15 cows came up the road beside the cafe .....none of them had the eloborate head decorations on like they would have the next day, but several had eloborate collars to hold the bells on. I think that maybe these were cows just going from one pasture to another ...but not sure. And a really really nice custom to see first hand was the gentleman who had taken our lunch order shut the cafe down for about 5 minutes and brought out a shot of schnapps for the cow herder. I had read about this custom and was so pleased to be able to see it happen.
We continuted on after our wonderful break taking the road that would eventually lead us to the town of Zell im Zillertal. During our drive down the mountain we caught up with the parade of cows and as there was no passing, we slowed down to traveling at cow speed. Which was fine as I was able to take even more scenic pictures. The scenes going down the mountain were every bit as lovely as climbing up the mountain.
Towards the end of the desent we had to travel past (very closely) some road/mountain construction going on. We were able to see the process of the huge wire cables, cement and rocks that were being used to enforce the sides of the mountain. Interesting.
As we did only a small portion of this incredible road, I hope to return someday to experience more of it.
If you like mountain scenic drives, this one has to be a "10".

3. Zeller Bergbahnen - Zillertal Arena

Rohr 23, Zell am Ziller 6280, Austria +43 5282 7165
Excellent
85%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
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5 based on 13 reviews

Zeller Bergbahnen - Zillertal Arena

Reviewed By Roger S

We really loved this place. Very nice views, very good Almhütten, a lot to see, very nice landscape. We also enjoyed the coaster and a bagjump. Will be back!

Dorf 130, Schwendau 6283, Austria
Excellent
88%
Good
12%
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5 based on 8 reviews

Stiegenhaushof

Reviewed By hhhtheone - Schwanden, Switzerland

Martin empfängt seine Gäste höchstpersönlich. Schon bei der ersten Verkostung versucht er im Gespräch den Geschmack seines Besuches herauszufinden. Im Stiegenhaushof von Martin und Kathrin Fankhauser kommt jeder auf seinen Geschmack. In kompetenter Art und Weise werden die Gäste beraten. Auch ausgefallene Wünsche versucht Martin zu erfüllen. Der kleine Umweg von der Bundesstrasse ins Dorf Schwendau lohnt sich sehr. Wir waren begeistert. Martin - wir kommen wieder!

5. Kletterzentrum Zillertal

Aufenfeldweg 10 | auf dem Gelände des Erlebnis Comfort Campin Aufenfeld, Aschau im Zillertal, Austria +43 664 3485352
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Kletterzentrum Zillertal

Reviewed By Alex P - Boquete, Panama

Always love coming here because of the atmosphere and the friendly staff. They watch over you and assist you in your first climbs and when you all are comfortable with the safety precautions, they step back and let you do your thing. Interesting route all over the place offering a good time and a challenge to climbers of all levels.
Nice little Boulder section as well. And self secure systems to allow you to climb alone or without any knowledge of securing each other.
Good equipment to be rented at a reasonable price.

6. Murmelland Zillertal - Kaltenbach

Neuhutten 1, Zillertaler Hohenstrasse, Kaltenbach 6272, Austria 4306766104250
Excellent
42%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
6%
Terrible
6%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 30 reviews

Murmelland Zillertal - Kaltenbach

Reviewed By CZonholiday

The only great thing about visiting here is the drive up. The views are breathtaking and worth to pull over and take some pictures. Beware though, the roads are narrow. When you get closer you have to pay a toll of €8 which I guess pays for the road further up. The view once you get to Murmelland is worth the drive. However, Murmelland itself was disappointing. It was very old and used looking with many parts of the playground in disrepair or broken. The whole play area looked very neglected. The restaurant was also very average in terms of food and was pricey. My advice is, just travel up there for the view but don't expect much as the kids will be disappointed. By the way, we briefly only saw one Murmel when there!

7. Hochfugen Skigebiet

Sennereistrasse 1, Fugen 6263, Austria
Excellent
56%
Good
33%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Hochfugen Skigebiet

Reviewed By Bedeboy - Manchester, United Kingdom

Another visit to Hochfugen and a wonderful week's skiing that provides excellent facilities for all standards. Good T bar and chair lifts with the appropriate gondolas too so moving up and down is not a problem.

8. Spruce Tree Castle

Zillertal Arena, Zell im Zillertal, Austria
Excellent
86%
Good
14%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 21 reviews

Spruce Tree Castle

Reviewed By DnA38 - Boechout, Belgium

Our kids ranging from 3 to 15 spent an hour playing with the water canals, climbinh on the towers, ringing the bells, stamping their cards...
Even the the swimming pool of the hotel lured, we had great difficulty to get them to the cable car.
What a fairy tale place!

9. Penkenbahn - Mayrhofen Zillertal

Hauptstrasse 472, Mayrhofen 6290, Austria +43 5285 62277
Excellent
74%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 228 reviews

Penkenbahn - Mayrhofen Zillertal

Reviewed By RICHARD B

The Penkenbahn is great. New. Clean. Efficient. Make sure that you go to the Shop/locker room at the top. When we were there (July) they had a visual that looked like silhouettes of people taking a shower. Very clever. Very innovative. Walk up/ take other lift to the top to get lunch.

10. Maria Rast am Hainzenberg

Unterberg 50, Hainzenberg 6278, Austria
Excellent
40%
Good
60%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 5 reviews

Maria Rast am Hainzenberg

Reviewed By otolith - Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom

This pretty church can be accessed either by car or via a 30 minute hike from the valley floor along the same path used for the Stations of the Cross procession done every Good Friday. The hike can be considered as moderate. It is one of several lovely walks to do around Zell am Ziller.

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