A place where tradition, hospitality and fine local cuisine is a way of life – and fantastic skiing lasts all year long
Before we count the lifts (speedy, modern and 180 of them spanning four ski areas) and before we measure the slopes (enough for a week, month, a winterful of skiing across 535km of pistes), let’s consider the authentic charm and commitment to quality the Zillertal Valley offers. Surrounded by sparkling Three Thousanders, this sunny wide valley in Tirol is dotted with hotels, inns and chalets whose chief aim is to pamper their guests. Notably, there’s scarcely a chain to be seen for miles: the hotels of Zillertal are all owner-operated and often run by the same family for generations. And that’s the way we like it.
Located about 40km east of Innsburck, the Ziller Valley is dotted with lovely villages that include Gerlos, Mayrhofen, Fügen, Tux and Zell am Ziller. Alongside tradition, hospitality and state-of-the-art ski lifts, the Zillertaler Superskipass also comes with a skiing guarantee 365 days a year at the snowsure Hintertux Glacier. Austria ́s unique ski area features 80 slope-side huts, ready to welcome you at every turn with a cold frothy beer, fragrant apple strudel or a hearty Tiroler Grostl heaped with crispy potato, egg and bacon. Whatever your taste, there’s high-quality Tyrolean cuisine on the menu and dramatic views over of the mountains – as well as more than 460km of beautiful winter hiking trails to work off the calories.
The premium choice for winter sports lovers and foodies alike, Zillertal specializes in high quality restaurants with many ingredients coming straight from the valley. Organic milk from alpine cows, homemade schnapps and hand-cured meats are only the beginning. From traditional mountain hut fare to sophisticated cocktails, to panorama bars and a vegetarian restaurant with its own permaculture garden, guests will be thrilled to experience a huge variety of restaurants and mountain huts.
There is Gaspi ́s in the heart of Gerlos with a beechwood barbecue-fueled, or GuatzEssen where dishes are made by hand from the products of the local forests -- dining in the villages of Zillertal is sure to please. Likewise, the mountain restaurants provide even more chances to stop and soak in the Alpine atmosphere. The sun terrace at the Mountain Loft at the Spieljochbahn cable car station is sure to be a popular stop. So too, the Kreuzjoch Hütte promises authentic Tirolean coziness, hearty cooking and an incomparable view over the Zillertal. We invite you to experience the local gastronomy from peak to valley, including the exciting reinterpretation of Zillertal traditions by the young chefs cooking in new and contemporary ways.