3 family hiking tips for the Zillertal around Mayrhofen

Capricorn hut, Maxhütte & Steinerkogl – Three hiking tips for the Zillertal

The Zillertal is the perfect place for (hiking) holidays with the whole family. Those who like to relax can stay down in the valley or use the numerous cable cars to float towards the summit. Those who prefer to lace up their hiking boots will find in the Zillertal Alps an extensive network of hiking trails ranging from easy to challenging.

We have three recommendations for great family hikes for you: all are comfortable in half a day feasible and reward you each with a great hut retreat.

Sunday afternoon hike for the whole family | Up to the Steinbock hut

There are two starting points for the hike to the Steinbock hut: Down in the valley in Ginzling or a little further up the Tristenbachalm. From Ginzling it is about one to one and a half hours ascent along the wide gravel road. The road leads mainly through forest, so we recommend you the entrance from the Tristenbachalm. From here, there are always beautiful views of the surrounding Zillertal Alps. The trail now follows several long bends and long straights up to the Steinbock hut.

Difficulty: cozy family hike on a wide split path. Only shortly before the Steinbock hut there is a short, somewhat steeper climb. If you want to extend the tour sporty hiking from the Steinbock hut (1.380 meters) for about 6 km further to the Greizerhütte (2227 meters).
Route: Tristenbachalm – Steinbockhütte and back about 6.7 km.
Ascent / descent: about 300 m
duration: With a stop at the Steinbock hut approx. 3 hours (a good hour ascent)

Quaint and beautiful | In a zig-zag up to the Max hut

Ginzling is also the starting point for our hiking tip No. 2: Let’s go to Maxhütte. Follow in Ginzling the Zillertal road a few hundred meters out of town. At the roadside the trail to Maxhütte is signposted. The path leads straight ahead with a slight incline into the forest. At the end of the path, the climb begins around one and a half to two hours. The path leads zig-zag and many serpentines up through the forest. If you hear the river rushing you have almost made it: Only a few meters rise and the rustic Max hut is right in front of you in a beautiful mountain panorama. The Max hut is wonderful for a small stop (culinary tip: try the delicious goulash soup!)

Difficulty: moderate hikes on rooty and partly rocky forest paths. The path leads mainly in serpentines through the forest up to the hut.
Route: There and back about 7.8 km.
Ascent / descent: about 750 m
duration: With a stop at the Max hut approx. 4.5 hours (approx. 1.5-2 hours ascent)

Panoramic view over the Mayrhofen | Round hike to Steinerkogl

From Mayrhofen you follow either on foot or by car to the small trail parking lot at the foot of Brandberg. Like so often, it zigzags up through the forest towards the summit. The first beautiful view of Mayrhofen is after a few hundred meters at a small chapel. At the top of Berggasthaus Steinerkogl you have a beautiful panoramic view of Mayrhofen in good weather. After a short rest (on the terrace in the summer with a direct view of the valley), it goes downhill over wide paths. The last meters of the hike you lay back parallel to the babbling Ziller.

Difficulty: easy hikes zigzagging through the forest up to the summit of Brandberg. Down the valley it goes on mostly wide paths with great views over Mayrhofen.
Route: There and back about 13.5 km
Ascent / descent: about 930 m
duration: With stop at the inn Steinerkogl ca.5 hrs.

Even more hiking tips in the Zillertal

The more than 1,400 kilometers of hiking trails in the Zillertal Alps offer variety for a lot of holidays in the north of Austria. Along the Ziller you can walk almost at ground level through the valley. Many cable cars bring you either directly near the summit or to a nice starting point for an alpine tour. From the valley you have long green hills overgrown; the higher it gets, the richer and meager it gets around the many 3,000 peaks in the region.

What are your favorite hikes in Austria? We look forward to the next hiking trip to Tyrol and are of course looking for new tours. Do you still need tips for accommodation in the Zillertal? Then perhaps the Alpin Lodge Das Zillergrund is just right for you!

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