Sandwiched between the Tuxer Voralpen and the Kitzbüheler Alpen, the Zillertal (Ziller Valley) epitomises picture-postcard Tyrol. A steam train chugs through the broad valley, passing fertile farmland and limestone spires, affording glimpsed vistas of snowy peaks and the meandering Ziller River. As well as skis or walking boots, this is one place you’ll be glad you packed that extra pair of lederhosen. It’s an extremely traditional place, where down-to-earth locals still tune into Alpen Rock (alpine rock) and celebrate their heritage with gusto.
Practically every resort has its own tourist office, but the main tourist office (
Four camping grounds are situated in the valley and there is a year-round HI hostel (
Note that many places close between seasons, usually early April to late June and early November to mid-December. This includes many of the hotels, restaurants and bars mentioned below.