Ellmau Holidays

Traditional village with lovely scenery on all sides

Ellmau is a pretty village located between the rolling green slopes of the Kitzbüheler Alps and the craggy Wilder Kaiser (Wild Emperor) mountains. With a strong farming history, it is still full of local character and tradition. Close to Ellmau, Scheffau enjoys panoramic views of the Wilder Kaiser Mountains. Set mid-way between Innsbruck and Salzburg, Ellmau is an ideal starting point for many excursions and evening entertainment includes a weekly street market and brass band concert. The area is particularly well suited to families, with attractions such as Elmi's huge adventure park, "Kaiserbad" swimming pool in Ellmau and "Hexenwasser" a fascinating Austria's longest barefoot path in neighbouring Söll.

Added value

Free use of the Kaiserjet bus with guest card

  • from£709pp
  • 71 rooms
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Owned by the Hochfilzer family since 1832, this is one of Ellmau’s most popular hotels thanks to Ingrid and her team who cannot do enough for their guests.

  • from£636pp
  • 18 rooms

The traditional Claudia is situated in a quiet location on the edge of the village with views of the Chapel of Our Lady.

  • from£649pp
  • 140 rooms
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Enjoying a marvellous panorama of the Wild Emperor Mountains.

  • 62 rooms
Hotel Der Baer, Ellmau, Austria, Infinity pool with views to Wilder Kaiser.jpg

The superior Bär enjoys splendid panoramic views from its elevated setting close to the village centre and has been completely refurbished recently.

Useful Information
Information about Ellmau
Resort Code ATEL
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.513598
Longitude 12.304234
Travel and Transportation

Summer 2022

Flying from/to: Innsbruck
Birmingham Saturday
Gatwick Saturday/Wednesday

Innsbruck transfer approx. 1hr 30min by coach.

Flying from/to: Salzburg
Birmingham Saturday
Gatwick Saturday/Wednesday

Salzburg transfer approx. 1hr 45min by coach.

Self drive is available.

Car hire available: No

Evening resort bus service: No

Local bus services:

Parking available: No

Resort Ski bus available: No



Herrenchiemsee from £40 per person (full day) 

Journey via the romantic village of Reit im Winkl to the Chiemsee, known as the “Bavarian Sea”. The Chiemsee is the largest lake in Bavaria. The biggest of several islands on the lake and accessible only by boat is Herrenchiemsee. The name derives from a sumptuous and wildly extravagant palace built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Marvel at the richly decorated interior and the stunning grounds all modeled on the Palace of Versailles. A fascinating insight into the world of a truly eccentric King.

Salzburg from £32 per person (full day) 

Visit Mozart’s birthplace, the Hohensalzburg Fortress, the medieval Old Town and the famous Getreidegasse shopping street. An optional walking tour brings the history of this beautiful city to life, (pay locally for walking city tour option).



Berchtesgaden, Germany (full day) 

Cross the border into Germany and visit this beautiful Bavarian town with optional excursions to salt-mines and the spectacular Eagles Nest, Hitler’s famous hilltop retreat, where you can enjoy lunch with incredible panoramic views, (pay locally for Eagle's Nest option).

Grossglockner Mountain (full day) 

A magnificent drive along a famous Alpine road leading right into the heart of the Hohe Tauern National Park up to the highest mountain in Austria at 3,073m, for breathtaking glacier views and a chance to see wild marmots at close range. One of our most popular excursions for nature lovers, we enjoy lunch on top of the mountain.


We act at all times as a selling agent for the suppliers. All excursions require minimum numbers to run and are subject to change. Some excursions may not be available to pre-book but may be available to book locally subject to numbers. Prices will be confirmed at the time of booking. Please see our terms & conditions.

Resort Combination

Two Centres | Combine your stay in Ellmau with 3, 4 or 7 nights in another Austrian resort of city. We recommend the city of Salzburg for a cultural experience or Zell am See for a relaxing lakeside holiday.

Things To Do
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Horse-riding
  • Museum
  • Mini golf
  • Tennis

Set mid-way between Innsbruck and Salzburg, Ellmau is an ideal starting point for many excursions. Swimming is available at the fabulous Kaiserbad local pool or the bathing lake in nearby Going. Further activities such as mountain biking, golf, tennis and horse riding can also be enjoyed.

In & Around Ellmau

  • Over 700km of marked walking paths
  • Swimming at the Kaiserbad local pool
  • Lake Hintersteinersee bathing lake
  • Cycling and mountain biking and Electric bike hire
  • Golf (27 hole golf course in Ellmau)
  • Mini-golf
  • Tennis
  • Horse riding
  • Horse-drawn buggy rides
  • Museum
  • Schnapps distillery
  • Ellmi’s Zauberwelt adventure playground
  • Wine tasting


The Wilder Kaiser region is part of the world's largest e-bike region "Kitzbühel Alps and Kaiser mountains". 

275 electrical bicycles and 75 rental or battery charge stations are available to the e cyclists.
Bicycle track route is planned away from the main traffic and leads via Kufstein to the Wildschönau and the Hohe Salve, across the Brixental valley, Kitzbühel, St. Johann in Tyrol, to the Kaiserwinkl, Wilder Kaiser and through the Pillerseetal valley.

Any age or skill level rider will discover great fun, diversity and challenge . There are more than 350 km cycling and mountain bike tracks in the area catering for all different abilities. 

Festivals & Events
Ellmau hosts a variety of events each week including the ‘Summer Nights’ Festival with arts & crafts, food stalls and live music, brass band concerts at the music pavilion plus various festivals & events throughout the summer.

Family and Kids 

Ellmi’s World of Magic

Hartkaiser Mountain has  4,000 square meter magic mountain playground featuring a carving hut, climbing structures, a maze, water features and a magical rain forest where kids can climb, explore, splash and play to their heart’s content. Nature walks, Botanical Gardens and the Alpine Trail  will keep children entertained, with plenty of educational signs about local fauna and flora. There is Bergkaiser Panorama Restaurant terrace to admire the incredible vistas of the mountains and enjoy the lunch. Your little explorer is sure to have a blast in this mountainous, magical land of activities.

The Kaiserbad Ellmau

Water area with luxurious indoor pool and a flow channel out into the outdoor pool, plus its own organic pond. Outdoor area has a superb water play area where children can play with water cannons and water mushroom fountain and a slide providing  non-stop swimming fun. 
Those who want to get more activity can put the tennis hall to good use, go for a game of squash or head to the climbing wall.

Lift and cable-car approx. opening times 

The opening dates of summer lifts vary in resort. Please find the latest update for the summer:

Hartkaiserbahn Lift – open all of the summer season.






September (Approx. 17th-24th) is when the villages in the Tyrol celebrate the annual ‘Almabtrieb’. The festival celebrates the end of the summer when the cows are led down the mountain to their stables for the winter. Cowbells echo through the valley as hundreds of cows pass by, all highly decorated in traditional costume. You’ll be welcome to join in the festivities!



One of the prettiest areas of the Tyrol with an expansive network of over 700km of marked paths, through meadows and valleys up to higher ridges and past stunning lakes and mountain alms. The 4 villages of Ellmau, Söll, Going and Scheffau are well connected and there are also walks over the back and down into Brixen and Westendorf.

Getting Around | 13 lifts operate during the summer around the Bergwelt area, taking you to the start of many scenic walks and the Hartkaiserbahn cable railway is open from late May to October. The Kaiserjet bus (free with your hotel guest-card) transports walkers between the villages of Söll, Scheffau, Ellmau and Going making it easy to explore other areas as well. 

The Wilder Kaiser GästeCard is available free of charge from your hotel upon arrival and is valid for a period of your stay.

  • You can enjoy a unique mountain experience in the Wilder Kaiser on a variety of guided hikes
  • Discover the region together with your children on the supervised nature-based Family Programme
  • KaiserJet and KaiserExpress buses for hikers will transport you to all the lifts, swimming pools and places of interest in the Wilder Kaiser free of charge

 Walkers' Lift Pass buy locally | from €62.50 - 6 days | from €46.50 - 3 days | please present your guest card for a reduced rate. The Bergwelt Wander Pass is available locally from late May to end of the season and includes all 13 lifts in the Bergwelt region. The pass also gives access to 6 children's play areas at the tops of the mountains. Free "Keiser Jet" bus between Going, Ellmau, Scheffau, and Söll.

Consecutive days only. Other durations are available locally.

Good to know

  • Free "Wilder Kaiser" Guest Card entitles you to use of operating local buses, free guided walks and discount on local attractions (can travel to neighboring St.Johann & Kitzbuhel) 
  • Ellmau offers excursion opportunities to Salzburg 
  • Great location for families featuring Kaiserbad swimming pool, Ellmi's adventure world, mini golf, pony rides and amazing ice cream stall on the high street 
  • Every Tuesday there is a street party with food stalls and traditional folk and pop music 
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