Mayrhofen Holidays

An established Austrian favourite in the heart of the Tyrol

This lively, bustling village is one of the most popular summer resorts in the Tyrol, offering an unrivalled range of activities, excursions and events throughout the summer. Mayrhofen lies 630m above sea level in the Upper Zillertal (Ziller Valley) through which the River Ziller runs. It's surrounded by three main mountain ranges, the Kitzbühel Alps to the east, the Tux Alps to the west and the Zillertal Alps to the south. An old-fashioned steam locomotive is a popular way to explore the valley, and in the evenings it is wonderful to sit outside whilst Mayrhofen comes alive with regular live music and traditional festivals.

The traditional farming links are still very strong in Mayrhofen and the surrounding villages - you'll often see many old-fashioned farming practices as you explore the local area. In the second half of the 19th Century, paths and mountain huts were built as hiking became popular. The reason that the area is so popular in the summer, is that it has over 1,400 kilometres of paths for hiking, and other popular activities including rafting, climbing, paragliding and mountain biking. The ‘Zillertal Natur’ runs an excellent programme of free guided walks in the summer - offering extensive hiking opportunities for all levels.

The small town of Ramsau is just 4 kilometres from Mayrhofen and only 500 metres from the nearest train station and bus stop making it a good base for exploration.

  • from£519pp
  • 60 rooms
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In a very central location opposite the church in the heart of the village.

  • from£619pp
  • 112 rooms
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One of Mayrhofen's oldest hotels and full of history and charm. Josef Moigg and his family have been personally welcoming Inghams guests to Hotel Neuhaus for years.

  • from£759pp
  • 70 rooms
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The Elisabeth Hotel is a superb hotel, well known for its cuisine, fine wines, excellent hospitality and extensive facilities.

  • from£609pp
  • 72 rooms
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Undoubtedly two of the best known hotels in Mayrhofen. Centrally located next to the Penkenbahn, the interconnecting Strass and Sport Strass hotels are both impressive and welcoming.

  • from£639pp
  • 66 rooms
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Undoubtedly two of the best known hotels in Mayrhofen. Centrally located near to the Penkenbahn, the interconnecting Strass and Sport Strass hotels are both impressive and welcoming.

  • from£499pp
  • 24 rooms
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Centrally located near to the Penkenbahn and interlinked with the Sporthotel Strass, the Strass Garni is an attractively furnished house in modern Austrian style.

  • from£544pp
  • 45 rooms
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In a quiet location on the edge of the forest three minutes' (300 metres) from the village centre.

  • from£629pp
  • 99 rooms
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In a great location in the centre of the village, the attractive Hotel Berghof has lots of Austrian charm.

  • from£489pp
  • 40 rooms
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In the quiet town of Ramsau, 4km outside Mayrhofen, just 5 minutes walk to the bus stop and train station. Expect a warm Austrian welcome and stunning views in comfortable accommodation. 

Useful Information
Information about Mayrhofen
Resort Code ATMA
Languages spoken German/English
Time difference GMT+1
Currency EUR
Latitude 47.167067
Longitude 11.862428
Travel and Transportation

Summer 2022

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

Innsbruck transfer approx. 1hr 30 by coach.

Flying from/to: Salzburg
Glasgow Saturday

Salzburg transfer approx. 3hr 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



Krimml Waterfalls from £26 per person (half day)

Marvel at the natural wonder of Europe’s highest waterfall set amidst the stunning Hohe Tauern National Park. Follow the path right next to the falls for fantastic photo opportunities. Small National Park fee may be payable locally.



Zillertal Natur Park runs an extensive programme of daily guided walks to different areas all over the Ziller Valley. The programme is from approx €6 per walk (registration required) or free at selected hotels (see individual hotel pages).

Mayrhofen is surrounded by four valleys and an incredible 1700 kilometres of walking paths across the Zillertall, ranging from gentle trails through meadows to Schwendau and along the river to Zell am Ziller, to high altitude treks into different valleys. At the end of the valley is Hintertux Glacier with various trails heading up to the top and all year round skiing available.

The Zimmereben walk involves a hike up to the Zimmereben hut where you can take in spectacular views of Mayrhofen and enjoy coffee, cake, and local schnapps.

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 Mayrhofen with 3, 4 or 7 nights in another resort in Austria.

Things To Do

Situated at the end of the Ziller valley, Mayrhofen boasts a wide variety of walks from gentle valley strolls along the Ziller River to steep woodland hikes and beautiful panoramas from the top of the Penken or Ahorn cablecars. Many mountain restaurants offer typical Austrian specialities for a lunchtime treat. The village is lively and bustling, and with tennis, swimming, adventure sports and even summer skiing on the Hintertux Glacier, Mayrhofen is a wonderful base for an active summer holiday. The local steam train is a popular way to get up and down the valley and in the evenings there is a variety of live entertainment in the hotels, bars and cafés. Our resident representatives are available to arrange excursions and special events for people on holidays in Mayrhofen.


Lift and cable-cars:

Penkenbahn: Approx. 23 May to 11 October from 09:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (non-stop operation)

The state-of-the-art 3S Gondola Penken lift is open from approx 23rd May to 11th October each year. The construction of the Penkenbahn marked the beginning of a new era in Mayrhofen with a sleek climb up the near-sheer rock face to the top of the mountain, where numerous hiking trails begin. Transporting 32 people per gondola, it has halved the old journey time to a speedy eight minutes and has the convenience of Wi-Fi access. At the top of the Penken and bottom entrance the sport shop is available providing all sporting equipment that may be needed including bikes for mountain biking down some of the many routes in the valley.

Ahornbahn: Approx. 11 June to 26 October from 08:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes)

The Ahorn is the largest aerial cableway in Austria. This gondola can transport up to 160 passengers to 2000m in just six and a half minutes. The panoramic views from the Ahorn are impressive allowing views down the Zillertal Valley. Known as the leisure mountain it is perfect for relaxing by the small and family friendly lake.



There are many churches and chapels in the Zillertal that you are more than welcome to enter and to admire the generally very ornately decorated interior. The church in Mayrhofen is in the centre of the village and there has been a church on this site since the 14th century although there have been many changes over the years. The church is dedicated to the Assumption of Mary, much of the interior points to the veneration of Mary, including the ceiling painting "Rose by Jericho" created by the artist Max Weiler. It’s also worth visiting the Granatkapelle on the Penken mountain at 2,087m. This chapel is very unique in its design with a real sense of peace and tranquility.


Nature’s Ice Palace

This fascinating natural phenomenon situated at the top of the Hintertux Glacier is an absolute must day out. Magnificent ice shapes in the form of 8-metre-long stalactites, frozen waterfalls and sparkling ice crystals.

There are guided tours every hour around the 5km of caves and of course you will find the best views of the Alps as you go up and over the 3000 metre mark.


Tratzberg Castle

Take a day out to explore the history of one of Europe’s most beautiful castles in the late Gothic style. Dating back to the 13th century and once a hunting lodge for Emperor Maxamilian I, this stunning castle is full of artful ornaments, renaissance paintings and cultural monuments. Located out of the valley in the Inntal. Take the valley train to Jenbach and then the Silver Line nostalgia bus to the castle.


Swarovski Crystal World

Opened in 1995 to celebrate 100 years of Swarovski, the Swarovski Crystal Worlds enchant millions of people from all over the world with moments of wonder. The Giant Play Plan entices visitors to take part in a varied program of events and activities. The Crystal Stage is a sparkling shopping landscape that brings all of the Swarovski product worlds together under one roof.


Zillertal Activcard /Resort Card 

The Zillertal Active Card is a fantastic way to get the most out of your stay. The card gives you access to the lifts, buses and trains, open air swimming pools and gives discounts on different attractions in and around the valley.

    • 3 days: from € 64/adults, € 32.50/children
    • 6 days: from € 91.50/adults, € 46.00/children
    • 9 days: from € 125.00/adults, € 62.00/children
    • 12 days: from € 156.00/adults, € 78.00/children

There is a €2 deposit to pay which you can get back at the end of the week by returning the card

The great value ‘Mayrhofen - Zillertal Active Card (Z Card)’ is available locally and provides:

  • One ascent and descent every day with one of 10 gondolas of your choice
  • Free entry to six open-air pools (one visit per day)
  • Free use of local buses and trains (not steam trains)
  • Discounts on various attractions in the Ziller valley

Prices for guidance only. Available approx 23 May onwards. Lifts usually start the summer season as from approx 19 May onwards (weather permitting). 


Family and Kids 

Summer should be filled with fun for kids of all ages, and Mayrhofen is packed with new adventures. Natural water playground "Brindlang", nestled in the midst of Scheuling Forest is the perfect place for the whole family. Mayrhofen Leisure park has new and large children's playground with slides, swings and climbing. Further afield there's no shortage of thrills either, whether you want to try mountain biking, rafting, tackling a via Ferrata or even skiing – on a glacier. Children's/family via Ferrate complements the three already existing via Ferrate in Mayrhofen. This family and child friendly route incorporates classic Ferrate terrain (rock faces and walking sections) with interesting high rope course elements. Especially designed for children aged 6 to 14 years.


Festivals & Events

Mayrhofen is a lively village with a full programme of events each week, including:

  • Weekly Tyrolean evening at the Europahaus 
  • Live music at various hotels & alms 
  • Regular village festivals with music & dancing
  • Village brass band processions
  • Birds of prey show on Ahorn mountain (mid-Jun to end Sept)

Mayrhofen and its surrounding area have a vast choice of walks and hikes, varying from the flat to the almost vertical, so there is something for everyone, no matter what your ability.

Popular walking areas

Penken & Ahorn | Both cable-cars open up extensive trails above the village. The Ahorn mountain has a lovely loop walk, daily birds of prey show and barbeque area, as well as some tougher hikes up to the Ahornspitze.

Stillup Valley | A stunningly pretty valley, visitors are rewarded with three waterfalls falling into a turquoise reservoir and a backdrop of snow capped Italian mountains. Access by bus with 2-3 hour walks to huts in the valley basin.

Eagles Valley | So called because of the number of these birds of prey spotted here, fantastic walking via the beautiful hamlet of Brandberg.

Zemmgrund | The ‘gateway to Italy’ with the spectacular ‘Schlegeis’ reservoir at the end and a lovely 2 hour walk into Italy past war time border posts.

Tuxertal | The Hintertux Glacier, with panoramic views, ice palace, 5km of underground ice caves and plenty of marmots and waterfalls!

Berliner Hutte

The Berliner Hutte at 2042m is an imposing, cultural icon. Discover this historic setting and experience the rich natural beauty of the Zemmgrund Valley. This magnificent all day event is perfect for keen walkers and sightseers.

Guided walks

Free guided walks at selected hotels*: Hotel Strass, Elisabeth Hotel, Hotel Berghof, Alpenhotel Kramerwirt and Neuhaus Zillertal Resort. *Subject to availability.



Good to know

  • Buying the "Mayrhofen-Zillertal" active card entitles you to use of operating cable cars, open-air pools, local buses and trains and local attractions 
  • The Zillertalbahn steam train is a great way to explore the valley 
  • The Zillertal arena alpine coaster is a 1450m long masterpiece 
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