This section is dedicated to take away all your "I wish someone had told me that before I went!" experiences. This way, you are better prepared for what to expect, what not to expect and can spend less time settling in, and more time making new friends in your chosen hostel. We share our insider knowledge of tips, tricks and important things to look out for in Zillertal. To help you make friends with Zillertal before you visit, we've included a few helpful and fun things you should know about the area. Enjoy!
Zillertal, Austria, is valley in the federal state of Tyrol in Austria. The valley mainly runs in a north-south direction and has an overall length of roughly forty kilometres. The villages in Zillertal (literally translated into English as Ziller valley), are very popular winter sport destinations but also well known for outdoor activities such as hiking and biking during the summer months. Scientists assume that the first settlers arrived in the area during the Bronze Age. The valley was first mentioned in documents in the ninth century. The development of the winter tourism started in the mid-twentieth century and nowadays it is a big economic factor in the area. Apart from tourism, agriculture and the timber industry play an important role for the economy.
The climate is inner Alpine, including lots of sunshine in winter and little fog. Those boundary conditions make Zillertal an excellent tourist destination for winter-sport lovers who want to escape the dark and grey winter in most parts of central and northern Europe. In winter, the average maximum temperatures in the valley villages range from two to four degrees Celsius. In winter, the mean temperatures can reach twenty-two to twenty-four degrees Celsius. Due to the continental climate, there are big temperature differences between day and night in every season.
The valley has a rich selection of hotels, private guesthouses, and holiday apartments. Most places offer free Wi-Fi and usually even smaller guesthouses have flatscreen TVs in the rooms. Classic budget accommodations such as Zillertal, Austria hostels are not widespread, but do exist in the valley, located between the ski areas Hochzillertal and Zillertal Arena. The easiest way to get to your Zillertal, Austria hostel is by car or by taxi from a bigger village nearby. The traditional country house is open all year round.
Most tourists visit the valley for the excellent options to enjoy the beautiful landscape with a scenic panorama. Hikers enjoy numerous trails with an overall length of more than one thousand four hundred kilometres. If you want to try out the tasty local food after an exhausting hike, you can chose from over one hundred fifty traditional restaurants and huts. Climbing, biking, and golfing are possible, as well.
Zilltertal has an excellent reputation as winter sport destination. Ski areas such as Mayrhofen and Zillertal Arena are internationally well-known and very popular with free skiers and snowboarders. If you are interested in slopestyle ski and snowboard, the famous Snowpark Penken in Mayrhofen is the right place to try out tricks and new moves. The numerous ski areas offer enough possibilities for families with kids, as well. The four ski areas boast more than five hundred kilometres of runs and just under two hundred modern lifts as well as gondolas.
Written by local enthusiast for Zillertal hostelsFlo