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[Translate to en:] Brauchtum Zillertal, Tradition Zillertal, Familien im Zillertal, Mayrhofen

The Tradition of ‘Grasausläuten’: Snow be Gone!

For centuries a spring tradition has existed in Tirol which has one clear aim: to banish winter. And with it the snow and the ‘evil spirits’ of the…

The beginning of wintersports in Zillertal

The Origins of Skiing in the Ziller Valley

Norway, Russia, Sweden or China? There are many countries which claim to be the birthplace of skiing. Join us to take a short journey back in time to…


The Story behind “Silent Night”

Once upon a time… the classic opening line of a fairy-tale, which we all remember from our childhood. Once upon a time… is, however, also how the true…

Horse sleigh ride in Mayrhofen Zillertal

Sleigh Rides - Winter landscapes and nostalgia

A family sleigh ride is both a nostalgic and a modern way of relaxing away from the ski pistes. The contrast between the original function of the…

Trinity Church in New York

A Christmas Carol for the Whole World

One carol changed the celebration of Christmas forever. It is sung by up to two billion people around the world and inspires a range of emotions in…

Mayrhofen Advent in Mayrhofen

Advent at the Forest Festival Area

The holiday resort of Mayrhofen-Hippach is delighted to invite both our visitors and residents to enjoy the romantic atmosphere of the 9th Mayrhofen…

Trendy advent wreaths

The Advent Wreath – a Symbol of Faith or a Decorative Accessory?

It’s a must-have for every living room in the run up to Christmas – the advent wreath. In local farmhouses it is given pride of place at the centre of…

Zillertaler Doggln

Zillertaler Doggln

The most comfortable slippers you can wear in the winter months are, without a doubt, Zillertaler Doggln. Originally made from light grey, virgin wool…

Autumn at the farm

Life on the Farm – A Busy Autumn

Autumn is traditionally one of the busiest times of year for our farmers. The cattle are brought down from the mountain pastures to the valley, ripe…

"Klöpfel" carol singing at some of Mayrhofen's most beautiful spots

"Klöpfel" carol singing at some of Mayrhofen's most beautiful spots

The tradition of "Klöpfel", or "Carol" singing is cherished to this day in the Zillertal Valley. Mayrhofen Men's Choir and the musicians of Mayrhofen…

Childhood in the Zillertal Alps

Born and bred in the mountains of the Ziller Valley

In the vast adventure playground of the Zillertal Alps, amidst the beautiful mountain landscape, Selina grew up spending her summers with her family…


A Celebration of tradition: Hollenzen Village Festival

Every year on the 2nd Sunday in September, Hollenzen, a usually quiet village on the outskirts of Mayrhofen, host their annual village festival.

Castle in Fügen

The Sound of the Alps – From Tyrol Throughout the World

“The Sound of the Alps - Nostalgic Melodies” exhibition at the baroque Schloss Fügen is dedicated to the incredible and enduring worldwide success…

The Bergmähderweg in Brandberg

Cultivated landscape and a sea of flowers

Magnificent flowers combined with an insight into regional life: the Bergmähderweg (meadows path) with its unique variety of plants isn’t just a…

Festival for foodies in Hippach

A Festival for Foodies – the Schmankerlfest in Hippach

The Ziller Valley is renowned for its music, its friendly locals and its tasty culinary specialities: in fact, all of the good things in life! And,…

Mayrhofen Rifle Brigade

The History of the Mayrhofen Rifle Brigade

The Schützenkompanie in Mayrhofen is one of 15 rifle brigades in the Ziller Valley and belongs to the battalion of the Upper Ziller Valley.

Zillertal Dialect

A Beginner’s Guide to the Ziller Valley Dialect

The Ziller Valley is not only famous for its music but also its dialect.

The story behind the bunny

The Easter Bunny is coming! But what is the story behind the bunny?

Who hasn’t heard of the Easter Bunny, with his long ears, brown fur and a basket of colourful eggs?

Palm sunday in Zillertal

Palm sunday: who will be the "palm donkey"?

Can you imagine a Christmas without a brightly decorated Christmas tree? What about a harvest festival without a feast? In Austria, a Palm Sunday…

The tradition of Perchten in Zillertal

“A glixeligs nois Johr!” The tradition of “Perchten” in Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley

It’s just 5 days into the new year and the residents of Mayrhofen in the Ziller Valley are already enjoying the first tradition of the year, which…

I saw the Christ Child!

I saw the Christ Child!

As another year approaches its end, our thoughts automatically turn to Christmas Eve, a time to enjoy peace and reflection. On the 24th December I…

St. Nicholas in Mayrhofen

St. Nicholas procession

“Lasst uns froh und munter sein, und uns in dem Herrn erfreu’n, lustig, lustig, trallalalala, heut ist Nikolaus abend da,…”, so begins the most…

Trio Alpin, Powermusik aus dem Zillertal

Musicians from the Ziller Valley: Trio Alpin

It was 1986 when three very musical friends decided to start singing and making music together. At family gatherings, they treated friends and…

A beautiful Advent wreath make the festive period that little bit more, well festive

A candle is burning, a flame warm and bright

A candle of hope in December’s dark night…


Many people have a beautiful Advent wreath to get in a festive mood during the run-up to Christmas. The…

[Translate to en:] Der Heilige Nikolaus am Waldfestplatz in Mayrhofen

Looking out for St Nicholas

Our Alfred has once again been out and about. This time he’s been looking for none less than St Nicholas himself, who makes an early visit to the…

Christkindleinzug Mayrhofen

Christmas 70 years ago in Mayrhofen

….and all of a sudden it is Advent again. A time of peace and contemplation - or so they say. The commotion begins during the first weekend in…

The origins of "Silent Night“

The origins of "Silent Night“

The old farmhouse in Zillertal belonging to the Strasser Family – the "Strasser Häusl“ – with its altar and gloomy smokehouse tells much of the…

The 44-year-old Petra Dornauer from Finkenberg is a seamstress.

Where the magic happens

Petra Dornauer set up her creative domain in the heart of Finkenberg. A fashionable tailor’s shop, run with great care and attention to detail. It’s…

Christmas during the second world war in Mayrhofen

Christmas Day in 1944 in Mayrhofen

It is particularly touching when people who can still remember the terrible times of war, tell of how Christmas, the festival of love and peace, was…

Family at the Mayrhofner Advent

Pre-Christmas Family Holidays in Mayrhofen: Rediscover Peace and Quiet at the Advent Festival in the Forest

We purposefully travelled ahead of the crowds, avoiding the Christmas rush of holidaymakers to the Alps. Instead, we took our holiday to Mayrhofen in…

Zügelnde Kraft beim Kraftwerk Mayrhofen

Art without edges or corners

With his talent for carving, Albin Moroder’s work was even admired by the Pope. What’s more, even ten years after his death, his art continues to…

The return of the cows to the valley will be celebrated in Mayrhofen on the 7th October 2017.

A Wild Affair

Veit Schragl and his wife Christine are minimalists. In summer they live on an alm, without heating or a computer, yet they have everything that they…

Rifle Brigade Mayrhofen

The History of the Rifle Brigade

It’s generally accepted that the Tyrolean Schützen (rifle brigade), which still exist today, were first formed during the Tyrolean freedom wars fought…

Martin Wurm on the Birbergalm in Stillup Valley

The life of a cowherd in the Ziller Valley

For many years Martin Wurm has worked on the pastures of the Berghofalm.

And there is plenty to do up here. Does he still find time to enjoy the…

The nostalgic steam train through the Zillertal

A Ride on the Zillertal Railway

Chuff, chuff, chuff... the unmistakable sound of the old lady could be heard from miles away. A few minutes later the steam engine trundled into the…

Culture in Zillertal: Anklöpfeln

"Anklöpfeln" carol singing – a cultural heritage in the Zillertal Valley

It is listed on the register of Austria's Intangible Cultural Heritages – the custom of "Anklöpfeln" carol singing on the last three Thursday evenings…

Home again from the alms in Zillertal

Cattle drive in the Zillertal: The cows are back in town!

On the first Saturday in October, an age old tradition takes place in Mayrhofen: The ‘Almabtrieb’ (cattle drive). After their summer holidays grazing…