When the sun doesn't shine in Zillertal
There is no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.
It may seem hard to believe, but the sun does not always shine on the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday region.
Rainy weather is not something that brings joy to the heart of every holidaymaker, so to make sure that moods stay bouyant, we have put a few tips together on how to spend a few interesting days in the Zillertal Valley. How about a visit to the ErlebnisSennerei Dairy, a peak behind the scenes of creating hydro-electric power, a guided cable car tour or a ride with the nostalgic steam train? Even a walk in the rain can bring diversity to days when the sun doesn't shine.
VERBUND Info Centre Mayrhofen
The VERBUND Info Centre is located on the outskirts of Mayrhofen. The exhibition provides interesting information on the generation of hydro-electric power in Ziillertal.
Open all year round from 08.00 to 17.00 hrs - admission is free!
Schlegeis Dam - Tour of the Dam Wall
Explore the interior workings of the131 m high Schlegeis dam wall during this one hour guided tour.
Guided tours take place from June to October between 10.00 and 16.00 hrs, every hour, on the hour. Prices and further information
The Schlegeis Dam Wall
Walking in the rain in Zillertal
Suitable clothes + appropriate footwear + umbrella
Even on rainy days, there are many opportunities for taking a walk or hike in our region - here we have a few TIPS for you:
- Mayrhofen round walk with a visit to Mayrhofen Parish Church
- Round walk of Mayrhofen - Burgstall with a visit to Burgschrofen Chapel
- Round walk of Mayrhofen - Hollenzen with a visit to the ErlebnisSennerei Zillertal Dairy
- Walk along the Sculpture Trail along the banks of the Ziller River
- Round walk in Ginzling with a visit to the Nature Park Exhibition
More suitable hikes can be found on our interactive hiking map.
Nature's Ice Palace
Nature’s Ice Palace at the Hintertux Glacier is a natural gem, unique worldwide and an ideal year round excursion destination for the whole family. The entrance to this ice cave is only a 3 to 4 minute walk from the top station of the glacierbus 3 lift. On guided tours, visitors are asked to „step inside” to this wonderful world deep beneath the ski slopes and discover a glacial crevasse with magical ice stalactites, giant sparkling ice crystals, frozen waterfalls and even a glacial lake.
Nature’s Ice Palace has a constant temperature of 0 degrees 365 days of the year. Warm clothing and sturdy shoes are required for the tour, which is easy to negotiate – even wearing ski boots.
A visit to Nature's Ice Palace can also be easily combined with a ski day on the Hintertux Glacier, or with a trip to see the views from the Panorama Terrace. The ice cave is open all year round and can be visited in any weather.
The Spannagel Cave at the Hintertux Glacier is the ideal day trip destination for every explorer. The cave's entrance is located next to the Spannagelhaus.
This is only a 10 minute walk from the top terminal (section 2) of the Zillertal GLacier Lifts. Measuring 10 kilometres in length, it is Tyrol's largest natural cave. Guided tours with protective helmets and jackets in the safe accompaniment of a state-approved guide, are a particularly special attraction.
As is widely known, the main alpine ridge consists primarily of ancient rock. One of its special geological features is a marble seam (crystalline limestone) that runs in a southerly direction from Hintertux to the Spannagelhaus. The Spannagel Cave system and its numerous natural wonders lies within this marble layer.
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Take part in one of the great adventures of centuries past. Feel how alive the inside of a mountain is and enjoy a truly impressive multi-media presentation inside a mine gallery, providing insights into the almost 350-year history of this now almost forgotten indistry. Gain an idea of the working conditions below ground, of the not particularly conservative lifestyle of the miners of old and their social environment. In the process, you will also learn about the political conflicts between Salzburg and Tyrol, the economic background and the strong influence of the church.
The excursion begins at the show dairy next to the animal park at Hainzenberg. It takes around 2 hours to visit this historically significant site and its tunnel system. The price includes a guided gold mine tour, return transport with the Zillertaler Goldexpress (novelty train), cheese tasting at the show dairy and a visit to the animal park.
FeuerWerk - HolzErlebnisWelt
Experience wood with all your senses. When touring one of the most state-of-the-art and commercially productive biomass cogeneration plants in Europe, the visitor has the opportunity of viewing the fascinating technical facilities of the most up-to-date and most economical BioMass heating power in Europe. You will also invited to intensify your complete sensual experience of the omnipresent natural product of wood.
Coming from the forecourt designed by Lois and Franziska Weinberger, you enter the lobby where you are offered an audio guide. The tour of the biomass cogeneratiuon plant begins here.
After the cinema presentation of the award-winning film, HolzLeben", you arrive in a showroom where the history of wood is depicted in an innovative and informative presentation. From here, the tour leads to the technology centre: through the impressive generator and turbine room, boiler house and the exhaust air purification. You will find interesting information about C02 emissions and climate change etc., spread over 16 screens.
The tour continues into the pelleting and silo area and then ends in the Garden of Airs, with its impressive panoramic views of the Zillertal Mountains - a place of rest and relaxation. You can then reflect on all you have seen and heard whilst enjoying some culinary delights in the SichtBAR restaurant.
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Krimml Worlds of Water & Krimml Waterfall
Everything associated with the fascination water is presented in an informative, interesting and entertaining manner at WasserWunderWelt Krimml - Krimml Worlds of Water.
Not far from the Krimml Waterfall, which is one of the highest in Europe with a drop of 30 metres, visitors can round off their day with a visit to the Haus des Wassers, an Aqua-Park and Multivision-Cinema. The sound of the thundering water masses tumbling down leaves lasting impression on everyone.
A scenic trail alongside the waterfall allows visitors to experience this natural wonder at first hand.
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