Mayrhofen-Hippach Stories

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...

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RISE&FALL, a race against the clock - Part 3

4x430 altitude metres of intense struggle and challenges lay before the athletes of the 80 teams competing in RISE&FALL. This awesome sporting event...

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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...

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Baking cookies – at the Christmas Bakery

Biscuits and their recipes: There are many tasty treats - at the Christmas Bakery …

Every year at the beginning of Advent, we all love listening to...

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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...

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RISE&FALL, a race against the clock – Part 2

4x430 altitude metres of intense struggle and challenges lay before the athletes of the 80 teams competing in RISE&FALL. This awesome sporting event...

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Rita & Andreas, the two voices from the Ziller Valley

The two passionate musicians tour throughout the country – 365 days a year. The successful duo from the Ziller Valley are popular with music fans,...

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A well-oiled machine!

Richard Schneider has a heavy load to bear: he has to lift 74 tonnes (!) and more. Using his head. As the technical manager of the Mayrhofen cable car...

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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...

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How to have a relaxing holiday

The “Stammgästewoche” (week for our loyal visitors) will take place in the holiday region of Mayrhofen-Hippach from 26th May to 2nd June 2018. A...

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High-flier!

Philipp Aschenwald jumps from a height which others wouldn’t dare to look down from. He’s a true high-flier. But what is it that motivates the...

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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...

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"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...

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Liquid Temptation

Helene Kreidl is one of just a few female schnapps distillers. In her in-house distillery in Ramsau near to Mayrhofen, she doesn’t only produce...

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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...

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This is how mountains should be!

Action, enjoyment and family fun on the Penken and Ahorn in Winter season 2017/18 - this is how mountains should be!

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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...

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RISE&FALL, a race against the clock - part 1

4x430 altitude metres of intense struggle and challenges lay before the athletes of the 80 teams competing in RISE&FALL. This awesome sporting event...

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From the best hay and finest herbs

Wagyu beef is considered the best, but also the most expensive, beef in the world. In the Ziller Valley, the Rohrmoser family from Schwendberg rear...

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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...

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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...

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Just for you!

It is high time for us to say THANK YOU! So, the holiday region of Mayrhofen-Hippach have decided to invite all of our regular visitors to a very...

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On the trail of the Mayrhofner Advent Angel

The festive season is here! The scent of Christmas cookies and gingerbread is in the air at Café-Konditorei Kröll in the Mayrhofen-Hippach holiday...

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Wurzeln schlagen!

Regina’s, Monika’s und Karin’s treasures have grown roots. Since the beginning of July 2017, their wholesome community project has been blooming and...

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Quality, not quantity!

In their farm shop in Hippach, Claudia Dengg and her husband magic up local delicacies, with a little extra: they sell quality, not quantity and have...

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A stress-free life, high up on the Schwendberg mountain in the Ziller Valley

Who doesn’t dream of living a life without stress, a life of pure enjoyment and comfort? For 30 cows living in paradise on the Schwendberg mountain,...

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The Forest Magician

Hans Rahm is a forest ranger.

“I have to say, it really is a dream job.” Hans tells us.

It’s his job to make sure that our spruce, fir and larch...

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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...

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After work in the mountains

Many people consider Ulrich Huber a hero. The mountain rescue volunteer from Ginzling puts himself in danger to save the lives of others –...

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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...

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Incredible Dam at Schlegeis

Kathrin is used to going underground, it's in her job specification! Every day she ventures 20 metres below ground, into a narrow tunnel between huge...

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A Living Sculpture

This man lives his art! Anton Franz Mair is standing barefoot in his gallery in Zell am Ziller from where he distributes his unique work from the...

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Overnight to the Very Top

I’m taking the plunge! Escaping the hectic urban jungle of the German big city, and into another world: Tyrol! With the ÖBB Nightjet, I sleep soundly...

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On a Mountain Adventure with the ÖBB Nightliner

I am fast asleep as I speed towards the Ziller Valley at 160 km/h: from Cologne to Mayrhofen, overnight. As a German city-girl, at home in the flat...

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The Holiday Region of Mayrhofen-Hippach Says “Thank You”

Every Thursday afternoon at 4.30pm at the Europahaus in Mayrhofen, we hold a ceremony to say a big “thank you” to our regular visitors. During the...

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Hey Man! The Schürzenjäger are back in town!!

On the first Saturday of every August, their battle cry can be heard above the forests deep in the Ziller Valley – Hey Man! And, on Saturday the 5th...

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Traditional fashion en vogue

Her fashion travels the world, but her roots are firmly fixed in the Ziller Valley. We interview the artist, fashion designer and irrepressible...

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Zillertal Krapfen Festival in Schwendau

Village festivals in the Zillertal Valley are famous for their gregariousness, their special ambience and, not least, their regional delicacies. The...

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Why are some church spires in the Ziller Valley red and some green?

I love the Ziller Valley’s many slender, pointed church spires, reaching into the sky. But, why are some of the spires red and some green?

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Cinema with a Twist – Silent Cinema on the Leisure Mount Ahorn

Cinema? I’m not really the cinema-going type. If I watch a film, I like to watch it from the comfort of my own sofa and not in the company of a crowd...

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The Legendary Wiener Schnitzel

It is a fundamental component of Austrian cuisine. The legendary Wiener Schnitzel. There is probably no restaurant or mountain hut in the Zillertal...

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Skiing is fun! Children’s ski school in Mayrhofen – a video clip

Sun, snow and skiing. Children love snow and can learn to ski from a very early age...

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"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...

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Mayrhofen Advent Angel - in production

Specially created for the Mayrhofen Advent at the Waldfestplatz, the Mayrhofen Advent Angel is a delicious gingerbread biscuit with marzipan and sugar...

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Presenting the Zillertal Valley: The Stillup Valley

Often described as “wildly romantic” or “the valley of waterfalls”, the Stillup valley is a subsidiary valley of the Ziller Valley. Personally, I...

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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...

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The Top 5 Visitor Attractions in the Ziller Valley

In addition to skiing and hiking, visitors to Mayrhofen can enjoy many other experiences and attractions. At the ErlebnisSennerei dairy you can learn...

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Family cycle paths in the Zillertal Valley: A great day out

It sometimes isn’t easy to find sport activities which are suitable for the whole family. Cycling is the perfect solution: it’s a sport which can be...

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