Mayrhofen-Hippach Stories

What is the Tradition behind the Decoration of Cows for the Almabtrieb (Cattle Drive)?

Every year in autumn, visitors and locals in Mayrhofen are treated to a spectacular and colourful display as the Ziller Valley farmers parade their…

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The Ziller Valley Ranzen – Tyrolean Handicraft

The intricate, quill-embroidered leather Ranzen (cummerbund) is an important part of the traditional Ziller Valley costume. A Ranzen is constantly…

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Recipe for Tyrolean Kaspressknödel

Tyrolean Kaspressknödel: a small, tasty and a century-old Tyrolean speciality.

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A Bench with a View

For years my passion has been the mountains – in summer and in winter. The feeling of getting away from it all and the peace and tranquillity which…

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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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On the Trail of Tyrolean Cuisine

Let us lead you on a culinary route through the Ziller Valley Alps to discover the tasty delicacies of Tyrolean cuisine.

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Markus Kröll: Balancing a love of the mountains with a love of art

He loves the mountains, sport and his home. Markus Kröll from Mayrhofen is a well-known mountain runner, not just within the Ziller Valley but also…

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Canyoning through the Zemm Gorge in the Ziller Valley

Should I or shouldn’t I?! Bettina leans over the rock ledge, her knees are trembling and her nerves are on edge.

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Every week, Mayrhofen marches to the sound of its brass band

The Ziller Valley is known as "the valley of music", and for good reason. If you take a summer holiday to the villages of Brandberg, Ginzling,…

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The Zillertal Steinbock March in Ginzling mountaineering village

A well-established institution in Ginzling; no summer is complete without the Zillertal Steinbock March! On Saturday, 17.08.2019, hikers, climbers and…

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The best insider tip in the Zemm Valley – the Waxeggalm

A hidden treasure in the mountains of the Ziller Valley, a special spot in which to renew your strength, recharge your batteries and find inner…

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Presenting Zillertal: The Zillergrund Valley

The Zillergrund Valley is the source of the river after which the Ziller Valley is named – the River Ziller.

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Peekaboo – where are you?

Wandering unsuspectingly through the mountain landscape, I kept hearing a kind of chirping sound. Sometimes it got louder, sometimes quieter. I…

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Zillertaler Krapfen – Vlog by Oma Gretl

The recipe alone is often not enough to master the art of making Zillertaler Krapfen. So, I am thrilled that my colleague’s grandmother allowed us to…

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Gauderfest Special: Zillertal Bier and the German purity regulations (Reinheitsgebot)

Leading up to the legendary Gauderfest in Zell am Ziller, everything at Zillertal Bier is focussed on the beer. The private brewery has been creating…

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Golf Equipment for Beginners

In 2014, an 18-hole golf course with a large covered driving range opened in Uderns in the Ziller Valley. The result was a sudden increased interest…

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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…

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Multifaceted Mayrhofen, Glittering Worlds. A Day Out to the Swarovski Crystal Worlds

Off-season? In Mayrhofen? It doesn’t really exist. Actually, when the seasons are changing, there is so much to see and do here, and its often the…

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Gletscher.Welten (Glacial.Worlds) –Zillertal Alps High Alpine Nature Park

The multifunctional building is home to the administration of the Nature Park and the Ginzling division as well as being the information centre for…

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What fruit condiment belongs with Kaiserschmarrn?

Kaiserschmarrn, a sweet dish of rich, chopped pancakes, is one of Austria’s most famous delicacies. But what accompaniment do diners like best with…

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Recipe: Gerstensuppe (Barley Soup)

This soup is guaranteed to warm you up after a brisk walk along one of Mayrhofen-Hippach’s winter walking paths or an exhilarating ski day on the many…

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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…

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Cosy Huts and Tobogganing Fun on the Gerlosstein Mountain

Looking for a leisure activity with guaranteed fun, in the midst of unspoilt nature and with easy access for those who have been busy all day and…

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Big fun for little skiers at the 50th Tyrolean Children’s Ski Day on the Action Mount Penken

Already in its fiftieth year, the Tyrolean Children’s Ski Day will take place on the Action Mount Penken from 10am on the 9th February 2019. Whilst…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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 Five Most Popular Christmas Carols

For children, advent seems to last forever. Their excitment for Christmas means that the wait is pure torture. Even if their thoughts are perhaps not…

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„Tiroler Tris“ – All good things come in threes!

My family and I make sure to eat at the Gasthaus Karlsteg in Ginzling at least twice a year. And it was there, last Sunday, that we enjoyed one of the…

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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…

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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…

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Recipe: "Siasse Krapflang" (Sweet Pastries)

While many skiers and snowboarders are already enjoying the snow on the Hintertux Glacier, I decide to make the most of the beautiful autumn weather…

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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…

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People in Portrait: Hilde Rahm from the Zillergrund

She is well-known among both locals and visitors alike. She has been the landlady of the Häusling Alm for many years and has many stories to tell –…

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Ziller Valley Schlegeis ham

On my visit to the local butcher’s shop in Mayrhofen, “butcher Loisl” shares with me the secret of how he makes this glacier ham, as well as telling…

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My first time - RISE&FALL

No, I certainly won’t be part of the starting field – anyone who knows me will be laughing hard at the mere suggestion of this! However, some friends…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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Presenting the Ziller Valley: The Tux Valley

The Tux Valley is renowned in the winter sports community as the home of Austria’s only year-round ski area; the Hintertux Glacier. Having worked in…

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Pure Adrenaline at the Schlegeis Reservoir - Test of the new FLYING FOX

One thing is for sure – occasionally spending time together outside of the office environment is essential to team building in any successful company.…

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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.

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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Mayrhofen Street Festival

The Mayrhofen Street Festival is a summer highlight! It takes place every year on the last Friday in July, in the heart of the Ziller Valley. On some…

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Sunrise Breakfast on the Leisure Mount Ahorn

The sunrise breakfast on the Leisure Mount Ahorn is an incredible experience for everyone.

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The Austria Climbing Festival in Ginzling

Originally launched in 2015 by the “Stonemonkeys Chillertal”, a local group of passionate climbers and boulderers, the Austria CLIMBING Festival will…

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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.

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Tips for running, tips for jogging

Running and jogging have been hugely popular sports for several decades, with millions of dedicated enthusiasts around the world.

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A Beginner’s Guide to the Ziller Valley Dialect

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

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Snowbombing in Mayrhofen

The music festival to rival all music festivals will once again rock Mayrhofen from the 8th to the 13th April 2019.

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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?

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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…

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Tales from the Ziller Valley Kitchen – an Interview with Walter Stippler

Walter Stippler has been cooking typical Ziller Valley cuisine at the Hotel Edenlehen for some 14 years.

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Be happy in springtime

The sight of crocuses pushing their heads through the blanket of snow and turning towards the sun is heart-warming.

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Indulgence with a view at Mayrhofen’s ski huts

Mayrhofen’s ski area has plenty of ski huts. Blending into the beautiful landscape and with amazing views, the quality of these huts is just getting…

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Aprés-Ski with Kids: hot chocolate and cake with an extra portion of fun

Now be honest: who hasn’t rounded off their day on the mountain with a bit of après-ski before? Exactly! Then it’s no wonder that our children also…

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Winter walks in Mayrhofen: Be enchanted by the nature, peace and tranquillity around you

Are you suffering from aching muscles after skiing? Do you fancy enjoying a more relaxed day instead of racing around the pistes? Then a winter walk…

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Martin 7 – Mayrhofen’s High Flyer

Visitors to Mayrhofen are sure to notice a modern glass building as they drive into town. This new building is home to the crew of the rescue…

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“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…

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"Mahlzeit!”

In the heart of Mayrhofen lies the Wirtshaus zum Griena, a traditional restaurant serving hearty local dishes. This is where gourmet trends meet…

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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…

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To see and be seen

Skiing is fashionable. Stylish clothing is important but, in addition to colour and style, functionality and safety are also important considerations.…

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Modern incisions

Mayrhofen is home to a state-of-the-art sports clinic. Using the most modern operating procedures, the doctors can work medical wonders. So, what…

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RISE&FALL, a race against the clock - Part 4

4x430 altitude metres of intense struggle and challenges lay before the athletes of the 85 teams competing in RISE&FALL. This awesome sporting event…

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Miniature Christmas Worlds

In the run up to Christmas, beautiful small works of art are created in the village of Ginzling. With careful carving, sawing and hammering, children…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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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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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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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The perfect moment

Thomas Eberharter is always chasing the perfect moment. The Mayrhofen-based photographer is self-taught and lives off his exceptional talent.

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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 85 teams competing in RISE&FALL. This awesome sporting event…

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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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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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Cool and easy in the Penken Park

Are words like kicker, obstacles, double cork, x-grab, etc. all just jargon to you? Then get yourself down to the Penken Park and be inspired by 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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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 85 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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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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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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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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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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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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Berliner Hut - the birthplace of alpine sport

The Berliner Hut is not only the oldest of the eight huts along the Berliner Höhenweg (high alpine hiking trail), it is also the most historically…

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On the hunt for minerals

My brief was to write a blog about minerals in the Ziller Valley. Just right for someone like me, who knows absolutely nothing about stones and…

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Fly like a bird!

It’s a once in a lifetime experience; flying through the sky like a bird whist enjoying breathtaking views of Mayrhofen and the total tranquility of…

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Clubs to Go in Mayrhofen

It’s no secret that the incredible winter season of club events in Mayrhofen culminates with the spectacular„Snowbombing“party.

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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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Fichtenschloss - Spruce Castle: attraction for families in Zillertal

Only 8 km from Mayrhofen, there is a new place to go for families at the Rosenalm, high above Zell am Ziller - the Fichtenschloss -Spruce Castle! I…

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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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Where can you eat the best Kaiserschmarrn?

Kaiserschmarrn: a traditional Austrian delicacy and an essential part of any ski holiday! But where can you find the best Kaiserschmarrn in the…

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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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ZILLERTALER GRANAT – PRALINE A LA MOZARTKUGEL

Creamy, melt-in-the-mouth almond nougat combined with redcurrant marzipan: Zillertaler Granat – also known as Zillertaler Mozartkugel – is one…

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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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Zillertaler Krapfen

Some of you may have enjoyed this culinary speciality at one of the many festivals in the Mayrhofen Hippach region. I, myself, am a big fan of…

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