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 the mountains offer, keeps me grounded in reality.

A Bench with a View

@Gabi Huber

Created by Stefanie Eder

Whether I am going on a short ramble or a longer hike, a highlight for me is the benches along the way. They remind me to stop, rest, enjoy the views and take time to find myself again. Read on to discover three different walks (easy, intermediate and difficult), which feature benches in some of the nicest spots and with spectacular views along the way.

Mayrhofen – Hollenzen – the bench with a difference in the village of Hollenzen

Mayrhofen mit Blick auf den Grünberg
©Stefanie Eder

Easy walk

This is a gentle ramble for those who like taking it easy and enjoying a leisurely walk. 
Just below the border of the nature park lies the protected Scheuling Forest. As the last remaining valley forest in the Ziller Valley, it is of special importance and is a popular place of relaxation for both visitors and locals in summer and in winter. 

The walk begins at the Europahaus in Mayrhofen. Head east, through the suburb of Durst. After approximately five minutes you will come to the start of the walking path towards Hollenzen. This gently undulating trail leads along the edge of the forest. At the highest point you’ll find a bench – a simple construction of a wooden plank on top of stones – a bench with a difference. From this point, not too far away from the town, you can enjoy a lovely view of Mayrhofen or watch a romantic sunset. There are several other nice benches along the route which invite you to sit, relax and enjoy the nature around you. 

Basic Information:
Distance: 5.6 km
Time: 1.5 hours
Altitude metres ascent: 60 m
Altitude metres descent: 60 m
Route number: 11

View the walk on our interactive map here.

Steinerkogel – the bench for all seasons

©Elisabeth Frontull

Intermediate hike

This walk also starts at the Europahaus in Mayrhofen. Follow the Siegeler Gasse and Brandbergstraße for about ten minutes until you reach the forest crucifix. From here, trail number 5 leads up the Steinerkogl mountain. The route is marked by stations of the cross leading from the forest crucifix to a small chapel. 

If you look around the path you might spot some chanterelle mushrooms. Sometimes you can even smell their distinctive smell from a distance. 
Along the way, you will find bench after bench, each offering beautiful views of the mountains of the Ziller Valley. But the two benches with the best views of Mayrhofen are to be found almost at the end of the hike, at a popular take-off spot for paragliders and hang-gliders.

Tip for winter walks: Between these two benches is a small fir tree which the locals decorate for Christmas. The decorated tree can be admired until mid-February.   

Basic Information:
Distance: 3.7 km
Time: 1.5 hours
Altitude metres ascent: 600m
Highest point: 1,270m
Route number: 5

View the walk on our interactive map here.

Kolmhaus – the bench with a view of Mayrhofen’s local mountain

©Stefanie Eder

Difficult hike

Route number 8 leads from Gasthof Thanner through luscious mountain meadows to the Kolmhaus. Enjoy the scent of the many wild flowers which bloom here at an altitude of over 1,000m. By the way, the grass in these meadows is used to produce the Ziller Valley Heumilch (high quality milk from cows fed exclusively with grass and hay). The climb up is steep and just over half way you will be glad to reach this bench with a view. Just next to it is a fountain, where you can quench your thirst and fill up your drinking bottle for the last stage of the hike. The view across the Zillergrund valley to Mayrhofen’s local mountain, Mount Ahorn, and its peak, the Ahornspitze, is spectacular. If you’re lucky, you may even be able to watch a bird of prey circling in the heavens above. 

Just before you reach the hut is a wooden chair. Make sure to take a picture here with the Ahornspitze directly behind you. 

Basic Information:
Distance: 3.8km
Time: 2 hours
Altitude metres ascent: 760m
Highest point: 1,840m
Route number: 8

View the walk on our interactive map here.