Subsidiary Valleys & Alpine Roads

Discover the valleys of the Zillertal

The Mayrhofen/Hippach Holiday Region lies in the basin of the upper Ziller Valley, before the fascinating backdrop of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park. The landscape here fans out into four subsidiary valleys, also known as "Gründe".

Mayrhofen nestles below high mountain ranges at the end of the Ziller Valley, but do not be deceived - as far as hiking is concerned - this is only the beginning. Pack your rucksack, tie your shoe laces tightly and set off to the mountains of the upper Zillertal Valley. Rare plants and animals, crystal clear mountain streams and a surreal tranquility are here and waiting to be discovered by you!

Those not wanting to miss out on creature comforts can of course enjoy the special Tyrolean charm and great traditional cuisine whilst taking a leisurely break with friends. Mountain lodges and huts offering welcome refreshments can be found in abundance.


  • Schlegeis Alpine Road: 21st May to 26th October 2021
  • Zillergrund Valley:  May to October 
  • Stilluptal Valley: to mid-October 
  • Zillertaler Höhenstraße: mid-June to end of October 


The Stilluptal Valley

This natural paradise begins just behind Mayrhofen...

Das Naturparadies Stilluptal mit dem Bike erkunden - Ferienregion Mayrhofen-Hippach.
© Blickfang Photographie

The Romantic Stilluptal Valley

The Stilluptal Valley is nestled in the Nature Park of the Zillertal Alps and, at 17km in length, is the shortest of Mayrhofen`s four subsidiary valleys.

The idyllic scenery of this valley invites hikers, walkers and cyclists to explore and there are a number of mountain lodges where welcome refreshments and Tyrolean specialities can be enjoyed.

Discover these stunning natural landscapes and experience the beauty Austria has to offer.

Das Stilluptal ist das kürzeste der vier Seitentäler bei Mayrhofen-Hippach, Zillertal.
© Ebenbichler Dominic

The way to the Stilluptal Valley

A winding toll road from Upper Zillertal leads up over 8 km and gradients of up to 15% to the Stillup Reservoir. This lies at an altitude of 1,116 metres above sea level and was built in 1996, covering a length of 2.5 kilometres.

Toll Road:

  • Car € 8,00 | Motor bike € 2,50

A shuttle bus service operates from Mayrhofen to the Wasserfall Guest House as well as the Grünen-Wand Hut.

Einkehr in der Grüne-Wand-Hütte im Stilluptal in der Ferienregion Mayrhofen-Hippach im Zillertal, Tirol.
© Bernd Ritschel

Hiking destinations in Stilluptal

  • Wasserfall 1.130 m
  • Stillupperhaus 1.194 m
  • Grüne-Wand-Hut 1.438 m
  • Kasseler Hut 2.178 m

Hiking routes

Zemmgrund Valley & Schlegeis Reservoir

Zemmgrund: A challenging mountain bike route to the Schlegeis Reservoir which leads past many beautiful walks and mountain tours, including the Berliner High Trail.

The Zemmgrund Valley

The idyllic mountaineering village of Ginzling can be found in the Zemmgrund Valley, The village lies at an altitude of 1,000 metres above sea level, nestled amongst the majestic backdrop of numerous three thousand metre peaks.

From here, a 16 km long winding road leads along the valley bed and the banks of the Zamser River, eventually ending at the  Schlegeis Reservoir.

Once at the reservoir, the imposing construction work will simply take your breath away. With a "double curved" dam wall 725 m in length and 131 m high, the Schlegeis Reservoir is one of the largest reservoirs in Tirol and Austria and yet fits in harmoniously with the beautiful natural scenery of the Nature Park of the Zillertal Alps.

Schlegeis Alpine Road & Reservoir

The drive up the 13.3 km long Schlegeis Alpine Road takes around 45 minutes. (Height restriction for coaches: 3.60 m)

Prices 2021:

  • Motorbike: € 10,00
  • Car: € 14,00
  • Buses with min. 15 passengers € 3,60 per person

Visit the Information Centre at the Mayrhofen power station daily from 08.00 to 17.00 hrs. Free admission. Guided tours on request!

Hiking & Biking in Zemmgrund

Zemmgrund is the ideal starting point for numerous hikes and bike tours into the impressive mountain world of the Upper Zillertal Valley.

Pure adrenalin at #Schlegeis 131 

Thrilling attractions await: giant swing, flying fox zip wire, abseiling station,...

Tour of the Dam Wall

Explore the inner workings of the Schlegeis Dam Wall. The one-hour guided tour of Schlegeis Dam takes place from June to October between 10.00 - 16.00 hrs every hour, on the hour.

The Zillergrund

The Zillertal Valley originates in the Zillergrund, lying at the foot of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park.

The Zillergrund

The Zillergrund is the most easterly of the four "Inneren Gründe" with a length of approx. 25 km and extends from the Austro-Italian border to Mayrhofen.

The rear of the Zillergrund is called Zillergründl, which is also home to a reservoir that goes under the same name. The valley begins at Heiliggeistjöchl (Holy Ghost Peak) at 2,658 metres above sea level and ends in an easily accessible wooded ravine near Mayrhofen.

Hiking destinations in Zillergrund

Klaushof 1.040 m | Bärenbadalm 1.450 m | Einkehr zum Adlerblick 1.900 m | Häusling 1.050 m | In der Au 1.269 m | Hohenaualm 1.863 m | Plauenerhütte 2.363 m

Toll Road

Car: € 8,00
Motorbike: € 4,00
Coach passengers per person: € 1,00

Public bus service without Z-Card:
Mayrhofen - Staumauer incl. toll € 9,40 (one way)
Mayrhofen - Bärenbad incl. toll € 6,90 (one way)
Mayrhofen - Häusling incl. toll € 5,60 (one way)

Visitors with a Z-Card only have to pay the toll fee:

  • € 0,50 (single)
  • € 1,00 (return)

Bus from Bärenbadalm to the reservoir*:
It is possible to take a bus from Bärenbadalm to the dam wall of the Zillergrund reservoir. 

 *This section of the bus journey is not covered by the Z-Card. 


Mountaineer‘s Bus

The “Bergsteigerbus – Mountaineer’s Bus“ is in operation in Zillergrund from 11.07. to 05.09.2021. The bus leaves Mayrhofen station at 07:50 hrs – and arrives at Zillergründl Reservoir at 08:47 hrs.

Zillergrund Environment Bonus

The Zillergrund Environment Bonus is being offered again in 2019. From a fare of € 2.00, passengers will receive a voucher for € 1.50 (children's bonus € 0.75).

This bonus voucher can be redeemed in the following guest houses against bills amounting to no less than € 6.00/pers.

Zillertaler Höhenstraße

The Zillertaler Höhenstraße offers an enchanting view of the Zillertal Alps.

The Zillertaler Höhenstraße offers an enchanting view of the Zillertal Alps and is one of Austria's most beautiful alpine roads.
© Erste Ferienregion im Zillertal - Joe Wörgötter

An unforgettable holiday experience - from 550 to 2,020 metres above sea level!

The Zillertaler Höhenstraße is one of the most beautiful alpine roads in Austria where visitors can enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the Zillertal Alps. The many inviting cafés and restaurants that line the route will look after you with some welcome refreshments. 

Toll road:

Motorbike: € 5,--
Car: € 8,--
Minibuses: € 17,--
Buses with more than 12 seats: € 22,-

The Zillertaler Höhenstraße can be used by buses up to a length of 10.5 m!

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Tux Valley

The valley of Tux lies at the rear of Zillertal in Tirol, Austria and is the western-most of the subsidiary valleys.

Summer in Tux Valley - Zillertal, Tyrol.
© TVB Tux

The Tux Valley is a well developed subsidiary valley in the Zillertal Alps Nature Park  approx. 15 km long.

The Tux Valley is home to the five districts of Hintertux (1,500 m), Madseit (1,385 m), Juns (1,360 m), Lanersbach (1,300 m), Vorderlanersbach (1,300 m) and the municipality of Finkenberg (840 m), from the beginning of the valley, to its end.

This steadily rising valley leads initially to the west, then arcs in a southwesterly direction to the majestic glaciers, the Gefrorenen Wand (3.288m) and Olperer (3.476m), which can be accessed using the Zillertal Glacier Lifts.

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