If you are looking for a storybook the adventure filled with wooded mountains, steam trains, fast-flowing river glimpses, rich musical traditions, snowy capped alpine peaks, and plenty of outdoor recreation, then Kaltenbach recreation resort is the place to travel to.
It is centrally located in Zillertal, which is the most “active” wide valley in Tyrol State, Austria. The valley is between the Tux Alps to the West, the Kitzbuhel Alps to the East and the Ziller River. What makes this place so unique is that the Zillertal Valley actually branches outward for about forty kilometres northeast to Innsbruck, which is the capital city of Tyrol. For tourists looking to travel here, there is plenty of winter skiing to be had at its top ski resorts and during the summer there is hiking along the nature trails with e-bikes available and numerous mountain biking adventures.
Heading to the Two Most Popular Ski Resorts in Kaltenbach
If skiing is why you’ve come to Zillertal and Kaltenbach. Then heading to one of the two most popular ski resorts is a must.
Hochzillertal ski resort considered one of the best ski regions in the world. So recently put in a new wellness chairlift and a new car park which is free of charge for those holding a ski pass. Some of the top features of this ski resort include no queues, 2,500m over 155km of slopes to ski down, illuminated downhill runs, separate snowboarding slopes, and even a unique eight-seater chairlift that has a protected weather-proof cover and heated seats. In addition to this, it guarantees snow across 75 percent of its slopes and uses environmental initiatives to keep the area pristine.
Hochfugen in Zillertal is extremely close to the Inntal autobahn, meaning the ski resort is incredibly easy to get to from the highway. The resort is located within a high alpine basin that offers breathtaking views of the Alps, allowing skiers to enjoy 1,500 – 2,500m above sea level views. What makes Hochfugen Zillertal a top ski resort is how diversified its slopes are, offering steep slopes for adrenaline junkies, mogul slopes for those advanced in skill, as well as firn snow slopes for those who want a gentle ride. Plus, the slopes are always well-groomed and come with safety training, advanced training, and supervised training for those who want off-slope terrain trails.
Great places in Kaltenbach, good recommendation
Now heading out onto the slopes all day sounds like a fun adventure. So you will need to stop and rest, maybe grab a drink or two, and return your rentals. So, here are three places you should check out while out on the slopes in Zillertal Valley.
is a rental shop that offers rentals for skis, boards, outfits and rental services. It does come with a lounge and depot area and is located directly in the valley at Gondel Station. You will find skis, boots, snowboards, clothing, and repairs as well as e-bikes, mountain bikes, and helmets. You can order online and choose from a large selection of ski brands such as Nordica, Elan, Blizzard, and Atomic.
is a lifestyle mountain retreat or inn that has some of the best views in Kaltenbach. It is located on Hochzillertal. Offers several amenities including restaurants, a sauna, a lounge, events, a bar and is only reachable by cable car in the winter. There are summer mountain bikes for free use during the summertime. There is a sun-terrace, luggage transport upon request, a ski-boot dryer and even a meeting room.
is located at 1,790 meters up in the Zillertal mountains. Comes with some of the best access to hiking trails in the summer and slopes in the winter. It is a spacious inn that comes with three different lounge areas, and an excellent menu of traditional cuisine. In the morning they offer a healthy buffet selection that puts importance on regional products. So in the evening, they have a four-course gourmet menu.
So if you are looking for an active adventure. Whether that be during the cold beautiful months of winter or the summer months of Austria. Kaltenbach is the place to head to. Don’t forget that no matter what time of year you come. You bound to hear some gorgeous and rich traditional music and eat some of the best food around.