Where non expert explorers can take National Geographic-deserving selfies.
If you’re curious about the best things to do in Mayrhofen in summer, this is the article for you.
There’s a very cool optical illusion near the Olpererhütte mountain hut that makes non-expert explorers look like something deserving of a National Geographic centerfold.
Or a very empowering women’s flying dress photoshoot!
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This stunning glacier filled Alpine area is located just 2 hours south of Munich, Germany and is simply breathtaking. It’s perfect for travellers in central Europe looking to add in a soul filling Nature break that’s truly off the beaten path.
Things to do in Mayrhofen in Summer Austria Travel Guide
What awesome activities can you expect to find in Mayrhofen Austria:
- Peaceful Turquoise Mountain Lakes
- Rafting, Waterfalls, Canyoning & Canoeing
- Hiking, Via Ferratas, Hut to Hut Hiking
- Paragliding – Read my Comprehensive Review of Mayrhofen Paragliding
- Exceptional Tyrolean Cuisine
- Mountain Biking & Trail Running
- Gondolas, Pools, Saunas and Golf for the Mellow Adventurers
- Swarovski Crystal Worlds, September Almbetrieb Cattle Festivals and Nature’s Ice Palace for Culture Lovers
Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, a family looking to connect in Nature’s beauty or a busy city dweller looking for the ultimate “unplug”, Mayrhofen offers fantastic accommodations, friendly locals and next world wild scenery and plenty do to for the whole family.
Quick Picks: Best Tours and Hotels in Mayrhofen
Don’t have time to read the whole post? No Problem. Here are my top three picks for the best tours and hotels in an easy to use spreadsheet for your phone.⭐️ Best Hotels & Tours in Mayrhofen ⭐️
Best Places to Stay in Mayrhofen
- Entire Wellness Suite : Sauna, Steam, Massage, Indoor Pool
- Center of Mayrhofen
- No Kids
How to Get to Mayrhofen in Summer
To reach Mayrhofen, the most convenient option is to board an ÖBB train bound for Jenbach Bahnhof. From there, hop on the Zillertalbahn (Zillertal Train) to Mayrhofen in Zillertal, which is listed as Bahnhof Zillertalbahn on Google Maps.
Be sure to book your train ticket to Mayrhofen im Zillertal.
Once you arrive, the bus station is situated just outside the train station, which serves as a starting point for buses heading to various hiking and walking spots in the area.
You can easily drive to this area on wide, mostly flat roads. To get to Mayrhofen Austria by car, take the A12 Inntal Autobahn to the exit Zillertal. From there, take the B169 Zillertal road to Mayrhofen.
Want to rent a car to explore? I always use Discover Cars – find the best value car rental here!
The closest airports are Innsbruck, Salzburg, Munich and Memmingen. Each are about 2-3 hours drive or train.
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You can also save the map for your own use by clicking the next to the map name. This will save the map to your Google Maps, where you can make a copy and use it for your own trip planning.
To view the saved map on your phone, open Google Maps, click “saved” on the bottom, and then “maps” on the lower right.
Top 10 Things to do in Mayrhofen in Summer
Now that you know where to stay and how to get there, let’s talk about the top 10 things to do in Mayrhofen in summer. Mayrhofen is a charming town known for its winter skiing, climbing, hiking, and mountain biking opportunities but there’s more!
10 Best Things to do in Mayrhofen Austria Holiday Region
1. Hiking to the Olpererhütte Suspension Bridge
Olpererhutte is famous for its stunning views, high elevation mountain lodge serving delicious foods and small, but mighty suspension bridge. Surprisingly, it’s not that high off the ground, but it sure looks like a daredevil experience when it’s easy for me and I’ve got vertigo!
There are the three ways you should definitely check out to hike up to Olpererhutte. It’s about 1.5 hours of an uphill hike to get there from the parking lot. Read this post about the Olpererhutte hike to learn the exact details.
- Blue – Direct Blue Route : 4 miles. Distance: 4.04 miles, 6.5 km Out and Back Elevation: 600 meters, 1970 ft up/down Duration: Approx. 3 hours
- #2: Longest : Friesenberghaus Yellow Trail 532 /526 8.5 miles Distance: 8.44 miles, 13.6 km Loop Elevation: 815 meters, 2675 ft up/down Duration: Approx. 6-7 hours
- #3: Waterfall : Neumarkter Green 535/502 Distance: 8.44 miles, 13.6 km Loop Elevation: 815 meters, 2675 ft up/down Duration: Approx. 6-7 hours
Okay, I’m feeling a little bit guilty about this trip with my daughter. She was 12 and the weather was absolutely perfect the day we should have gone home. I sent her up paragliding instead of school. Is that bad?
Mom was definitely scared, but she wasn’t. Obvi.
Paragliding in the Austrian Zillertal Alps is an exhilarating experience that provides a unique perspective of the majestic mountain landscape.
Here’s the Top 4 Paragliding Tours near Mayrhofen Austria:
With trained instructors and high-quality equipment, paragliding in this region is both safe and incredibly fun for adventurers of all levels.
- Book the All Levels 1.5-3 hour tour
- Book the Kid Friendly 15 min Flight
- Book the First Timers Paragliding Flight
- Book the Adrenaline Flight
- Book the High Altitude Flight
3. Nature Flying Dress Photoshoot
It’s always memories that count. Get a Mayrhofen photo that is truly unique.
Goddess Lens Photography is a backpacking, hiking, Nature Loving woman’s dream team for doing legacy-worthy photos of her in wondrous places like the Olpererhütte Bridge. Read the full Behind the Scenes on this photoshoot.
4. Hike to Little Tibet
The journey up the mountain is a scenic one, and you’ll pass through some beautiful landscapes before reaching the top of the dam wall, where the hike to Klein Tibet begins.
Once you arrive, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains and valleys, as well as the tranquil lake and waterfalls along the hike.
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To get to Klein Tibet near Mayrhofen, Austria, you can either drive or take a shuttle bus from Mayrhofen. If you choose to drive, you can park at the Bärenbad-Alm car park, where you’ll need to pay a toll of 8€ for a car or 4€ for a motorcycle.
From there, you can start the hike or take the shuttle bus to the top of the dam wall. If you’re coming from Mayrhofen, you can take the regular shuttle bus 8328 Zillergrund dam for 18.80€ round trip. The bus departs every hour from Mayrhofen and every 30 minutes from Bärenbad-Alm.
If you decide to take the shuttle bus, it’s important to note that only buses are allowed past Bärenbad-Alm to the top of the dam wall. The bus costs 5.80€ round trip, and it’s recommended to buy the tickets in advance to avoid long queues.
4. Relax at a lakes in the Valley or above 2000 meters (6,500 ft)
You’ve got many turquoise lakes and reservoirs in this glacier region of the Zillertal Alps to explore. Here’s a list of great lakes to hike to or use a gondola shorten the journey:
- Schlegeisspeicher – The easiest to drive to at high elevation.
- Schwarzsee – 2,472 meters
- Durlassboden – Highest sailing spot in Austria
💥 This book will be useful: Trekking in the Zillertal Alps (Cicerone Guides)
5. Nature’s Ice Palace inside the Hintertux Glacier 365 Days a year
You can go inside the Hintertux glacier 365 days a year to visit Nature’s Ice Palace. This ice cave is serviced by 3 gondolas and the whole family can go inside for diving, paddleboards, canyoning and guided tours of the ice cave with stalagmites and stalactites.
Wear warm clothing and hiking boots as it’s 0 degrees year round. Take the “Gletscherbus 3” gondola to experience the world’s highest bicable cable car with amazing panoramic views. There’s even summer skiing on the glacier and a wild bird prey show.
6. Ride the Gondolas up to the Mountain Tops
The Penkenbahn (Mayrhofenbahn) and Ahornbahn are two of the most popular gondola rides in Mayrhofen, Austria. The Penkenbahn takes you to the top of Mount Penken, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the Zillertal Alps and access a wide range of paragliding, hiking and biking trails.
The Ahornbahn offer you the experience the highest bi-cable gondola ride in the world and you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the surrounding mountain ranges including the Ahorn mountain. Both rides are reasonably priced and provide a fun and convenient way to explore the beautiful Austrian Alps.
|Name of Gondola (Seilbahn)||Operating Times||Price|
|Penkenbahn + Kombibahn Penken –Operational May 27 to October 8 2023||8:30-17:00||€28 RT /€19.50 one way|
|Ahornbahn –Operational June 17 to Oct 1 2023||7:30-17:00 (every 15 min)|
|Additional Information: Including reduced prices for Children, guest cards and combo tickets.||example: 3 pm ascent €21|
🪂 I love this Paragliding tour near Mayrhofen! You’ll use one these gondolas to get to the launch site.
7. Go Waterfall Hunting
The fantastic Krimml Waterfalls are less than a one hour drive from Mayrhofen and the Schrammach waterfalls (above) offer an incredible experience to view a massive waterfall from a really easy hike near the Schlegeisspeicher near Dominikushütte.
Enjoy hearing the sounds of wild marmot dotting the cascade of water tumbling down the mountain. There are innumerable smaller waterfalls whenever 2 of these impressively steep mountains collide into a valley.
If you’re going to hike up to Friesenburghaus, there is also a fantastic tumbler to view and if you’re going up to Olpererhütte enjoy the the spectacularly long cascade of a waterfall.
8. Zipline off a 430ft high Dam – Or Do a Via Ferrata on it
Sitting at 1780 meters high, the Schlegeis mountain reservoir shimmers in cerulean, moody aqua and turquoise blue depending upon the time of day and sun conditions. One moment it is beaming blue all the way to the top of the mighty Olperer mountain and then the next draped in moody fog.
The dam is impressive as a tourist destination in its own right. It is 725 meters long and 131 meters high. You can walk along the top or even jump off the side in a giant swing!
Zipline on the Dam in the Austrian Alps : Schlegeis 131 Adventure Park
These fr&#(%ing Austrians! This location is great for bringing along your family members that want a little adrenaline to go along with your hikes.
I have a feeling that all Austrian babies come out of the womb on a mountain bike or crampons on their feet. I feel bad for the moms with all the gear at birth, but it’s the only way to explain how they have ziplines off 750 ft dams or vertical races in Mayrhofen.
Thankfully, they also have a plethora of boutique spa hotels to recover after all the jaw dropping hiking and exploring.
😓 Warning: If your knees are like mine and require some TLC, bring hiking poles to ease the downhill hikes.
9. Eat Tyrolean Food!
This may sound really weird to some, but order the “cheese dumpling” soup. Käsepressknödelsoupe just out of this world. My favorite place to eat is at Dominikushütte that is along the shores of Schlegeisspeicher. It’s one of these Tyrolean dishes that simply is not the same anywhere else. I tried it in the Dolomites and was greatly disappointed.
Maybe their cows have less fitness? I’m not sure, but Tyrloean cuisine is not what you think of when you imagine Austria or Germany. It’s incredible. Mayrhofen has a vibrant town center with great restaurants, but you must get out to some of the mountain hütten for lunches where the food is the main draw for people to endure these hikes and mountain bike rides.
10. Take a Steam Train up the Mountain
There are times when we don’t want to self propel up the mountain, so click here for the schedule and prices : Steam Train Mayrhofen. Their motto is “let your senses run wild” and we can definitely get onboard with that. Choo choo!
11. For Adventure lovers there is a once a year vertical ultra marathon race in July.
The SKYRACE route is one of the most crazy things to do in Mayrhofen in summer – a race with a distance of over 34km and a total ascent/descent of 2400m – is the ultimate challenge for serious sky runners. After a relatively gradual climb at the start in the direction of Pfitscherjoch, runners cross the Austrian-Italian border and run for a short time on the Italian side of the Zilltertal Alps.
Continuing on parts of the Peter Habeler Circuit, runners cross the Unterschrammach corrie and the 2,900m Riepenkopf – one of the secondary summits of the 3,476m Olperer, before returning to the famous Olpererhütte.
The crux point is the climb up to the Friesenberg wind gap, where the highest point of 2,930m is reached. After a detour over the Petersköpfl peak with its famous “stone almonds”, the route continues to the Friesenberghaus and back to the start at the dam on the reservoir.
The main challenge of the route is the very long distance at over 2,500m above see level, with key sections close to the 3,000m mark – below giant mountains such as the Olperer and Hoher Riffler.
The highly technically challenging route includes crux points with via ferrata elements, steel safety rope and very rocky sections. Much of it is on very steep trails that are extremely demanding, and require stamina and concentration from the runners.
The Schlegeis 3000 SKYRACE is an extreme running event, most of which is on high Alpine terrain. Nevertheless, participants will be rewarded by a unique experience in a fantastic setting.
More proof that Austrians are born differently!
The weather in Mayrhofen is heavily influenced by the Alps and is typically mild and pleasant during the summer months. The town’s elevation of around 630 meters above sea level means that it enjoys cooler temperatures than other parts of Austria, but still maintains comfortable conditions for outdoor activities.
Based on historical weather data, Mayrhofen in summer experiences average high temperatures of around 23°C (73°F) in July and August, with average low temperatures of around 10°C (50°F). June and September are slightly cooler, with average highs of around 20°C (68°F) and average lows of around 7°C (45°F).
The weather can be somewhat unpredictable, with occasional rain showers and cooler days. However, the warm and sunny days make it an ideal time to explore the nearby mountain trails or enjoy outdoor activities such as paragliding, rafting, or swimming in the town’s outdoor pool.
Hiking the Zillertal Alps is best Mid-June to Mid-September.
Geology of the Zillertal Alps
The Zillertal Alps in the Eastern Alps are unique in many ways, notably due to their thick Austroalpine nappes that cover the area almost completely. These nappes are composed of strongly oxidized basement rocks that were affected by the Pan-African orogeny. In contrast, only a relatively thin layer of sediment was deposited on the European plate during the entire Triassic. There are two major gaps through which lower tectonic units emerge, making the Tauern Window a unique tectonic structure in the Alps.
The Eastern Alps also have two orogenic wedges, one to the north, and another to the south that is actively growing today, as indicated by seismic activity along the southern rim of the Alps. This growth is related to the deep penetration of the Adriatic plate into the eastern Alps. The high-velocity zone that reflects recently subducted mantle is displaced to the northeast and appears to be connected to the Adriatic plate.
This is in contrast to the Western Alps, where the subducting mantle is connected to the European plate. Key paleogeographic and tectonic processes responsible for the evolution of the Eastern Alps include long-lasting subsidence and the spreading of the Alpine Tethys, which was extremely slow, allowing substantial cooling of the exposed mantle.
There are a variety of accommodation options in Mayrhofen and along the Zillertal Valley, from mountain huts to boutique vegan spas. Some of the best places to stay are:
|👎🏻 Click here to check price||⭐️ Why Stay Here?|
|Backyard Mountain Hostel||Great value and clean rooms|
|Der Siegeler||Modern, trendy, sportsbar|
|Elisabeth Hotel Retreat||ULTIMATE Luxury Wellness – No kids allowed|
|Download a PDF of ALL||Mayrhofen Accomodations|
My Favorite Modern:
Der Seigeler wins my affection due to it’s modern decor and fun atmosphere. The newly renovated Siegeler hotel in Mayrhofen boasts a trendy and hip architecture, a cozy garden with a spacious terrace and a table tennis table, a stylishly furnished lounge, and comfortable superior rooms with various amenities including a panoramic balcony, making it a standout destination.
The Backyard Mountain Hostel sits in a beautiful village location on the mountainside with shared kitchen, lounge and outdoor area. Clean rooms and idyllic location for hikers, mountain bikers and people who like to meet other travelers.
ElisabethHotel Luxury Retreat is hands down one of the most relaxing places in the Austrian Alps. The adult-only ElisabethHotel Premium Private Retreat is a newly renovated 4-star superior hotel located in the centre of Mayrhofen, just a 5-minute walk from the Zillertal 3000 Ski Area; it boasts a 1,400 m² spa area with a sauna, steam bath, and 17 m indoor pool, while the rooms are decorated in modern and elegant Tyrolean style. There’s a bar with an open fireplace, restaurant with local specialities, sun terrace, beauty treatments, and fitness centre.
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FAQ Things to do in Mayrhofen in Summer
What is the Mayrhofen summer card?
Great for families, hikers and bikers the Zillertal Alps Active Card is for discounts on:
One ascent and descent every day with one of 10 cable cars of your choice
Daily entry to one of 6 outdoor swimming pools in the Zillertal
Free use of most public transport in the region (except steam train)
At least 10% discount with many advantage partners in and around the Zillertal
Children discount: Children born after 2016 and younger are transported for free. Children born between 2008 and 2016 pay the children’s rate.
Family ticket: When buying two adult tickets your children (born between 2008 and 2016) travel for free.
Children’s tickets and free tickets for children are only available at the cash desks on presentation of ID available, not bookable online
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