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Zillertal Alps Nature Park Dear Nature Park Enthusiast, Our Nature Park is a high alpine conservation area in the truest sense of the words. It extends from the traditional mountaineering village of Ginzling to the Hochfeiler Peak at 3,509 m. Five different sub-valleys, narrow gorges, glaciated summits, innate and cultivated landscapes as well as an extraordinary biodiversity are the defining characteristics of the „Nature Park of the Year 2015“. We invite you to discover the Nature Park together with our guides and find out more about the region. There is something to suit everyone – with hikes to the Berlin Hut, herbal walks, the Alpine Pastures Experience Zillergrund, the forest pixie day or an ascent to Mount Ahorn’s peak with Peter Habeler. We highly recommend a visit to the Nature Park House, as well as staying with one of our partner companies who work in close collaboration with the Nature Park. Guests of our partner companies can participate in all our hikes and visit the exhibition at the Nature Park House for free. The Nature Park is waiting to be discovered by you!

The Nature Park Team, Manager Willi Seifert, Katharina Weiskopf, Karin Bauer 2

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Hochgebirgs-

Naturpark Zillertaler Alpen

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Facts & Highlights Size: 379 km² Protected natural area since 1991 Altitude profile ranging from 1,000 m at Ginzling to 3,509 m at Hochfeiler An unparalleled experience of natural landscapes with 80 glaciers, rich biodiversity at all alpine altitudes and unique crystal deposits. Unspoiled cultural landscapes on alpine pastures and meadows Nature has priority - permanent developments with public roads or lift systems are prohibited with no exception Nature Park House in the mountaineering village of Ginzling Alpine and Nature Park library with a selection of books and maps in the Nature Park House Several fascinating permanent ans special exhibitions Over 200 guided walks with our Nature Park Guides covering a variety of Nature Park themes Eight mountain refuge huts from the German Alpine Association Walk through the Nature Park from hut to hut along the Berlin Hiking trail Several themed trails Internationally renowned climbing & bouldering areas

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More Information on the Nature Park and themed guided walks is available from the Nature Park House in Ginzling or from the Mayrhofen-Hippach and Tux-Finkenberg Tourist Boards, see page 59 for further information. 07.04.2016 12:25:47


Nature Park Partner business A Nature Park Partner business is a quality tested accommodation provider, who identifies with the ideals and philosophy of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park. • • • • • • • •

Strong affinity with the Nature Park Competent information on the Nature Park region provided by the Nature Park host Nature Park holiday packages Free participation on the Nature Park guided tours Free admission to the Nature Park House exhibition Free use of the Nature Park library Sustainable business management Increased use of regional products

Presentation series „Magical Moments in the Nature Park“ Impressions, interesting facts and hiking tips for our visitors Nature photographer and Nature Park Ranger, Hermann Muigg, accompanies visitors to the most beautiful spots in the Tux Valley and tells them about the region’s special characteristics. He has captured many a magical moment with his camera. “Seen through the heart” - is how he describes the rugged, beautiful world amidst these high mountains. As Nature Park and Mountain Guide he is a hive of information on hiking in the Tux and Zillertal Alps. The “Magical Moments” presentation takes place every Monday from 20.06 - 23.09. Begins in Tux: 17.30 hrs at the Tux-Center, Lanersbach, in the „Gletschersaal“ Begins in Finkenberg: 20.30 hrs at Volksschule Finkenberg in the Aula (lobby)

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We are your Nature Park guides and would like to introduce ourselves: Andrea Sporer

Maria Fankhauser

“As a Nature Park guide, I have the opportunity to show people the many secrets and small wonders of nature and how to transform these into strength and energy for everyday life”

„It brings me great joy every single time I am able to show people the Nature Park in all its stunning beauty“

Tel.: +43/(0)676/ 99 14 563 Mail: fankhauser.mc@gmail.com

Mail: andrea.sporer@aon.at

Hermann Muigg

Herbert Grasl

„As dawn breaks – mystical moments – my style of photography; an intimate glimpse of nature; one we so often trample with our feet!“

„I made my hobby into my career and am delighted to discover the Nature Park with you as your guide“

Tel.: +43/(0)664/ 16 21 729 Mail: info@alte-stube.at

Tel.: +43/(0)664/ 26 57 303 Mail: hebs@aon.at

Antonia Muigg „It´s an affair of my heart, to share the beauty and the particularities of the nature park with other people as well as to preserve it for future generations“ Tel.: +43/(0)676/ 60 81 783 Mail: info@alte-stube.at

Irene Fankhauser „It gives me great joy to experience and discover the beauty and diversity of our natural environment with other interested parties – especially children“ Tel.: +43/(0)680/ 44 60 547 Mail: irene.fankhauser@aon.at

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Franz Haun

Walter Ludl „I always try to introduce people to the incredible diversity of the Nature Park“

„The beautiful wild flowers never fail to impress me as well as the stunning views over 3,000 m peaks, and exactly that is what I endeavour to show people“

Tel.: +43/(0)699/ 11 69 10 74 Mail: frhaun@aon.at

Tel.: +43/(0)664/ 39 69 419 74 Mail: w.ludl@tirol.com

Florian Warum

Hans Knauer „As a keen mountaineer i would like to bring closer the inestimable variety of the high nature park Zillertal Alps to many other people“ Tel.: +43/(0)664/ 40 38 635 Mail: hans.knauer@zline.at

“The mountains are a natural habitat for both man and beast. They are also, however, chock full of many noteworthy stories” Tel.: +43/(0)664/ 53 58 523 Mail: floachhaxn@hotmail.com

Claudia & Sepp Kröll „We love llamas. They are gentle and intelligent companions for people of all ages“ Tel.: +43/(0)664/ 57 59 646 Mail: zillertal-llamas@aon.at

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Events 2016 “Steinbock - King of the Alps” - Thursday, 23.06.2016 The “Steinbock” (alpine ibex) is one of the high mountain region’s most symbolic animals and known as the “King of the Alps”. Its mighty horns and climbing skills are its most defining features. But that is not all. The ibex has a long tradition in the Zillertal Valley, although a somewhat eventful recent history. On this particular evening the swiss alpine ibex expert, Dr. Filli, will provide us with interesting and fascinating details on the species. Presentation by Dr. Flurin Filli: Thursday, 24th June at 20.00 hrs in the “Mehrzweckgebäude” in Ginzling, free admission.

Multi Vision show „The Zillertal and Tux Alps“ (schedule to be announced) Bernd Ritschel is a passionate photograph and often underway in the Zillertal and Tux Alps. Since his teens, he used to spend every spare minute in the alps. Meanwhile he has undertaken more than 80 journeys and expeditions to nearly all mountain regions of the globe, and wheter these were Himalayan summits, the Arctic in winter or tropical rainforests, he never left his camera at home. In his Multi vision show he will present numerous enthralling images of the fascinating alpine scenery you can discover in the Zillertal and Tux Alps. Multi Vision show by Bernd Ritschel in the Tux-Center in Lanersbach, free admission.

Nature Park Festival and Nature Park Hiking Day - Saturday, 20.08.2016 Nature Park Festival for visitors of all ages in the mountaineering village of Ginzling - with a guided family hike and exciting children’s and family programme in the festival grounds. Visitors can look forward to a whole host of adventure and handicraft stations, as well as the Alpine Association’s climbing tower. All five Tyrolean Nature Parks will be represented at the Zillertal Alps Nature Park 25th anniversary. But that is not all; the Life Radio team will be also be in attendance and reporting live on all the action.

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All events at a glance

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Tour Name In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach” Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach” Roaming Ranger Days: Brandberg - Kolmhaus Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ Roaming Ranger Days: Ginzling - Maxhütte (Gunggl) Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach” Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach Roaming Ranger Days: Hintertux - Weitental - Tuxer-Joch-Haus Bergmähderweg & Kolmhaus In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“

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Tour Name Tour Nr. Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest 2 Roaming Ranger Days:: Grüblspitze - Stoankasern (Tux Valley / Junsberg) In and around Mayrhofen 1 On the tracks of the hunters and gatheres 11 The “Glocke” natural gem 5 From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach” 7 Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach 3 Roaming Ranger Days: Schlegeis - Pfitscher Joch-Haus (Zamser Grund) The Sunny Side of Brandberg 4 In and around Mayrhofen 1 Llama trek and Tux Mill On the tracks of the hunters and gatheres 11 The “Glocke” natural gem 5 From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach” 7 Through the Forest to Panormaic Views 14 Berliner Hut: To the most beautiful mountain huts in the Eastern Alps 24 Roaming Ranger Days: Gasthof In der Au - Kainzenhüttenalm (Zillergrund/Sunder) Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ 9 Bergmähderweg & Kolmhaus 21 Sunrise over the Tux Valley 13 Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest 2 Meet the Mountains 16 Ranger Tour to Tettensjoch 19 On the way to the stone pine 22 Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Maxhütte 20 In and around Mayrhofen 1 Llama trek and Tux Mill Panoramic tour in the Zillergrund 17 Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! - Elsalm 10

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The “Glocke” natural gem Alpine ibex & high alpine chapel Forest Pixie Day The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling 12 Watching Wildlife 15 Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach 3 From Sonnalm to Brandberg 8 Lake Eiskarsee & Hippoldspitze Peak 23 Presentation “Steinbock - King of the Alps” Kid’s adventures in Scheulingwald Forest On the way to the stone pine 22 Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Olpererhütte 20 Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler 25 Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Finkenberg - Gamshütte Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Gamshütte - Friesenberghaus Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Friesenberghaus - Schlegeis In and around Mayrhofen 1 Llama trek and Tux Mill On the tracks of the hunters and gatheres 11 Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! 10 Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! 10 The “Glocke” natural gem 5 Through the Forest to Panormaic Views 14 Berliner Hut: To the most beautiful mountain huts in the Eastern Alps 24 Forest Pixie Day Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ 9 The Sunny Side of Brandberg 4 Sunrise over the Tux Valley 13 Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest 2

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Tour Name Tour Nr. Meet the Mountains 16 Ranger Tour to Tettensjoch 19 On the Trail of Climate Change 6 On the way to the stone pine 22 Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Gamshütte 20 Kid’s adventures in Scheulingwald Forest Roaming Ranger Days: Schlegeis - Unterschrammachkar - Olpererhütte In and around Mayrhofen 1 Llama trek and Tux Mill Panoramic tour in the Zillergrund 17 Experience of Alpine Pastures Zillergrund The “Glocke” natural gem 5 Alpine ibex & high alpine chapel 18 Forest Pixie Day The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling 12 Watching Wildlife 15 Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach 3 From Sonnalm to Brandberg 8 Lake Eiskarsee & Hippoldspitze Peak 23 On the Trail of Climate Change 6 On the way to the stone pine 22 Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Plauener Hütte 20 Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Greizer Hütte Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Greizer Hütte - Grüne Wand Hütte

In and around Mayrhofen Llama trek and Tux Mill On the tracks of the hunters and gatheres Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! Elsalm Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! Lengauhof

Experience of Alpine Pastures Zillergrund

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Date 02.08. 02.08. 02.08. 03.08. 03.08. 03.08. 03.08. 04.08. 04.08. 04.08. 04.08. 05.08. 05.08. 05.08. 08.08. 08.08. 08.08. 09.08. 09.08. 09.08. 09.08. 10.08. 10.08. 10.08. 11.08. 11.08. 11.08. 12.08. 12.08.

Tour Name The “Glocke” natural gem Through the Forest to Panormaic Views Berliner Hut: To the most beautiful mountain huts in the Eastern Alps Forest Pixie Day Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ The Sunny Side of Brandberg Sunrise over the Tux Valley Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest Meet the Mountains Ranger Tour to Tettensjoch Roaming Ranger Days: Lanersbach - Höllensteinhütte - Grieralm Kid’s adventures in Scheulingwald Forest On the way to the stone pine Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Friesenberghaus In and around Mayrhofen Llama trek and Tux Mill Panoramic tour in the Zillergrund Experience of Alpine Pastures Zillergrund The “Glocke” natural gem Through the Forest to Panormaic Views Alpine ibex & high alpine chapel Forest Pixie Day The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling Watching Wildlife Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach From Sonnalm to Brandberg Lake Eiskarsee &Hippoldspitze Peak On the Trail of Climate Change On the way to the stone pine

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Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Greizer Hütte 20 Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Breitlahner - Berliner Hütte Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Berliner Hütte - Floitengrund

In and around Mayrhofen Llama trek and Tux Mill On the tracks of the hunters and gatheres Experience of Alpine Pastures Zillergrund The “Glocke” natural gem Berliner Hut: To the most beautiful mountain huts in the Eastern Alps Forest Pixie Day Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ The Sunny Side of Brandberg Sunrise over the Tux Valley Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest Meet the Mountains Ranger Tour to Tettensjoch Kid’s adventures in Scheulingwald Forest On the way to the stone pine Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Berliner Hütte Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler Roaming Ranger Days: Speicher Zillergründl - Plauener Hütte Nature Park Festival and Nature Park Familiy Hiking Day In and around Mayrhofen Llama trek and Tux Mill Panoramic tour in the Zillergrund Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! The “Glocke” natural gem

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Tour Name Bergmähderweg & Kolmhaus Alpine ibex & high alpine chapel Forest Pixie Day The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling Watching Wildlife Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach From Sonnalm to Brandberg Lake Eiskarsee & Hippoldspitze Peak On the Trail of Climate Change On the way to the stone pine Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Kasseler Hütte In and around Mayrhofen Llama trek and Tux Mill Alpine ibex & high alpine chapel The “Glocke” natural gem From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach” Berliner Hut: To the most beautiful mountain huts in the Eastern Alps Forest Pixie Day The Sunny Side of Brandberg Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ Sunrise over the Tux Valley Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest Meet the Mountains Ranger Tour to Tettensjoch Kid’s adventures in Scheulingwald Forest On the way to the stone pine Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Pfitscher Joch-Haus In and around Mayrhofen

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Llama trek and Tux Mill The “Glocke” natural gem 5 From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach” 7 Bergmähderweg & Kolmhaus 21 Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Schlegeis - Furtschaglhaus Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Furtschaglhaus - Breitlahner Forest Pixie Day The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling 12 Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach 3 On the Trail of Climate Change 6 On the way to the stone pine 22 Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Furtschaglhaus 20 Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Edelhütte - Kasseler Hütte Roaming Ranger Days on the Berliner Höhenweg: Kasselerhütte - Grüne Wand Hütte

In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem The Sunny Side of Brandberg Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ Nature Park Mountain refuge huts - Tuxer Joch-Haus On the way to the stone pine In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem From the Ziller river to the waterfall “Talbach” On the way to the stone pine In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem Natural monument „Schrauben Waterfall“ In and around Mayrhofen The “Glocke” natural gem From Ziller to the waterfall “Talbach”

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25 Years Zillertal Alps Nature Park Anniversary year for Tyrol’s very first Nature Park The Tyrolean Regional Government awarded the 372 km² area encompassing the Zillertal Main Ridge, which forms the basis of the Nature Park, protected status on 2nd July 1991. The protected area was subsequently given the “Nature Park” title in 2001 and bestowed with a new name: Zillertal Alps Nature Park. Meanwhile, the protected area encompasses the municipalities of Brandberg, Finkenberg, Mayrhofen, Tux and Ginzling, incorporating a total surface area of 379 km². The Conservation and Planning Department and Section Zillertal of the Austrian Alpine Association paved the way for this great reserve on the Main Alpine Ridge. Personal on-site support of the protected area was established 1992, a novelty back then in Tyrol and a ground-breaking project that has been copied many times since. A dedicated support team was established in 1996, which steers the fate of the Nature Park to this day. Another important milestone was the opening of the Nature Park House in 2008, a multifunctional building in the heart of the Nature Park in the mountaineering village of Ginzling. In recognition of their consistent efforts, the Zillertal Alps Nature Park was voted „Austria‘s Nature Park of the Year 2015“ by an independent panel of experts from the Austrian Nature Park Association (VNÖ). Together with four other protected areas, the Zillertal Alps Nature Park now forms the largest protected area in the Alps (2,600 km²). We wish all Nature Park visitors lots of fun and great experiences over the next 25 years!

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Registration and Equipment Registration • • •

via www.naturpark-zillertal.at by latest 20.00 hrs on the day before your proposed tour via your accommodation provider by latest 20.00 hrs on the day before your proposed tour direct with the Nature Park/Tourist Board offices by latest 17.00 hrs on the day before your tour

Costs Free of charge for guests staying at our partner businesses! Please show your Na-

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ture Park guest card to your Guide before the tour. The card is issued by your accommodation Or else, please check the individual tour descriptions Children up to the age of 5 years are free of charge, children between the age 6-14 years only pay half Costs incurred for buses, trains, possible use of cable cars or taxis is not included.

Equipment Appropriate hiking clothing with sturdy shoes, rain and sun protection as well as a water bottle are essential on all tours!

Meeting Points • •

See the map on page 3, network plan on page 54 and tour descriptions All meeting points are easily accessible using public transport 18

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Level of difficulty Tour difficulty rating Rating easy hike

Trail and terrain

Requirements and equipment

hiking trail, relatively flat terrain, easy uphill climbs, ascents of 100 - 300 metres in altitude, 2 -4 hours of walking

not particularly physically demanding, trainers with good soles or trekking shoes will suffice

hiking trail, relatively flat terrain, moderate easy uphill climbs, ascents of hike 300 - 700 metres in altitude, 3 -4 hours of walking difficult hike

difficult summit hike

moderately demanding, relatively good fitness levels required, as are decent trekking shoes with a good sole or hiking boots

marked trails and/or routes off the beaten track, sections of steep alpine terrain, ascents of 500 - 1,200 metres in altitude, 4 -8 hours of walking

good stamina and fitness levels required, steady footing and a good head for heights, hiking boots

steep terrain, exposed sections with danger of falling, high alpine terrain, over 1,000 metres in altitude, 6 - 8 hours of walking

excellent stamina and fitness levels required, steady footing and a good head for heights, hiking boot

= Take your own food and drink The organizers reserve the right to make last minute programme changes or postponements in the event of adverse weather conditions or any other reason. Participation is at your own 19 risk - the Zillertal Alps Nature Park administration team accept no liability of any kind! naturpark_zillertal_Sommerprogramm_englisch_2016.indd 19

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Nature Park Rangers: The nature pros are out and about for you! Discover the special characteristics of the region with the Rangers What do Rangers actually do? The Rangers are out and about in the Nature Park twice a week in summer. Whilst underway, they inform visitors about the nature reserve and its special features: geology, glaciers, animals, plants, alpine farm life and lots more. The Rangers, however, have even more to offer. Nature Park visitors can observe and experience nature right up close at their various stations. Using binoculars and a telescope, the Rangers will help you identify otherwise invisible details both near and far: The World of Ice Giants, wild animals that live in high alpine landscapes, as well as the beauty of the alpine flora. They are, of course, more than happy to share their extensive knowledge and give advice on walks and excursions, how to behave correctly in the wild and support volunteering projects.

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Our Ranger Team The Nature Park has four Rangers - Maria, Toni, Hermann and Herbert. They are specially trained and advocates of high quality and competent visitor information. Herbert Toni

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Clean Mountains The Rangers pay great attention to keeping the trails clean and tidy and remove any debris they may find. However, this shouldn’t be happening in the first place. Remember: waste has a long life, so take your rubbish home with you!

When and where are the Rangers underway? The Rangers are out and about along the Nature Park hiking trails often several times weekly from the middle of June to middle of September. If you know where they are working you are bound to meet up with them. You can find out where they are on the event overview from page 9, along with lots more information from the Online Ranger Diary under: blog.naturpark-zillertal.at Thrilling encounters, animated conversations and great experiences are guaranteed! naturpark_zillertal_Sommerprogramm_englisch_2016.indd 21

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Familiy and Children Programme

Llama trek and Tux Mill

A tour for walkers of all ages

Together with our four legged friends, Cusco, Nero, Bernardo and Moritz we walk leisurely along the banks of the Tux Stream from Lanersbach to Madseit. As we walk, we have plenty of time to savour the beautiful landscape with all our senses as we adopt the leisurely pace of the llamas. You will learn how to lead the llamas and get to know them a little better. On our way, we can take a step back in time at Tuxer Mühle (Tux Mill). This water-powered mill dates back to 1839 and is still in use today during the summer months. Suitable for children from the age of 6. Meeting point:

10.45 hrs – Tux Center in Lanersbach, car park behind the Center

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Familiy and Children Programme

Forest Pixie day

An invitation to all budding natural scientists and their parents! Children’s programme in the “Glocke” protected area. Together we can discover the Glocke, an island full of botanical features with a fascinating ravine forest. While we pretend to be forest pixies, we learn about the forest from the forest and investigate the Glocke using our imagination and creativity. The focus is on children and their natural inquisitiveness during this family hike. Suitable for children from the age of 3 - 9. Meeting point:

10.00 hrs – Finkenberg, car park opposite the church

Dates: 13.07. | 20.07. | 27.07. | 03.08. | 10.08. | 17.08. | 24.08. | 31.08. | 07.09 Duration: circa 3-4 hrs; 45 min of which spent walking easy walk with circa 140 m in altitude difference Characteristics: Cost: Children ≤ 5 years free - Children 6-14 years € 2,50 - Adults € 5 free for all guests of our partner businesses Arriving by bus: 9.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 13.12/ 14.02 hrs 9.52 hrs arr. Finkenberg Dorf (Village) dep. 13.03/ 13.53 hrs Refreshments: None - please bring a snack and drink! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required - also for parents! 23

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Familiy and Children Programme

Kid’s adventures in Scheulingwald Forest

Journey over Hill and Dale

Scheulingwald Forest is home to many secrets... We explore the hidden treasures of the forest in the protected area around Mayrhofen. This family hike takes us along narrow trails until “Schlangenkopffelsen - Snake Head Rock”. Using fun and games, we explore the forest with its plants and inhabitants together. The hike ends at the water playground in Scheulingwald Forest, where you can enjoy spending the rest of the afternoon. Especially suitable for children aged 3 - 9 years. Meeting point:

10.00 hrs – Finkenberg, car park opposite the church

15.07. | 22.07. | 05.08. | 19.08. | 02.09 Dates: Duration: circa 3-4 hrs; 45 min of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walk Children ≤ 5 years free - Children 6-14 years € 2,50 - Adults € 5 Cost: free for all guests of our partner businesses Arriving by bus: 9.11 hrs dep. Tux Center/ Eggalmbahn arr. 14.39/ 15.09 hrs 9.37 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station dep. 14.10/ 14.40 hrs Refreshments: None, please bring a snack & drink! Kiosk near mini golf course (after the tour) Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required - also for parents! 24

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Familiy and Children Programme

Alpine Pastures Experience Zillergrund

Take your time and savour with all your senses

What animals can be found roaming on mountain pastures? Why must the pastures be cleared of stones? What do alpine roses and wild thyme smell like? How does “Melchermuas” taste – a typical Tyrolean alpine snack? We walk together from Gasthof In der Au to the Sulzbodenalm alpine farm, where the farmers will welcome us and tell us fascinating stories about alpine life. We are also allowed to take a peek inside their alpine dwelling. We can discover the world of alpine animals in an entertaining way today, smell the alpine roses, gentian and co., and lend a hand on the alpine farm. Meeting point: 09.30 hrs – Gasthof in der Au in the Zillergrund Dates: 26.07. | 02.08. | 09.08. | 16.08. Duration: circa 4-5 hrs; circa 2 hrs of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walk with circa 150 m in altitude difference Cost: Children ≤ 5 years free - Children 6-14 years € 2,50 - Adults € 5 free for all guests of our partner businesses Arriving by bus: 8.50 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.42/ 15.42 hrs 9.26 hrs arr. GH In der Au / Bärenbadalm dep. 14.11/ 15.11 hrs Refreshments: Bärenbadalm Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required - also for parents! 25

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In and Around Mayrhofen

In the Scheuling Forest protected area

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After receiving information on the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, we walk through the Scheuling Forest, home to a particularly rich world of flora and fauna. This walk takes us through the village with its‘ assortment of historical buildings and into the protected area of the Scheuling Forest. We will then walk over the Zillersteg Bridge to Kumbichl, from where we have excellent views of the Ziller Gorge and Tuxer Gorge. Afterwards we will reach the sub-district of Dorf-Haus, which is particularly pretty with its old farmhouses. Then we will walk along the historic natural boundary, the Ziller River, to the railway station and back to the Europahaus. The knowledgeable Nature Park guides Maria, Walter and Andrea will tell you all about the cultural and natural features of the region. Meeting point: 13.00 hrs – Europahaus Mayrhofen Dates: 16.05 - 03.10 on mondays Duration: circa 3 hours; 2 of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walk in and around the village with circa 150 m in altitude difference Cost: € 4 (free for guests of our partner businesses and from the tourist region Mayrhofen Hippach with their guest card) Arriving by bus*: 12.06 hrs dep. Tux Center-Eggalmbahn arr. 17.09/ 17.39 hrs 12.32 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station dep. 16.40/ 17.10 hrs Refreshments: several guest houses in Mayrhofen Maximum number of participants: 20! Advance registration is required! 28

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Herbal Walk in the Scheuling Forest

There is a herb for every ailment

During this informative and entertaining walk through the protected Scheulingwald Forest, Mayrhofen’s recreation area, we will pick tasty herbs just next to the path, discuss their healing properties and prepare a delicious and healthy soup. The group will share basic knowledge and experiences concerning medicinal plants. Curious about the natural resource and source of energy, we will try to track down the secrets of these magical herbs.

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Dates: 26.05.* | 09.06. | 23.06. | 07.07. | 21.07 | 04.08 | 18.08 | 01.09 circa 4 hours; 1 of which spent walking Duration: Characteristics: easy walking in easy terrain Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.11 hrs dep. Tux Center-Eggalmbahn arr. 15.09 hrs 9.37 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station dep. 14.40 hrs Refreshments: several guest houses in Mayrhofen Maximum number of participants: 20! Advance registration is required!

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Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach

All about yarrow, comfrey & Co

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Andrea, our “Herbalist” will lead you on an informative and entertaining walk through the meadows of Hippach and tell you long forgotten facts about local medicinal and culinary herbs. Whether comfrey, as a wound healing and anti-inflammatory agent, or yarrow with its properties for treating digestive and gynaecological conditions, experienced herbalist Erika knows every herb and its medicinal properties.

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10.00 hrs – Hippach-Ramsau station

Dates: 19.05. | 02.06. | 16.06. | 30.06. | 14.07. | 28.07. | 11.08. | 25.08. | 08.09. Duration: circa 4 hours; 1 of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walking in easy terrain Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by train: 9.52 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.04/ 14.34 hrs 9.58 hrs arr. Hippach-Ramsau station dep. 13.58/ 14.28 hrs Refreshments: several guest houses in Hippach Maximum number of participants: 20! Advance registration is required! 30

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The Sunny Side of Brandberg

Blooming mountain meadows and cultural alpine landscapes This walk begins with a tour of the 100 year old renovated Schrofen Mill, where we can watch our flour being milled. We continue through the mountain world of the sun drenched village of Brandberg to the Steinerkogl Guest House and back to the recently renovated Mitterstal Barn, which dates back to the 18th Century and is home to the Nature Park Cultural.Landscape.Worlds exhibition. This unique journey of discovery gives visitors an intense impression of the life and farming conditions of yesteryear in these harsh and unforgiving steep cultural landscapes with their unique biodiversity. Meeting point:

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10.00 hrs – Gasthof Thanner in Brandberg

Dates: 01.07. | 20.07. | 03.08. | 17.08. | 31.08. | 14.09. Duration: circa 4,5 hours, 2 of which are spent walking Characteristics: easy walk with moderate uphill sections covering ca. 250 m in altitude difference Cost: â‚Ź 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.06 hrs 9.55 hrs arr. Brandberg GH Thanner dep. 15.55 hrs Refreshments: Gasthof Thanner and Berggasthof Steinerkogl Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 31

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The “Glocke” natural gem

Botanical walk through a breathtaking ravine forest Irene Fankhauser | Andrea Sporer

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The nature trail is located in a protected area called the Glocke, an island full of an interesting mix of geological and botanical rarities in the Nature Park member village of Finkenberg. Only three of this type of botanical rarity has remained intact in the Eastern European Alps since the Ice Age – and one of them is here in Finkenberg! Particularly impressive is the 70 metre deep Tux Stream Gorge and the legendary “Teufelsbrücke – Devil’s Bridge. Learn some interesting facts about this very special forest, its‘ historical uses, unique plant world and extraordinary geological features. This exciting round walk is full of mystery, unexpected secrets and interesting. Meeting point:

10.00 hrs – Finkenberg, car park opposite the church

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17.05. - 04.10 on tuesdays

Duration: circa 4 hours, 1.5 of which spent walking easy walk in and around Finkenberg (ca. 120 m in altitude difference) Characteristics: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Cost: Arriving by bus: 9.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.32 hrs 9.52 hrs arr. Finkenberg Dorf (Village) dep. 14.23 hrs* Refreshments: Hotel Schöne Aussicht, several guest houses in Finkenberg Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 32

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On the Trail of Climate Change

Explore the wild Gunggl Valley with a Ranger How does a glacier form, what is permafrost or global warming in relation to our Alps. What does existing vegetation tell us? The effects of global warning on our local wild game, increasing numbers of foreign species, growth displacement in the various vegetation zones and much more. Some pretty interesting themes will accompany us on this Nature Watch Tour to Gunggl. Starting from the Nature Park House, the walk leads through a beautiful forest to this ruggedly romantic high valley. We reach wonderful alpine grazing pastures, with views of a distinctive step in the topography, where several small waterfalls tumble down into the valley basin.

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Meeting point: 8.30 hrs - Naturparkhaus Ginzling Dates: 22.07. | 29.07. | 12.08. | 26.08. | 09.09. circa 6 hours, 5 of which spent walking Duration: Characteristics: moderate hike with steep sections (700 metres in altitude) Cost: â‚Ź 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 7.55 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.50/ 16.50 hrs 8.18 hrs arr. Nature Park House Ginzling dep. 14.30/ 16.30 hrs MaxhĂźtte Refreshments: Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 33

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From the Ziller River to the Talbach Waterfall

Discovering the treasures of the valley floor

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From Hippach-Ramsau station, we walk along the banks of the Ziller River for a short distance before turning off along the „Laimacher Waldweg“ (Laimach Forest Trail). Just above the valley floor we make our way down-valley along the forest edge, while enjoying fabulous views of the well-kept cultural landscapes of the Nature Park Region. The undulating trail leads us to the impressive Talbach-Waterfall. After crossing a bridge and following a quaint forest trail, we arrive at the residential area of the market town of Zell am Ziller. The tour ends at Zell railway station, where we can catch the train back to Mayrhofen. Meeting point:

9.00 hrs – Hippach-Ramsau station

Dates: 18.05. | 01.06. | 15.06. | 29.06. | 05.07. | 30.08. | 06.09. | 21.09. | 05.10. Duration: ca. 4 hours, 3 of which are spent walking easy walk, at the water fall some steep steps (150 m in altitude difference) Characteristics: Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by train: 8.52 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 13.34/ 14.04 hrs 8.58 hrs arr. Ramsau / Zell station dep. 13.23/ 13.53 hrs Refreshments: None – please bring your own pack lunch! several guest houses in Zell Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 34

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From Sonnalm to Brandberg

Panoramic hike in cultural landscapes

We take the Ramsberg lift up to the Sonnalm and walk from there to the Kotahornalm and then on to the Karlalm. During this walk we can experience the inimitable charm of alpine farming and sample some of their delicacies: fresh butter milk, cheese or “Melkermuas” traditional pancakes. The walk then takes us to Gasthof Steinerkogel, which offers fabulous views of the Zillertal and Tux Alps. After a short break we walk through the flower filled meadows of Brandberg to the renovated Mitterstall Barn, which dates back to the 18th Century. In Brandberg we catch the bus to Mayrhofen station. From there it is possible to take the train (Zillertalbahn) back to Ramsau. Meeting point:

9.00 hrs – Ramsau station

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Dates: 14.07. | 28.07. | 11.08. | 25.08. Duration: circa 6.5 hours, 4.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: moderately difficult hike with an ascent of around 500 m in altitude difference Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses), ascent Ramsberglift € 7,Arriving by train: 8.52 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.06 hrs dep. 15.55 hrs 8.58 hrs arr. Ramsau station / Brandberg Refreshments: Kotahornalm, Karlalm, GH Steinerkogl, GH Thanner Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 35

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Natural monument Schrauben Waterfall

Walk to the Waterfall in Hintertux

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The Tux waterfalls thunder and roar down into the valley and an imposing natural spectacle awaits us on this walk. Deep rock basins, natural rock bridges, caves, gorges and the Schrauben Waterfall, a protected natural monument, will simply take your breath away! We will immediately be able to see the Kessel Falls at the start of the walk and then we will head up to the Schrauben Waterfall. Following a narrow forest trail, we will walk through the forest preserve and pass the so-called whales mouth, a rock formation that actually looks like the mouth of a fish. Highpoints of this walk are amazing Gorge and the stunningly beautiful valley at Waldeben. From there we will walk back down to the base station of the lifts. Meeting point:

9.30 hrs – base station of the Hintertux Cable Car

Dates: 25.05.*|08.06.|22.06.|06.07.|20.07.|03.08.|17.08.|31.08.|14.09.|28.09 Duration: circa 3-4 hours; 2.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: short, round walk with one steep section (ca. 260 m in altitude difference) Cost: â‚Ź 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.32/ 15.02 hrs 9.25 hrs arr. Hintertux Cable Car dep. 13.50/ 14.20 hrs* Refreshments: several guest houses in Hintertux Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 36

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Volunteering for Nature: Project Days 2016 Bio-diverse mountain meadows in the Nature Park The Nature Park is dedicated to protecting precious natural habitats and supports local farmers in the management of their pastures and alpine farms. With this in mind, we are looking for volunteers who are willing to serve to protect nature in an honorary capacity. Our mission is to encourage people to volunteer for this good cause and spend one day of their holiday trying to help mountain farmers in their day-to-day lives. Support them together with the Nature Park Rangers in caring for their species-rich, rough pasturelands. These are an important food source for dairy farming and the basis for high quality dairy products! The acreages lie at between 1,000 and 2,000 metres above sea level in the municipalities of Brandberg, Finkenberg and Ginzling, which we will travel to via taxi. Meeting point:

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From the pastures to the farm:

11.07. | 12.07. | 01.08. | 02.08.

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In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers

Exciting journey into the history of the Pfitscher Joch

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We will walk in the area around the Pfitscher Joch, a striking alpine crossing from South Tyrol to the Zillertal Valley and the site of some recent sensational Stone Age finds! During our journey back in time we will walk along the same paths used by Stone Age hunters. Back then, where you found animals, you could find people. They followed the animals, thereby ensuring heir own survival. Elevated look-out points, a Stone Age camp and former “workshops” can often be seen right next to the trail – we gain an intense insight into the lives of the mountain folk. The exciting „Boundless Pfitscher Joch “exhibition at the Lavitzalm -which we will visit - is dedicated to this theme. We can also learn interesting facts on the “eternal ice” and how glaciers have shaped the landscape. Meeting point:

9.00 hrs – Bergrestaurant Schlegeis

Termine : 27.06. | 04.07. | 18.07. | 01.08. | 15.08. Duration: ca. 6 hours, 5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: moderately difficult hike with an ascent of around 600 m in altitude Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 7.55 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.47/ 17.47 hrs 8.52 hrs arr. Schlegeis Reservoire dep. 16.00/ 17.00 hrs Refreshments: Lavitzalm, Pfitscher Joch-Haus Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 38

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The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling

Up to the Innerböden and cheese tasting at Lengauhof organic farm This hike takes us past the history-charged Fürstenhaus with its picturesque small chapel, up to the Paschbergalm and on to the Innerböden mountain guest house, where we will learn about the mountaineering village of Ginzling and its’ history. We will stop here to enjoy the quiet and stunning views of Dornauberg, before we set off back to the valley and the Exhibition „Gletscher.Welten“ in the Natur Park House in the mountaineering village of Ginzling. Finally, we will stop by at Lengauhof organic farm, where we can sample their homemade cheeses. Tip: Cheese can also be purchased during sampling. Meeting point:

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10.00 hrs – Nature Park House Ginzling

Dates: 13.07. | 27.07. | 10.08. | 24.08. | 07.09 Duration: circa 6 hours; 3.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: moderately difficult walk with an ascent of circa 400 m in altitude € 6 includes entrance to the Gletscher.Welten (free for guests of our partner businesses) Cost: Arriving by bus: 9.10 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.47 hrs 9.38 hrs arr. Nature Park House dep. 16.30 hrs Refreshments: Berggasthaus Innerböden, several guest houses in and around Ginzling Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 39

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Sunrise over the Tux Valley

Torseen Lakes, Ramsjoch and Grüblspitze

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You will need to get up early for this tour! We will travel by minibus to the Nasse Tuxalm (1,843 m). From there, it‘s a gentle climb to the „Torseen“ (lakes at 2,258 m), where we can watch the sunrise. During this tour we will find out more about alpine farming, fresh herbs and their wonderful aroma and taste, their medicinal properties and wide range of uses – from making schnapps to delicious cuisine. Having taken some wonderful photos, the tour takes us to Ramsjoch and the Grüblspitze Peak. From here the Eggalmbahn lifts provide a comfortable descent back down to the valley. Meeting point:

4.15 hrs – Tux-Center in Lanersbach

Dates: 06.07. | 20.07. | 03.08. | 17.08. | 31.08. circa 7 hours; 4.5 of which spent walking Duration: Characteristics: moderately difficult hike with an ascent of circa 700 metres in altitude Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) and € 7-12 for the taxi! Boarding: post office Mayrhofen: 03.45 hrs - Finkenberg Almbahn lifts: 04.00 hrs Arriving by taxi: Return by bus: 11.36/ 12.06 hrs dep. Tux Center-Eggalmbahn 12.02/ 12.32 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station Refreshments: None - please bring a snack and drink! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 40

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Through the Forest to Panoramic Views

Forest hike to Mountain Guesthouse Steinerkogl

After the Scheuling forest we follow a path until the beautifully renovated Brandberger Chapel. The forest then gradually becomes more compact, as we meander upwards towards Steinerkogl. As we leave this mystical forest, we suddenly find ourselves amongst flower-filled meadows and have a great view of the Brandberger Kolm (2,700 m), the landmark of this little mountain village. From the Mountain Guesthouse Steinerkogl terrace (1,270 m) we can see right over Mayrhofen and its surroundings. We then stroll from Steinerkogl back down to sunny Brandberg, from where we catch the bus back to Mayrhofen. Meeting point:

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08.45 Uhr – Europahaus Mayrhofen

Dates: 05.07. | 19.07. | 02.08. | 09.08. ca. 5 hours, 3 of which are spent walking Duration: Characteristics: moderate hike with ca. 630 m in elevation Cost: â‚Ź 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.11 hrs dep. Tux-Center Lanersbach / Mayrhofen station 8.37 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station / Brandberg Refreshments: Berggasthaus Steinerkogl, Gasthof Thanner in Brandberg Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required!

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Watching Wildlife

Out and about with hunters in the Tux Valley

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Junsalm in the Tux Valley, nestled at the foot the Kalkwand Mountain, offers some very rewarding hiking routes. The variety of plants and abundance of wild animals is unique here. A hunter will accompany you along the way to Lake Junssee and, with a bit of luck, will see chamois, marmots and golden eagle on their morning forays. You will find out more about the behaviour and characteristics of the wildlife, hunting and the evelopment of human settlements in the Tux Valley. We will have Swarovski Optic binoculars with us and participants can also benefit from lots of photography tips. Tip: Regional cheese specialities can be purchased ati „Stoankasern“. Meeting point:

6.30 hrs – Tux-Center Lanersbach

Dates: 13.07. | 27.07. | 10.08. | 24.08. circa 6-7 hours; 4 of which spent walking Duration: Characteristics: long, challenging walk with an ascent of circa 1,000 metres in altitude € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) and € 14 for the taxi! Cost: Arriving by bus: 6.00 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 15.02/ 15.32 hrs 6.22 hrs arr. Tux Center-Eggalmbahn dep. 14.36/ 15.06 hrs Refreshments: Bergkäserei Stoankasern (at the end of the tour) Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 42

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Meet the Mountains

Neumarkter Route to the Olperer Hut We start our fabulous Panorama Route at the Schlegeis Reservoir and hike up from the Zamsgatterl to the Unterschrammachkar, always in the shadow of the mighty Schrammacher and Tux Main Ridge. From there we continue along a relatively new trail (built in 2006), to the Olpererhütte, which was also recently renovated in 2008. During an extended break, we can enjoy stunning views of the highest peaks and glaciers of the Zillertal Alps. Well refreshed, we then make our descent through forests of dwarf and Swiss-stone pine, down to the Schlegeis Reservoir, the starting point of this round tour.

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Meeting point:

9.00 hrs – Schlegeis bus stop

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Panoramatour in the Zillergrund

Through beautiful alpine landscapes along lonesome, alpine trails

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From the end of the bus line at Zillergründl Reservoir, we walk a short distance along the banks of the lake before branching off on the trail to the Plauener Hut. While approaching the mountain refuge hut, we can enjoy stunning views of the peaks and glaciers around the Reichenspitz Peak. From there, we walk along the mildly undulating and solitary Hannemannweg Trail towards the end of the valley. We finally reach the magnificent alpine pastures below the Heilig-Geist-Jöchl and carry on, accompanied by wonderful views overlooking the Zillergrund, to the traditional Hohenaualm mountain hut. From here we walk back leisurely to the original starting point of our tour. Meeting point: 9.50 hrs bus stop Zillergründl Reservoire Dates: 11.07. | 25.07. | 08.08. | 22.08. Duration: ca. 6-7 hours, 4.5 – 5 of which are spent walking challenging alpine hike with an ascent of 1,100 metres in altitude Characteristics: Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.50 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.42/ 18.42 hrs 9.47 hrs arr. Zillergründl Reservoire dep. 16.50/ 17.50 hrs Refreshments: Plauener Hütte, Hohenaualm Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 44

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Alpine ibex & high alpine chapel

Hike to the „King of the mountains“ in the Ziller valley Our tour starts at Bärenbad and takes us directly to the „King of the Mountains“. At Steinbock.Welten (Ibex.World) we can find out a little more about the exciting history of these fascinating animals in the Nature Park region and even see a number of animals in their natural habitat. We then hike to the Zillergründl Reservoir, passing the High Alpine Chapel (2,250 m), which is dedicated to St. Valentine. Fabulous views over the main ridge of the Zillertal Alps is the reward for our exertions. After a break for refreshments at Gasthaus Adlerblick we take the bus from Zillergründl Reservoir back to Mayrhofen. Meeting point:

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9.35 hrs – bus stop GH Bärenbad in the Zillergrund

Dates: 12.07. | 26.07. | 09.08. | 23.08. | 29.08. Duration: ca. 5 hours, 4 of which are spent walking Characteristics: challenging hike with a steep climb of around 800 m and descent of 350 m in elevation Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.50 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 15.42/ 16.42 hrs 9.35 hrs arr. GH Bärenbad / Zillergründl Reservoire dep. 14.50/ 15.50 hrs Refreshments: Alpengasthaus Adlerblick, Bärenbadalm Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required!

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Ranger Tour to Tettensjoch

Expedition through the stages of vegetation in alpine landscapes

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Accompany one of the Nature Park Rangers on a foray. We take a taxi up to around 2,000 metres above sea level near Elsalm Farm. From here, we follow a forest trail in an easterly direction, whilst savouring magnificent views over the Tux Alps, Zillertal Valley and Reichenspitz Mountains. An old hunting trail takes us high up over the alpine pastures to Tettensjoch (2,276 m). Rock glaciers, moraines and a double mountain ridge dominate the landscape. During the descent to Löschbodenalm Farm and the Höllenstein Hut (1,710 m) we traverse high grazing pastures, the dwarf shrub belt and reach the natural treeline with larch, pine and spruce. The final stage takes us along an old trail and into the sub-district of Klausboden, before heading back to Lanersbach. An exciting hike for every hobby nature photographer. Meeting point:

09.15 hrs - Tux-Center Lanersbach

Dates: 07.07. | 21.07. | 04.08. | 18.08. | 01.09. Duration: ca. 7-8 hours, 4 of which are spent walking Characteristics: moderately difficult hike with 400 metres in altitude difference Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) and € 10-19 for the taxi Anfahrt (Bus): 8.40 hrs dep Mayrhofen station arr. 18.02/ 18.32 hrs 9.09 hrs arr. Tux-Center Lanersbach dep. 17.36/ 18.06 hrs Refreshments: Höllensteinhütte Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 46

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Nature Park Mountain Refuge Huts

In the footsteps of the Zillertal Valley’s alpine history „In defiance of the storm, refuge for the wanderer“ – this maxim is carved in stone on the gable of the imposing Berliner Hut in the Zemmgrund. Approximately one hundred to one hundred and fifty years ago, the German and Austrian Alpine Associations gradually built shelters in inhospitable alpine locations, in predominantly breathtakingly beautiful spots that are well worth making the effort to visit. Our Nature Park guides will explain how nature changes at increasing altitude levels, right up to the borders with rock and ice, where its inhabitants benefit from the situation or where nature knows its limits.

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Meeting point:

Meeting points and aims are published on: www.naturpark-zillertal.at

Dates: Duration: Characteristics: Cost: Arriving by bus: Refreshments:

08.07. | 15.07. | 22.07. | 29.07. | 05.08. | 12.08. | 19.08. | 26.08. | 02.09. | 09.09. | 15.09 circa 5-7 hours; 3-6 of which spent walking full-day hike with some steeper parts and (500-800 m in altitude difference) € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) excl. transport! we will travel by bus or shared taxis to the starting point at every hut

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Bergmähder & Kolmhaus

Panoramic hike from Brandberg to the Kolmhaus

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This walk takes us from Thanner Guest House through the meadows of Brandberg, along the Bergmähderweg with its‘ stunning display of flowers and up to the Kolmhaus. Along the way, we will learn a little about how very arduous it is to cultivate these mountain pastures. During an extended break, we can enjoy stunning views of the Tux and Zillertal Alps after which we will make our descent via a forest trail that leads to the Steinerkogl Guest House and on to Nature Park village Brandberg.

Meeting point:

9.00 hrs – Gasthof Thanner in Brandberg

Dates: 17.06. | 06.07. | 23.08. | 06.09. Duration: circa 7.5 hours; 5.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: challenging, full day hike with steep ascents and 800 m in altitude difference Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.36 hrs 8.55 hrs arr. Gasthof Thanner dep. 17.25 hrs Refreshments: Gasthof Thanner, Kolmhaus, Steinerkogl Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 48

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Following the trail of the Swiss pine

From the forest, the pastures and “hidden treasures” in the tux valley

We set off in Lanersbach from the Tux-Center, a forest road leads us to our first goal, the Höllensteinhütte (1710 m). From there we are on the traces of the Swiss pine, that has given its name to this tour. We continue our walk towards the Grieralm (1787 m) with its lovely little lake, the „Griererlacke“. From there beautiful views of the Tux Alps and the valley can be enjoyed. The walk continues at a relatively constantly level through alpine pastures to the Tulferalm (1700 m). A pleasant trail leads from there back down to the valley. In Madseit we will visit the Mehlerhaus with the Exhibition „Hidden Treasures“ (see p. 56).

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Meeting point: 8.45 hrs – Tux-Center Lanersbach Dates: on fridays from 08.07. to 23.09 Duration: ca. 5-6 hours, 4 of which are spent walking Characteristics: moderately difficult walk with around 500 metres in altitude difference Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.10 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.02/ 16.32 hrs 8.39 hrs arr. Tux Center-Eggalmbahn dep. 15.28/ 15.58 hrs Refreshments: Grieralm, Höllensteinhütte Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 49

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Lake Eiskarsee and Hippoldspitze Peak

Hidden Gem in the Tux Alps

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We will be starting our ascent to the Hippold (2,642 m), the northernmost peak in the Tux Valley, from the Vallruckalm (2,132 m) which we will conveniently travel to by hiker’s taxi. The themes of this tour range from the colonization history of the valley, mountain economy, geology and tourism, to hunting and its distinguishing features. On our way back from Hippoldjoch, we walk over lush pastures below the Eiskarspitze and Torspitze peaks, before reaching Lake Eiskarsee, a relic from the last Ice Age. The final section of our hike takes us over Nederjoch and on to the Nasse Tux-Alm (1,843 m) from where our taxi will take us back to our original starting point. Meeting point: 6.30 hrs – Tux-Center Lanersbach Dates: 14.07. | 28.07. | 11.08. | 25.08. Duration: ca. 7,5 hours; 5,5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: challenging, full day hike with steep ascents (800 m in altitude difference) Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) and € 18 for the taxi Arriving by bus: 6.00 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.02/ 16.32 hrs 6.22 hrs arr. Tux Center-Eggalmbahn dep. 15.36/ 16.06 hrs Refreshments: None - please bring a snack and drink! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 50

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To the most beautiful mountain hut in the Eastern Alps

The „ Berliner Hütte“ glacier trail in the Zemmgrund

The Berliner Hut is a popular base for mountaineers, but also for mountain and glacier researchers. Embedded in a magnificent alpine scenery, the Berliner Hut is a symbol for the history of alpinism in the Zillertal valley. Since 1997 the hut is a listed building. The deterioration of alpine glaciers is a visible indication of climate change. The most exciting part of our hike is the glacier trail in the Zemmgrund. We will hike along the themed trail between Hornkees and Waxeggkees whilst finding out many interesting facts on geology, formation of the Alps and its’ glaciers.

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8.30 hrs – Gasthof Breitlahner in the Zemmgrund

05.07. | 19.07. | 02.08. | 16.08. | 30.08. Dates: ca. 8 hours, 6.5 of which are spent walking Duration: Characteristics: day long hike in alpine terrain with around 800 m in altitude difference Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 7.55 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.47/ 18.47 hrs 8.30 hrs arr. GH Breitlahner dep. 17.15/ 18.15 hrs Refreshments: Grawandhütte, Alpenrosenhütte, Berliner Hütte, Waxeggalm, GH Breitlahner Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 51

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Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler

Join him on his favourite mountain

Which mountain sports enthusiast doesn‘t dream of doing a tour with a worldfamous alpinist, and maybe get to hear a story or two about his expeditions? With Peter Habeler, who has already climbed five eightthousand-metre peaks, you have the chance to do that. The peak of his career was the firstever ascent of Mt. Everest without additional oxygen together with Reinhold Messner in 1978. On this hike you can conquer your inner demons and climb your own “Everest”! Our tour takes you from the mountain station of the Ahorn cable car to the Edelhütte. From there, the trail leads over grassy slopes and scree fields up to a saddle where the steep, rocky steep climb begins along the western ridge, leading to the summit of Mt. Ahorn at 2,976 m above sea level. Meeting point:

8.00 hrs – base station of the Ahorn Lifts

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15.07. | 19.08. | 31.08. Dates: Duration: circa 6 hours; 5.5 of which spent walking challenging alpine tour with around 1,000 m in altitude difference Characteristics: € 10 (free for guests of our partner businesses) excl. costs for the Ahorn Lifts Cost: Arriving by bus: 07.01 hrs dep. Lanersbach Tux Center arr. 16.09/ 16.39 hrs 07.30 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station dep. 15.42/ 16.12 hrs Refreshments: Edelhütte Maximum number of participants: 20! Advance registration is required for this walk! 53

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Travel to the meeting point by bus & rail Almost all our tour meeting points are easy to reach using public transport. We deliberately planned it this way so you can make an active contribution to nature conservation and environmental protection, while treating your car to a little holiday at the same time! The map of the public transport network on the opposite page compactly summarises almost all rail and bus connections, hiker routes into the Stilluptal Valley as well as the hiker’s taxi to Floitental with their respective stops. TIPP: You can use almost all bus & rail services free with the Zillertal Activcard! Available in the Europahaus and Nature Park House: The brochures hiking map (Wanderkarte) and public transport network (Netzplan)

Informations on the current timetable: www.vvt.at or www.postbus.at

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Exhibitions 2016 „pfitscherjoch without borders“ Lavitzalm / Zamsergrund Pfitscher Joch is an ancient mountain pass that has been used for thousands of years between the Inn and Zillertal valleys in the North and the Pfitschertal and Eisacktal valleys in the south. This exhibition displays the results of many years of research on this mountain “saddle”. Archaeologists have manged to discover previously unknown facts on the early history of this alpine crossing. July - September: Monday & Friday open from 13.00 - 18.00 hrs, free admission! Cultur.Landscape.Worlds Mitterstall / Brandberg Cultural.Landscape.Worlds - one of the mountain farming cultural monuments in the Nature Park Region is the Mitterstall (Mitter Barn). After renovation work was completed on this listed building, Mitterstall forms the centre piece of a Nature Park exhibition called, „Brandberg – our cultural landscape through the ages“. The exhibition is spread over three rooms and tells of the harsh conditions alpine farmers had to endure, with details on the characteristic landscapes of pastures, mountain meadows and includes personal stories about the local people. Open daily in summer. Free admission!

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„Steinbock.Worlds“ - Zillergrund Ibex.Worlds in Zillergrund. The alpine ibex is an animal that has a deeply rooted tradition at the Zillertal Alps Nature Park and, until recently, a very chequered history. Up until the beginning of the 17th century there was a population of several hundred animals, which was eradicated in a few years. Despite attempts to reintroduce ibex to the Zillertal Valley, only imited success has been enjoyed. A small population currently lives wild in the depths of the valleys, although seldom seen by visitors to the Nature Park. You can find out interesting information on the ibex at the Steinbock.Welten in Zillergrund, as well as enjoy the opportunity to see a few live examples up close. Open daily in summer. Free admission! „Glacier.Worlds“ - Nature Park House Ginzling This is no exhibition in the normal sense of the word: No glass showcases, no boring information boards, but rather interactive, multimedia stations with a hands-on approach: see, touch and comprehend. The public Alpine Library is also located in the house. A small selection of books and maps as well as Nature Park gifts with our „Zillertaler Gletscherfloh“ logo is available for sale at the Nature Park Shop. ... Open daily in summer from 8.30 - 12.00 & 13.00 - 17.00 hours!

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Contact addresses Zillertal Alps Nature Park Administration 6295 Ginzling Nr. 239, info@naturpark-zillertal.at Tel: +43 (0) 5286/ 5218-1; www.naturpark-zillertal.at

Mayrhofen-Hippach Tourist Board Dursterstraße 225, 6290 Mayrhofen Tel: +43 (0) 5285/ 6760, info@mayrhofen.at, www.mayrhofen.at

Tux-Finkenberg Tourist Board Lanersbach 401, 6293 Tux oder Dorf 140, 6292 Finkenberg Tel: +43 (0) 5287/ 8506, info@tux.at, www.tux.at

Brandberg Town Hall 6290 Brandberg 13, Tel: +43 (0) 5285/ 6 31 85

Zillertal Tourismus Bundesstraße 27d, 6262 Schlitters Tel: +43 (0) 5288/ 87 1 87, info@zillertal.at, www.zillertal.at

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