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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 its’ defining characteristics. 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 and 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 Nature Park 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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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, ibex, chamois, marmots 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 Three fascinating permanent exhibitions Glacier.Worlds at the Nature Park House in Ginzling Cultural.Landscape.Worlds at Mitterstall in Brandberg Ibex.Worlds in Zillergrund Special exhibition „Hidden Treasures“ in Tux-Madseit Over 200 guided walks with our Nature Park Guides covering a variety of Nature Park themes 4


Over 100 Nature Park Partners working together to achieve sustainable accommodation in the Nature Park region Eight mountain refuge huts from the German Alpine Association Numerous tours to the peaks, alone or with Zillertal mountain guides Walk through the Nature Park from hut to hut along the Berliner Hรถhenweg Trail with the Trekking Package Six themed trails Glacier Trail Berliner Hut Nature Trail Glocke Finkenberg Field Name Trail Zillergrund Mountain Pasture Trail Brandberg Cultural Landscape Trail Brandberg Internationally renowned climbing & bouldering areas Nature Park via Ferrate, the Nasenwand, in the mountaineering village of Ginzling Nature Park, Alpine and Community Library in the Nature Park House with books and maps on the region

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.

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We are your Nature Park guides and would like to introduce ourselves: Erika Sporer „I am the Nature Park Herbalist and am always delighted to be able to pass my knowledge on wild herbs and their use to Nature Park visitors“

Franz Haun „I always try to introduce people to the incredible diversity of the Nature Park“ Alfred Stock „I love people, animals and nature which is why I am in my element at the Nature Park“

“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.”

Andrea Sporer

Walter Ludl „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“

Hermann Muigg

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

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

Herbert Grasl

„I made my hobby into my career and am delighted to discover the Nature Park with you as your guide“ „It gives me great joy to experience and discover the beauty and diversity of our natural environment with other interested parties – especially children“ „As a keen mountaineer i would like to bring closer the inestimable variety of the high nature park Zillertal Alps to many other people“

Irene Fankhauser Hans Knauer 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“

Katharina Weiskopf “It is a pleasure to share the joy that nature gives me with other people” 6

Ilja Bos

„For me every guided tour is an adventure. Come with me and experience it on your own!“


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Events 2014 Lecture: „Glacier & Man – The past, present & future of a frosty relationship“ - 31.07. Man’s relationship with glaciers is diverse and has changed constantly over the course of time. This development spans from the erstwhile fear of glaciers to the current and future concern for glaciers, which are threatened both by climate change and economic interests. This presentation focuses on all these issues in the form of a “journey through time”, that sheds light on the social and scientific aspects of alpine glaciers in a spatial and temporal perspective. Lecture by Prof. Dr. Gerhard Karl Lieb: Thursday, 31st July, 19:30 hrs, Ginzling Mehrzweckgebäude, free admission.

Excursion: „Glacier change over space and time – demonstrated by Zemmgrund“ - 01.08. The excursion leads into glacier dominated Zemmgrund, which owes not only its scenic beauty, but also its mountaineering and scientific tradition to glacial history. The changes in the glacier are explained along the „Glacier Trail Berliner Hut“ and shown in a broad scientific and cultural-historical context. Here, Prof. Lieb demonstrates his years of knowledge and great experience of many alpine glaciers. Friday, 1st August, meeting point 08:45 hrs at Breitlahner Guest House, free participation.

Naturparkfest und Naturparkwandertag - Samstag 16. 08. Nature Park Festival for visitors of all ages in Ginzling, accompanied by a communal hike from the Nature Park House into Floitengrund, with info stations on natural history and food stalls. Along the walk there are stations manned by our Nature Park guides, as well as a Nature park crafts in Ginzling at the Nature Park Festival. We are going to build a giant wild bee hotel together.

Scary night at the Nature park House - Saturday 10.10. Caves, bats and creepy stories by Alfred Kröll! After which you can look forward to a night full of cave adventure in the Nature Park House with Katharina. Suitable for children aged 9-12 years, with a night hike, games and breakfast together. Please bring sleepwear, sleeping bag, torch and a self drawn picture of a cave! Begins at 17:00 hrs. Advance registration required

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All events at a glance

Day

Date

Tue

13 May

Tour Name

In and Around Mayrhofen

Tour Nr. 1

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Wed Thu

14 May 15 May

The „Glocke“ Nature Trail Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach

5 3

28 26

Tue

20 May

In and Around Mayrhofen

1

24

Wed

21 May

Natural monument Schrauben Waterfall

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32

Thu

22 May

Treasures of the valley floor

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30

Tue Wed Thu Tue Wed Thu Fri Tue Wed Thu Fri So Mon Mon Tue

27 May 28 May 29 May 03 June 04 June 05 June 06 June 10 June 11 June 12 June 13 June 15 June 16 June 16 June 17 June

In and Around Mayrhofen The „Glocke“ Nature Trail Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest In and Around Mayrhofen Natural monument Schrauben Waterfall Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach Treasures of the valley floor In and Around Mayrhofen The „Glocke“ Nature Trail Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest The mountain Refuge huts: Maxhütte Roaming Ranger Days: Brandberg - Kolmhaus In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Treasures of the valley floor

1 5 2 1 9 3 7 1 5 2 19 1 8 7

24 28 25 24 32 26 30 24 28 25 43 52 24 31 30

Tue

17 June

Roaming Ranger Days: Ginzling - Maxhütte (Gunggl)

Wed Thu Fri

18 June 19 June 20 June

The Sunny Side of Brandberg Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach The „Glocke“ Nature Trail

4 3 5

27 26 28

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Day Sat Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Wed Thu Thu Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Wed Wed Thu Thu Thu Thu Fri Fri Sa Sun Sun Mon Mon Mon

Date 21 June 23 June 23 June 24 June 24 June 24 June 25 June 26 June 26 June 30 June 30 June 30 June 01 July 01 July 01 July 02 July 02 July 03 July 03 July 03 July 03 July 04 July 04 July 05 July 06 July 06 July 07 July 07 July 07 July

Tour Name Tour Nr. Roaming Ranger Days: Lanersbach - Grieralm In and Around Mayrhofen 1 Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill 8 The „Glocke“ Nature Trail 5 Roaming Ranger Days: Breitlahner - Berliner Hütte (Zemmgrund) In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers 11 Watching Wildlife 14 Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest 2 Panoramatour in the Zillergrund 16 In and Around Mayrhofen 1 Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill 8 Bergmähder & Kolmhaus 20 The „Glocke“ Nature Trail 5 In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers 11 Roaming Ranger Days: GH In der Au - Kainzenhüttenalm (Zillergrund/Sunder) The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling 12 Watching Wildlife 14 Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach 3 Neumarkter Circuit 15 Sunrise over the Tux Valley 13 Volunteer Project: Himalayan balsam 26 Following the trail of the Swiss pine 21 The mountain Refuge huts: Plauener Hütte 19 Roaming Ranger Days: Schlegeis - Olpererhütte - Friesenberghaus In Harmony with nature 6 Nature Photography - Vallruckalm (Tux) 18 In and Around Mayrhofen 1 Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill 8 Zillergrund & the Steinbock (alpine ibex) Worlds 10

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Day Tue Tue Tue Wed Wed Wed Wed Thu Thu Thu Thu Fri Fri Fri Sun Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Tue Wed Wed Wed Wed Thu Thu

Date 08 July 08 July 08 July 09 July 09 July 09 July 09 July 10 July 10 July 10 July 10 July 11 July 11 July 11 July 13 July 14 July 14 July 14 July 15 July 15 July 15 July 15 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 16 July 17 July 17 July

Tour Name The „Glocke“ Nature Trail Roaming Ranger Days: Grüblspitze - Steinkasern (Tuxer Tal / Junsberg) Berliner Hut, Geology & Glaciers Llama trek for children The Sunny Side of Brandberg Sunrise over the Tux Valley Volunteer Project: Himalayan balsam Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest Nature Photography - Habitat Stillupgrund Panoramatour in the Zillergrund Roaming Ranger Days: Finkenberg - Gamshütte Forest Pixie day Following the trail of the Swiss pine The mountain Refuge huts: Gamshütte Border Crossing at Tuxer Joch In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Bergmähder & Kolmhaus The „Glocke“ Nature Trail In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers Up to the Elsalm Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! Volunteer Project: Experience the daily life of mountain farmers! Llama trek for children Watching Wildlife The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach Neumarkter Circuit

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21 19 17 1 8 20 5 11 23 25 25 14 12 3 15

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Day Fri

Date 18 July

Tour Name Children’s expedition to the „Glocke“

Tour Nr.

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Fri Fri Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Tue Wed

18 July 18 July 21 July 21 July 21 July 22 July 22 July 22 July 22 July 23 July

Following the trail of the Swiss pine The mountain Refuge huts: Greizer Hütte In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Zillergrund & the Steinbock (alpine ibex) Worlds The „Glocke“ Nature Trail Nature Photography - Wasserfotografie "Schraubenfälle" Berliner Hut, Geology & Glaciers Roaming Ranger Days: Schlegeis - Pfitscher-Joch-Haus Llama trek for children

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45 43 24 31 33 28 42 47 52 20

Wed Wed Thu Thu

23 July 23 July 24 July 24 July

The Sunny Side of Brandberg Sunrise over the Tux Valley Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest Panoramatour in the Zillergrund

4 13 2 16

27 36 25 40

Fri

25 July

Forest Pixie day

Fri Fri Sat Sat Sun Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Tue

25 July 25 July 26 July 26 July 27 July 28 July 28 July 28 July 29 July 29 July 29 July 29 July

Following the trail of the Swiss pine The mountain Refuge huts: Kasseler Hütte Nature Photography - photographing wildlife "Kaserer Scharte" Roaming Ranger Days: Schlegeis - Furtschaglhaus In Harmony with nature In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Bergmähder & Kolmhaus The „Glocke“ Nature Trail In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers Up to the Elsalm Roaming Ranger Days: Speicher Zillergründl - Plauener Hütte

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45 43 42 52 29 24 31 44 28 34 48 52

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Day Wed

Date 30 July

Tour Name Llama trek for children

Tour Nr.

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Wed Wed Wed

30 July 30 July 30 July

The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling Watching Wildlife Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler

12 14 24

35 37 49

Thu

31 July

Alpine Pastures Experience Zillergrund

Thu Thu Thu Fri Sat Sun Mon Mon Mon Tue

31 July 31 July 31 July 01 Aug 02 Aug 03 Aug 04 Aug 04 Aug 04 Aug 05 Aug

Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach Neumarkter Circuit Glaciers & Humans - A Lecture of Prof. Gerhard Lieb in Ginzling Glaciers & Humans - An Excursion with Prof. Gerhard Lieb (Zemmgrund) Roaming Ranger Days: Steinbockhütte - Greizer Hütte (Floitental) Border Crossing at Tuxer Joch In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Bergmähder & Kolmhaus The „Glocke“ Nature Trail

Tue

05 Aug

Tue Tue

05 Aug 05 Aug

Wed

06 Aug

Llama trek for children

Wed Wed

06 Aug 06 Aug

The Sunny Side of Brandberg Sunrise over the Tux Valley

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27 36

Thu Thu Thu Thu

07 Aug 07 Aug 07 Aug 07 Aug

Alpine Pastures Experience Zillergrund Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest Panoramatour in the Zillergrund Roaming Ranger Days: Elsegg - Elsalm - Höllensteinhütte (Finkenberg/Tux)

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23 25 40 52

Fri

08 Aug

Children’s expedition to the „Glocke“

Fri Fri

08 Aug 08 Aug

Following the trail of the Swiss pine The mountain Refuge huts: Furtschaglhaus

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45 43

23 3 15

17 1 8 20 5

26 39 8 8 52 41 24 31 44 28

Nature Photography - black and white photography in Brandberg

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Berliner Hut, Geology & Glaciers Roaming Ranger Days: Grüne-Wand-Hütte - Kasseler Hütte (Stillupptal)

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Day Sun Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Tue Tue Wed Wed Wed Thu Thu Thu

Date 10 Aug 11 Aug 11 Aug 11 Aug 12 Aug 12 Aug 12 Aug 12 Aug 12 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 13 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug 14 Aug

Tour Name In Harmony with nature In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Zillergrund & the Steinbock (alpine ibex) Worlds The „Glocke“ Nature Trail In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers Up to the Elsalm Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler Roaming Ranger Days: Grüblspitze - Steinkasern (Tuxer Tal / Junsberg) Llama trek for children The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling Watching Wildlife Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach Neumarkter Circuit Nature Photography - landscape photography around the Pfitscherjoch

Tour Nr. 6 1 8 10 5 11 23 24

Thu

14 Aug

Roaming Ranger Days: Weitental - Tuxer-Joch-Haus (Tuxer Tal / Hintertux)

Fri Fri Fri Sat Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue

15 Aug 15 Aug 15 Aug 16 Aug 18 Aug 18 Aug 18 Aug 19 Aug 19 Aug 19 Aug

Forest Pixie day Following the trail of the Swiss pine The mountain Refuge huts: Friesenberghaus Nature Park Festival & Nature Park Hike in Ginzling In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Bergmähder & Kolmhaus The „Glocke“ Nature Trail Roaming Ranger Days: Finkenberg - Gamshütte Berliner Hut, Geology & Glaciers

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21 45 43 8 24 31 44 28 52 47

Wed Wed Wed

20 Aug 20 Aug 20 Aug

Llama trek for children The Sunny Side of Brandberg Sunrise over the Tux Valley

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20 27 36

12 14 3 15 18

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Day Thu Thu Thu Fri Fri Fri Sat Sun Mon Mon Mon Tue Tue Tue Tue Wed

Date 21. Aug 21. Aug 21. Aug 22. Aug 22. Aug 22. Aug 23. Aug 24. Aug 25. Aug 25. Aug 25. Aug 26. Aug 26. Aug 26. Aug 26. Aug 27. Aug

Tour Name Alpine Pastures Experience Zillergrund Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest Panoramatour in the Zillergrund Children’s expedition to the „Glocke“ Following the trail of the Swiss pine Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler Roaming Ranger Days: Schlegeis - Olpererhütte - Friesenberghaus In Harmony with nature In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill Zillergrund & the Steinbock (alpine ibex) Worlds The „Glocke“ Nature Trail In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers Up to the Elsalm Roaming Ranger Days: Schlegeis - Pfitscher-Joch-Haus Llama trek for children

Tour Nr.

Wed Wed Thu Thu Thu Thu Fri Fri Fri Sun

27. Aug 27. Aug 28. Aug 28. Aug 28. Aug 28. Aug 29. Aug 29. Aug 29. Aug 31. Aug

The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling Watching Wildlife Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach Nature Photography - creative photography in the „Glocke“ (Finkenberg) Neumarkter Circuit Roaming Ranger Days: Brandberg - Kolmhaus Forest Pixie day Following the trail of the Swiss pine The mountain Refuge huts: Kasseler Hütte Sunrise over the Tux Valley

21 19 13

35 37 26 42 39 52 21 45 43 36

Mon Mon Mon Mon

01. Sep 01. Sep 01. Sep 01. Sep

In and Around Mayrhofen Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling Zillergrund & the Steinbock (alpine ibex) Worlds

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24 31 35 33

2 16 21 24 6 1 8 10 5 11 23

12 14 3 18 15

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Day Tue Tue Wed Wed Thu Thu Thu Fri Fri Tue Tue Wed Thu Fri Sun Tue

Date 02 Sep 02 Sep 03 Sep 03 Sep 04 Sep 04 Sep 04 Sep 05 Sep 05 Sep 09 Sep 09 Sep 10 Sep 11 Sep 12 Sep 14 Sep 16 Sep

Tour Name The „Glocke“ Nature Trail In Harmony with nature Natural monument Schrauben Waterfall The mountain Refuge huts: Friesenberghaus Herb Walk in Scheuling Forest Nature Photography - New perspectives in the Zillergrund The mountain Refuge huts: Berliner Hütte Following the trail of the Swiss pine Up to the Elsalm In and Around Mayrhofen Roaming Ranger Days: Breitlahner - Berliner Hütte (Zemmgrund) The Sunny Side of Brandberg Treasures of the valley floor Following the trail of the Swiss pine Roaming Ranger Days: Steinbockhütte - Greizer Hütte (Floitental) In and Around Mayrhofen

Tour Nr. 5 6 9 19 2 18 19 21 23 1

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17 Sep 19 Sep 21 Sep 23 Sep 24 Sep 25 Sep 26 Sep 30 Sep 01 Oct 02 Oct

The „Glocke“ Nature Trail Following the trail of the Swiss pine Nature Photography - autumn mood at the Schlegeis In and Around Mayrhofen Natural monument Schrauben Waterfall The Sunny Side of Brandberg Following the trail of the Swiss pine In and Around Mayrhofen Treasures of the valley floor The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling

5 21 18 1 9 4 21 1 7 12

28 45 42 24 32 27 45 24 30 35

Tue Wed Thu

07 Oct 08 Oct 09 Oct

In and Around Mayrhofen Natural monument Schrauben Waterfall The Sunny Side of Brandberg

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24 32 27

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Gemeinsam entwickeln und schn체ren die 5 Tiroler Naturparke & der Nationalpark Hohe Tauern, die Tourismusorganisationen und die Tirol Werbung tolle Tages- und Urlaubsangebote, um die Natur hautnah zu erleben. WEITERE INFORMATIONEN UND ALLE ANGEBOTE DER KOOPERATION FINDEN SIE AUF:

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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• • •

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 and tour descriptions All meeting points are easily accessible using public transport 18


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

Inprint Publisher and responsible for content: Association of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park Administration; Photos: Archives Zillertal Alps Nature Park (Rudolf Klausner, Hermann Muigg, Paul S端rth, Medialounge) Text: Zillertal Alps Nature Park; Layout: Agentur Web-Style; Print: Sterndruck

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Children’s Programme

Llama trek for children

Have you ever led a llama? Alfred Stock

You will meet llamas Sam, Sanchez, Amadeus and Ferdl at the Krapfenhof and, with a little practise, learn how to handle them. Later on we will go for a leisurely walk where you will be given the opportunity to lead a llama on a leash. We will take a break along the way, when you can watch the llamas feeding. The laid back manner of our five South American companions is sure to infect everyone’s spirits on this memorable day out. Meeting point: 10.00 hrs – Finkenberg Innerberg Dates: 09.07./ 16.07./ 23.07./ 30.07./ 06.08./ 13.08./ 20.08./ 27.08. Duration: circa 4-5 hours; 2 of which spent walking Characteristics: an easy and pleasant walk with circa 230 m in altitude difference Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 15.02/ 15.32 hrs 9.59 hrs arr. Finkenberg Innerberg dep. 14.46/ 15.16 hrs Refreshments: None – please bring a snack and drink! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required - also for parents! 20


Children’s Programme

Forest Pixie day

An invitation to all budding natural scientists and their parents! Irene Fankhauser 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. Particularly suitable for children aged 3 – 9 years. Meeting point: 10.00 hrs – Finkenberg, car park opposite the church Dates: 11.07./ 25.07./ 15.08. / 29.08. Duration: circa 3-4 hrs; 45 min of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walk with circa 140 m in altitude difference Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 13.12/ 14.02 9.52 hrs arr. Finkenberg Dorf (Village) dep. 13.03/ 13.53 Refreshments: None – please bring a snack and drink! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required - also for parents! 21


Children’s Programme

Children’s expedition to the „Glocke“

An invitation to all budding natural scientists Irene Fankhauser | Andrea Sporer

Children’s programme in the “Glocke” protected area. We want to find out more about the Glocke protected area; an island full of botanical rarities and special features! With our research equipment we embark on a detective-style search of the Glocke. In a playful manner and using all our senses, we discover how plants live with us in the mountains. Particularly suitable for children aged 7 – 12 years, even without parents. Meeting point: 10.00 hrs – Finkenberg, car park opposite the church Dates: 18.07./ 08.08./ 22.08. Duration: circa 4 hrs; 45 min of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walk with circa 140 m in altitude difference Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 15.02/15.32 hrs 9.52 hrs arr. Finkenberg Dorf (Village) dep. 14.53/15.23 hrs Refreshments: None – please bring a snack and drink! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required - also for parents! 22


Children’s Programme

Alpine Pastures Experience Zillergrund

Take your time and savour with all your senses Antonia Muigg

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 im Zillergrund Dates: 31.07./ 07.08./ 21.08 Duration: circa 4-5 hrs; circa 2 hrs of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walk with circa 150 m in altitude difference Unkostenbeitrag: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.50 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.55 hrs 9.26 hrs arr. GH In der Au / Bärenbadalm dep. 14.05 hrs Refreshments: Bärenbadalm Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required - also for parents! 23


In and around Mayrhofen

In the Scheuling Forest protected area Maria Fankhauser | Walter Ludl| Ilja Bos

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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, Franz and Ilja will tell you all about the cultural and natural features of the region. Meeting point: 13.00 hrs – Europahaus Mayrhofen Dates: 13.05 - 10.06 and 09.09 - 07.10 on tuesdays, 16.06 - 25.08 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. Lanersbach Tux Center 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 for this walk! 24

*Attention: Until 07.06 other departure time at Tux-Center: 11.45 hrs


Herb Walk in the Scheuling Forest

Out and about with the „Herb Witch“ Erika Sporer

An informative and entertaining walk through the protected area of the Scheuling Forest, Mayrhofen’s local recreation area, where we will gather wild herbs that can be of good service to humans, whether in the kitchen, in cosmetic application or for medicinal purposes. Join herbalist Erika Sporer on this herb walk and discover the treasures the plant world has in store for us and see how these delicious and healthy plants can be used to make herbal teas or soups.

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Meeting point: 10.00 hrs – Europahaus Mayrhofen Dates: 29.05./ 12.06./ 26.06./ 10.07./ 24.07./ 07.08./ 21.08./ 04.09. 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 bus: 9.11 hrs dep. Lanersbach Tux Center 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 for this walk! 25


Culinary Herb Trail in Hippach

What exactly is special about yarrow? Erika Sporer

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Erika, the “Herb Witch” 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.

Meeting point: 10.00 hrs – Hippach Station Dates: 15.05./ 05.06./ 19.06./ 03.07./ 17.07./ 31.07./ 14.08./ 28.08. Duration: circa 4 hours; 2 of which spent walking Characteristics: Easy walking in easy terrain Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.51 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.06/ 14.36 hrs 9.57 hrs arr. Hippach station dep. 14.00/ 14.30 hrs Refreshments: several guest houses in Hippach Maximum number of participants: 20! Advance registration is required for this walk! 26


The Sunny Side of Brandberg

Alpine biodiversity and cultural landscapes Franz Haun 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 SteinerkogelGuest 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.

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Meeting point: 10.00 hrs – Gasthof Thanner in Brandberg Dates: 18.06./ 09.07./ 23.07./ 06.08./ 20.08./ 10.09./ 25.09./ 09.10. Duration: circa 4,5 hours, 2 of which are spent walking Characteristics: easy walk with short, moderate uphill sections covering ca. 250 m in altitude difference Cost: ₏ 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 Steinerkogel Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk!

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The „Glocke“ Nature Trail

A botanical walk steeped in mysticism and secret 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 Dates: 14./28.05. - 11./20./24.06. - 01./08./15./22./29.07. - 05./12./19./26.08 - 02./17.09 Duration: circa 4-5 hours, 1.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: easy walk in and around Finkenberg (ca. 120 m in altitude difference) Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) 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 for this walk! 28


In Harmony with nature

Find your inner peace in nature Alfred Stock

Our fast paced lives are increasingly characterised by stress and strain. Little time remains to spend on oneself and one’s own well being. During this easy hike, the Nature Park gives you the opportunity to redress the imbalance caused by our stressful everyday lives. The focus is on being aware of our environment and how we perceive certain situations. Leave everyday life behind for a few hours on this meditative hike and immerse yourself in the serenity of the Nature Park. Meeting point: 9:30 hrs - bus stop Innerberg Dates: 06.07./ 27.07./ 10.08./ 24.08./ 02.09. Duration: ca. 5 hours, 3.5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: easy walk with an ascent of around 230 metres in altitude difference Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.10 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 14.32/ 15.02 hrs 9.29 hrs arr. Gasthof In der Au dep. 14.16/ 14.46 hrs Refreshments: None – please bring your own pack lunch! Maximum number of participants: 20! Advance registration is required for this walk! 29

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Treasures of the valley floor

Through beautiful cultural landscapes to the Talbach Waterfall Ilja Bos

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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 - Ramsau station Dates: 22.05./ 06.06./ 17.06./ 11.09./ 01.10. Duration: ca. 4 hours Characteristics: easy walk, at the water fall some steep steps (150 metres in altitude difference) Cost: € 5 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.51 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 13.36/ 14.06 hrs 8.57 hrs arr. Ramsau station / Zell station dep. 13.25/ 13.55 hrs Refreshments: None – please bring your own pack lunch! several guest houses in Zell Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 30


Trekking with Llamas and the Tux Mill

Along the Tux Stream Adventure Trail Alfred Stock

Together with our four-legged friends Sam, Sanchez, Amadeus and Ferdl, we will take a leisurely walk along the edge of the rushing torrents of the Tux Stream from Tux-Vorderlanersbach to Madseit, allowing plenty of time to enjoy the wonderful landscapes with all our senses while we adopt the leisurely pace of the llamas. You even have the opportunity to lead one of the animals on a leash. En route, we will delve into history at the Tux Mill. This water-powered mill dating back to 1839 is still in active operation.

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Meeting point: 10.15 hrs – Tux-Vorderlanersbach bus stop Rastkogel Cable Car (Schrofenbahn) Dates: 16.06./23.06./30.06. - 07.07./14.07./21.07./28.07. - 04.08./11.08./18.08./25.08. - 01.09. Duration: circa 5.5 hours; 4 of which spent walking Characteristics: an easy walk on good terrain with approx. 250 m in altitude difference Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 9.40 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.02/16.32 hrs 10.06 hrs arr. Rastkogel Cable Car dep. 15.39/16.09 hrs Refreshments: None – please bring your own pack lunch! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 31


Natural monument Schrauben Waterfall

Walk to the Waterfall in Hintertux Herbert Grasl

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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. A highpoint of this walk is the Tux Stream 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: 21.05./ 04.06./ 03.09./ 24.09./ 08.10. Duration: circa 3-4 hours; 3 of which spent walking Characteristics: short, round walk with one steep section (ca. 260 m in altitude difference) Cost: ₏ 6 (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 for this walk! 32


Zillergrund & the Steinbock.Worlds (alpine ibex)

Hike to the „King of the Mountains“ Walter Ludl

Starting at Gasthof Au, we walk along the River Ziller to Bärenbad. After a rest, we then carry on past the Steinbock.Worlds and on to the Zillergründl Reservoir. The alpine ibex is an animal with a deeply rooted tradition at the Zillertal Alps and, until recently, a very chequered history. Up until the beginning of the 17th century there was a population of several hundred animals in this region. After violent clashes between the official hunters and poachers, the Archbishop of Salzburg ordered that the species should be eradicated in an attempt to prevent further confrontations. Despite attempts to reintroduce ibex to the Zillertal Valley, only limited success has been enjoyed. As sightings of ibex in the wild are rare, you will appreciate the opportunity of seeing them at the Steinbock.Worlds.

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Meeting point: 9.30 hrs – bus stop Au Guest House Dates: 07.07./ 21.07./ 11.08./ 25.08/ 01.09. Duration: ca. 5.5 hours, 4.5 – 5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: challenging hike with an ascent of around 550 metres in altitude Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.50 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.55/18.55 hrs 9.26 hrs arr. Au Guest house/ Zillergründl Reserv. dep. 16.50/17.50 hrs Refreshments: Bärenbadalm, Adlerblick Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 33


In the footsteps of hunters and gatherers

Exciting journey into the history of the Pfitscher Joch Hermann Muigg

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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 their 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 Dates: 24.06./ 01.07./ 15.07./ 29.07./ 12.08./ 26.08. Duration: ca. 6 hours, 5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: moderate hike with an ascent of around 600 metres 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 for this walk! 34


The Mountaineering Village of Ginzling

Up to the „Innerböden“ and cheese tasting at Lengauhof organic farm Franz Haun This hike takes us past the Fürstenhaus, 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.

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Meeting point: 10.00 hrs – Nature Park House Ginzling Dates: 02.07./ 16.07./ 30.07./ 13.08./ 27.08./ 01.09./ 02.10. Duration: circa 6 hours; 3.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: an easy to moderate walk with an ascent of circa 400 metres in altitude Cost: € 6 includes entrance to the „Gletscher.Welten“ (free for guests of our partner businesses) 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 for this walk! 35


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Sunrise over the Tux Valley

Torseen Lakes, Ramsjoch and Grüblspitze Antonia Muigg 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 Vorderlanersbach Dates: 03.07./ 09.07./ 23.07./ 06.08./ 20.08./ 31.08 Duration: circa 7 hours; 4.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: a moderate mountain hike with an ascent of circa 700 metres in altitude Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) and € 12 for the taxi! Arriving by taxi: Boarding: post office Mayrhofen: 03.45 hrs - Finkenberg Almbahn lifts: 04.00 hrs Return by bus: 11.36/12.06 hrs dep. Lanersbach Tux-Center 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 for this walk! 36


Watching Wildlife

Out and about with hunters in the Tux Valley Hermann Muigg 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 development 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 „Steinkasern“. Meeting point: 06.30 hrs – Tux-Center Lanersbach Dates: 25.06./ 02.07./ 16.07./ 30.07./ 13.08./ 27.08. Duration: circa 6-7 hours; 4 of which spent walking Characteristics: long, challenging walk with an ascent of circa 1,000 metres in altitude Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) and € 14 for the taxi! Arriving by bus: 6.00 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.32 hrs 6.22 hrs arr. Lanersbach Tux-Center dep. 17.06 hrs Refreshments: Bergkäserei Steinkasern (at the end of the tour) Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 37

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Neumarkter Circuit

High above the Schlegeis Reservoir Franz Haun We start the „Neumarkter Circuit” 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 Dates: 03.07./ 17.07./ 31.07./ 14.08./ 28.08. Duration: circa 7 hours; 5.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: full-day hike with some steep paths and altitude differences of 600 m Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 7.55 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.47 hrs 8.52 hrs arr. Schlegeis Reservoir dep. 17.00 hrs Refreshments: Dominikushütte, Restaurant Schlegeis, Jausenstation Zamsgatterl, Olpererhütte Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 39


Panoramatour in the Zillergrund

Through beautiful alpine landscapes along lonesome, alpine trails Walter Ludl

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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-GeistJöchl 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: 26.06./ 10.07./ 24.07./ 07.08./ 21.08. Duration: ca. 6-7 hours, 4.5 – 5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: challenging alpine hike with an ascent of 1,100 metres in altitude Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.50 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.55/ 18.55 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 for this walk! 40


Border Crossing at Tuxer Joch

In the footsteps of the old church path Maria Fankhauser

This walk takes us from Tux into the Schmirn Valley. Until 1483, the dead were carried over this mountain pass to be buried in the grounds of the church at Mauern. We will walk along this historic path. First we will take the bus from Zillertal, through the Inn- and Wipp Valley to Steinach and the Mauern Church, then on to Kasern in the Schmirn Valley. We will then hike for around 4 hours from Kasern up to the Tuxer Joch and on to the Sommerbergalm. From here you have the opportunity to either make your descent with the cable car, or walk back down to Hintertux via the Waterfall Trail. Return to the pick-up points on the bus route.

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Meeting point: 6.30 hrs – dep. from Hintertux Dates: 13.07./ 03.08. Duration: circa 6 hours; 4 of which spent walking Characteristics: full day hike with an ascent of around 700 m in altitude Cost: € 35 includes bus fare (€ 25 for guests of our partner businesses and locals) excl. cable car descent Sommerbergalm - Hintertux Arriving by bus: Pick-up points along the Zillertal Bundesstraße until Innsbruck available, following prior agreement Return journey: Return journey with the bus from Hintertux to Jenbach station Refreshments: Tuxer Joch Haus Number of participants: minimum 6, maximum 30! Advance registration is required for this walk! 41


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Nature Photography

Out and about with your camera and natural wildlife photographers Hermann Muigg Nature photography is to see and be inspired. The magnificent landscapes of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park are our setting. Close-ups of flowers, water and stones, long exposures and creative photography can be experimented with nature photographer, Hermann Muigg, who will give you helpful tips on how to improve your results. He makes sure a suitable location is found for every respective date, where participants can attempt to capture both fleeting and transitory elements in various colour schemes in ever-changing light and weather conditions!

Meeting point: Meeting points and subjects are published on: www.naturpark-zillertal.at Dates: 06.07./ 10.07./ 22.07./ 26.07./ 05.08./ 14.08/ 28.08./ 04.09./ 21.09. Duration: ca. 6-8 hours, 1-4 of which are spent walking Characteristics: easy to moderate hikes with 100-500 metres in altitude difference Equipment: Camera and accessories insofar as available (z.B. lenses, filters, tripos, ..) Cost: â‚Ź 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) - sometimes taxi costs Arriving by bus: will be published on our website: www.naturpark-zillertal.at Refreshments: please do not forget to bring a packed lunch and drinks! Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 42


Nature Park Mountain Refuge Huts

Discover the landscapes that shaped alpine history Hans Knauer „In defiance of the storm, refuge for the wanderer“ – this maxim is carved in stone on the gable of the imposing Berliner Hut. 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: 13.06./ 04.07./ 11.07./ 18.07./ 25.07./ 08.08./ 15.08./ 29.08./ 03.09./ 04.09. Duration: circa 5-7 hours; 3-6 of which spent walking Characteristics: full-day hike with some steeper parts and (500-800 m in altitude difference) Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) excl. transport! Arriving by bus: we will travel by bus or shared taxis to the starting point Refreshments: at every hut Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 43


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Bergmähder & Kolmhaus

Panoramic hike from Brandberg to the Kolmhaus Franz Haun 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 Brandberg. Meeting point: 9.00 hrs – Gasthof Thanner in Brandberg Dates: 30.06./ 14.07./ 28.07./ 04.08./ 18.08. 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, Steinerkogel Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 44


Following the trail of the Swiss pine

Forests and pastures in the Tux Valley Herbert Grasl

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: 04.07/ 11.07/ 18.07/ 25.07/ 08.08/ 15.08/ 22.08/ 29.08./ 05.09/ 12.09/ 19.09/ 26.09 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 Lanersbach dep. 15.36/ 16.06 hrs Refreshments: Grieralm, Höllensteinhütte Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 45


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Berliner Hut: Geology & Glaciers

The „ Berliner Hütte“ glacier trail in the Zemmgrund Maria Fankhauser The Berliner Hut is a popular base 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. The deterioration of alpine glaciers is a visible indication of climate change. We will hike along the themed trail between Hornkees and Waxeggkees whilst finding out interesting facts on geology, formation of the Alps and its’ glaciers.

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Meeting point: 8.30 hrs – Gasthof Breitlahner Dates: 08.07./ 22.07./ 05.08./ 19.08. Duration: ca. 8 hours, 6.5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: Day long hike in alpine terrain with around 800 metres 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. Breitlahner Guest House dep. 17.15/ 18.15 hrs Refreshments: Grawandhütte, Alpenrosenhütte, Berliner Hütte, Waxeggalm, Gasthof Breitlahner Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 47


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Up to the Elsalm

“Melchermuas” – dairy man’s pancake and alpine farming Ilja Bos We will walk from the Tux Center along a narrow mountain path towards Tettenjoch and on to Elsalm at 1865 m above sea level. If you listen carefully, you will hear the marmots whistling. These animals have made their lairs in the stone walls of the neighbouring alpine pastures. By keeping the area clear of mountain pine, pastures are able to thrive with an incredible biodiversity. Young people help alpine farmers maintain these “environmental construction sites”. The farmer will tell us all about this project while spoiling us with a serving of “Melchermuas”, a traditional alpine meal which they prepare themselves using butter, flour, milk and a pinch of salt. Our way back leads us up to the Kreuzjoch, and from there with a the descent back to Lanersbach. Meeting point: 8.40 hrs – Lanersbach Tux Center Dates: 15.07./ 29.07./ 12.08./ 26.08./ 05.09. Duration: ca. 7 hours, 5.5 of which are spent walking Characteristics: challenging hike, partly steep mountain pathes (1,200 m in altitude difference) Cost: € 6 (free for guests of our partner businesses) Arriving by bus: 8.10 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 17.32/ 18.02 hrs 8.39 hrs arr. Lanersbach Tux Center dep. 17.06/ 17.36 hrs Refreshments: Take a pack lunch with you Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required for this walk! 48


Alpine Hike with Peter Habeler

Join him on his favourite mountain Peter Habeler and Irene Fankhauser | Ilja Bos 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 eight-thousand-metre peaks, you have the chance to do that. The peak of his career was the firstever ascent of Mount 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 Mount Ahorn at 2,976 m above sea level. Meeting point: 8.00 hrs – base station of the Ahorn Lifts Dates: 30.07./ 12.08./ 22.08. Duration: circa 6 hours; 5.5 of which spent walking Characteristics: challenging alpine tour with around 1,000 m in altitude difference Cost: € 10 (free for guests of our partner businesses) excl. ascent & descent with the Ahorn Lifts Arriving by bus: 7.01 hrs dep. Lanersbach Tux Center arr. 16.09/ 16.39 hrs 7.30 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station dep. 15.42/ 16.12 hrs Refreshments: Edelhütte Maximum number of participants: 20! Advance registration is required for this walk! 49

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Volunteering for Nature: Mountain farming daily life Bio-diverse mountain meadows in Ginzling Maria Fankhauser The Zillertal Alps Nature Park is committed to protecting the habitat of numerous animal and plant species. 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 grazing areas are located at 1,000 metres above sea level in Ginzling and it is imperative they are preserved for future generations. Meeting point: 8.30 hrs – Nature Park House in Ginzling Dates: 15.07. and 16.07. Duration: 7 hours, 6 of which are spent doing volunteer activities – 1 hour for lunch Characteristics: Clearing of shrubs, stone wall maintenance Equipment: Weatherproof clothing & sturdy shoes – tools will be provided Arriving by bus: 7.55 hrs dep. Mayrhofen station arr. 16.47 hrs 8.18 hrs arr. Nature Park House dep. 16.30 hrs Refreshments: A lunch snack will be provided, please bring food & drink for the rest of the day Maximum number of participants: 8! Advance registration is required! 50


Volunteering for Nature: Himaylayan Balsam Protect the local plant life Andrea Sporer Himaylayan Balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) stems originally from the Indian subcontinent. It was brought to Europe in the 19th Century as an ornamental plant and has since quickly proliferated, often uncontrollably. It grows mainly in damp woods and along the banks of streams, displacing the diverse local flora. At selected locations we will remove these foreign plants together with the Nature Park Rangers and restore the habitat for native plant life. We could almost be called the “alien species slayers” in the Nature Park region...

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Meeting point: 8.45 hrs – Europahaus Mayrhofen Dates: 03.07. and 08.07. Duration: 7 hours, 6 of which are spent doing volunteer activities – 1 hour for lunch Characteristics: Elimination of alien species Equipment: Weatherproof clothing & sturdy shoes – tools will be provided Arriving by bus: 08.11 hrs dep. Lanersbach Tux Center arr. 17.39 hrs 08.37 hrs arr. Mayrhofen station dep. 17.10 hrs Refreshments: A lunch snack will be provided, please bring food & drink for the rest of the day Maximum number of participants: 15! Advance registration is required! 51


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 much more.


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

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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 twice weekly from 14th June to 15th September 2014. 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!


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Exhibitions 2014

Exhibition „Hidden Treasures“ at the Mehlerhaus in Tux-Madseit A new exhibition will be opening its doors in 2014 at the listed Mehlerhaus in Tux. It is dedicated to the treasures found inside mountains and caves: the geology, the crystals and exciting cave finds will be on display and a thousand year old piece of wood tells the history of its discovery... 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 in 2010, 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 limited 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 Nature Park 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 and 13.00 - 17.00 hours!


Berliner Höhenweg Trail Trekking Packages The Berliner Höhenweg Trail leads via seven mountain refuge huts through the heart of the Zillertal Alps Nature Park, right up to 3,134 m above sea level. Exciting natural landscapes with glaciers, lakes and alpine pastures accompany you on this high alpine round tour along the main Alpine Ridge, making it a unforgettable experience! • • • • • • • • •

2 to 7 nights in a mattress camp (dormitory) Room accommodation available, subject to surcharge Half board in the huts Bus voucher to and from the starting and finishing points Reserved accommodation in the mountain huts Book „It started with mountain climbing – the Alpine history of upper Zillertal“ in german Alpine Association map „Zillertal Middle & West“ Information & help with the tour planning through the Nature Park Discount for Alpine Association members per person

2 nights / half board

from € 99,-

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

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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 DursterstraĂ&#x;e 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 BundesstraĂ&#x;e 27d, 6262 Schlitters Tel: +43 (0) 5288/ 87 1 87, info@zillertal.at, www.zillertal.at 59


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